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August 10, 2017

Fraudulent Activity has Re-Emerged Using Alias ‘Robert Gumede’

You may remember a number of alerts we have sent in the past involving an individual who fraudulently uses the name ’Robert Gumede’ (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH well-known South African businessman). Alias ‘Mr Gumede’ books accommodation and then sends a fake Proof of Payment that exceeds the booked amount. He thereafter requests the over-balance

July 24, 2017

Cocaine worth R7.4m intercepted at OR Tambo Airport

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) intercepted 26kg of cocaine worth an estimated R7.4 million at OR Tambo International Airport.   Friday’s bust happened when customs officials and detector dogs intercepted the cocaine cosmetics from Sao Paolo, Brazil, in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The shipment of narcotics was discovered when officers

July 24, 2017

WATCH: Seven policemen and more than 30 airport staff suspended

JOHANNESBURG – The ministers of Police and State Security will provide details on Friday afternoon of the plan to ensure safety at OR Tambo International Airport.   Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the airport two weeks ago following brazen robberies there and reports of hijackings of passengers after leaving the airport.   Plans that have

July 14, 2017

SA Tourism media statement on OR Tambo International Airport

High-level police presence to boost security at OR Tambo International Airport 11 July 2017: Johannesburg, South Africa: South Africa’s Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has announced a number of new policing and security measures in response to the recent incidents of crime in and around Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. This includes the increased vetting of

July 5, 2017

Tips for your Tourism Business in an Emergency

The TSI aims to guide and empower businesses in the industry to manage criminal incidents and other related incidents. Download the following documents to empower your business:  

May 31, 2017

Tourism Department warns public of scam

Pretoria – The National Department of Tourism has warned members of the public to be aware of a scam in which organisations and companies are scammed by an email purporting to be from Minister Tokozile Xasa on LinkedIn. The fraudsters attempt to extract funds from companies and organisations. The method used by the fraudsters is:

May 29, 2017

Safety & Security: Latest Alerts for Accommodation Establishments to Note

ATTENTION GUESTHOUSES AND BNB’s: ANOTHER INCIDENT OF THEFT/BILKING REPORTED To guesthouse and BnB operators: A family of six fraudulently booked and checked in (via sending two fake bank payment notifications) at a Guesthouse in Johannesburg. The family, who claim to be from Durban, collected up a bill of R16 650 at the establishment and left

April 21, 2017


Click here to login to the secure portal and view the TSI Accommodation Report for March 2017. Due to its sensitive nature, kindly refrain from circulating it (which is essential to encourage more accommodation establishments to submit their data). If you can’t remember your TSI portal login details, please email The TSI Monthly Accommodation

April 13, 2017

Police on safe and secure Easter holidays

Police visibility heightened to ensure a safe and secure Easter holiday 12 Apr 2017 The South African Police Service, supported by other law enforcement agencies, government departments and stakeholders, has heightened police visibility and increased our operations over the Easter holiday period.   This heightened visibility will be realised through holding roadblocks, patrols, search-and-seizure operations

April 6, 2017

Latest on the proposed shut down for Friday 7 April 2017

Please find the latest update on the proposed shutdown of the country:   Save South Africa, a campaign made up of organisations, civil society groups, business leaders, celebrities and citizens, has called on all SA citizens to assemble in peaceful protest outside National Treasury offices in Pretoria   Since then a number of other parties

Two sides of the shieldServices

  • Prevention and Risk Management Based on information gathered, the trends can be noted and more information provided to the TSI portal. This will ensure we provide a service of success in preventing criminal trends in the tourism industry. The TSI will provide knowledge and insight on best practice to mitigate against tourist and tourism business crime.
  • Incident Management Our aim is to get as many incidents as possible reported to the TSI portal. This information will assist us to provide the police with information to prosecute those who are involved in crimes against tourists and tourism businesses. The TSI will also assist in supporting the victims of such crimes.