Pensioner can help with fingerprints

2020-01-30 06:02
Pensioner Thamsanqa Tom started a fingerprint capturing company in 2018.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Pensioner Thamsanqa Tom started a fingerprint capturing company in 2018.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A pensioner from Khayelitsha has started a first of its kind business in the township.

Thamsanqa Tom launched A.C Holdings, a fingerprint capturing company in 2018 and has since helped many to verify if they have criminal records or not when applying for jobs.

The business is situated in his home in Mandela Park where he has an office in a back room.

When entering his office there are certificates on the walls showing that the business is registered. On his table are a laptop and the fingerprints scan.

The former police officer and security guard said after seeing the queues people have to wait in when looking for this service and the long wait for the results to come back he decided to start this business.

“When one goes to the police station for a fingerprints scan they have to face long queues and the results take a while before they come back,” he said.

Tom said he scans fingerprints and send them to the Crime Record Centre in Pretoria to be checked for criminal records.

He said he offers two different services to his clients which are a standard service and a premium service.

“The standard service means that my clients have to wait 24 hours to get their results while the premium service they wait four hours,” he said.

When the results come back he then calls his clients to come to get it in person because it is confidential.

Tom said most people do not understand what police clearance is, another thing that he helps his clients with.

He explained that police clearance is when a person is applying for their criminal record to be scrapped and he also helps with that.

He said so far he works with eight police stations and that he has a good relationship with station commanders. They are the ones who refer his clients to him.

“I have helped a lot of people who came for help. They were trying to find jobs and some of them are employed now,” said Tom.

He said he is not getting any financial help to run the business and that he started it with his pension money.

He said he wants to grow his business and open more offices in other townships because he sees the value he adds to the community and his service is fast and effective.

Tom said he operates from Mondays to Saturdays and that those interested in his service can contact him on 081 243 6321.

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