"SA has the fourth largest private security industry in the world" - expert

Host Eusebius McKaiser, together with guests, Hugh Fraser, media manager for Paragon Group, architects and interior architects and Joshua Louw, former director of Securex, unpack both the economy and architecture of fear.

Hugh Fraser’s peers refer to him as a “globe-trekking architect”. He is famous for his pioneering work with concrete as a building material and the innovative way in which he has applied it to his designs.

Fraser explains the difference between the architecture of fear and defensive architecture. He says the architecture of fear looks like big walls around affluent suburbs, these arose out of the apartheid era. Fraser believes this is more out of a desire for privacy rather than security or fear of the criminal element.

Defensive architecture - this is not new to us. Spanish and Portuguese colonial architecture traditionally was based around the courtyard, so ‘spanish bars’ became part of our architectural lexicon.

Hugh Fraser, Media Manager for Paragon Group, architects and interior architects

Louw tells McKaiser that a Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released a report, saying South Africans spent R55 billion in 2013 on private security measures. He adds that a lot of that is driven by consumers.

There are around 490 000 active private security employees in South Africa; working in armed response, cash-in-transit, and guarding.

Joshua Louw, former director of Securex

Louw adds that increasingly consumers are less trusting of the South African Police Services (Saps) and are now using integrated technology for their home security.

The guests had an insightful discussion on the meaning behind 'walls', so prevalent in South Africa.

Listen to the full discussion in the clip below:

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