• Background
  • Challenges
  • Solution
  • Results

Fast Catch Security is a 100% black owned company operating from a Roodepoort based office since February 2014. The entity is owned and managed by Thabo Alfred Mphothe, who after completing matric obtained various security certificates including firearm and dog handling. Mr Mphothe has also received PSIRSA certificates for grade A and B. He then decided to start his own business in security which provides services in security guarding; both armed and unarmed, special event security, armed response and movable assets protection.

As a startup, the company could afford purchase of security tools and uniforms. It was operating without Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) accreditation, which is a legal requirement for any security company that wishes to operate. There was no marketing tools.

GEP provided business development support and the company was able to register with PSIRA, and obtained short security contracts including a four month contract with SKS Business Solution for a night shift guard from July 1st 2014 to November 30th 2014. Fast Catch Security also secured a one month contract with a car rental company for a day and night shift guard. In addition, GEP disbursed an amount of R9000, 00 a community fund to purchase security tools such as handcuffs, batons and uniforms. Other marketing material such as pull up banners, business cards, signage boards and branded beret and reflector jackets were also purchased.

Due to GEP intervention, the company has employed two permanent staff and marketing has improved. Compliance mechanisms with PSIRA regulations have been introduced. And all security guards are using proper protective clothing.