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October 13, 2017

Department of Health Media Release – Plague Outbreak in Madagascar Causes International Concern

PRETORIA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed 449 cases of an outbreak of plague in Madagascar, with 48 deaths (case fatality rate 11%). The outbreak is primarily located in the middle third of the island, around the Antananarivo (239 cases and 21 deaths) and Toamasina Province on the east coast (147 cases and

October 12, 2017

Safety tips for motorists during heavy rains

With recent heavy rainfall causing chaos on the roads, the South African Police Service has urged motorists to be cautious. Heavy rains and strong winds have gripped most parts of the country, causing damage in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Images and videos shared on social media today show cars submerged in flood water on the

October 4, 2017

Tourism Business Council urges Government to step up safety & security efforts

Pretoria, South Africa: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) calls on government to step up efforts to uphold the rule of law and address the scourge of crime in the country. The Council believes this will go a long way in creating a safe travel and tourism environment.   The Council makes this

September 27, 2017

TBCSA STATEMENT REGARDING THE ROBBERY OF 36 DUTCH TOURISTS

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has learnt of the unfortunate incident of theft involving a group of Dutch tourists who became victims of armed robbery whilst enroute to a hotel in Fourways.   It has been reported that a group of 36 Dutch tourists who landed at OR Tambo International Airport in

September 8, 2017

Statement from South African Police Services regarding the violence between metered taxi and Uber drivers in Sandton last night

Statement from South African Police Services regarding the violence between metered taxi and Uber drivers in Sandton last night:   GAUTENG: JOHANNESBURG NORTH CLUSTER   2017-09-08   SANDTON – The South African Police Service in the Province, together with Gauteng Traffic Police are monitoring the situation closely following incidents of violence on Thursday evening where

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:  

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  • 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.

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