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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.


Article in “The Transformer”

Sa Private Security Industry

Local Hands

Regarded as the largest 100% South African, majority black-owned

private security and risk management solutions business, Thorburn

Group’s DNA enhances people’s quality of life and contributes

towards the development of sustainable society. Since inception

in 2002 it places a high premium on its people through incentives

geared towards quality human experiences.

Writer: Musa Ndlangamandla



“In our company, our people come first and are the heart of our business. Our perks are beyond

industry norms. Without satisfied and engaged employees there are no customers. This drives

growth, profitability through enhanced loyalty and productivity,” says the executive director Thabang

Moropa. Consequently, some customers have stayed for over a decade. The company partners

with customers, becoming an extension of their business support services whilst safeguarding

their sustainability – day and night. “By designing, implementing and executing our customers’day

to-day and project based risk management operations, we create safer environments for them

to focus on their core business. We build a fort of security, health and safety around all our customers’

assets,” says Moropa.


At 33, Thabang presides over a company that is a premium national security services provider

employing 5000 people, with a R500 million turnover – a far cry from when they started with

only a handful of security guards. His business partners are Leba Mashao (chairman) and F.C. Smit

(CEO). Through their Tshireletso Trust, Thabang and his partner Mapuleng (non-executive director)

secured 51% ownership from Smit. Thabang is fully involved in managing and directing the business.

Since then, the organisation has diversified into a number of fields including mining, construction,

retail, industrial, automotive, renewable energy, hospitality and leisure, real estate, events,

healthcare, warehousing and corporate services. “Thorburn has several subsidiaries. The managing

directors who run these subsidiaries have 5% ownership stake in them. This promotes

accountability and a sense of ownership. Our growth has been organic throughout without

acquisition of existing companies,” Moropa says.


Thorburn embraces transformation and black empowerment. “Our industry was predominantly

white former police and army officers. By applying B-BBEE codes throughout our endeavours, we have

seen what the value of our contributions can do for our customers, employees, stakeholders and the

communities. We are Level 1 BEE and the lowest score for our subsidiaries is Level 2. We try to exceed

the industry targets. We have a strict procurement policy – we purchase goods and services from

black owned SMMEs,” Moropa declared.


Dolf Scheepers, MD of Thorburn Northern Region says: “Transformation is a key principle

in our business model – transforming services levels, transforming our staff and transforming

communities in which we operate. This philosophy resulted in us being recognised as a market leader

in the industry in terms of unmatched service levels, constantly subject to fresh approaches.

The development of our staff is a high priority and exceeding our employment equity targets

is a focus area. Today we are blessed with many security officers who developed in the company to

more senior managerial levels. We also have female security managers who rose from within the ranks. “


Mpho Moremi, Thorburn’s national key account manager for McDonalds says: “Thorburn presented

me with a lifetime opportunity for professional and personal development, growth and general

support. I wouldn’t trade the camaraderie within the company for anything.”


The industry generates R50-billion a year and creates jobs for 455,000 registered South African

security officers. It is one of the biggest in the world, and estimates that there

are 1.7 million registered security guards in the country. On the thorny issue of the Private Security Industry

Regulation Amendment Bill which proposes majority ownership for citizens, Moropa minced no

words. “The claims by those opposed to the move are baseless. This is a matter of national security.

Our industry is the biggest employer of entry level workers and our people are almost always

the first point of contact for South Africa with the rest of the world. Not only do they handle sensitive

information about all aspects of the country, but they are almost always our last line of defence. So

national security wise it makes perfect sense that the majority of the private security apparatus is

in the hands of citizens whose patriotism and life attachment to the country cannot be questioned.”

Regarding fears of job losses and disinvestments, Moropa shares the sentiments of former Police

Minister Nathi Mthethwa who observed that like any commodity in the market place, the provision

of security services depends on supply and demand – change of ownership will not change

demand. “Indeed, there is no evidence that people will simply take money out of the country,” Moropa said.


He added that the affected companies will more than likely sell the relevant shares to comply with

the law and not close down. “Remember, when the foreign owned companies bought a number

of South African companies no jobs were lost.” He added,  “In fact many more job opportunities were

created by the industry. It’s all about profit and a viable business model.” Moropa believes such

a move is not unique to South Africa as other countries in the region and elsewhere had either

outlawed foreign ownership or were in the process of curbing it.


Moropa said concerns about the level of crime in South Africa were justified. But he quickly added

that things were not as dismal as they are portrayed to be in some quarters. He strongly believes that

government and the various state institutions had mechanisms in place to bring the situation under

control. “Thorburn always strives to be ahead of the criminal elements through the use of technology

and effective methods. But we should all know that crime remains everyone’s responsibility.”













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