Bodyguards make a killing
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.