Criminal activity in South Africa is high and includes both violent and non-violent crime. Crime increases in areas towards the outskirts of major cities, but a risk is still present in city centres, including public transport and areas where large crowd gather.
Airport scams and theft of baggage are common at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Scams involving card skimming and credit card fraud are also prevalent. Criminals will target individuals who have their valuables on display and show signs of wealth.
Traveling by road in South Africa is medium to high risk. The standard of driving varies throughout the region and drivers can lack discipline. Road traffic laws are not routinely enforced, and many rules are ignored, resulting in an increased risk of Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs). RTCs are common in South Africa with the death toll reported as higher than average in comparison to the wider African region and world averages.
Vehicle hi-jackings and robberies are common, especially during the hours of darkness. Criminal gangs operate in areas where traffic is likely to slow or stop, for example, at traffic lights and road traffic junctions. Armed violence will be used if not compliant with the attackers. Avoid traveling alone, especially during the evenings.
Road conditions are generally very good, but some rural roads are less maintained and may contain large potholes and poor surface structure.
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ETS has been operating within South Africa since 2012 providing secure transportation to a range of high-profile clients, including Fortune 10, 100 and 500 companies and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs). ETS are preferred suppliers to multiple organizations operating within the region and we facilitate secure transportation in Johannesburg on a weekly basis. We provide multiple functions within the region including airport transfers, executive VIP protection and special event security.
ETS Risk Management is one of the leading providers of secure transportation and Executive Protection in South Africa. We provide protective services to multiple companies and business travelers, Conferences, and Non-Governmental Organizations traveling through the region. ETS has an exceptionally experienced and trusted security team based in Johannesburg. This is our main area of operation, but we also serve the popular tourist location of Cape Town, along with Pretoria, and the broader province as required.
ETS provides secure transportation with a range of non-armored SUVs and experienced vetted drivers. Our armed close protection officers are fully qualified, licensed to RSA standards, and highly experienced operating throughout the region.
ETS can support all airport transfers with local security drivers and executive protection teams. Our security drivers and accompanying CPOs provide a low-profile meet and greet service at the airport or hotel if required. Armed Executive Protection is common-place and often advised.