The owner of Alpha Security is Pierre Conradie, who acquired the company in May 1999. Pierre has grown up in the Hluhluwe area. During his time in the SADF he attained the rank of Lieutenant at Infantry School Oudshoorn. He spent his second year in SWA, where he spend time on the Angolan border. After his military service, he studied agriculture in Potchefstroom. He settled in Hluhluwe where he got married and had two sons. He joined Umkhombe Commando, which he ran for 12 years as a company commander. He is also the co-founder of Hluhluwe Farm Watch, and serves on several security committees and other safety organizations. Pierre is the sole Director of Alpha Group under which various companies are run. He is also involved in Real Estate development in Hluhluwe.
When Mr Conradie took over Alpha Security, it was a small company comprising of 30 guards and it has now grown to one of the biggest security companies in Zululand and one of the biggest in KZN. They currently employ over 900 guards in our Hluhluwe, Richards Bay, Empangeni, Eshowe, Mtunzini and Pietermaritzburg sections, a lot of whom are ex-military servicemen. The company has 109 vehicles deployed over the area. The company is run according to a strict disciplinary code and along strict disciplinary lines. The guards are registered with PSIRA and are paid according to their recommended PSIRA wage scale. Alpha makes use of ex-SADF and SAP members to run the operations. Some of them were in 32 Battalion or Recce Commando. These men were of the best soldiers in the Army and are not easily intimidated.
Since being taken over, Alpha has seen unprecedented growth, notwithstanding a policy of limited advertising. Our best advertisement is a satisfied client. Ninety percent of the work we get is through referrals from satisfied clients. Alpha’s mission is to do all the security work from Durban up to the Mozambique border.
We are currently investigating the possibility of opening more branches in KZN and Mpumalanga.
The tourism industry is growing at a rapid pace and is very important in our area. Our goal is to secure the entire area, which would ensure a safe destination for the tourist, who in turn would ensure a stable and growing tourism industry in KZN. This will mean extra jobs for the community and will benefit everyone.
If a stable environment can be established and maintained, our area can become one of the prime tourist destinations in Southern Africa.
Alpha Security’s vision for the future: We believe in what we do. We believe in the future of South Africa. We are positive and committed to extend our service to the whole area.