Africa connections

Hey SighSee
I wanna go on fun/business trip to africa and try to build some connections of some sort to get into private security. The thing is I don't know shit about Africa, what would be the best places to go about this? I have a friend who's worked there before (somalia and niger delta) and we both want to try make something work either starting our own business or doing some short term contract work. I got my pilot license but need more hours and ratings if i really want to do anything in that regard.

But anyways what places do you recommend I check out in Africa for connections?

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go to South Africa, demand for private security in Johannesburg is huge

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Go to South Africa, demand for private security in Johannesburg is huge
      They don't hire foreigners.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Lol for a business startup that isn't capital intensive, they aren't going to let you come in and just startup and corner the market. You could probably contract yourself out to someone.

      Joburg has 14,000 millionaires (usd) and is richest country in Africa. Also the business hub of SA. It's safe but the people that need that sort of security already live in gated communities or neighborhoods with security booths.

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I got my pilot license but need more hours and ratings if i really want to do anything in that regard.
    what ratings are you missing? multi isn't a huge deal, but I'm assuming you're at least CFII or you wouldn't be asking. if you aren't CFII please don't say you have a pilot license, because you really don't. makes the rest of us look bad.

    anyways, there's a few places to go. Blantyre, Swakopmund, Walvis, Maun, Harare have always been hubs. Just meet people and network in.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      yeah I just got my PPL over a month ago haha. I figured, but are the qualifications that high, CFII or no one bothers to even look at you? What about a CPL and 500+ hours?

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Maun won't take you even at 500 anymore. I'm not sure Namibia will either, in practice. Zim has been out for years and Malawi is way too poor.

        either way, I don't know how you expect to get from 250 to the 750-ish you'll need for bush pilot job without grinding CFI hours. personally, being someone who knows better, I would not get into a plane where somebody who hasn't at least passed a CFI checkride is at the controls. operators feel mostly the same way. commercial is really just a glorified PPL, a VFR stage check to make sure you still got it after instrument fried your brain.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Well shit, I wanted to make a job happen next summer but I dont know if I can get 750 by that time cause Im busy with school and saving up those gov bennies I rate. Shits expensive. Guess my friend can do most of the talking since he has more experience with the security aspect. Maybe connections can go a long way.

          Have you heard anything about Mozambique? Heard things are picking up there

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Mozambique
            add portuguese to the list after you are done with flight lessons if want that to be possible.

            • 8 months ago
              Anonymous

              Like the Ukranians that African operators hire speak any portugese...

              • 8 months ago
                Anonymous

                great, you compete with draft dodgers with nothing to set you apart. good luck getting in a seat with that.

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Which southern African country is it common every day to wear safari type clothing for Men?
    >Pic is what I mean
    The stereotypical area; rural South Africa?

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Unless you're literally in the African bush; you will look like a tourist. Even in rural South Africa people are wearing jeans and Guess/Disney tshirts

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Check out flying for high end safaris in Kenya. They need both pilots and security for VIP customers as the shit is super expensive. Bonus is Kenya is safe.

    These people have their own small planes to go from Nairobi to Masai Mara:
    https://www.governorscamp.com/safari-camps/governors-camp/

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    GlowBlack person here.
    You join g4s, get a security qualification in your own country, then apply for a company transfer.

    If you just turn up in Africa you're not a citizen, dubious whether you could get a security liscence, you'll find the pay in the private sector is awful and you're exactly the kind of person nobody would want in security.
    >no experience
    >no qualifications
    >no language skills
    >no local knowledge
    >trigger happy
    If you're serious then get qualified and apply for a company rather then an employer.

    Most PSCs are just private drivers who carry pistols, or receptionists who carry pistols. It wouldn't even be worth working these jobs in a bad neibourhood on the salary, not even considering the obligation to actually engage an active shooter or fight a junkie who has a syringe.

    Maratime security is basically only for former naval personelle, it's quiet specific. Port security is boring as frick and relatively dangerous given the risk of industrial accident, you could get port security at home

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