Thorburn Security Solutions is an industry leading Security Services Provider that offers integrated, intelligence-driven safety and security solutions through an advanced risk mitigation approach.


Our wide range of products and services transform traditional security services into intelligence-driven operations that add value for our customers.


Thorburn Security Solutions is an industry-leading Security Services Provider which offers intelligence-driven security solutions through an integrated risk reducing approach.


About Us


Thorburn Security Solutions is an industry leading Security Services Provider that offers integrated, intelligence-driven safety and security solutions through an advanced risk mitigation approach. A proud division of the Tsebo Solutions Group, Thorburn is a quality-driven organisation that delivers premium security products and services. Our ability to assess risk, evaluate safeguards, design and provide a holistic and integrated solutions, puts us at the forefront of our industry. Our international standards of operational excellence, quality, safety, ethics and good governance, together with our experience in creating intelligence-driven integrated solutions underpinned by best practices, provides holistic client value. As a responsible and ethical trader with distinctive local roots and culture, we place safety at the heart of all our operations.


As an industry leader of intelligence-driven, integrated security solutions in South Africa, we provide employment for more than 7,000 people who form an integral part of the Thorburn family.

Our values reflect who we are and are aligned with our holding company, Tsebo Solutions. Our four values support our vision, shape our culture, and reflect what we value most:

We embrace highly ethical, moral and respectful behaviour, without exception.


We seek opportunity, respond rapidly, strive for continuous improvement and behave like intrapreneurs.


We care for people, communities and the environment.


We are industrious, efficient and dependable.



Thorburn Security Solutions aims to revolutionise the security industry through the utilisation of intelligence-driven, integrated security solutions and by applying leadership and expertise to cultivate the finest people, who operate according to superior service delivery standards and add value to our clients’ interests.

Our Difference

  • We are a quality driven business
  • We don’t just train our people, we develop them at all levels
  • We are a progressive, intelligence-driven organisation
  • We have a unique DNA and a culture of integrity
  • Health & Safety is part of our culture and includes enhanced uniform safety features
  • We strive to introduce innovative products and services to constantly meet market demands
  • We are renowned for employee care and offer numerous non-statutory employee benefits

Memberships & Affiliations



We don’t just develop our people – we believe in empowering them at every level. Our people are the heart of our business and the foundation of our success. Thorburn’s growth has always been linked to equal opportunity employment, coupled with growth and training opportunities.

Thorburn knows that in order for its employees to provide an outstanding experience for your employees, it must in turn provide them with an outstanding and supportive environment. There is a well-defined relationship between the development of employees and increased productivity. Attracting and selecting the best candidates, coupled with retaining and developing them, is vital to our business. An important part of our retention strategy revolves around providing industry-unique and valuable non-statutory benefits to our employees.

Today’s economic environment is intensely competitive and Thorburn is acutely aware that its employees are the key to its ongoing success. For this reason, we continuously strive to review our development programs, offering the latest in training developments.

Our Footprint

Gauteng & North West

  • Pretoria
  • Brits
  • Vaal Triangle
  • Johannesburg
  • Rustenburg

Mpumalanga & Limpopo

  • Witbank
  • Nelspruit
  • Steelpoort
  • Phalaborwa
  • Secunda
  • Middleburg
  • Polokwane
  • Musina
  • Lebombo

Northern Cape

  • Kathu
  • Sishen
  • Kuruman
  • Postmasburg
  • Olifantshoek
  • Upington
  • Kimberly

Western Cape

  • Cape Town & surrounds
  • Saldanha Bay
  • George
  • Somerset West
  • Mossel Bay
  • Vredendal
  • Alexander Bay

Free State

  • Sasolburg
  • Bloemfontein
  • Welkom

KZN & Eastern Cape

  • Durban & surrounds
  • Richards Bay
  • Empangeni
  • Ballito
  • Port Elizabeth
  • East London and surrounds
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Ladysmith
  • Newcastle


  • Corporate Board.

  • Company Leadership.

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  • Tim Walters


    Tim Walters


    Tim is the CFO of our holding company Tsebo Solutions Group, is a member of the Executive Committee, and sits on the Board of Thorburn Security Solutions (Northern and Southern Region). After school Tim joined the Military, where he completed Officer’s Training School. Prior to joining Tsebo in 2002 he held both supply chain and financial leadership positions at SA Breweries and Barloworld Equipment. Tim is highly qualified, having studied at WITS University where he qualified with a B.Comm, a B.Acc and as a C.A. Among his many interests are cycling, shooting, polo, reading, spear fishing, and kite surfing.

