nears, tourists and foreign businessmen spooked by South Africa’s crime rate are
calling him to hire bodyguards.
brought in 45 contractors who are being assigned to different projects, but we
might have to recruit more. We have increased our revenues and our turnover by
about three-fold thanks to the World Cup.”
level of risk, to be accompanied by a man or a woman carrying a nine-millimetre
trained in marksmanship, emergency driving, first-aid, and fastidious
for movies with Kevin Costner. We plan your life for you during your stay. We
are a kind of personal assistant.”
that South Africa has one of the world’s highest crime rates, with an average 50
killings a day.
services are a mushrooming business in South Africa, posting 13% annual growth
since the end of apartheid in 1994.
collective turnover of R14 billion. That jumps to R40 billion when makers of
electric fences, video surveillance and other services are included.
said: “Crime in South Africa generally increased from 1994 to 2003-2004. Since
then crime has dropped by 24% globally but certain categories of crime have
increased like house robberies, business robberies and car hijacking, and those
crimes cause a lot of fear.”
products. People are scared. If they can afford it, they will get it.”
are surrounded by tall walls topped with electric fences. Some streets have
checkpoints and all are patrolled by private security firms.
systems and illuminated by spotlights. Windows have metal bars and doors have
break-in, while metal gates lock off bedrooms from the rest of the house. Big
dogs and hidden safes are also common.
windows to keep intruders out.
about 20 bodyguard contracts, said: “Everyone wants to protect themselves.
People have guns, knives and batons, among many other things.”
“The main advice in South Africa is don’t show that you have money, don’t