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CORONAVIRUS The threat of COVID-19 is changing the world


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VOL 38 NO 3 MARCH 2020 | Vol 38 No 3 March 2020 The official industry journal for professional risk practitioners: security, safety, health, environment and quality assurance


One of SA’s growing threats to personal security

CORONAVIRUS The threat of COVID-19 is changing the world


SPECIAL FEATURE 10 Kidnapping: One of South Africa’s growing threats to personal security Physical threats to South Africans in their personal capacity are increasing year-onyear, spurred on in part by the declining capacity and efficiency of the country’s law enforcement entities. That’s according to Herman Bosman, Kidnapping & Extortion Manager for TSU International, who says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) admitted late last year that the prosecution rate for violent crime in South Africa was as low as two per cent. The result is that adults and children of all ages in South Africa are now more exposed to the threat of violent contact crimes than ever before.

13 Missing Children SA and Amber Alerts SA Security Focus Africa looks at two key initiatives for finding South Africa’s lost children.

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NEWS 16 Significant reduction in crime since lockdown.

MOBILE SECURITY 17 Keep your smartphone Coronafree.

PERSONALITY PROFILE 18 In conversation with...Tony Botes, National Administrator of Security Association of South Africa (SASA).

ASSOCIATION NEWS 20 SASA update: National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector.

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News you can use, doing the right thing and preparing for tomorrow A Christmas like any other, but a New Year that few saw coming.


hen coronavirus first reared its ugly head in China in December 2019, no one could know that it had started its deadly march across the world. Three months down the line, life as we know it has changed.

Billions of people across the globe are now living and working in close confines with the challenges that will inevitably arise from this very unnatural state of affairs. Some of us are on mandatory leave, worrying about our jobs and how to entertain restless children. Others are working from home in a range of spaces

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from separate studies with doors that close (luxury) to dining room tables, kitchen counters and even gardens. We laughed when Professor Robert Kelly’s kids wandered into his home office during an interview on BBC in 2017 and then again when NBC’s Courtney Kube was interrupted on air by her toddler son. Now, with the shoes on the other foot, we’re having to figure out how to separate work from family in circumstances that no one could have imagined. Not long ago, the term “social distancing” was unknown; now it’s become a critical element of the move to flatten the curve or in other words stop the spread of the virus. As in any crisis, there are those who will concentrate their energies on the negative:


USEFUL RESOURCES Encompassing a range of interests, here are some links for business owners, managers, staff, parents and kids: • To keep the kids occupied while you work, Audible is offering free line audio books (

• For free face-to-face conferencing, have a look at this Business Insider article google-hangouts-video-conferencingfree-coronavirus-zoom-2020-3?IR=T. Zoom, which allows users to talk to up to 99 other people simultaneously, is another option: ( support/download)

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the fear-mongers, the fake news spreaders, the scammers and the criminals. Petty politicians and religious zealots will use the crisis as a soap box to further their goals, the ignorant and the stupid will defy the law, and there will be those in positions of authority who will abuse their power. And then there will be those who will rise to the top, showing courage, leadership and vision, who are already planning a better future not only for themselves and their families but their employees and their fellow countrymen. While in no way downplaying the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, I want to share some positive news that you can use to reinvent, plan for the future and keep busy. Starting with our private security industry, SASA (Security Association of South Africa), remains open for business via phone, social media and email, dispensing advice and information to members and consumers as well as the local and foreign media. Its executive, which comprises some of the industry’s leading names, and its national administrator Tony Botes, are once again proving to be stalwarts in the most challenging of times .

• For current information pertinent to South African business owners, some sites which I’ve checked out are BUSA (Business Unity SA) za/, and the recently formed Solidarity Fund ( and South African Future Trust (

• Skill share ( offers online classes on a range of topics including video, freelancing, painting and photography – maybe use the hours you would have spent commuting to and from work in the traffic to fulfil a creative dream?

• On the physical fitness front for those of us who can’t get our daily gym or running fixes, Vitality has launched a free online fitness programme with a daily schedule of high-intensity workouts, yoga, surprise fitness challenges and more. You’ll find it on the Vitality section on Discovery’s website and social media channels.

• SowetanLive (https://www.sowetanlive. suggests places to go without leaving the safety of your house, from island hopping to museums and art galleries, something you and the family can enjoy during your work breaks.

Then there are the companies providing essential security services, never more necessary than now in an environment conducive to criminality. As a token of our appreciation, we’re going to be listing them and the services they’re rendering during the lock-down period on our various digital platforms. If your company is providing an essential service to South Africa right now, please send us an email with your details to In my experience over the last few days, the best sources of information and updates on Covid-19 include the South African government website (which doesn’t require data or airtime to access it) There’s also the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center ( and Worldometers (https://www.worldometers. info/coronavirus/)

Please avoid the fraudulent, misleading and alarmist links, which are proliferating, not only because you could end up with a hefty fine or jail sentence but also because it’s the right thing to do. If you do nothing else but stay at home and refuse to press “SEND” or “FORWARD”, you’ll be making a big difference. I can think of no better way to end this editor’s comment than to share the message from the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA), which in its update of 31 March 2020 said: “We are all in this together. We commend you, Mr President, for the manner in which you execute your presidential role during this very challenging time. “We, in turn, will play our part in overcoming this pandemic and returning prosperity to South Africa.” Keep safe!

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News snippets from around the world As at 31 March 2020 South Africa’s coronavirus death toll rises to 5, with 1 353 cases and 39 500 people tested

Fifty people, who previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Cape Town, have recovered and their period of self-isolation lifted. The lockdown, however, still applies to them. (Source: News24)

allegedly by an Ekhurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer. A co-accused believed to be a security guard appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday but IPID spokesperson Sontaga Seisa says more information is needed to link the police officer to the murder. “As a result… a decision was taken by the court that we need to be given an opportunity as IPID to go and gather the missing link. What I can say is that there is a possibility that there might be some additional charges that might come forward,” Seisa added. (Source: News24)

Gauteng lockdown shooting: Metro cop being investigated by IPID

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the shooting death of a Vosloorus man



More than 2 000 arrests for breaking SA lockdown laws

Viral outbreak: Fake news spreads in SA in tandem with Covid-19

IPID investigates complaints of murder, rape and assault against cops during lockdown

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has received 21 complaints since the start of the lockdown at midnight on March 26. The complaints include murder, rape, discharging of firearms and assault by police personnel. (Source: SowetanLive)

don’t adhere to the lockdown regulations. Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo says private security guards employed on estates are in contact with the police and urged to give them information on those ignoring lockdown measures. (Source: Eyewitnessnews / EWN)

“We have a scenario that is a perfect storm for mis- and disinformation,” Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird told Daily Maverick. “You have fear, low levels of general knowledge of the virus itself, of public health in general, of an invisible enemy and millions of variables.” Bird says that Media Monitoring Africa has already seen a “massive increase” of dodgy news circulating locally during this period. (Source: Daily Maverick)

Daily arrest totals in South Africa are increasing with more 2 000 people arrested for defying lockdown regulations already, according to Police Minister Bheki Cele. Warning citizens to abide by the rules or face the full might of the law, he says the South African Police Service (SAPS), with assistance from the National Defence Force (SANDF) has cracked down on taverns and the illicit liquor trade with those found guilty of flouting the law facing jail sentences. (Source:

Update: ‘Police pounce’ as lockdown arrests rise to 2 289

SAPS: People living on estates and not adhering to lockdown will be arrested

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned people living in complexes and estates that they could be arrested if they

Police have arrested 2 289 people since the beginning of the lockdown, according to Police Minister Bheki Cele at a media briefing by the inter-ministerial committee in charge of the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Source:

NEWS IN BRIEF COVID-19: Organised crime group ‘adapting’ with ‘new crime trends’ warns Interpol

The COVID-19 pandemic has “sparked new crime trends”, the head of Interpol told Euronews on Monday, warning that organised crime groups have adapted their activities to benefit from the global health crisis. Jurgen Stock revealed to Euronews that police forces around the world have already seized counterfeited medical items, including “thousands of counterfeited substandard protective masks, so-called corona spray, corona medicine and substandard hand sanitiser”. (Source:

Employers cannot force workers to take annual leave during lockdown

SA Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says his department has received numerous complaints about employers attempting to shift the financial burden of the 21-day lockdown onto employees “by various means, including insisting that workers use their annual leave allocation during this period”. Speaking at a media briefing earlier this week, Nxesi said that government had made funds available to businesses to mitigate some of the losses experienced due to the shutdown and that a directive had been issued to explain the process to follow and the benefits to which employees would be entitled in terms of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). Further, he said a national Covid-19 Benefit Fund implemented by the UIF was also available to mitigate worker layoffs during the 21-day lockdown. (Source: IOL)

Cape Town man arrested for sharing ‘fake news’ about COVID

South African authorities are clamping down on the spread of misinformation following the arrest of a Cape Town man for spreading a fake news story about Covid-19. Those found guilty of spreading fake news could face criminal charges, authorities have warned. (Source:

be recovered from the deceased estate of ANC official Yolanda Botha, who served in Parliament’s social development portfolio committee and died in December 2014. The ConCourt upheld an appeal by the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that ruled that her estate pay R750 000 of the R1.1 million worth of renovations on her Kimberley home. (Source: News24)

SA’s slow internet could be back to capacity by 4 April

Crime drops, domestic violence risk rises during US lockdown

Bloomberg reports that property-related crime has dropped in parts of the USA as a result of the numbers of people confined to their homes. In Los Angeles, property crime dropped 18 per cent in the four weeks ending 21 March compared with the four weeks prior; calls for police services in Chicago declined 30 per cent for the month and crime in New York City fell almost 25 per cent in the week ending March 22 compared with the week before. However, domestic complaints are rising in some areas, with Seattle police reporting a 22 per cent increase in domestic violence calls in the first two weeks of March. (Source:

South Africa’s slow internet could be back up and running to full capacity by 4 April, according to a report by Business Insider Tech. “The Ile D’Aix is making steady progress along the English Channel toward the site cable break of the West African Cable System (Wacs), says the South African National Research & Education Network. This along with a second break along the South Atlantic Telecommunications (SAT-3) has led to slow internet over the weekend. The Leon Thevenin is currently doing repairs to this break.” (Source: Business Insider Tech)

SANTACO calls of national taxi strike

ConCourt orders corruption proceeds be paid back from deceased former ANC official’s estate

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ordered the full proceeds from corruption

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has called off a planned national strike after their demands to relax lockdown regulations were revised. The new regulations now allow taxis to fill up to 70 per cent with commuters. (Source: eyewitnessnews / EWN)



NEWS IN BRIEF How cell phone technology can help in the fight against Covid-19

Cell phone technology will be used to help health workers track and trace people infected with Covid-19 and their contacts, according to Dr Yogan Pillay SA’s health department deputy director-general. Speaking on Radio 702 earlier this week, he said the department “was working with Telkom to develop a solution where the community health workers will get the telephone numbers and physical locations of people who have tested positive, as well as their contacts. They will then be able to go into communities and track and trace using electronic communication, rather than it being paper-based. We will also the be able to get a sense of the movement of people as well [to track the virus]. The information will then again come to a central point. Then we can see the way in which the disease is spreading.” (Source: Radio 702 and TimesLive)

