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Kidnapping for ransom becoming a concern in South Africa

Within the broader context of political unrest and the high rate of violent crime in South Africa, international kidnapping syndicates appear to be gaining a foothold in the country. Kidnapping for ransom has been fairly widespread in other African countries and terrorism hotspots internationally, forcing business travellers to take extra precautions when visiting high-risk territories. It appears South Africa is now on the radar.

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Airport Attacks on the Increase - Calls for Greater Security Measures by Business and Holiday Travellers

Recent headlines and security discussions have placed a greater focus on violence between the metered taxi industry and Uber as well as a number of reported incidents where criminals have followed unsuspecting travellers from OR Tambo International Airport before robbing them when they arrive at their residence or hotel.

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Piracy back on the radar for East Africa

Following five years of relative calm, recent events suggest that Somali pirates have returned to the coast of East Africa. While efforts to combat piracy in the region proved effective in the short-term, new tactics undertaken by the hostile groups - involving instances of kidnapping for ransom - have upped the stakes for those caught up in the middle of it all.

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