Authority (Psira), there is almost double this number of “security officers”.
The total is 497 394, said Mpho Mofikoe, deputy director of Psira. This, however, includes all sorts of security occupations, such as locksmiths, alarm installers and private investigators.
Psira is unable to say how many of the registered officers are guards, which is what matters for the new bargaining council.
According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, “protection services” employ about 591 000 people – about 3.6% of all jobs in the formal and informal sectors.