Essential-service permits mistakenly awarded to small businesses will be revoked

Covid-19 relief promises for Africa’s small businesses

Countries like South African and Nigeria have announced wide-ranging relief measures to help cushion the blow of the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s still unclear when funds will be available and who can access it. Africa is overwhelmingly a continent of small businesses, petty traders and microfirms, with an estimated 95% of enterprises falling into this category. These are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Few have the savings to cover things like rent and pay wages as lockdowns across the continent see businesses close, custom dry up and employees let go. (Source:

Eskom’s De Ruyter: ‘I think we’ll emerge stronger and more reliable’ after lockdown

More than a million confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally

According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University released on Thursday, at least 1,000,036 infections have been recorded after cases doubled in the past eight days. It took 75 days to log the first 500,000 cases around the world. (Source:

9 Future predictions for a post-coronavirus world

As the ripple of COVID-19 careens around the globe, it’s forcing humankind to innovate and change the way we work and live. The upside of where we find ourselves right now is that individuals and corporations will be more resilient in a post-COVID-19 world. Here are nine predictions of what our world may look like once we have left the pandemic behind. (Source:

Sniffer dogs being trained to recognise the coronavirus in the UK

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will withdraw essential services permits granted to businesses that had fraudulently obtained certificates or were not supposed to have been approved when they initially filed applications on the Bizportal website. “As was made clear when the automated certificate was issued by the CIPC, that the provision thereof was based on information provided by the registered company itself, and that possession thereof does not in itself constitute the right to continue operating during the lockdown period,” the Department of Trade and Industry said. (Source: TimesLive)



Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter is hopeful that the breather the power utility is experiencing during the coronavirus lockdown may provide a buffer against future bouts of load shedding, he said on Thursday. While he did not guarantee this would be possible, he said Eskom was doing “extensive contingency planning” to ensure the power utility had “enough of a buffer period” prior to the end of lockdown to enable it to meet demand. (Source: Fin24com)

The next target for Medical Detection Dogs, a UK-based charity that trains sniffing dogs to recognise diseases, is the coronavirus. The charity is working alongside Durham University and the London School of


Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to trial the dogs. Once a way to safely catch the coronavirus’ odor is established, the charity estimates it will take six weeks to train up a coronavirus sniffing dog. (Source:

These jobs have been added to the ‘essential services’ list during South Africa’s lockdown

African governments, tech giants team up to fight coronavirus lies

Covid-19 tracing: SA government will track cell phone locations back to 5 March

The South African government is setting up a Covid-19 database to track anyone who may be carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or anyone who has had contact with a carrier. The health department now has the power to demand location data from cell phone companies, going back to 5 March, for that database. People tracked will not be notified, but a judge will get a list of those whose movements are traced, after the fact. The database is supposed to be de-identified six weeks after the Covid-19 disaster is declared over. (Source:

Government has updated the list of essential services which are allowed to continue working during South Africa’s lockdown to include a number of financial sector jobs. The original list of essential workers featured 28 jobs which cover a range of sectors including medical care, supply chains, retail workers and journalists. These new essential services include: • The banking environment (including the operations of mutual banks, cooperative banks, co-operative financial institutions and the Postbank); • The payments environment; • The financial markets (including market infrastructures licensed under the Financial Markets Act; • The insurance environment; • The savings and investment environment; • Pension fund administration; • Outsourced administration; • Medical schemes administration. (Source:

Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to fight misinformation around Covid-19. South Africa has launched an information service about the coronavirus on WhatsApp. The health department developed its WhatsApp service with South Africa-based non-profit, using machine learning technology. Users who send the word “hi” to a WhatsApp number (0600 123 456) can get questions answered on topics including myths, symptoms and treatments. (Source:




Kidnapping One of South Africa’s growing threats to personal security

Physical threats to South Africans in their personal capacity are increasing yearon-year, spurred on in part by the declining capacity and efficiency of the country’s law enforcement entities.


hat’s according to Herman Bosman, Kidnapping & Extortion Manager for TSU International, who says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) admitted late last year that the prosecution rate for violent crime in South Africa was as low as two per cent. The result is that adults and children of all ages in South Africa are now more exposed to the threat of violent contact crimes than ever before.

Kidnapping Among the crimes gaining momentum is kidnapping in its various forms. City 10


Press, in an article published on 8 March 2020 and titled “Kidnapping gangs target SA”, said that kidnapping had earned its criminal perpetrators more than R1 billion last year, “overwhelming” South Africa’s police and undermining its national security. The South African (thesouthafrican. com) in its article “SA’s kidnapping hotspots” on 11 March 2020, also reported that kidnapping was on the rise in parts of the country. Quoting figures from John Moodey, DA Shadow MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng, the article identified Gauteng as the most severely


hit province in 2019, with more than 2100 reported incidents. However, says Bosman, statistics aren’t reliable for many reasons. One is that kidnappings are not always reported out of fear for the victims; another is because of the way police classify incidents. “When a person is hijacked and kidnapped with their vehicle, and then dropped off at a later stage whether dead or alive, the crime will be officially recorded as a “robbery with aggravated circumstance”, where in fact it was also theoretically a kidnapping,” he explains.

Trends Textbook kidnappings and extortions are normally perpetrated by professional crime syndicates, says Bosman. “With the massive influx of undocumented people into South Africa, the boundaries between domestic and international crime syndicates have long since merged, and this is compounded by the absence of effective law enforcement and prosecution in the country.” Further, whereas in the past the targets were mostly high-networth individuals, organisations and among criminal syndicates, he’s seeing a shift to include less well-off victims and with smaller amounts being demanded for ransom. “This brings the risk of a kidnapping much closer to the average South African,” he warns.

Traumatic Elio Zannoni, a criminologist and specialist in threat, vulnerability and risk analysis at Strategic Threat Analysis, says kidnapping is one of the most traumatic experiences imaginable, physically and psychologically, and for victims and their families. Described in South African Criminal Law as “the unlawful, intentional deprivation of a person’s freedom of movement and/or, if such a person is a child, the unlawful, intentional deprivation of a parent’s control over the child”, Zannoni says the demand for a ransom naturally amounts to extortion. This is not a requirement for the crime but only a factor that influences the severity of the punishment, he explains, adding: “Deprivation of freedom for a short period of just a few hours is sufficient to constitute the crime (and) kidnapping must be distinguished from abduction as the latter is specifically committed against a parent’s right of authority over a minor.” Essentially there are four main forms of kidnapping, says Bosman:

1. Criminal kidnapping (which includes high net worth and other kidnappings for the purposes of extortion or information). 2. Domestic kidnapping (where there is a personal or work relationship). 3. Fanatical kidnapping (with a political, religious or environmental motivation). 4. Kidnappings motivated by mental conditions or personality disorders. Zannoni says kidnappings are rife in countries “with a strong criminal culture, where there is a large gap between the haves and the have-nots, and which have a corrupt and inefficient criminal justice system that’s often in collusion with local criminal organisations”. And “whilst anyone in any country may be at risk of falling victim to kidnapping, as in the case of a child being snatched or a tourist being kidnapped and a ransom demanded for their release, it is true that certain individuals, due to the nature of their activities and economic or political status, are exposed to a higher risk.” These include: • Company and organisation executives travelling to countries known to have a high incidence of kidnapping; • Executives and managers who have substantial amounts of cash or valuables under their control; • Individuals or company executives/ representatives who have a high financial profile and professional status as well as members of their families. Their children are also at risk in that they are usually easy to find, easy to snatch and, in most cases, with guaranteed financial results for the kidnappers;

The threat from within “The visual artist Donny Miller once said that in the age of information, ignorance is a choice,” says Bosman. He adds: “Personal and family security starts at home, with parents having an obligation to make their children aware of security risks and to teach them to practice security situational awareness.” This has to include the internet and social media, which are avenues used by criminals to gain information and to approach victims. To this end, parents need to stop compromising the safety of their children by posting photos and information for the world to see. Schools and other child-orientated institutions need to practice the highest possible levels of employee vetting, which should include as a minimum bi-annual criminal background checks and credit

Adults and children of all ages in South Africa are now more exposed to the threat of violent contact crimes than ever before checks as well as regular truth verification tests. “Criminals need information and they obtain that by means of infiltration, subversion and extortion,” Bosman explains, “so the integrity of school and aftercare facility workers should not be left to chance.”

The threat from outside Advocating systems designed and implemented by specialists, Bosman highlights elements such as cutting-edge access control technology and CCTV in conjunction with proper perimeter control and fences. Also vital is to ensure that only pre-approved adults with the necessary identification are allowed to fetch children. “Schools have a vital role to play in terms of educating our children about dangers such as kidnapping as well as drugs and gangsterism, crimes that often go hand in hand with kidnappings,” he says.

Technology Mobile security apps The best apps can be used to accurately track loved ones as well as activate a panic alert, says Bosman. Apps need to be linked to 24/7 armed response monitoring centres with vehicles readily available in the area, Geofencing-enabled, able to send alerts to pre-approved emergency contacts, and are compatible with wearable panic buttons so that the user can still activate an alert and be tracked even when their mobile phone is taken away or is lost.

Smart phone applications These are revolutionising the armed response industry, he says, not only in terms of enabling personal armed response away from the home or office, but also to develop and engage with widespread responder networks.

Other solutions Smart access control solutions using 2D scanning devices are changing the face of the access control industry by replacing the old paper-based and human-element driven systems, he notes. “These systems not only allow for the accurate recording and secure storage of information about drivers and vehicles, but they can also flag stolen vehicles or vehicles involved




in crimes. Accordingly, schools that allow vehicle access to their grounds can benefit greatly from these systems.”

Personal and public safety market expected to be worth up to USD $532B by 2027 In its report titled “Next generation public and personal safety applications and services market by technology, infrastructure, use case and region 2020 – 2025”, believes the global market for public and personal safety could be worth USD $532B by 2027. Further, the research company forecasts that biometric security and authentication systems will have the highest CAGR (compound annual growth rate) during the forecasted period, and that public safety LTE and 5G networks will make “substantial positive impacts on public safety systems”. Public safety service providers, traditionally made up of first responders such as ambulances, police and fire among others, have expanded to include improved communications infrastructures

as compared to legacy land mobile radio systems, it says. “The public safety community increasingly relies upon IPbased solutions for first responders and dispatch communications as well as overall coordination in the event of emergencies and disaster impact mitigation. Nextgeneration enterprise safety solutions enable the ability to identify and locate those in distress, direct emergency communications, and notify need-toknow personnel.” It adds: “Advancements in LTE and the introduction of 5G are expected to provide improved first responder communications, coordination, and safety. Further enhancements are expected through the integration of next-generation public safety solutions such as augmented reality for first responders and virtual reality coupled with haptic awareness and control for remote public safety personnel. In addition, advancements in public safety realtime data and decision support systems will provide life-saving and propertyprotecting information for field personnel and coordinators alike. Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies

for public safety is also important for the future of public safety as remote sensors will be increasingly relied upon to predict and prevent threats as well as provide invaluable situational awareness tools for emergency services personnel.” It concludes by saying that “the challenges will be to use a systems integration approach to tie together technologies in a manner in which useful solutions will seamlessly operate with existing command, control, and communications without unintended consequences such as introducing new system security and/or reliability threats or points of failure respectively.”

