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PRASA creates more than three thousand jobs as it insources its protection officials

 

20 July 2020

 

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) has started a recruitment process to employ three thousand one hundred (3100) security guards to protect its rail infrastructure and other assets. The contingent will consist of three categories. These are static and train guards, operations monitoring controllers and armed response guards. PRASA’s focus is to ensure a holistic protection service for the
organisation’s assets, commuters as well as employees. The new recruits will also focus on general crime prevention which, once rooted out, will most likely see a significant decrease in the vandalism of PRASA’s properties and theft of assets. The new recruits will add to the already existing Protection Officials, who in recent weeks have arrested 185 suspects and recovered sizeable amounts of stolen cable and other PRASA assets. The agency has had its fair share of theft and vandalism on infrastructure, as has other state-owned entities.

 

PRASA has taken the issue of beefing up security very seriously, especially after the termination of security contracts which the Office of the Public Protector and the Office of the Auditor-General found to be irregular. Recently, the agency appointed 596 Platform Marshals whose main task is to ensure that passengers comply with Covid-19 regulations on trains and stations. PRASA Administrator Mr. Bongisizwe Mpondo says insourcing the security function will better secure the agency’s infrastructure while creating much needed jobs. “Employing our own security personnel will give us greater control of the protection of our network and assets. We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect the public infrastructure as acts of vandalism and theft become worse.

 

“Our intention is to give preference to qualifying individuals who reside in communities near our rail network. As the economy sheds jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, PRASA as a state-owned company has a responsibility to ensure that where it makes business sense, it must provide employment to citizens. It’s the proverbial killing of two birds with one stone.”

 



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