|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.
Willem Adrian Espag - Head of Training and Education
As a young Policeman he started his career in the SAPS Special Task Force and was deployed as Operational member and Instructor. He commenced in rank from Constable to Senior Colonel and was appointed as Operational Section Commander, Acting National Training Commander and Operational Platoon Commander.
During his time as Operator, Duty Officer and Commander, he was confronted by loads of Hi-Risk Operations Nationwide. Hostage Dramas; Kidnappings; Bank Robberies; Cash in Transit Heists; Drug Seizures; Search and Rescue operations were the order of the day. Service of the highest quality was provided to Specialized Police Units known as Murder and Robbery Unit, Internal Stability Units, Fire Arms Unit, Special Investigation Unit, Child Protection Unit, Anti-Corruption Unit, Anti Hi-Jacking Unit, Heath Special Investigations Unit, Endangered Species Unit, VIP- Protection Unit and other Police Units. Not only was services rendered to the Local Community but also to certain international countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Transkei, Swazi Land, Venda, etc. VIP- Protection played a huge role in meet and interview acting with foreign countries and delegates especially during the African Union Summit and World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Protection was provided to Local State Presidents such as F.W De Klerk, RSA; Nelson Mandela, RSA; Thabo Mbeki, RSA and other State Presidents like Bill Clinton, USA; Fidel Castro, Cuba; Yasser Arafat, Palestine; Muammar Al Gadaffi, Libya and the State of the Vatican City, Pope Paulus. International Sport Teams like the World Rugby Team, 1989; All Black’s, 1992; Wallabies, 1992; French, 1994; Australian and other Cricket Teams part of the 2002 Cricket World Cup during their visit to South Africa was also looked after. As Special Task Force Instructor, he was utilized in training Basic and Advanced Fire arm Handling Techniques, Advanced Urban Survival Techniques, Physical Training, Advance Endurance Training and VIP-Protection Training. Training was provided to Members of the Special Task Force, Current Operators and New Recruits; other SAPS Members; Members of the SANDF Special Forces; Members of the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) and other Local and International Agencies.
Wimpie joined TSU in 2007 and was appointed as the Director of Training. In this time he has been the driving force behind us gaining City and Guilds accreditation. He has also developed a number of specialised training courses including tactical training and crowd control courses, that have been accepted and approved by SASSETA. His experience and hands-on approach with an experienced team has ensured that TSU training remains a step "above the rest".
Marthin Botha - Operations Manager
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.
|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.
Anton Lume - General Manager
He is a former member of the South African Police training college in Pretoria with 8 years of training experience. Here his duties included training students in many skills including musketry, self-defense, drill and equestrian disciplines. He then progressed into the private security industry where he focused on the rural and agricultural areas. Here he progressed from training manager to general manager operations within the short period of 4 years. Here his duties included client liaison, planning and implementation of new contracts, financial and human resource management. He joined TSU in 2006 and is now the general manager of our guarding and executive support divisions. He has proven to be an asset to the company through his professional approach and experience that he brings to the table.
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.
Louis Nel - Executive Protection Specialist
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.