Conclusion With the degradation of our social fabric, of which increased levels of crime are indicators, each and every man, woman and child has an important role to play with regard to fighting crime and the conditions that support crime, maintains Bosman. “It’s not only the responsibility of the government, law enforcement agencies and the private security industry, it’s a collective effort.”


Missing Children SA and Amber Alerts SA Two key initiatives for finding South Africa’s lost children

Missing Children SA With children disappearing in South Africa on a daily basis, and the first 24 hours being critical to them being found alive, partnerships between the police and the community have never been more important, says Nicky Rheeder of Missing Children SA (MCSA), a non-profit support services organisation. Missing Children South Africa, which was established in March 2007 in response to the kidnapping and brutal murders of Sheldean Human (7) from Pretoria, and Anestacia Wiese (12) from Mitchell’s Plain, is currently dealing with hundreds of cases, some dating back to 1984. “The fact that children go missing each year is a real and present danger, and as an organisation, we feel it is necessary to ensure that the citizens of South Africa are aware of this threat to the safety of all our children,” she says. MCSA assists the South African Police Service (SAPS) with missing persons cases in South Africa, using a tiered response that includes a national helpline for incident reporting and dispenses advice to affected families on how to log incidents with the police. The organisation also liaises with

investigating officers in order to ensure a continuous flow of information between parents and authorities and it distributes flyers of missing people on social media within moments of an incident. “Since prevention is the most effective way to keep our children safe, we strive to educate parents, guardians and children on the dangers of abduction, human trafficking and kidnapping by visiting schools and making informational flyers and leaflets available,” Rheeder notes further. “I think the most important role we can play in protecting our children is to have all the necessary safeguards in place such as signing in and out at schools and locking school gates during school hours, and to educate them. We have several safety tips on our website for both parents and children. These things need to be discussed regularly with children in schools and at home because children cannot escape danger if they don’t know how to identify it.”

Amber alerts now in South Africa as police partner with Facebook The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Facebook have entered into a partnership

to help find missing children by sending Amber Alerts to South Africa’s vast Facebook community. In its announcement on 30 January 2020, SAPS said the Amber Alert was the first initiative of its kind in Africa and would enable the police to seek assistance from the public in suspected child abductions and where there was reason to believe that the child’s safety and wellbeing were at risk. “Through Facebook’s Newsfeed, the Amber Alert enables people to instantly share important information about the missing child and suspected abductor such as a photo, hair colour and clothing, with their friends, family and Facebook groups.” Commenting on the launch, Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety, said: “Already available across 23 countries globally, we are proud to




partner with the South African Police Service to make Amber Alerts available in South Africa – the first African country to join this programme. When a child is missing, the most valuable thing one can do is share information as quickly as possible. By working with law enforcement in helping to share the right information with the right people, we hope that missing children will be safely reunited with their families faster.” National Commissioner of the South African Police, General Khehla Sitole said: “Today we are implementing a strong partnership which will assist with SAPS in improving our response time, to enable us to find and safely recover vulnerable

missing, abducted or kidnapped children through one of the world’s most popular social media platforms, Facebook.”

How Amber Alerts work The decision to declare an Amber Alert is made by the South African Police Service when investigating a suspected abduction case. Once the South African Police Service has been notified about an abducted child, they must first determine if the case meets their Amber Alert criteria, which includes: • The abduction is of a child age 17 or younger • There is a reasonable belief that the child has been abducted

• The South African Police Service believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm • There is enough descriptive information about the victim and suspected abduction for law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert to assist in recovering the child A senior member of the South African Police Service will assess whether these criteria have been met before authorising the Amber Alert. The police service will then notify Facebook’s Global Security Operations Centre, which operates 24/7, that a verified Amber Alert is active. Facebook will then quickly send the alert to the News Feeds of people located in targeted search areas in South Africa.

About Missing Children South Africa Missing Children South Africa is a registered NPO and PBO that assists the authorities when an individual goes missing in South Africa, for any reason whatsoever.


CSA works closely with the South African Police Service and other government bodies as well as other NGO’s and private initiatives, to assist in the recovery and safe return of any missing person. Missing Children South Africa first tier is that of an emergency response service and they have a national helpline for incident reports and callers are advised on which immediate steps to take in logging the incident officially so as to ensure efficient and timeous action. Secondly, by activating a vast national social and media network MCSA distributes flyers of missing children, create mass awareness of the individual which maximises the chances of that child being recovered. MCSA’s Emergency Number is 072 647 7464 and is operational 24/7 every day of the week.

What to do when a child goes missing • Try not to panic and DO NOT WAIT 24 hours to report your missing child. • Get a responsible person to stay at your house while you’re at the police station or searching for your child. This person can take messages if someone calls about the child’s disappearance or if the child returns home. • Go to your nearest police station and take a recent photograph of your child with you. • Make sure that the photograph is of good quality so that your child will be easily identifiable. Give a good description of what your child was wearing, their last




Emilar Gandhi, Facebook Head of Public Policy, SADC region added: “This is an important step forward in our continued investment and commitment not only to South Africa but across the African continent. “The goal of Facebook’s Amber Alerts programme is to instantly galvanise the entire community in the search and recovery of a missing child. Using Facebook enhances the current distribution system by providing all of this information in one place and giving people the ability to share it, wherever they are.” Facebook and SAPS launched Amber Alerts in South African on 30 January 2020.

whereabouts and any information that may help the police. • Complete a SAPS 55 (A) form which safeguards the police against false or hoax reports. • This form also gives the Police permission to distribute the photos and information of the missing child. • Make sure the police give you a reference number and a contact name and number of the SAPS officer(s) assigned to the investigation. • Click on our Report Now button, and complete the form: https:// • Remember that if your child returns home, you should go to the Police station to report that your child is safe and let MSCA know that your child has returned home safely.

stress, having the information with you, when you need it most. Our website acts as an emergency report facility, as well as being MCSA’s platform for informational and educational material with regards to Child Safety. The service MCSA offers to the community and government is invaluable and as you can imagine we certainly have our work cut out for us. We provide our services free of charge to anyone who needs us. Sadly we don’t necessarily enjoy the same privilege for our needs and our financial requirements quite often outweigh our resources! We rely solely on the goodwill of individuals and corporations for financial support – funding remains MCSA’s biggest challenge.

You can assist by clicking here https:// and donating – this will be deeply appreciated and is much needed. Education plays an incredibly vital role in the life of Missing Children South Africa, and all funds received is utilised to further MCSA’s educational program; ‘Tips for Children’ and ‘Tips for Parents’ which promotes Child Safety. The education is targeted to all the vulnerable and orphaned children, and also children with disabilities. The education is also shared with parents, guardians and the families who take care of these children. The education focuses on not only the dangers, but also the solutions with regards to what to do to keep children safe, and especially what not do. Tom Dixon, managing director Missing Children South Africa

Top tip: do not wait 24 hours Parents or guardians MUST not wait for 24 hours to report a child that has gone missing. This is a myth, and if a child is reported missing immediately, the chances of recovering the child in the first ‘golden 2 – 3 hours’ is far more successful.

MCSA identity kit Missing Children South Africa has developed an Interim ID Kit, and this is a great way to document all the important information about your child. Download it here wp-content/uploads/2020/01/InterimKit-2020-1.pdf. Print and complete one for each of your children and keep it in your bag, just in case you might need it. Losing a child is one of the most traumatic experiences and this will relieve a lot of




Significant reduction in crime since lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the dramatic reduction in serious and violent crimes during the lockdown to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.


n a statement, Cele said indications where this was due to, among others, the prohibition of the sale and movement of liquor since the nationwide lockdown. The Ministry in the statement said the analysis is based on a preliminary report that is yet to undergo the necessary verification and endorsements. Analysing the crime and comparing the first week of the lockdown to the same period in 2019, Cele said murder cases had dropped from 326 to 94, while rape cases dropped from 699 to 101. “Cases of assault with intention to inflict grievous bodily harm, dropped from 2 673 to 456; and trio crimes dropped from 8 853 to 2 098,” he said. Car/truck hijacking, business robberies, and house robberies, which are collectively grouped as trio crimes, are arguably the most violent crimes where the perpetrators are commonly armed with illegal firearms. These are the type of crimes that are known to instil fear amongst citizens. In relation to gender-based violence, Minister Cele confirmed that the number of complaints remained high and this was a concern.



“Over 2 300 calls/complaints have been registered since the beginning of the lockdown on 27 March 2020 until 31 March 2020 and from these, 148 suspects were charged,” said Cele. The figure in relation to calls/complaints between January 2020 and 31 March 2020 stands at 15 924. Once all reports have been consolidated, the figures will be measured against the number of calls/complaints received through the GBV Command Centre in 2019, where the figure stands at 87 920. When COVID-19 was declared a national state of disaster on 15 March 2020, Cele at that point flagged the possible increase in GBV and Domestic Violence cases as a concern. The Minister at the time urged the management of the SAPS to reinforce the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units at police stations to ensure their readiness and capacity to respond to related complaints. “Considering the improved rate of life sentences secured by the FCS Units in the past, one is optimistic that police will continue to work around the clock towards securing successful convictions and long term sentences of perpetrators of crimes

against women and children. This should remain the practice even beyond the lockdown as GBV remains a scourge across the country,” said the Minister. Cele has also welcomed the drop in the number of complaints against the police during the lockdown. “The decrease in the number of complaints which were high over the first days of the lockdown, reflects stabilisation and confirms that people are now beginning to understand the lockdown and are complying with the regulations, and that people are now cooperating with the members of the law enforcement entities,” said Cele. The Ministry said the past week was generally characterised by long queues at grocery stores and social grant paypoints. Cele anticipates improved adherence to the regulations, particularly in relation to restriction of movement of persons and traffic on the roads. The SAPS, SANDF, Metro Police and other law enforcement agencies will remain on high alert to ensure maximum adherence to the lockdown regulations. By


Keep your smartphone Corona-free With no reliable data for COVID-19 available yet, it is always best to be extra cautious


he lockdown that countries all over the world are currently experiencing is putting a renewed focus on personal hygiene. But despite people being advised to wash their hands often, how many apply the same rigour to their smartphones? Kaspersky ( provides a few tips on keeping mobile devices ‘virus-free’. “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is frightening to think how much bacteria lives on our personal mobile devices. And with the Coronavirus able to survive at room temperature and remain infectious on metal, glass, ceramic, and plastic for several days, it becomes essential to follow effective disinfection protocol,” says Maher Yamout, Senior Security Researcher for the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky. The virus can get onto a phone or tablet in two ways: either in tiny droplets when Maher Yamout, Senior Security Researcher for the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky.

an infected person coughs nearby, or from your own hands after touching door handles, ATM buttons, and the like. Fortunately, unless a person hands their mobile device to someone who is infected to cough and splutter all over it, the probability of infection by airborne route is low. Transmission by hand depends on the duration of contact and varies for different microorganisms. But with no reliable data for COVID-19 available yet, it is always best to be extra cautious. “If you must go to the shop for essential goods, it is imperative to disinfect your phone when you return home. There are several common household products that can deal with the Coronavirus effectively - ethanol (C2H5OH), isopropyl alcohol (C3H7OH), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and sodium hypochlorite (NaClO),” adds Yamout. Isopropyl alcohol is considered the least harmful to the oleophobic coating that allows fingers to slide over the screen without covering it in fingerprints. So, use it if you can (as spray or wet wipes). Ethanol and hydrogen peroxide should be considered a backup if nothing else is available. With frequent use, these products can easily ruin the oleophobic coating.

