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August 17, 2016

Be alert for scammers in SABIE

Our colleagues at Kruger Lowveld have notified us of a latest scam in the Sabie area to be aware of. In a recent incident two Australian tourists were pulled over by a silver hatch Polo, with horizontal black stripes and covered number plates, as they took the Hazyview exit from Sabie. They had spotted the

August 12, 2016

Police arrest Home Affairs officials for fraud and corruption

Hawks Anti-Corruption Unit have arrested two Home Affairs officials for fraud, corruption and extortion. The first suspect (36) who is an Assistant Manager at Giyani Home Affairs was arrested after a long and profound investigation which started in 2012. The suspect allegedly solicited bribe from Asylum seekers from different countries during his tenure as the

August 2, 2016

Environmental Affairs on 2016 Winter Season

Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management: National Agro-meteorological Committee (NAC) Advisory on the 2016 winter season   1. Introduction   In May, above normal rainfall was received over most parts of the country with the exception of the western and southern coastal areas and adjacent interiors where it was below normal.   In June,

August 2, 2016

Police arrest alleged human trafficking suspects

Two suspects arrested for human smuggling A crime intelligence operation together with the HAWKS has landed to truck drivers behind bars.   The two, Idrisa Yusuf Mussa (39) and Danison Prahima (39) were arrested on the 28 July 2016 and appeared last week Friday in the Marble Hall Magistrate Court for human smuggling. They are

July 29, 2016

Home Affairs response: Three arrested on charges of human trafficking following the rescue of 57 Malawian children

The Department of Home Affairs has welcomed the arrest of three people in Rustenburg, North West, on charges of human trafficking following the rescue of 57 Malawian children and young adults by police officers, over the weekend. The vigilance of the South African Police Services in this regard is commendable. It goes to show why

July 28, 2016

Road Traffic Management Corporation calls for cautious driving

26 Jul 2016 RTMC calls for caution on the roads as inclement weather spreads The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists and public transport drivers to be cautious on the roads as unfavorable weather conditions are set to spread throughout the country. Roads traveling were hindered in coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape

July 8, 2016

SAPS guarantee safe, secure elections

Pretoria – The South African Police Service (SAPS) has assured that the 2016 Local Government Elections will be conducted in a safe and secure environment. “The mandate of the SAPS demands from us to lead in the process of securing the elections and to allow all South Africans to cast their democratic vote without any

July 7, 2016

R1 million heroin seized at OR Tambo

Pretoria – Heroin worth over R1 million was discovered in wedding cards at OR Tambo International Airport, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS). In a statement on Wednesday, the revenue service said the drugs were discovered in the cards en-route to Australia concealing 3.5kg of heroin with a street value of over R1 million

June 8, 2016

Warning: Fraudsters targeting local B&B’s and guest houses

There’s a new scam in the lowveld, specifically targeting B&Bs and guest houses. Fraudsters make a reservation for accommodation, acting as missionaries from Mozambique, under the auspices of Operation Mobilisation (OM). Names used to date include Gerofi Balzas, Emelia Berge, Paulo Mondlane, Samual Manual, Sara du Silva, Matthew Joa Montega and Joseph Kosi. The cell

May 24, 2016

Tourism Security: A Comparison on Safety Tips

Like many other tourist destinations in the world, it could be argued that South Africa has some way to go to manage the trade-off between providing information to travellers about safety and security considerations versus the important task of growing tourist numbers into the country. By Ian van Vuuren – Project Consultant, Tourism Safety Initiative,

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.