Previously, the property management company, City Property, revitalised the vibrant multi-use venue 012central and others in Tshwane’s creative precinct while also investing in the renovation of buildings it manages in the city. Now the company’s initiative to deploy security officers in the inner city has taken off.
In collaboration with JC Security and under the auspices of the various Tshwane Central Improvement Districts (CIDs), City Property has trained and invested in a number of inner-city security guards to ensure the urban revival project moves forward without any setbacks. Having invested money in the renovation of its buildings, City Property believes that the next step in the Tshwane revitalisation is attracting businesses to the CBD, with adequate security being a vital component of this.
City Property and JC Security worked with NGOs in identifying worthy candidates for the training from a shelter in Soshanguve. The chosen candidates received training in accordance with accredited Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) standards to qualify as Grade C security officers. While they received security training, the guards were also given first aid training to equip them for medical emergencies.
City Property will continue to monitor and expand the project if necessary, but believes that along with its properties and inner city renewal project, Tshwane will not only recapture its vibrancy going forward, but also turn into a model that other cities in South Africa will strive to emulate.
Photo: The initial deployment has been a success, with guards not only curbing crime but also helping those in need of assistance.