Even once might be enough, it depends on the coating. As for concentration, the optimal to go for is approximately 70-80%. Purer alcohol evaporates too quickly for best results. The disinfecting solution must sit on the surface for about a minute. A lower concentration is less efficient in killing viruses. People should therefore not rely on vodka for example instead of ethyl alcohol. Even glass cleaner is not as effective as isopropyl alcohol given it has a considerably lower alcohol content. It is also critical to not pour the disinfectant into the connectors, speakers, and other openings in the smartphone, even if it is waterproof. Rather, take a cotton pad, soak it in the liquid, and apply it to all sides of the device. There is no need to press hard, just carefully and thoroughly wipe the whole surface. People should apply the same disinfection regiment to any other gadgets they use in public places. These can include tablets, laptops, smartwatches, bracelets, headphones, and so on. However, always check the product Website whether the manufacturer has any recommendations as to which substances are best suited for the device cleaning and how to apply them.




In conversation with...

Tony Botes

National Administrator of Security Association of South Africa (SASA) Tony Botes, national administrator of SASA, has long been a leading voice in South Africa’s private security industry. The early years Born in Woodstock, Cape Town, in 1947, just after World War II ended, Tony’s childhood was a happy one. He grew up with his older sister, who was born in 1939, just after the war was declared. Aged five, and despite coming from an Englishspeaking family, he went to Afrikaans primary and high schools, matriculating in 1964 just before his 17th birthday. As a child, he hoped to become a pilot or an engineer – as do most kids, he says with his characteristic humour – but lacking the funds to study further after school, he completed his national service at the Air Force Gymnasium in 1965 and then joined SAA (South African Airways) the following year. Working in various capacities in the travel industry for almost 17 years, he then decided to change course and took up the position of admin manager “for a not very compliant or professional security and contract cleaning company” in 1986. Eventually he bought the company, paying it off in instalments over 12 months.

The road to SASA I was appointed Secretary of the SANSEA (South African National Security Employers’ Association)’s Transvaal branch at a meeting in a dingy nightclub in Alberton in 1991. A few years down the line, I became Deputy Provincial Chair (still doing the secretarial work and running my own little security company at the same time), then Provincial Chair and finally in 1997 Deputy National Chair and National Chair of SANSEA. 1997 saw seven companies break away from SANSEA to form the SSEO (Security Services Employers’ Organisation). SSEO


outsourced the secretarial tasks and I rose to become first the Deputy National Chair and then the National Chair within the ensuing years. After my two-year term of office came to an end, the organisation decided to dispense with the outsourced administrative/secretarial service and created the position of National Administrator, which they offered to me and I accepted. I was still running my own security business in those days, so life was pretty hectic. In 2014 SSEO was approached by SASA (Security Association of South Africa) with the view that the two organisations should merge. Our challenge was that SSEO was a pure employers’ organisation, with only security companies as members, whereas SASA consisted of security guarding companies, non-guarding security-related companies, foreign security companies, consumers and individuals with a vested interest in the industry. SASA had a significant membership and an almost 50-year history along with a brilliant database platform that was linked to a live website and a healthy bank balance, all of which counted hugely in favour of making it a very practical and logical decision to merge. Because of SASA’s long and illustrious history, we decided to keep the name and updated the logo. The rest is history!

the Wage Determinations and then in the late 1990s, Sectoral Determination 6 (SD6) during which time the drafting team shrank from four to one – that being me! Throughout this period until 2020, I’ve been involved in every round of wage negotiations in the private security sector, including the largest and most challenging one in 2006, which in terms of levels of violence and fatalities, was second only to the miners’ strike of the early 1920s. I ran a one-man operations centre from my home study in 2006, with three cellular telephones as communication between security companies and the South African Police riot units around the country. Now my focus is on marketing SASA to both the industry and consumers as a whole, as well as fighting the war against non-compliance. The latter has resulted in a few harsh telephone calls and not-so-subtle threats over the years, but it has been more than satisfying just knowing that I have made a difference in identifying and reporting companies that were wilfully and criminally noncompliant. Some of those companies have mended their ways whereas others, I am pleased to say, have fallen by the wayside and disappeared from the industry.

Has your role changed over the years and if so, how?

No two days are ever the same. Social media and technology have resulted in SASA’s workload regarding the ongoing battle against non-compliance increasing dramatically, but at the same time created the platform to get our message across to consumers and to facilitate investigations and prosecutions of such criminal companies.

Very much so – the wheel having turned a couple of revolutions in the last few decades. I was part of a small team that drafted what was then called the Wage Orders, setting out the minimum levels of remuneration and conditions of employment. These subsequently became

What do you most enjoy about your job?



I enjoy addressing groups about developments in the private security industry and the challenges that we willingly and passionately face, as well as consulting to security companies and in-house security employers about the interpretation and application of the new Schedule to the Main Agreement of the National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Industry (NBCPSS) or “Main Agreement” for short.

And the challenges? Wilfully non-compliant security companies who profit massively from monies stolen from their employees. Their actions impact seriously on the ability to survive of compliant and professional security companies who maintain the legal and moral high ground and continue to pay their staff at or above the statutory minimum levels. This lack of morality leads to the loss of contracts and income, which, while benefitting non-compliant companies and their clients, impacts severely on underpaid and overworked security officers. After “retiring” and selling my business at the beginning of 2010, I was appointed to the position of Project Manager for four of the largest stadiums in the 2010 World Cup. It was a wonderful, never-to-beforgotten experience! During that time, I administered SSEO (which became SASA in 2015) while at the same time doing a stint as a trustee on the PSSPF (Private Security Sector Provident Fund), being heavily involved with my local community policing forum, and doing private training and consultations on SD6.

Interest and hobbies? Reading, community involvement (though I’ve stood down from the local CPF now to let the younger generation take over) and enjoying a wonderful new relationship which has given life new meaning.

What do you admire most in people? Honesty and no BS!

And your pet hates? Two-faced people (far too many of them around) and fake friends, many falling into both categories.

On your bucket list? Retirement (which will probably never happen) and travel, with Israel and Italy being first on the list!

Advice to the youth of today? Perseverance is key to success. And not thinking that you’re entitled. There is nothing for nothing – most things in life cost blood, sweat and tears!

The future of SA’s security industry Technology, as it becomes more affordable and available, will play an ever-larger role

in the private security sector, though it will never eliminate manned guarding completely. I do believe that, in the short to medium term, the number of registered security officers will stabilise and that thereafter, probably within the next five years or so, numbers will then start reducing gradually.

Your message in these most challenging of times…. There is only one YOU. Choose your goals wisely and then don’t let anything or anybody stand in your way!

About SASA The Security Association of South Africa (SASA) is a registered employer’s organisation in terms of the Labour Relations Act and a world-class professional body that delivers exceptional value through the excellence of its members.


he Security Association of South Africa (SASA) was established in 1964 to create a platform that would be representative of the best interests of its members, an advocate for the industry and a custodian of professional business practice. It also provides all SASA members with an opportunity to meet, network, exchange ideas and share business opportunities. The private security industry in South Africa is widely recognised as one of the fastest growing in the private sector, providing a vital crime prevention service and contributing significantly to new business investment and job creation. While its unprecedented growth over the years has had its challenges (including legislative changes, wage negotiations and an alarming increase in non-compliance) it has emerged stronger, larger and more relevant, benefitting not only the security industry as a whole, but also consumers, services

and individuals with a vested interest in professional security services. SASA is committed to ensuring that its industry representatives and businesses are compliant professional institutions that abide by the laws that govern the industry. Contact details: National administrator: Tony Botes Tel: 0861 100 680 / 083 650 4981 Email: Website:





National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector Despite the challenges around COVID-19 that have beset the world in recent weeks, SASA (Security Association of South Africa) has been involved in a number of initiatives.


ccording to SASA National Administrator Tony Botes, some significant milestones have been reached:

1. NBCPSS (National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector) – “Bargaining Council” 1.1 The schedule to the main NBCPSS agreement has been published The Schedule for the Main Agreement was published by the Minister of Employment and Labour (DoEL) on 20 February 2020 and became effective on the second Monday after publication, namely 2 March 2020. “This follows a long and difficult negotiation process, which was concluded by the signature of a collective agreement on 10 December 2019,” says Botes.

The major changes in the schedule are: • The inclusion of insourced (in-house) security employers and employees in the Bargaining Council. These are now legally subject to all of the statutory minimum levels of remuneration, employment benefits and other conditions of employment which were previously subject to the BCEA (Basic Conditions of Employment). • The only exception is that employers who are party to the conditions of another bargaining council will have to abide by the conditions of such other council. • “Non-standard” employment practices also fall within the scope of the Bargaining Council. • An increase in the minimum salaries for all security officers and other categories of employment as set out in the schedules for three years (clause 4). This is the first time ever that fixed figure increases have been determined for the full three years of the legislation, making it easier for security service providers and consumers



to budget beforehand and not being bound by fluctuations in the annualised CPI (in years 2 and 3.) • The introduction of a “Security Officer Premium Allowance” of R175 in Year 1, R270 in Year 2 and R439 on Year 3. This will only apply to security officers and not to other categories of employment. • The introduction of a Hospital Plan, or similar, as from Year 2, for the member only and not including dependants, with the employer contributing R100.00 in Year 2 and R150 in Year 3. The reason for this only commencing in Year 2 is that an intensive tender and procurement process must be conducted during this first year. Says Botes: “SASA originally planned to conduct national training sessions for its members, as well as any other affected companies, but the current Corona crisis has led to SASA deciding to offer an online interactive video webinar training programme, probably during April 2020, which will be a free service to SASA members and available at a nominal fee for non-members.” Companies that require one-on-one training at their premises can contact Tony Botes at SASA to arrange but please note this will be for the company’s cost now.

1.2 NBCPSS levies agreement The Levies Agreement of the NBCPSS was promulgated on 29 January 2020 and, although intended to come into effect on the second Monday thereafter, was postponed until 1 March 2020, to bring it in line with the Main Agreement time-frame. All security service providers and in-house security employers are, by law, required to register with the Bargaining Council. To this end, the relevant forms are available on their website at The forms must be completed and submitted to the Bargaining Council at za, together with a schedule of employees. Every employee falling within the scope of the Bargaining Council must contribute

R7.00 per month, an amount that must be matched by the employer and paid over to the Bargaining Council monthly. Those employees not covered by the scope, i.e. not falling within the bargaining unit, will be required to contribute R2.00 per month, matched by the employer, which will give them access to the dispute resolution facilities of the Bargaining Council. These will be statutory levies and, as such, never prescribed. Companies that do not contribute as from the first month, March 2020, will still be held responsible, with interest and other possible penalties, once identified and brought to book.

