Solutions orientated approach key to Grays success.

October 99 News & Events

The South African security industry is constantly buffeted by questions on standards - in particular service and training levels. Gray Security Services believes it has the solution.

"Security is not just about providing on site staff, but putting our heads together with our clients to provide an end product.

Its about managing and minimising risk, protecting client assets and contributing towards a safe and secure working environment where employees can be more productive," said Gray Executive Director: South Africa, Alastair Mackintosh.

"As trendsetters we need to distance ourselves from other security companies, by offering a better service through skilled employees and innovative products.

"Our technology project teams are a prime example of strategic niching. As Gray is not product-bound, clients can be offered the most pertinent electronic systems to supplement traditional guarding methods.

"Technology effectively provides our security personnel eyes 'in the back of their heads'. They can establish incident location, evaluate the situation and decide on preventative action, without unnecessary risk," said Mackintosh.

Gray employees are provided with speciality skills enabling them to perform effectively in several industries. The company has established a leading position in targeted niche industries in South Africa, including the petrochemical and industrial sectors, motor manufacturing, gaming and leisure, aviation, high-rise buildings and mining.

Mackintosh said Gray's long-term business success includes an experienced, long-serving management team, effective management of about 16 000 security officers in its employ nationally and internationally, top practice operating systems established by the group, as well as an effective and efficient geographically decentralised operating structure.

A recent international survey based on salary, benefits, recruitment practices and career opportunities rated Gray Security Services among the best companies to work for in South Africa.

Testament to this is Gray's approach to black economic empowerment. Its philosophy is multi-faceted and includes extensive staff development, employee shareholding, social responsibility programmes, joint venture initiatives and having African Harvest - a joint venture between the National Empowerment Corporation, 10 labour unions and Coronation Holdings Limited - as a major shareholder.

Established in 1980 by two of its current directors, Gray Security Services has grown rapidly from a small Western Cape-based operation into South Africa's leading guarding services company.

Today, the business operates in nine other southern and central African countries and has operations in the UK and the US.

For details contact Louis Changuion, National Marketing Manager of Gray Security Services on tel: (011) 616 1218.

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