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July 8, 2016

SAPS guarantee safe, secure elections

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

July 7, 2016

R1 million heroin seized at OR Tambo

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

June 8, 2016

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

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

May 24, 2016

Tourism Security: A Comparison on Safety Tips

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

May 5, 2016

How to avoid online holiday fraud

London – While the internet has made it infinitely easier to sort out holidays ourselves instead of going to a travel agent, unfortunately it has also created rich pickings for criminals.   Online holiday booking fraud – put crudely, when someone is duped into paying for accommodation or travel, only to discover later what they

April 28, 2016

TBCSA TSI Alert: 15/2016: Mpumalanga Hawks arrest tollgate official for card skimming

Dear Industry Stakeholder The Hawks have arrested a tollgate official who was caught allegedly skimming a motorist’s card at the Leandra Tollgate on Tuesday morning. The arrest followed a tip-off from an anonymous person who witnessed the skimming and contacted the police. Investigators suspect the official could be part of a larger international group of

April 6, 2016

Bail for 12 Traffic Cops in Anti-Corruption Sting

Twelve traffic officers facing charges of corruption were granted bail of R5 000 each when they appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.   The accused, Thami Mogobe, 25, Fikile Shabangu, 29, Phindile Mashele, 27, Selby Ngobeni, 36, Sebenzile Siwela, 35, Thabo Mashego, 29, Delco Mashele, 33, Simon Matsane, 35, Nomsa Mthombeni, 39, Alfred

March 4, 2016

Suspected Airport Robber Killed in Police Shootout

JOHANNESBURG – A suspect has been shot and killed while the other was critically injured when a shootout ensued between police and suspected airport robbers. Police had been informed of a vehicle that targeted individuals leaving OR Tambo International Airport. The gang allegedly follows people from the airport and robs them of their possessions. “Last

February 2, 2016


An initiative of the TBCSA The purpose of this document is to provide decision-makers within the tourism industry with an overview of the tourism risks that materialised during 2015 (compared to 2014), and making projections as to what may be expected in 2016.  

January 29, 2016

How Safe Is Your Hotel?

As Bill Stanton threw an iPod, laptop and camera into a bag, said goodbye to the maid cleaning the hotel room and strolled toward the exit, only one thing was wrong: none of the possessions were his.   Stanton boldly robbed the most valuable things from someone else’s hotel room in broad daylight. Fortunately for

Two sides of the shieldServices

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