2. Compliance The NBCPSS will be appointing its own agents (inspectors), who will have statutory powers of inspection, which will entitle them to visit security companies and inhouse employers, to enforce compliance with both the Main Agreement and Levies Agreement, a function up to now falling within the jurisdiction of the Department of Employment and Labour and the CCMA. The compliance division will hopefully be established by April or May 2020, with the DoEL and CCMA assisting in the interim. There will be processes in place for the agents to issue compliance and restitution orders and, after following due process, going as far as instructing the Sheriff of the Court to attach company assets to settle such claims. This process will greatly contribute to a dynamic improvement in compliance throughout the private security industry and possibly the demise of those employers who are wilfully and grossly criminally exploiting security industry employees. PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulating Authority) will still have the statutory power and responsibility to prosecute employers in the sector who operate in contravention of the industry code of conduct, with fines of up to R1 million per charge.


3. Dispute resolution


of ignorance amongst The Bargaining Council both employers and will also, at a later stage employees, this but hopefully before legislation is binding Office: 0861 100 680 National Administrator: the end of 2020, be on all security Tony Botes: 083 650 4981 implementing its Dispute employers and Email: Resolution division, employees, ignorance The full SASA membership list is which will deal with both not being an excuse available at unfair labour practices and for non-compliance. remuneration complaints, There are a number which processes could also result of companies who, not in warrants of attachments being executed being aware of the processes that by the Sherriff. have been followed to have the NBCPSS established (since 1995, when it was first 4. Peace clause tabled), but the Bargaining Council is The Protocol Agreement concluded the only vehicle to really get the private between the parties to the NBCPSS, security industry back on track and organised Employers and Organised delivering the legitimate and professional Labour, prohibits shop-floor demands from service that consumers, our clients, deserve Labour on any matter that had, during the and expect. most recent round of negotiations, been The processes followed by the Registrar tabled, negotiated or traded off, which is a of Labour Relations of the DoEL were lifesaving parachute for companies which extensive and, we believe, will successfully are members of SASA. resist any legal challenge. Non-members could face demands that It is of critical importance that all would lead to mutual interest disputes and security employers, both security service protected industrial action if unsuccessful providers and in-house employers, join in a dispute resolution process. SASA (Security Association of South Africa), which will give you the representivity 5. Conclusion that you will need and deserve at the These changes in legislation will have a Bargaining Council. major impact on the entire private security If you are not represented at the sector and, although there is quite a bit Bargaining Council you will not have a voice

BENEFITS OF SASA MEMBERSHIP: • A strictly applied code of ethics. • Representation at national and local government level. • Industry exposure in the media as well as at major shows and exhibitions. • Contacts and networking opportunities. • Discounted training courses, events and seminars. • Access to a security library managed by UNISA. • Updates on new legislation and other industry-relevant information. • Access to security-related and affiliated associations in South Africa and overseas. • The SASA national website. • A central administration office. • Free subscription to Security Focus Africa magazine, the official journal of SASA. • A mentorship programme which is designed to guide and assist startup security companies with attaining the compliance standards required to qualify for Gold Membership.

or the opportunity to make any input into how this Bargaining Council will change the face of the private security sector. The SASA team is ready and willing to give whatever advice and guidance required – here are our contact details.




Lockdown: Emergency services update from Namola As of midnight on 26 March, South Africa went into lockdown, facing one of its greatest challenges as a country. Here’s what Namola can tell you from an emergency services point of view. Namola’s Response Centre will remain open Namola’s Response Centre operators will remain available to serve our users in getting emergency response and information. We have made arrangements for safe, disinfected private transport and working environments, for their and their families’ protection. Customer support will continue to operate normally during office

hours as non-essential personnel have been equipped to work-from-home.

All Namola users Continue to have free access to public emergency services such as police, fire & rescue and government ambulances through the Namola app during this time. We understand that incidents of domestic violence may increase over the 21-day

lockdown. Namola is taking measures to work with the government and SAPS during this period to provide assistance to victims of domestic abuse. Should you be or know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, please make use of the Namola app or dial *134*7355# from any phone.

Namola Plus users • Namola Plus users will continue to have access to private armed response and private emergency medical services during the lockdown. • Memberships will be discounted to R39 a month* for both new and current members for the duration of the lockdown to ensure that all South Africans have access to safety while South Africa is in a state of disaster. • If you want additional protection and peace-of-mind during the lockdown and aren’t a Namola Plus member yet, feel free to upgrade inside the Namola app. The first month is free.

Namola Panic Trackers • If you have a Panic Tracker, it will continue to function normally during the lockdown, and continue to provide you with access to private armed response and private emergency medical services. Your subscription will be reduced by R10 per month until the national state of disaster is over. • Namola Panic Tracker sales have been placed on hold during the lockdown period due to courier services not being allowed to deliver non-essential goods. • Sales will resume on 17 April 2020 when the lockdown ends. • Should you want to purchase a Namola Panic Tracker after the lockdown, please contact customer support via email or by sending us a WhatsApp on 063 708 4989. As always, Namola is here to walk you through these difficult times. We would like to take the time to thank our dedicated response centre operators and selfless responders who continue to provide emergency assistance to South Africa.




Paxton Flex to support staff and installers amid Coronavirus Paxton has put together an action plan to promote good health and wellbeing for their employees and customers during the Coronavirus pandemic.


axton are open for business and can confirm that they will remain fully functional to support installers to help their businesses continue prospering. Steps have been taken to facilitate remote working and social distancing to minimise the impact of the virus on the business and maintain a high level of customer service. Paxton understand that for many installers this will be a worrying time for future and current projects, but the company is clear on its position and they want to make sure their customers know how they can access their help and resources. Sales and technical support are still available either online or at the end of a phone with no disruption to normal service. Paxton would also like to reassure installers that the company’s supply chain is still strong and mostly unaffected by the virus. At this stage there is no significant delay for installers placing orders of Paxton products. To further support installers and keep employees safe, many Paxton staff are now working from home. The company has invested in remote technology and equipment to reduce the impact and maintain productivity. Alex Slater, product support team leader, says: “Here at Paxton we have the technology in place to continue providing world class customer support remotely. Taking calls and responding to customer emails from home makes me feel like I am being responsible by not putting others at risk whilst working to the highest possible standards. “As a team we are being agile and flexible with the situation to keep things running as smoothly as possible and look to after our installers during this testing and difficult time.”

For those customers that require training for specific upcoming installations, all face to face training has been postponed until the end of April and switched out for online training sessions instead. Paxton have even made their online training modules completely free for a month to make it easy for installers to get started. Installers can sign up today for modules including: • Door entry with Net2 access control • Wireless access control • Net2 plus • Net2 access control software • Paxton10 access & video Within the first few days of Paxton launching their Coronavirus Customer Support Campaign, over 200 installers signed up for online training with the number continuing to rise hourly. Global training manager, Steven Woodbridge says: “Rolling out additional training resources has been a key priority for the team, and we have seen a huge increase in the number of installers using our training portal. We are also keen to support those who need tailored training sessions and encourage them to make contact so we can help them plan accordingly and offer a virtual classroom experience with a dedicated teacher”. Additionally, the Paxton team have developed an online resource of all their materials in one place, making it simple for their customers to get access to their knowledge base, tutorial videos, case

“We are keen to support those who need tailored training sessions and encourage them to make contact so we can help them plan accordingly and offer a virtual classroom experience with a dedicated teacher” studies and promotional content. For resources click https://www.paxton-access. com/install-paxton/resources. As a technology company with a track record in responding dynamically to changing events, Paxton will be monitoring the situation daily and will adapt working practices to support and offer guidance to customers throughout the pandemic. Adam Stroud, Paxton CEO says: “I’d like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation during this challenging time. It has been so rewarding to see the Paxton team adjusting to this situation with such obvious commitment to the company. “Everyone has pulled together during what is a very unusual time for our customers, distributors and partners across the industry to be consistent in what we offer in terms of products and services. “We want our customers to know that despite stay-at-home measures, we are open for business and ready to support them in whatever way they need.”




Cyber Security South Africa appoints Bitdefender distributors Bitdefender Country Partner in South Africa – Cyber Security South Africa – has appointed three experienced ICT companies as its distributors in South Africa.


ccording to Simon CampbellYoung, Partner at CS Africa Group Holdings, the decision to afford distribution rights to Pinnacle, Techwise and Tepsa, was based on long-term existing relationships with the management of each company. “It was important to be able to reach mutual understanding in terms of our expectations for the growth of the Bitdefender brand in South Africa and each of these companies was able to demonstrate both their technical and sales acumen in this respect,” says CampbellYoung. The Techwise team has inherent skills around the Bitdefender product set, with

both of the company’s shareholders having been involved with Bitdefender in previous entities for the past 10 years. “Furthermore, the company has an excellent general sales ability and good product understanding of the online retail space in terms of B2C (business to consumer) consumer product business. This makes them ideal for marketing the Bitdefender range to the run rate SMME B2B (business to business) side of the business and to online retailers,” says Campbell-Young. “Tepsa is a long-term valued Bitdefender B2B and MSP (managed service provider) reseller and sub-distributor, who we felt would bring us additional value via a direct relationship. The company, with its high

level of technical skills, will be responsible for technical B2B SMME and corporate business,” Campbell-Young points out. Pinnacle will be responsible for looking after Cyber Security South Africa’s consumer B2C initiatives across the retail landscape. “They are the market leader in terms of broad-based retail distribution, so it was a logical move to appoint them to grow the retail component of our business,” says Campbell-Young.

Genetec announces live virtual trade show, Connect’DX Company to live stream 3-day digital experience online bringing its technology and expertise directly to physical security professionals worldwide


enetec, a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions is pleased to announce that it has opened pre-registration for its first virtual tradeshow, Genetec Connect’DX, taking place April 2022, 2020. Building on the company's strong culture of innovation, Genetec has designed Connect'DX to connect physical security professionals from around the world directly to Genetec experts and industry leaders. In what would normally be a busy conference calendar including such events as ISC West, IFSEC and Intertraffic, all postponed due to COVID-19, the business wants to be sure to engage and support its



customers as they normally do in-person. "Our team looks forward to bringing Genetec solutions directly to the customer and we are happy to do so in a new way this April. Though we love connecting in person, we're excited by the opportunity to bring everyone together online," said Andrew Elvish, Vice President of Marketing at Genetec. "We're ready to showcase our portfolio of physical security solutions, discuss key trends and technologies that effect our industry and provide a preview of what is to come from our product teams," he said. While the complete Connect'DX agenda and keynote speaker list is yet to be published, the event is shaping up to include:

• Sessions on key trends & new technology. • Keynotes from industry leaders including Pierre Racz, Genetec President. • Genetec product demos and Q&As with the product team. • Panel discussions on industry topics including privacy, cyber security and cloud. • Free training sessions from our training department. To receive all of the pre-show information, get first access to the agenda, and early bird session registration details be sure to sign up on the Connect'DX pre-registration page


IDIS adds innovative video features to its cost-free, no-license VMS Latest enhancements deliver operational benefits and reduced cost of ownership for small, medium, and multi-site users.


