|Chris Beukes - Chief Executive Officer
He is a former member of the South African Police Services. He was a member of the South African Police Special Task Force. He was involved in the planning and execution of numerous operations. He left the unit in 1999 and started TSU Protection Services (PTY) Ltd in February 1999.
His security experience includes working as a Security Advisor to many fortune 500 companies, tasked with the protection of many CEO's and other VIP clients. He has consulted many corporate executives and corporate companies with security plans. The company has been involved in protection and security work for clients during the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, as well as overseeing the execution of the security plan. He has brought many high caliber experience security specialists into TSU Protection Services. Many were previous colleagues from the SAPS Special Task Force, Presidential and VIP Units. Not only are services rendered to local companies but TSU Protection Services provides services to some of the largest companies in the world; mobile, law firms, retail companies, and bank groups etc.
Today, TSU’s team assists all our clients not only in consulting but also with Executive Protection Services, Executive Support Services, Specialized Training, and Tactical Teams to only certain niche clients, VIP Guarding. We also manage projects for clients, such as the installation of alarm and camera systems, etc.
With 21 years of experience in the security field he has built the company to over 500 full time permanent employees. He is also on board and director of two sister companies of TSU Protection Services; TSU International (Pty) LTD and A.M. Security.
Coenraad J. Beukes - Director
He is a former member of the South African Correctional Services where he served with distinction for 14 years. This time included a period on Robben Island, the famous prison where Madiba was held for most of his time in prison during the apartheid regime. The majority of his time he spent in the more rural areas where he was responsible for the management of the human resource and logistics at the correctional institutions he was deployed. He also managed the correction services house arrest management divisions at these institutions.
He joined TSU in 2004 and built the guarding division to what it is today. His responsibilities here include not only managing the guarding division, but also overseeing the administrative management at the companies head office in Cape Town. His experience in managing human resource and his uncompromising approach has been a large asset in ensuring that our service levels have stayed above the accepted norm in the market.
Gavin Riley - Chief Operations Manager (Africa)
He is a former Colonel of the South African Police VIP Protection Unit with 23 years of experience in the security field. He started his career in the SAPS in the then Special Guard Unit and was tasked with the security of the President and cabinet Ministers at their residences. Here he was the commander of the reaction team for many years having the responsibility to deal with the planning of special events all the way through to dealing with the accreditation system at this unit. From here he moved onto the VIP Operations section where he was the section head. Here he was responsible for the planning and execution of many State visits by foreign Presidents to our country (in excess of 70 such visits) and many government lead conferences. The State visits include those by President’s Clinton, Bush, Putin and many others.
He was part of the “Core Command Group” who was tasked with the planning of major events such as Presidential Inaugurations, NAM Summit, CHOGM, WCAR, AU South Africa, WSSD, G20 Summit and many others. He also was sent to Mozambique to consult with their security services with regard to the AU in Mozambique. He also represented SAPS on many of the World Cup soccer meetings for the City of Cape Town during the planning phase. He was also involved with training and development, implementing and managing various specialized teams. Subsequent to leaving the SAPS he has been concentrating on events and conferences with regard to the safety, security and logistics aspects.
Significantly here he was invited to form part of the committee responsible for finalizing the events bylaws in the City of Cape Town. He has been instrumental in the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (the 4th biggest Jazz festival in the world) as well as events in Angola and Mozambique. He thus has a wide range of skills from close protection, planning, consulting, technical advisory, logistics and management of all these projects.
Gavin joined TSU in 2010 as the Operations Manager, concentrating on the specialised services offered in the company. He has also focused his efforts at increasing the TSU International footprint into Africa.
Marthin Botha - Head Instructor
Martin joined the SAPS in 1991. In 1993 he joined the SAPS Special Task Force where he received training in Executive Protection, Emergency Diving, Improvised Explosives and Devices, Sniper, Advanced Driving and other specialized training. Over a period of 13 years in the SAPS he gained a lot of experience and knowledge in Executive Protection and Tactical Operations, being in charge of many operations as team leader.
Marthin spent 7 years in Iraq where he gained even more experience as an Operational Manager and Team Leader. Marthin worked for TSU from 2012 as a Operations Manager and Training Instructor. With over a decade of experience in management, and his experience working across various operations in different countries will prove invaluable as we continue to grow the TSU business.