  • Dr. Chris Jardine


    Dr. Chris Jardine


    Dr Chris Jardine is the Group Executive Director for Operations for the Tsebo Group. He joined Tsebo in 2011 as CEO of Tsebo Catering Solutions, a position he held until assuming his new role in June 2015. Prior to this he was CEO of the J & J Group. Chris has worked in various executive and director roles in the IT, logistics, telecommunications, industrials and financial services sectors.He has also served on the boards of companies as diverse as MTN, Transnet, Macquarie First South and Union Carriage and Wagons.

  • Stephan Botha


    Stephan Botha


    Stephan has worked in diverse industries and across many African countries. He spent 13 years in various executive roles for the international security company, SBV Services. This included being Director for African Markets, Head of Strategy and Innovation and a 5-year period as MD of SBV’s Nigerian subsidiary. Stephan has also worked as an executive for companies in the logistics, agricultural and textile industries. Stephan holds an M Comm in Business Management, MA in Industrial Relations and an MPhil in Leadership. He is married and has two young sons and is passionate about building teams and developing markets.

  • Phillip Van Sittert


    Phillip Van Sittert


    Phillip joins Thorburn from the ranks of the Tsebo Solutions Group, where he was very successful as FM of both ERS/ATS as well as TS Afrika over the last number of years. He is ideally qualified and has the right Tsebo knowledge and experience to continue the good work that he is renowned for, in the ongoing process of more fully integrating Thorburn Security Solutions into Tsebo.

  • Mandla Tatana


    Mandla Tatana


    Mandla has over 20 years of Human Resources practice, spread across FMCG (Distell, Oceana Group & Unilever) Logistics (Imperial), SOC (SARS & TRANSNET) and the vehicle manufacturing sector (prior to the security sector), 17 of which have been in a managerial capacity. He has implemented and or participated in, implementing business transformation initiatives from an HR and Industrial relations perspective. Mandla served as an EXCO and or a Board Member for companies such as IVECO and Imperial Logistics where he drove the B-BBEE business strategies amongst his diverse functions.

  • Jan-Louis Grobbelaar


    Jan-Louis Grobbelaar


    Jan-Louis is known to the Thorburn family, having worked within the Thorburn stable for the last 8 years in a number of roles. He has spent more than 20 years in the security industry, during which he acquired significant and varied experience for an array of companies. Jan-Louis is a graduate industrial engineer with an MBA from Henley and has extensive experience in designing & selling electronic security solutions. He and his wife Adel have two children, and he is a keen cyclist.

  • Reggie Griggs


    Reggie Griggs


    Born in Cape Town, Reggie served in the former SADF as a permanent force officer and moved to the private sector in 1988 when he accepted a career opportunity at the University of Stellenbosch as an Assistant Accountant. Reggie is an industry veteran and has served successfully in both sales and operations since joining Thorburn in November 2006. Reggie is married with four children. They enjoy the outdoors and often go caravaning. Gardening and motor-sport are some of his hobbies.

  • Christo Pretorius


    Christo Pretorius


    Christo has been in the security industry for 17 years and was promoted from Regional Manager responsible for the Thorburn operations in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, to Managing Director of the Northern Region. His strengths are client relationship building, financial planning & monitoring, compliance to legislative requirements, quality control, performance management and logistical planning. Christo has vast experience in the provision of security in the mining sector and he also has experience in retail, bottling, casino / entertainment and industrial security.

  • Jonathan Boucher

    Managing Director, Specialised Services

    Jonathan Boucher

    Managing Director, Specialised Services

    Jonathan served in the SANDF for more than a decade before entering the private sector in 2007. He holds various professional qualifications and memberships in the fields of Management, Security, Health and Safety, Risk, Quality and Environment. He has extensive domestic and international experience, having provided a range of services to mostly mining, oil and gas and construction clientele throughout Africa and the Middle East.

  • John van Wyk


    John van Wyk


    John’s career in the private security industry started 30 years ago in 1988. With his first job in the private sector being that of a probationer (no rank), his commitment and passion soon saw him progressing through the ranks. By November 2005 John went from a Supervisor position, to Area Manager and then to Training Co-Ordinator and qualified Assessor/Moderator. Showing enormous potential over the next 10 years, John served in various portfolios, earning the Golden Horse Professional award and three caps for service excellence. In 2017 he joined Thorburn as Operations Manager in KZN. In the short space of time since that, John received the CEO’s award for service excellence and was appointed early this year, as Regional Manager for the Southern Region, based in the Western Cape. John is a shining example of how far one can go by applying oneself consistently, taking pride in the job and constantly striving to do better. He is now joint Regional Managing Director of the Southern Region.