DIS has further enhanced its IDIS Center VMS, adding new features and functions targeted at small to mid-sized enterprises, and multisite customers. Organisations can build powerful centralised monitoring solutions, quickly and easily, when implementing IDIS Center together with the wide selection of IDIS DirectIP® cameras and powerful NVRs. These deliver customer lifecycle savings of 50% or more compared with server-based solutions, thanks to reduced installation

operators to search the recorded data for persons and activity of interest. Bookmarked footage can then be saved in an Excel file, creating a library of video clips. IDIS Center users can also now benefit from IDIS Instant Meta Filtering (IMF) capabilities without any licensing or maintenance fees when using the new range of IDIS 6000 Series Edge VA (EVA) cameras. IMF speeds up incident investigations from days or hours to mere minutes. It allows operators to easily collate footage and scan hours of recorded video, from multiple streams, to pinpoint the movements and last-known locations of persons or vehicles of interest. “With these innovative features IDIS Center is delivering great new benefits and further improving value for our customers,” says James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe. Surveillance configured with IDIS Center at its heart also ensures greater cybersecurity, because devices mutually

authenticate and eliminate the need for passwords to be entered manually. In addition, IDIS For Every Network (FEN) technology lets engineers connect sites to a control room or other centralised monitoring environment with one-click configuration. IDIS Center gives users all the essential features they need to centrally and locally manage surveillance operations. These include live video and remote playback, real-time notifications of events, panic recordings, device system logs, and authority access set by individuals or groups. Plus, its user-friendly interface is not only appreciated by security operatives but also praised by non-specialists, including teaching staff, healthcare professionals, and store managers who regularly need to access surveillance to investigate incidents quickly and efficiently. “Thousands of customers worldwide are benefitting from the low cost of ownership that IDIS Center offers,” Min adds. “With the ability to register up to 1024 devices, IDIS Center is powerful enough for medium to large sites. It’s particularly beneficial to multi-site retailers tasked with the dual challenge of reducing shrinkage while keeping operating costs low.”

time, no upfront or ongoing license fees, easier maintenance and the industry-beating IDIS Ultimate Warranty. Important new features now included with the cost-free, license-free IDIS Center VMS include MapVue, an easy-to-use search function that speeds up operator navigation across building layouts and floor plans. Its intuitive interface helps users to view live, and play back video streams across multi-camera systems, while maintaining an overview perspective of their facilities’ layouts and camera positions. MapVue also provides easy bookmarking, allowing




Securiton celebrates 50th birthday of the ASD aspirating smoke detector Development of the first ASD aspirating smoke detector began in 1970 and an unprecedented series of successes began.


he Securiton aspirating smoke detectors are among the most precise and reliable early warning systems against fires. With the new product name, SecuriSmoke ASD, and many promising features, the journey of the successful product continues unabated. Developed in Switzerland and manufactured in Germany, Securiton's aspirating smoke detectors meet the highest quality standards even after 50 years and set the standard for the entire industry. Customers from all over the world trust the cutting-edge technology, which benefits from decades of knowledge from research and development as well as the experience from thousands of installed systems.

Reliable nose The ASD aspirating smoke detectors react immediately and with unique precision to smoke in a wide variety of environments such as warehouses, production facilities, cold stores or server rooms. The ASD models



are extremely sensitive thanks to modern and highly dynamic smoke sensors. Equipped with an additional dust filter, the life of the smoke sensors, airflow sensors and fans is extended in particularly dusty and dirty environments. The SecuriSmoke ASD 535 aspirating smoke detector is able to monitor areas of up to 5760 square meters. Its little brother, the SecuriSmoke ASD 533 aspirating smoke detector, has limited system limits.

The future can come Despite their age, the SecuriSmoke ASD aspirating smoke detectors are by no means tired of use, on the contrary. With modern technology and additional functions, they meet contemporary and future-oriented requirements. With FidesNet, for example, it is possible to connect several SecuriSmoke smoke extraction systems in a network, which enables remote visualisation and operation. The software tool NetSoft in

The ASD 535 Aspirating Smoke Detector.

turn visualises the live data directly on the computer, giving you a complete overview of the entire ASD network from a central point. In the anniversary year, Securiton is also launching the new SecuriSmoke ASD 535 HD model – HD stands for Heavy Duty and means that this ASD was specially developed for applications in industrial and harsh environments.


AutoVu™ SharpZ3 next-generation mobile license plate recognition system Genetec, a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions has announced the immediate availability of its next-generation mobile license plate recognition system.


he new AutoVu™ SharpZ3 goes beyond traditional license plate identification and brings new levels of insight in vehicle analytics, situational awareness, and accuracy. Ideally suited to meet the needs of parking managers who use mobile ALPR as part of their enforcement activities, the new SharpZ3 can help them track the types of vehicle (car, van, truck, bus, motorcycle) in parking lots or around the city, and analyse the evolution of the mix of vehicle types over time. For law enforcement officers who use mobile ALPR to aid investigations, the SharpZ3 allows patrols to flag vehicles based on vehicle type and color where no license plate was identified by a witness. “Traditional ALPR systems solve traditional parking and law enforcement challenges, like finding

vehicles of interest and parking violators,” said Stephan Kaiser AutoVu General Manager at Genetec. “The SharpZ3 tackles emerging problems that are not served by current technology, helping customers gain new insights into the types of vehicles in their city and how their streets and curbs are used.” The AutoVu™ SharpZ3 is among the first specialised in-vehicle ALPR systems in the world to use Intel’s latest machine learning and computer vision technology to unlock new insights through innovative analytics. The AutoVu SharpZ3 system will not only be able to improve the accuracy of license plate reads in difficult environments (such as bad weather, heavy traffic, and fast speeds), but will also be able to record additional vehicle characteristics such as, vehicle type, color, and more, in real-time, and without requiring large amounts of bandwidth. Designed with a third optical sensor, the AutoVu SharpZ3 can accurately capture multiple plate designs in complex urban environments. These include flat, The new AutoVu™ SharpZ3.

embossed, reflective and non-reflective license plates. The extra sensor will also allow more precise positioning of vehicle data on maps to provide more precise occupancy data than before. With its modular design, the SharpZ3 gives users the flexibility to add new functionalities over time. This reduces the complication and cost of hardware replacement. With future releases, the machine learning capabilities in the AutoVu SharpZ3 will enable a number of new potential applications such as enabling cities to use their ALPR-equipped vehicles to address other operational issues including detecting unpermitted road construction, discovering abandoned e-scooters or bikes in unauthorised zones, and more. The AutoVu SharpZ3, and the complete portfolio of Genetec security, operations and intelligence solutions will be on display April 20-22, 2020 at Genetec Connect’DX (#GenetecConnectDX), the company’s three-day, live, virtual tradeshow. To receive all of the preshow information, get first access to the agenda, and early bird session registration details be sure to sign up on the Connect’DX pre-registration page today.




Enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown with


Enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown with drones – an examination of the legal, security and privacy issues of governments using drones to enforce the COVID-19 lockdown. By Chris Christodoulou, Director, Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc for LexisNexis South Africa


resident Cyril Ramaphosa’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown from 26 March until midnight on 16 April 2020 has placed one of the spotlights on enforcement of the lockdown. Some countries seeking to enforce a coronavirus lockdown have considered the use of drones manned with loudspeakers and cameras to assist law enforcement officials impose the lockdown. The Financial 1


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Times recently reported1 that a police department in California plans to use two large drones for these purposes. In Nice, France, police drones ordered people along the seafront to remain indoors. It’s obvious that authorities will need to utilise all their resources to enforce the draconian lockdown measures in built up areas as well as to reach remote areas and to inform the public of the measures taken to implement them, and drones are one such resource at their disposal. The use of drones raises legal, security

and privacy issues, and a brief examination of South Africa’s drone laws and regulations indicate that the use of drones by police may require the need for the South African Civil Aviation Association (SACAA), which is the regulatory body charged with enforcing the rules to consider whether it is necessary to relax and exempt law enforcement bodies from the strict adherence to the laws on the use of drones. The laws regulating the operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and unmanned aircraft in South Africa are


An important issue which arises is therefore whether the monitoring of persons infected with and carriers of the COVID-19 virus, and the gathering of information of their whereabouts and that of persons with whom they come in to contact with in order to trace and locate those people by drones would contravene the laws on privacy

contained in Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Regulations of 2011, supplemented by any Directive issued by the Director of Civil Aviation Authority, Aeronautical Information Circulars and Technical Guidance Materials, read together with Civil Aviation Technical Standard 101. For private operations, RPAS may only be used where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain and only in instances where the pilot observes all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any authorities. In addition, owners and operators of PRA’s must be registered and licensed, and operators must be the holders of an RPAS operator’s certificate (ROC) issued by the SACAA. In the case of commercial

operations, a domestic air service license from the Air Service Licensing Council must also be obtained. The operation of a PRA 'beyond visual line of sight' (BVLOS) which is the type of operation partly envisaged by the subject matter of this article may only be conducted by the holder of a ROC as approved in the RPA’s approved operations manual and in visual meteorological conditions below 400 feet of surface level, unless otherwise approved. The operation of an RPA at night may only be conducted by the holder of a ROC if approved for night operations and may in controlled airspace in visual meteorological conditions in an aerodrome traffic zone and controlled airspace below 121 m. The Regulations do however make a distinction between completely autonomous drones and remotely piloted drones in that Part 101 does not apply to autonomous unmanned aircraft and their operations or other types of aircraft that cannot be managed on a real-time basis during flight. In the event that enforcement authorities do make use of autonomous drones it is doubtful whether they would need an exemption from the regulations in Part 101. If, however, remotely piloted aircraft are used when operating at night, from restricted areas and at higher flying levels and beyond visual sight, then it can be argued that the enforcement authorities would require an exemption from the rules from the Director of the SACAA. As an aside, personal data privacy considerations worth noting with specific reference to drone operations include the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communications Related Information Act. In addition, the Constitution of South Africa and the common law principles provide for the right to privacy and impose certain restrictions on the processing and

disclosure of personal information. An important issue which arises is therefore whether the monitoring of persons infected with and carriers of the COVID-19 virus, and the gathering of information of their whereabouts and that of persons with whom they come in to contact with in order to trace and locate those people by drones would contravene the laws on privacy Finally, the regulations do not currently cater for transport operations by drones. However, to operate commercially, the definition of an air service in the domestic Air Services Licensing Act as “any service operated by means of an aircraft for reward” could arguably bring cargo and mail and goods transport operations into the ambit of the Civil Aviation Act. This article was first published on the LEXIS NEXIS COVID-19 Resource Centre web page:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chris Christodoulou is an attorney specialising in aviation law. He has written extensively on the subject and has been a member of the Civil Aviation Appeal Committee for the past 3 years.