Chris Coetzee - Technical Director
Chris was a Senior Colonel in the South African Police Services where he served for 15 years as an Information Security Specialist relating to technical / electronic surveillance and – countermeasures. As a Chief Industrial Technician he was actively involved in the day-to-day workings of a technical support business. He is responsible for all management functions, including project management, supplier liaison, design and build of electronic circuits, technical investigations and information protection surveys. In 1998 he entered the private sector and has since been working with International companies.
|Xanti Bam - Director
In 1995 he co-founded Aza Day & Night Security, initially this was a small company that was turning over less than R50 000 a month in an industry that was at that time, controlled by a few dominant role-players. At that time, very few black people had ventured into this highly competitive and cutthroat industry and fewer still possessed the necessary experience or qualifications to guide us. During this period the company employed a secretary, one administrative assistant and twelve security personnel. By 2000, the business boasted a personnel compliment of over 500 with an annual turnover of approximately R28M per annum. At this time, his company was also the third largest, black-owned and operated security firm in the Western Cape.
During this period he consulted, advised and rendered security services to the following fields: Retail, Commercial and Industrial Guarding, Closed Circuit TV systems (CCTV), Risk and Threat Analysis. In 2005, he started a new and much smaller security company (Azania Security Coastal CC) which is focused on servicing niche institutional as well as private clientele in the Western Cape. In 2007 he completed a Postgraduate Qualification in Business Management (PDBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business. He has served on the boards of The Security Association of South Africa (SASA – Western Cape) as well as on the Western Cape Black Security Association (WECSA).
He currently serves on the board and is a director of TSU Protection Services as well as on the board of A.M. Security. Whilst he has accumulated 16 years of industry knowledge, skills and experience, he still finds the industry fascinating, particularly the ways in which software and technology have increased our ability to add value to our clients.
Corné van As - Chief Operations Manager (South Africa)
Corné joined the South African Police Service 1990. He was stationed at the College itself and was utilized as a Physical and Drill instructor as well as a Platoon Sergeant. In 1994 he did the Special Task Force Training course and excelled. He did his entire advance training courses during that same year and was already used as a Special Task Force instructor the next selection course. He was also intensively involved in developing courses for the SAPS, specialised units within the SAPS and other units.
As an operational member of the Special Task Force for 10 years he was involved in numerous operations which have included the release of hostages from buildings and a hijacked aircraft, the release of kidnapped hostages, apprehending armed and dangerous criminals, rescuing flood victims, joint cross-border operations to destroy arms caches, protecting a number of foreign dignitaries on official visits to South Africa, protecting the President of South Africa and numerous high risk operations as well as counter-sniper duties. He left the unit in 2004 to join TSU as Manager and Operational Director.
In 2006 he joined Vodacom as CPO for the CEO. In 2009 he was also appointed as the Manager VIP Protection, responsible for all Vodacom’s VIP protection and related activities. During his time at Vodacom he was also deployed to Tanzania as “in-house” security manager. Here he was responsible for handling of all the security related issues, managing the security service providers and ensuring the safety and security of all expatriates. He was also involved in all health and safety projects including the establishment of emergency evacuation procedures. Corne re-joined TSU in 2013 as Chief Operations Manage for South Africa. His responsibilities include overseeing all operations and administrative management of these.
Maritz van Zyl - Head of Training
He is also a former member of the South African Police Special Task Force with 27 years’ experience in the security field. As a Lt. Col. in the SA Police, he was involved in the planning and execution of numerous operations and at the head of various departments. He served on special operations inside and outside South Africa.
He has recent security experience in working as a Security Advisor on the Tier I Dignitary Protection Program in Iraq where he was tasked with the protection of the Prime Minister and two Vice Presidents of Iraq. He also wrote the security plan for the protection of all MTN clients during the Soccer World Cup in South Africa as well as overseeing the execution of the security plan. He did the research and wrote the manual on the release of Hostages on Airplanes and Trains for the South African Police Special Task Force and also trained the members in this. Wide range of security, operational planning, security assessments, computer, administrative, logistics, training in various fields and management skills.
Louis Nel - Head of Investigation and Polygraph
Louis served in the South African Police Service for over a decade and left the SAPS in 2000 with the rank of Detective Warrant Officer. He started working in the private security industry in 2000 as security Adviser and Close protection officer. He served for more than 3 years as the Security Escort Team leader for the Commanding officer of the USARMY core of engineers Gulf Regional Division (USAGE GRD). Louis also served in Iraq as sector manager GRD and GRD South. He joined TSU Protection Services (PTY) Ltd in late 2007 and performed the following duties: High profile investigations and Close protection. During his career Louis acquired various skills in the following fields: Forensic psycophilology (Polygraph Expert), Detective, Public prosecution, Surveillance, counter surveillance, Interview, interrogation, Close protection, Emergency diver, High-risk and SWAT instructor. Louis served in the following unit in the SAPS: Detective branch commander, Public Prosecutor Waterval Boven, Equestrian patrol unit, Special guard unit, and Flying squad Pretoria, Pretoria Diving Unit, Highway Patrol Gauteng, Area Pretoria Training, Eastern Transvaal decentralized training and various Police Stations.