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QUESTION NO: 549

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 06 OF 10 JULY 2009

Mr K S Mubu (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
(1) Whether her department makes use of private security firms; if so, how much money was spent on such firms in 2008;

(2) Whether these firms are used on a contractual basis; if so, (a) how many contracts did her department take out in this regard in 2008, (b) with which firms were these contracts taken out, (c) for what specific purpose was each contract taken out and (d) what was the value of the contract in each case;

(3)Why is there a need for her department to use a private security firm as opposed to state security?  NW613E

REPLY:

1. Whether her department makes use of private security firms; if so, how much money was spent on such firms in 2008?

      a)         Yes – the department’s missions do make use of private security firms.

      b)         R16 483 188.00
           

  1. Whether these firms are used on a contractual basis; if so’ (a) how many contracts did her department takeout out in this regard in 2008, (b) with which firms were these contracts taken out, (c) for what specific purpose was each contract taken out and (d) what was the value of the contract in each case;

    a. 36 contracts

    b. ADT, SATS, AWAB, DMT, Pantan-A Co,securico, Intersec security company SARL, Knight Support, Service Plus & Securite,Sosegat guard, Ultimate Security Ltd,Security Guards Services,G4s Security Services,G4s SecurityServices,G4 Security, SAGAM International, long Hair Security Service, W Power, GOSEP, Omega, G4s, G4s, G4s, Guard security system Inc, Eircom Phonewatch Ltd, Cosulto Videco SRL, In – Kal security 2000 KH, Rimi KH, GAG Sssalam, SOGAS security Co, DAK security, Top Guard, G4s&Filotto Fako Security , Brink’s Mauritius Ltd.

    c. For the guarding of the Official Residence, Chanceries as well as accommodation of the transferred staff.

    d. ADT (R22 3443), SATS ((R22 3443), AWAB ( R230 382.35), DMT(R163 675.20), Pantan-A Co (R116 920),Securico (999 164.65) Intersec security company SARL (R465 857),Knight Support ( 625 121.48), Service Plus & Securite (182 001.46),Sosegat guard ( R33703.816), Ultimate Security Ltd, (R107 000), Security Guards Services ( R122 700),G4s Security Services(R12 000),G4s Security Services(R124 300),G4 Security(R129 839.41), SAGAM International(R684 859.97), Long Hai Security Service(R822 221.10), W Power(R1 376 769.08), GOSEP1 376 769.08), Omega(R2 937 115.50), G4s(R1 287 580), G4s(R587 667.30), G4s (R419 169.30), Guard security system Inc, Eircom Phonewatch Ltd, Cosulto Videco SRL, In – Kal security 2000 KH, Rimi KH, GAG Sssalam (R1 306 915), SOGAS security Co (R622 346), DAK security(R442 728), Top Guard, G4s&Filotto Fako Security (R378 069), Brink’s Mauritius Ltd (R258 772.00)

3.   Why is there a need for her department to use a private security firm as opposed to state security?
                       
Currently 36 missions make use of private firms for security at the Official residences as well as at the Chanceries.  The main reason therefore is the fact that it is more cost effective to appoint private security firms than to employ staff to secure facilities 24 hours a day on the Department’s establishment.  In many cases host countries do not provide security services or provide limited services in respect of the Chancery only.  Official residences and private residences thus have to be secured by the Department. 

At Head Office security services are provided by permanent employees of the State.

 

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