Have South Africans heeded the call for a national lockdown? Following the directive by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020, South Africa entered a 21-day national lockdown at midnight on 26 March 2020. But have our citizens heeded the call to stay at home?


ne way to verify whether South Africans are indeed confining themselves to their place of residence is by examining vehicle movement before and during the lockdown as an indication of the activity on our roads. Insights garnered from using Tracker’s vehicle tracking data and analytics from Lightstone indicate that most South Africans are doing their bit to “flatten the curve”. Nationally, South African vehicle activity had already dropped by up to 20 per cent before the lockdown, relative to the corresponding day in early March. Vehicle activity has subsequently plummeted by 75 per cent since the implementation of the lockdown. The significant decline in vehicle movement during the first three days of confinement followed a slight increase in passenger vehicle activity in the two days prior. This increase in vehicle movement is likely due to citizens shopping in preparation for being confined to their homes with many having been paid on the 25th, as observed by the reports of lengthy queues and sold out stock at stores in the days before lockdown. Provincially, Gauteng and the Western Cape demonstrate

the highest compliance for staying off our roads, with passenger vehicle activity reducing between 75 per cent and 80 per cent during the first two days of lockdown. The highest compliance from taxis and buses is observed in KwaZuluNatal with a 76 per cent reduction in vehicle movement, while the highest reduction in the movement of commercial vehicles is observed in Gauteng at 73 per cent. Drilling down to a town level in the two most compliant provinces, Sandton in Gauteng and Durbanville, Franschhoek and Noordhoek in the Western Cape show a greater than 90 per cent reduction in vehicle movement. Conversely, the least stay at home compliance is observed in Khayelitsha and Guguletu in the Western Cape with a reduction in vehicle activity

of less than 50 per cent. Towns like Blue Downs in the Western Cape and Soweto and Katlehong in Gauteng have also only reduced their vehicle activity by between 60 per cent and 70 per cent. “It is great to see that the majority of South African citizens are observing the request to stay at home with high density areas such as Gauteng and the Western Cape reducing their vehicle movement by between 75 per cent and 80 per cent since the implementation of the lockdown,” says Michael du Preez, executive: product and marketing at Tracker South Africa. “As cabin fever starts to set in, we encourage you to continue to restrict your movements. Only go out when necessary for your safety and the safety of your fellow citizens.” Linda Reid, head of data for Lightstone says: “It is important to note that not all areas will be able to curtail movement to exactly the same extent. Some areas are more likely to have, as their residents, greater numbers of people who are still travelling as essential services workers.”

“As cabin fever starts to set in, we encourage you to continue to restrict your movements. Only go out when necessary for your safety and the safety of your fellow citizens.” 30




security surveillance AI-powered security surveillance offers smarter initiatives, faster responses and reduced crime


ommercial property developers as well as business park landlords and property managers have a specific set of security challenges. At stake is the security of millions of rands’ worth of equipment and stock, tenants and the safety of large crowds in shopping malls. Paramount is the prerequisite for vigilant eyes everywhere simultaneously with guarding that extends from the heart of the property to its entire perimeter. Offsite CCTV monitoring specialists, AI Surveillance (AIS), understand the security issues common to the property sector. Armed with self-learning, stateof-the-art intelligent software, video analytics, real time alerts and a team of

security professionals, they run an centralized offsite security operation that is optimally efficient. “Our innovative and forward thinking approach to each client’s unique requirements allows for tailor-made solutions that combine the strengths of industry leading software, centralised cloud storage and remote monitoring skills,” says Robert Nichol, CEO of AIS. “We are living in a time of uncertainty and potentially new challenges. Security spend is coming under greater pressure with staff costs escalating and productivity remaining low. AIS is proud of the fact that we offer clients an overall cost saving on security spend whilst improving onsite guard

effectiveness by proactively directing them to areas of suspicious activity to prevent actual criminal acts. It’s a solution we see working very well in the property space and believe this is only beginning of it.” The AIS security system offers a range of features to optimize offsite surveillance. Its intelligent software learns normal behavioural patterns within a monitored environment and alerts, which occur in real time, are only dispatched when unusual behaviour is detected. This reduces monitored footage by more than 95% and significantly amps up the levels of efficiency that can be achieved. All detected incidences are packaged to the controllers in an auditable and user-friendly alarm stack for faster detection and better preventative solutions and actions than ever before. “Today’s best security solution lies in a dual approach,” says Nichol. “It’s not a choice between guards or offsite CCTV surveillance. We believe that one should utilise both to create a bespoke solution that combines a high quality service from trustworthy and reputable teams of professionals so that clients can achieve their primary goals of personal safety, protection of property, mitigation of security risks and the reduction of criminal incidents. “Like our clients, we take pride in what we do and are specialists at what we do. This makes us the security and surveillance partner you need. Rob Nichol, CEO AI Surveillance.




Corruption Challenges Index 2020 Risk Advisory’s annual global measure of the world’s most and least challenging countries for foreign investors in relation to corruption levels has been released.

TOP 3 SECTORS EXPOSED TO CORRUPTION 2020 1 Construction & Development 2 Infrastructure (airports, ports, storage)

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isk Advisory has released the Corruption Challenges Index 2020, revealing the countries and markets that pose the biggest corruption challenges for foreign investors. The index is intended to be a useful measure of where and how corruption manifests itself locally. It is based on Risk Advisory’s experience of carrying out more than 500 in-depth, global due diligence investigations over the last 12 months.

• Construction and development, infrastructure, and oil and gas remain the most challenging industry sectors from a corruption point of view globally. • Turkmenistan remains the country where businesses face the biggest corruption

challenges, followed by North Korea and then Libya. • Europe continues to feature positively in the index and dominates the list of least challenging countries. It also has the lowest average corruption challenge score. • Middle East & North Africa generally performs poorly in the index with the highest average corruption challenge score. It also claims five out of ten countries where the threat levels are highest for unstable regimes and the likelihood of encountering corruption. • Globally, the greatest Threat (T) of corruption lies in Central African Republic, Libya and Yemen. • The ability to source reliable information is at its worst in Turkmenistan, North Korea and Laos – marked as Opacity (O) scores on the maps.




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Covid-19 overview Since the first article (CORONA VIRUS 2019) was written, there have been rapid developments worldwide in the development of the COVID19 virus as it spreads across the world. By Peter Bagshawe


n writing the following I am not claiming any scientific or other insights and have provided commentary on the information that is available with, where appropriate, a contextualisation. By the time of publication the figures quoted will be outdated and are used as at the time of writing this as a basis for comment. A number of commentators have made historical comparisons with earlier pandemics and these are, by date the Black Plague (rodent borne) that, between 1347 and 1351, resulted in the estimated death of between75 million and 200 million people in Eurasia. The next major pandemic was the Spanish flu (a H1N1 influenza virus), an unusually deadly influenza pandemic

that between January 1918 and December 1920 infected 500 million people. The death toll is estimated to have been between 17 million and 50 million. In January 2009 the swine flu pandemic (also a H1N1 influenza virus although a new strain) broke out and by October 2010 some 1.4 billion people had been infected with an estimated 150 000 to 575 000 fatalities for the 2009 pandemic. Worldwide the infection rate for COVID19 has soared with the highest infection rate initially being in China. Current figures (taken from worldometer corona virus site) have the United States of America with the highest number of confirmed cases at 215 344, 341 new cases reported in the preceding 24 hours, 5 112 death and a death

rate of 15 per million of the country’s population. Italy is the European epicentre with 110 574 confirmed cases, 13 155 confirmed deaths and a motality rate of 218 per million with Spain following with 104 118 confirmed cases, 9 387 deaths and a mortality rate of 201 per million. China has 81 589 confirmed cases, 3 318 deaths and a mortality rate of 2 per million. South Africa currently has 1 380 reported cases, 72 of which were reported in the preceding 24 hours, 6 deaths and a mortality rate of 0.08. Various reasons have been ascribed for the infection rate differential between Spain and Italy against global figures as well as their death rates and the concentration of the infections in northern Italy. Globally there are 962 977

confirmed cases of COVID19 and 49 180 deaths. What has clearly emerged is the success of the aggressive lockdown strategy employed by China and avoidance of a rapid spread. Various levels of lockdown have been adopted internationally with the European Union tightening control within the Schengen zone and Italy effectively closing borders. Similar or lesser levels of lockdown are in place in an estimated 94 countries at present. The intention of these closures is to “flatten the curve” to minimise the load on healthcare facilities as the extreme level of treatment requires intensive care treatment including ventilators. Locally the number of intensive care beds and ventilators is a major concern,




as a high infection rate would overload the facilities available. South Africa went into a mandatory lockdown from midnight on 23 March 2020 in terms of an executive order with only laboratories, pharmacies, banks, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, supermarkets, food suppliers, petrol stations and heath care facilities. Whilst in lockdown residents are only permitted to leave their homes to collect medicines from pharmacies, seek medical care, buy food or collect social grants. During the lockdown period, the sale of alcohol and cigarettes have been prohibited and the closure of liquor outlets is being enforced. Enforcement is the responsibility of the South African Police Services and some 2 800 members of the South African Defence Force deployed nationally. At this stage, no comment will be made in regard to allegations of brutality that have been made against enforcement agencies. The aim of lockdown is to reduce person-to-person transmission of the virus and in so doing flatten the infection curve by reducing or minimising interpersonal contact with recommendation made for the maintenance of a 1 meter minimum distance between persons. The closure

of businesses, restrictions on the use of taxis, the monitoring of areas and closure of social gathering points have all been enforced with an immediate contraction of interpersonal interaction. The congregation of people in and around supermarkets and the inability of authorities to effectively monitor social distancing in this situation has been pointed out as a flaw that requires rectification. The Government has identified a need to provide facilities for the homeless and, provincially, efforts are being made to cater for this need. Social distancing in informal settlements is a major concern given the potential for high infection rates in these areas that have low levels of infrastructure. Nationally border crossings, harbours and air space have been closed down with the exception of commercial cargo shipments. The economic impact of lockdown is immense. On another level it can be viewed that there are two pandemics in action simultaneously, one on the healthcare side and the other on the economic front and both are also operating internationally. In South Africa’s case this has hit the level of the perfect storm with the concurrent Moody’s downgrading of the our Sovereign Rating to effectively junk status.



A simple measure of the combined effect is that when the Coronavirus 2019 article was written on 3 March 2020 the Rand to US$ rate was 15.40. Today the rate is 18.21. Recently the Johannesburg Stock Exchange experienced the worst trading day since the 1987 stock market crash. The net effect is that under lockdown the overwhelming majority of businesses cannot trade which immediately impacts on the spending power of salary and wage earners to contribute to the economy by spending their wages and earnings, further depressing an already depressed economy. The State has announced mitigating measures with contribution via Treasury, tax rebates, banks are making payment relief available to customers and large donations have been made by the Oppenheimers, Ruperts and Motsepes, amongst other, into initiatives in an effort to mitigate potential business closures and job losses. The United States of America have announced a relief package in excess of US$ 2 trillion although the majority of this seems to be in the form of loans. Despite this the local hospitality and entertainment industries, tourism, the informal sector, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers

to name but a few examples are in a position where they cannot operate. The impact on these operations and their employees is immense. The impact is not only local as markets and manufacturing have contracted internationally and are, in simple terms, feeding on each other. The possibility of deflation is being discussed locally despite action by the South African Reserve Bank, which recently lowered the Repo Rate by 1 basis point. Looking forward there is no clear end in sight. South Africa is currently under abnormal circumstances and the level of compliance by ordinary citizens to the strictures and requirements of the lockdown has been exemplary. Italy and Spain have announced extensions of the initial lockdown periods implemented. It can only be hoped that the action taken by President Ramaposa is successful in flattening the curve within the 21 day period announced. The rate of start-up of full commercial operations is currently unknown but will hopefully be swift. PETER BAGSHAWE holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the former University of Rhodesia and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Closing the cybersecurity skills gap Whether you are upskilling, reskilling or educating yourself to help close the cybersecurity skills gap, it doesn’t matter. Fortinet has three no-cost courses available to anyone who is interested in educating themselves on potential threats and how to manage them.


he unprecedented remote workforce means a shift in approach to keep operations running and employees secure. Fortinet is here to help. Fortinet is introducing a bundle of no-cost, online training courses so your employees can continue to learn while remote. Continue learning with the new, free FortiGate Essentials Training Course, available in a self-paced format for everyone.

