In Football, safety and security plays a major part towards ensuring a successful football match and events. This week Silindile Xulu finds out there’s more to AmaZulu Head of Security, Qedi Dlamini’s job than meets the eye.
SX: Congratulations on your formal appointment as full time Head of Security at the club. What does your role entail in the Club?
QD: I am Head of Security, and am responsible for the safety and security of the club, spectators and everyone who attend our events. My role is to make sure that the team, match officials and spectators are safe.
SX: When did you start working for AmaZulu?
QD: I started about 15 years ago and that time I was as a junior security working at gates and searching people.
SX: What were you doing before AmaZulu?
QD: I was a police man for 22 years, after that I worked for AmaZulu on a part time base, worked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup for two years and then went back to working for Usuthu.
SX: Why did you change from Police to Security?
QD: It is a related industry – security has got more safety while policing deals with crime and investigation.
SX: Your daily schedule at AmaZulu FC?
QD: On away games I deal with the protection of the team, during travelling, I ensure that the team is all in one place a day before the match. Also since I recently got formally employed on a full time basis at AmaZulu I will now be facilitating security more in depth and at training grounds.
For home games we prepare a week before the actual game with other service providers like Police, Health and the Fire department. We predict how many spectators are expected and how many security officials will be required.
SX: It’s a bit interesting that so much happens in football. What sort of credentials or personality is required for one to do this profession?
QD: If a person wants to be a security they have to train. For my position at least grade B level is required and one has to register with PSIRA. I have a Policing Diploma from UNISA and about to complete my post graduate qualification.
SX: How do you cope with pressure or chaotic supporters?
QD: Nowadays it is easy, previously it was not easy to deal will supporters. The capacity and resources make the job easy and most spectators know that they will get arrested if they do unlawful things.
SX: If you are not wrapped around your busy work schedule what do you get up to?
QD: Spending my time with my family at KwaMashu especially my soon to be wife Nonhlanhla.