Show # 257 - Coffee with Rich | Live During the South African Riots - Manhar Parshotam Founder and Director of Dragon Protection Services
On today's Coffee with Rich, we will be joined by Manhar Parshotam. 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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