FortiGate Essentials Training Course In this course, you will learn how to operate and administrate some fundamental FortiGate NGFW features. By the end of the course, you will acquire a solid understanding of how to deploy and maintain a basic network security solution. The course also covers how to enable users

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SECURITY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (SASA) ADMINISTRATION 842 Pheasant Street, Horizon Park, Roodepoort Suite 147, Postnet X 2, Helderkruin 1733 National Administrator: Tony Botes t: 0861 100 680 | e: c: 083 272 1373 | f: 0866 709 209 Membership, accounts & enquiries: Sharrin Naidoo t: 0861 100 680 | e: c: 083 650 4981

SASA OFFICE BEARERS National President: Chris Laubscher c: 082 441 4092 e:


National Chairperson: Marchél Coetzee c: 084 440 0087 | e:

KwaZulu Natal: Clint Phipps c: 082 498 4749 e:

National Deputy Chairperson: Yagan Nair c: 082 561 3529 e:

Gauteng: Gary Tintinger c: 084 429 4245 e:

Western Cape: Koos van Rooyen c: 082 891 2351 | e:

SECURITY AND RELATED ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) Eco Park, Centurion t: +27 (0)12 003 0500/1 | Independent hotline: 0800 220 918 | e: info@psira. | Director: Manabela Chauke | Chairperson: T Bopela | Vice chairperson: Z Holtzman | Council members: Advocate A Wiid | Commissioner A Dramat APPISA (Association for Professional Private Investigators SA) Bertie Meyer Crescent, Minnebron, Brakpan | e: | www.appelcryn. | c: +27 (0)73 371 7854 / +27 (0)72 367 8207 | Chairperson: Ken Appelcryn ASIS International Johannesburg Chapter No. 155. Box 99742, Garsfontein East 0060 | t: +27 (0)11 652 2569 | www.asis155jhb.webs. com | President/chairperson: Johan Hurter | Secretary: Chris Cray ASIS International (Chapter 203: Cape Town – South African Security Professionals) President/chairperson: Yann A Mouret, CPP Secretary: Eva Nolle t: +27 (0)21 785 7093 f: +27 (0)21 785 5089 | e: | BAC (Business Against Crime) Box 784061, Sandton 2146 | t: +27 (0)11 883 0717 | f: +27 (0)11 883 1679 | e: CAMPROSA (Campus Protection Society of Southern Africa) President: Des Ayob | e: Executive Secretary: Derek Huebsch | e: huebsch. | CISA (Cape Insurance Surveyors Association) Shahid Sonday t: +27 (0)21 402 8196 | f: +27 (0)21 419 1844 | e: | Mike Genard t: +27 (0)21 557 8414 | e: DRA (Disaster Recovery Association of Southern Africa) Box 405, Saxonwold 2132 | Chairperson: Grahame Wright | t: +27 (0)11 486 0677 | f: (011) 646 5587 | Secretary/treasurer: Charles Lourens t: +27 (0)11 639 2346 | f: +27 (0)11 834 6881 EFCMA (Electric Fencing and Components Manufacturers Association) Box 411164, Craighall 2024 | t: +27 (0)11 326 4157 | f: +27 (0)11 493 6835 | Chairperson: Cliff Cawood c: +27 (0)83 744 2159 | Deputy chairperson: John Mostert c: +27 (0)82 444 9759 | Secretary: Andre Botha c: +27 (0)83 680 8574 ESDA (Electronic Security Distributors Association) Box 17103, Benoni West 1503 | t: (011) 845 4870 | f: +27 (0)11 845 4850 | Chairperson: Leonie Mangold | Vice chairperson: David Shapiro | ESIA (Electronic Security Industry Alliance) Box 62436, Marshalltown 2107 | t: +27 (0)11 498 7468 | f: 086 570 8837 | c: 082 773 9308 | e: info@esia. | FDIA (Fire Detection Installers Association) Postnet Suite 86, Private Bag X10020, Edenvale, 1610 | t: +27 (0)72 580 7318 | f: 086 518 4376 | e: fdia@fdia. | | President/chairperson: Clive Foord | Secretary: Jolene van der Westhuizen

FFETA The Fire Fighting Equipment Traders Association) Postnet Suite 86, Private Bag X10020, Edenvale 1610 | Chairperson: Belinda van der Merwe Administration manager: Rosemary Cowan | t: +27 (0)11 455 3157 | e: | FPASA (Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa) Box 15467, Impala Park 1472 | t: +27 (0)11 397 1618 | f: +27 (0)11 397 1160 | e: | | General manager: David Poxon GFA (Gate & Fence Association) Box 1338, Johannesburg 2000 | t: +27 (0)11 298 9400 | f: +27 (0)11 838 1522 | Administrator: Theresa Botha HSA (Helderberg Security Association) Box 12857, N1 City Parow 7463 | t: +27 (0)21 511 5109 | f: +27 (0)21 511 5277 | e: | | Chairperson: Stephen van Diggele IFE (Institution of Fire Engineers (SA) Treasurer: Andrew Greig | President: Mike Webber | Administrator: Jennifer Maritz | PO Box 1033, Houghton 2041 | t: +27 (0)11 788 4329 | f: +27 (0)11 880 6286 | e: | ISA (Insurance Surveyors Association) Box 405, Saxonwold 2132 | Chairperson: Graham Wright | t: +27 (0)11 486 0677 | Vice chairperson: Alan Ventress | Secretary: Alex dos Santos LASA (Locksmiths Association of South Africa) Box 4007, Randburg 2125 | t: +27 (0)11 782 1404 | f: +27 (0)11 782 3699 | e: | | President/chairperson: Alan Jurrius | Secretary: Dora Ryan NaFETI (National Firearms Education and Training Institute) Box 181067, Dalbridge 4014 | Chairperson: MS Mitten | Vice chairperson: Ken Rightford | t: +27 (0)33 345 1669 | c: +27 (0)84 659 1142 NaFTA (National Firearms Training Association of SA) Box 8723, Edenglen 1613 | National chairperson: Peter Bagshawe | t: +27 (0)11 979 1200 | f: +27 (0)11 979 1816 | e: POLSA (Policing Association of Southern Africa) t: +27 (0)12 429 6003 | f: +27 (0)12 429 6609 | Chairperson: Anusha Govender c: +27 (0)82 655 8759 PSSPF (Private Security Sector Provident Fund) Jackson Simon c: +27 (0)72 356 6358 | e: jackson@ | SAESI (Southern African Emergency Services Institute) Box 613, Krugersdorp 1740 | t: +27 (0)11 660 5672 | f: +27 (0)11 660 1887 | President: DN Naidoo | Secretary: SG Moolman | SAIA (South African Insurance Association) Box 30619, Braamfontein 2017 | Chief executive officer: Viviene Pearson | Chairperson:

Lizé Lambrechts t: +27 (0)11 726 5381 | f: +27 (0)11 726 5351 | e: SAIDSA (South African Intruder Detection Services Association) | Association House, PO Box 17103, Benoni West 1503 | t: +27 (0)11 845 4870 f: +27 (0)11 845 4850 | e: | Chairperson: Johan Booysen Secretary: Cheryl Ogle SAIS (South African Institute of Security) Postnet Suite 86, Private Bag X10020, Edenvale, 1610 Chairperson: Dave Dodge | Administration manager: John Baker | t: +27 (0)63 782 7642 | e: | SAN (Security Association of Namibia) Box 1926, Windhoek, Namibia | Administrator: André van Zyl | t: +264 81 304 5623 | e: SANSEA (South African National Security Employers’ Association) Box 62436, Marshalltown 2107 | Administrators: SIA t: +27 (0)11 498 7468 | f: 086 570 8837 | e: SAPFED (Southern African Polygraph Federation) President: Flip Vorster | c: +27 (0)82 455 1459 | e: | Secretary: Anrich Gouws | e: | SAQCC FIRE (South African Qualification Certification Committee) Postnet Suite 86, Private Bag X10020, Edenvale 1610 | t: +27 (0)11 455 3157 | www.saqccfire. Executive Committee: Chairperson: Duncan Boyes Vice chairperson: Tom Dreyer 1475 Committee: Chairperson: Lizl Davel Vice chairperson: John Caird D&GS Committee: Chairperson: Nichola Allan; Vice chairperson: Clive Foord General Manager: Rosemary Cowan | e: – Address, phone and website all remain as is. SARPA (South African Revenue Protection Association) Box 868, Ferndale 2160 | t: +27 (0)11 789 1384 | f: +27 (0)11 789 1385 | President: Naas du Preez | Secretariat: Mr J. Venter, Van der Walt & Co SIA (Security Industry Alliance) Box 62436, Marshalltown 2107 | t: +27 (0)11 498 7468 | Chief executive officer: Steve Conradie | SKZNSA (Southern KwaZulu-Natal Security Association) t: +27 (0)39 315 7448 | f: +27 (0)39 315 7324 | Chairperson: Anton Verster c: +27 (0)82 371 0820 VESA (The Motor Vehicle Security Association of South Africa) Box 1468, Halfway House 1685 | t: (011) 315 3588/3655 | f: +27 (0)11 315 3617 | General manager: Adri Smit VIPPASA (VIP Protection Association of SA) Box 41669, Craighall 2024 | t: +27 (0)82 749 0063 | f: 086 625 1192 | e: | | Enquiries: Chris Rootman c: +27 (0)82 749 0063 | e:

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DRIVING COMPLIANCE in South Africa’s Private Security Industry

With a five decade legacy, SASA is the greatest advocate of industry compliance, serving as resource for its members, an educational platform for consumers of security services, and an essential link between the private security industry and government. The Security Association of South Africa (SASA) is nationally recognised by the Government, South African Police Service and all Municipalities as having members with a proven track record within the industry and a Code of Ethics by which members must abide. SASA Gold Membership promotes compliance not only to the industry role-players, but to the end-users of security services as well. Join SASA today and find out more about how we can fight the scourge of non-compliance, promoting SASA Gold Membership as an essential requirement for all security service providers, ensuring industry excellence for the private security industry.

For more information, contact the SASA Administrator on Postal Address: Suite 147, Postnet X2 Helderkruin, 1733. Tel: 0861 100 680 Fax: 086 670 9209









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