Song Zhen, a Chinese national, was inspired to set up a security company in South Sudanese capital Juba after witnessing a spiraling crime wave that scared local and foreign investors.
Song won accolades from the local hosts when he set up Deway Security Company that is a subsidiary of Ancheng International Security Company based in Beijing.
Located in the Juba suburb of Tongping, Deway Security Company has revolutionized war against crime in South Sudan’s capital and inspired confidence among investors who have injected massive capital in the fragile economy of world’s youngest republic.
“We are coming to this country to improve security using China’s modern security infrastructure,” Song told Xinhua in a recent interview at his company’s premises.
He disclosed that his company was established in 2015 with the goal of setting up a one-stop security service to protect lives and properties of international organizations including Chinese businesses in the face of high crime levels in Juba and other major towns.
Song told Xinhua that his security firm has employed more than 100 South Sudanese after equipping them with vital skills like martial arts, firefighting, radio communication, criminal surveillance and criminal detection.
“Our clients include Chinese companies, Juba main hospital, local banks, UN organizations and premises of dozens of non-governmental organization involved in humanitarian work here,” said Song.
He was born in Shandong province and has worked in Africa for 13 years in security-related services.
Song said he considered Chinese and African people as brothers, hence the company’s unwavering desire to support South Sudan in achieving peace and stability.
He added that his security company has contributed to rebuilding of South Sudan after years of civil strife through provision of jobs for the youth and strengthening local efforts to combat crime and lawlessness.
“Some Chinese nationals dread coming to South Sudan because of insecurity and this is why we are here to offer them guidance and protection,” Song said.
He noted that South Sudan has a youth bulge that can be tapped by local and foreign investors to promote economic growth.
Song told Xinhua that his company strictly adheres to local regulations and customs and has collaborated with police hence winning confidence of local people and foreigners.
“When we offer security service to our clients, we also provide solar system, satellite station construction and satellite communication devices imported from China since there is erratic power supply in Juba that hampers performance of mobile telecommunication masts,” said Song.
He added that his employees are trained to respond promptly to any emergency situation within Juba and surrounding regions.
David Andrew, a supervisor at Deway Security Firm, said the lives of him and his peers have been transformed thanks to decent wages and training opportunities provided by his current employer since 2015.
“Our company is different from other competitors since it provides guards with state of the art equipment and regular training to enhance their performance,” said Andrew. Enditem