Herman Mashaba says the City of Johannesburg is finalising its next phase of insourcing of the remaining security guards and cleaning services staff.
On Sunday, 14 April 2019, Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba announced that the City was finalising the insourcing of the remaining security guards and cleaning services staff as part of a commitment taken in May 2017 to insource these services.
“I am pleased to announce that the City of Johannesburg is poised to deliver appointment letters to the remaining security guards employed at the time of the announcement in May 2017, to be insourced effectively on 1 July 2019,” he said.
In 2018, a reported 2 800 security guards were insourced at various departments. In the process, the City was able to increase the workers’ take-home salary by a minimum of 50 percent and offered them employee benefits and stable employment while containing the City’s escalating security costs. Previously, companies were paid R12 000 for each guard provided while the guards received a meagre R4 000 per month.
The program proved to be a huge success and saw the City take control of the critical function of guarding its own infrastructure, which had suffered from theft and vandalism, running into hundreds of millions of rand in costs. Through engagements with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the program has been successful in “moving the profit margins previously enjoyed by politically connected security companies and using this to insource security personnel.”
“Indeed, some security companies were said to be major funders of these political parties. This exercise ensures that political parties and security companies do not profit at the expense of vulnerable poor people,” he said.
The City was also concluding its assessment of cleaning services and was getting ready for the process of insourcing the cleaners. The same principle was being applied to this phase, which ensured a better take-home pay and employment benefits, and contained the escalating costs of contractual services for ratepayers, Mashaba said.
The objective was to see cleaning services insourced effectively on 1 July 2019, and the families of around 1 500 cleaners benefiting from this program.
“The fact that it is achieved in a manner that contains the escalating costs of contracted expenses in Johannesburg is something to celebrate, as more funding can be directed to the service delivery needs of communities.
“I would like to express my appreciation to the coalition partners in Johannesburg, the DA, IFP, Cope, Freedom Front Plus, UDM, and ACDP for their support in this program. The EFF must similarly be acknowledged for working with the multi-party government in this important initiative,” Mashaba said.