  • Management.

  • Staff.


Tsebo is widely recognised as one of the most progressive workplaces in the outsourcing industry. Every middle and senior manager in the Group is encouraged to attend an 18-month Management Advancement Programme (MAP) course run by the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences. This, together with our outcomes-based training courses for managers and supervisors, creates a steady pipeline of skilled junior and middle managers – from which the future pool of senior management then emerges.

Tsebo’s senior management ensure all stakeholders in the organisation are aligned. Their experience and understanding of the industry have enabled them to create workplaces where all employees grow with the business. With its mix of youth and experience, hands-on experience across the Group’s businesses and backing from our company alumni, Tsebo’s leaders steer the organisation with purpose and passion, driving performance.


Tsebo’s growth has always been linked to equal opportunity employment. Our starter job profiles, coupled with the growth and training opportunities from within the Group, make us one of Africa’s most trusted employment providers.

Our managers and staff count among the most qualified in the industry and receive continuous training to a standard of tireless improvement. Our Tsebo Skills Academy (TSA) is accredited by THETA (the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority).

The TSA has trained more than 20,000 people over the last 3 years. Massive job creation has also taken place within the Group’s divisional operations, with the organisational headcount growing from 10,000 to more than 34,000 over the past ten years.

  • Support Services.

  • Suppliers.

Support Services.

Tsebo’s operating divisions, array of marketplace brands and national, regional and Africa-wide operations are supported by strong central Group structures. These structures manage and execute all the supporting services needed by the Group as a whole, as well as individual divisions and companies. This includes everything from marketing to accounts, IT to helpdesks.

Tsebo’s on-going training and development means that only highly skilled professionals, following specialised processes and systems, staff our central structures and that these people are motivated and given the opportunities to fulfil their potential within the Group.

Our powerful cloud-based systems and processes are built for African conditions. This results in reduced reliance on unreliable data networks as well as improved system functionality and a front-end that is adaptable to specific local needs. Our integrated systems architecture is easy to customise and cost-effective to manage, robust and simple to deploy, and is ideal for overcoming challenges such as interrupted links, distributed networks and numerous languages.


Tsebo operates a highly integrated value chain, minimising cost and optimising efficiency at every stage. This is only possible because of the Group’s collaboration with its stable supplier base.

Tsebo procurement and operational teams have intimate knowledge of their supplier operations, and work with them in planning for mutual benefits. This collaboration of systems, processes, skills programmes and market knowledge delivers mutual benefits and enhances value for clients and customers alike.

We have been highly successful in creating supplier networks, often in rural and underdeveloped areas. This includes training and assisting small local suppliers to become self-sustaining businesses that can service our contracts and other businesses in their communities. This ability to create supplier networks from scratch enables us to operate under harsh and uncertain conditions without relying on formal supply networks.


Thorburn Security Solutions (Pty) Ltd is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor, with a 51% Black Ownership and a 44% Black Female Ownership. We strive to rid the security industry of its historical past by ensuring true empowerment of our valuable employees and communities. As a group we consistently strive to comply with the Codes of Good Practice for Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment and continually increase our contribution towards transformation.

Our Approach

To ensure community upliftment, employment is always focused on the local communities surrounding our areas of operation. Where possible, we procure from local black-owned businesses thereby ensuring community enrichment. Through our many Joint Ventures and Sub-contracting agreements with 100% Black-owned entities, we demonstrate our willingness to develop and empower SME’s. We believe that by focusing on SEDP’s and entering into further JV agreements with local stakeholders, we will improve our scorecard even more.

Our B-BBEE Policy Objectives are:

  • To create opportunities to increase the number of black people who have ownership and control within Thorburn and its new ventures.
  • To increase the number of black people in senior management positions.
  • Expanding empowerment to lower level management and supervision.
  • To contribute to the creation of wealth for black owned businesses through preferential black empowerment procurement policies.
  • To create a learning environment whereby previously disadvantaged staff can be developed through active skills development programs.
  • Continuously managing performance and quality standards.
  • Corporate Social Investment projects are identified and accompany business development especially in new areas and communities our footprint expands to.
  • Maintaining non-discriminative policies
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