On today's Coffee with Rich, we will be joined by
Manhar Parshotam for round two of the initial discussion about the
events in the near South African coup. Manhar Parshotam is
the founder, a shareholder and director of Dragon Protection
Services, which was established in 1996.
Manhar grew up in Durban and attended Burnwood
Secondary School in Sydenham. After he completed his schooling, he
spent two years studying for a degree in engineering until he
switched to a BCom degree.
During his university years, he was a voluntary
policeman and subsequently served as a police reservist for 15
years. Manhar’s explains that his career in the security field
‘happened by accident’.
In the 1990s he worked parttime in security during
the South African Amnesty process, which boosted his interest in
the field. Whilst working in security during a huge petrol strike,
a chance encounter changed his life’s direction. A medical doctor
approached and requested him to perform a security assessment of
one of the doctor’s buildings. Following this assessment, he was
offered the security contract for the building.
This was a huge learning curve,” explains Manhar.
In his final year of BCom, Manhar had to make a choice to either
complete his studies or go full time into the security business.
“This decision was hard as there were more cons than pros and was
based on the opportunity to train ex-soldiers in security so that
they could be reintegrated back into society and obtain jobs.”
After much deliberation Manhar left the university and the business
grew from there.
Some of the highlights of his career included
seeing Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi in person. A standout
moment was watching Nelson Mandela arrive at the Durban ICC. “I got
to see an icon – there was an aura about him which gave me
goosebumps,” said Manhar. During 2001 Manhar was provided the
opportunity by the South African Government to attend
internationally recognized protection training courses in the
United Kingdom and the United States.
In his down time, Manhar enjoys competitive
shooting as well as spending time with his family. “They help you
relax, keep you calm and put a smile on my face.”
He concluded, “Be happy, do what you love. If you
love what you are doing, then every day is a holiday.”
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