Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has concluded a tender process for the provision of physical security comprising securing access control gates as well as screening vehicles accessing the restricted area. The tender process for this contract commenced in June 2005 and awarded to various security companies on a five-year basis.
Group 4 Securicor will provide services at O.R. Tambo International Airport with effect from 1 April 2006. They take over from Springbok Khulani and Enlightened Security, whose contracts expires on 31 March 2006. Bosasa Security will continue to provide services in the car park areas at ORTIA.
Enlightened Security Force will provide similar services at Durban International, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Upington airports. Venus Africa Security will provide the services at George, Pilanesberg, East London and Port Elizabeth airports. The previous service provider for all these airports was Springbok Khulani. The two contracts are also with effect from 1 April 2006.
At Cape Town International Airport, Khulani Fidelity Security Services was reappointed through the same tender process. The contract is effective from 1 May 2006. The monetary values of the contracts are confidential.
Furthermore, ACSA started a process of overhauling its access control system at O.R. Tambo International in December 2005. The enhanced system will incorporate biometric readers for access, thereby limiting access to sensitive areas. For example, only specific individuals, requiring direct access will be able to access certain areas. This project is nearing completion.
“I would like to emphasize the fact that given this information, it is abundantly clear that the appointment of new security companies and the overhaul of access permit system at O.R. Tambo International Airport, are not linked to the armed robbery incident on Saturday. They are purely co-incidental,” says Solomon Makgale, ACSA Communications Manager.
He added that whilst ACSA was confident that the measures currently in place were adequate to enable us to deal with any security matters, these processes and various other initiatives we have embarked upon will go a long way into enhancing security at our airports.