Why car guards are paying 'ramp' fees to shopping malls

702 caller Ben says he is concerned about a ramp fee of up to R75 which car guards are allegedly expected to pay to management at certain shopping centres in Gauteng.

He asks whether this is feasible.

I heard that these car guards at the centre must pay R40 - R75 a day to the centre or people that have agreements with the centre, I don't know if this is right or if someone has information around it because it sounds very heavy for these people and I think they are quite poor people.

Ben, caller

LISTEN: Car guards pay up to R75 fee

While Xolani Gwala argues that security is the centre's responsibility and guards should not be forced to pay rent, another caller, Dingaan explains why guards are charged a fee despite offering their services.

You want to regulate who comes in and out and looks after people's cars. Now your security company would get 40 people or so, screen them, issue them with their reflective jackets and give them a radius....You say to the guy, you are guaranteed that you will have this section to look after every day, you can use my bathrooms, you can use my water and lights, do whether you need to do at the center,generate an income and in return you pay a certain fee called a ramp fee.

Dingaan, caller

Caller Dingaan explains how he understands the ramp fees works.

Your security firm would typically be managing your car guards. It is not a centre management function, the money (that the) security guard company will be generating is disclosed to centre management and is reported as miscellaneous income.

Dingaan, caller

The ramp fee is a monthly fee, a car guard on a typical day would make anything between R200 to R1 000.

Dingaan, caller

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