If you want to start your own security company, there are a number of requirements you need to satisfy before you can start your security guard business.
The most important requirement is that you need to be registered at PSIRA as a B Security graded person to be able to be an owner or director of a security company in South Africa. (Download button at the bottom of this page.)
What you need to register a security company in South Africa:
- Decide which security services your security company will provide.
- Register a company at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
- Register for all taxes at SARS (SARS Tax Clearance Certificate, VAT Registration Number, PAYE Number).
- Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) registration.
- One-year business plan.
- Declaration that your business will be able to operate for the next year.
- Office location that is permanent (fixed and immovable)
- B-BBEE Affidavit for companies with a turnover of less than R10 million. Download an example.
- B-BBEE Certificate for companies with a turnover of more than R10 million. Download the steps you must follow.
- A Letter of Good Standing issued by SARS which confirms that you are registered where you need to be registered.
How to do it.
Non-compulsory voluntary associations
Membership of these organisations are not compulsory, but membership has many benefits and lends credibility to your business.
- SASA – Security Association of South Africa
- SASSETA – Safety & Security Sector Education & Training Authority
- SANSEA – South African National Security Employers Association
- SAIDSA – South African Intruder Detection Services Association (specifically for alarm monitoring and armed response services)
- ESDA – Electronic Security Distributors Association (This specifically for electronic security equipment)