Body­guards make a killing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - KASHIEFA AJAM

FOR­EIGN soc­cer fans in the coun­try for the World Cup are not tak­ing any chances – they are fork­ing out up to R4 000 a day for body­guards – and now there aren’t enough min­ders to go around.

Per­sonal se­cu­rity firms and guard­ing com­pa­nies have re­ported a dra­matic spike in in­quiries and re­quests from over­seas vis­i­tors for pro­tec­tion while they are in South Africa, with some com­pa­nies see­ing prof­its dou­ble in the past month.

Garth Fochs, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Delta One In­ter­na­tional, says the com­pany has seen a huge amount of re­quests in the past few months.

“For the World Cup, we will be ser­vic­ing big cor­po­ra­tions, es­pe­cially me­dia com­pa­nies, as well as very high-pro­file peo­ple.

“The con­cerns and rea­sons for want­ing body­guards are not po­lit­i­cal at all, it is in fact gen­eral crime,” Fochs said.

Ger­hard Sny­man, owner of Global Body­guard, said his com­pany had pre­dicted an in­crease in vis­i­tors re­quest­ing pro­tec­tion.

Kyle Con­don, who runs D&K Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, said his clients are spend­ing R2 000 to R4 000 a day depend­ing on their level of risk, to be ac­com­pa­nied for per­sonal pro­tec­tion by a man or a woman armed with a 9mm pis­tol.

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