This is how much car guards get tipped in South Africa

BusinessTech recently surveyed readers on how much they tip car guards.

The survey had 4,911 respondents with just under half (43%) indicating that they tip around R5.

Just over a quarter (26%) indicated that they tip R2, while 10% of readers indicated that they tip R10 or more. A large number of readers (22%) said that they do not tip at all.

BusinessTech’s poll results are mostly on par with findings made by industry bodies, with a 2018 report published by Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) finding that 89% of South Africans tip car guards, whereas only 11% indicated that they did not tip.

According to the report, the most commonly noted reasons for tipping include:

  • To gain good quality service in future;
  • To reward good/ quality service;
  • To gain social approval or to avoid social disapproval;
  • To conform to internalised tipping norms.

PSIRA’s data shows that approximately 45% of respondents tip between R4 to R7, and 25% tip between R8 to R11.

Approximately 18% of respondents would pay car guards between R1 to R3.

In line with BusinessTech’s survey, only 3% of the respondents in Gauteng and Eastern Cape would pay R20.00 or more.

Harassment and perceived threat

PSIRA also asked respondents whether they had ever been harassed by a car guard.

From a national perspective, most of the respondents (77%) indicated that they had not been subjected to harassment, whereas 23% indicated that they had been harassed by car guards.

In the Western Cape, almost half (48%) of respondents said that they had been harassed by a car guard. In Eastern Cape, that figure was at 39%.

PSIRA’s survey also showed that some South Africans consider car guards to be a security risk.

From a national perspective, most of the respondents (65%) indicated that they did not consider car guards to pose a risk to their car, whereas 35% did perceive some sort of risk from car guards.

[Main image: Car Guard by Makiwa Mutomba]


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This is how much car guards get tipped in South Africa