C&IT security update: Africa

In response to heightened global security fears, event planners have revealed which destinations are on and off the pitch list. Today Africa is in the spotlight.

South Africa is still on the pitch list for planners
South Africa is still on the pitch list for planners

Over the past 24 months, terrorist activity in both Tunisia and Egypt has moved the two destinations from the 'probably' to the 'probably not' list.

Neighbouring Morocco is also considered unsafe by many, though some agencies argue this is more about perception than legitimate risk. While South Africa and Kenya are on the potential pitch list for companies, many countries within the continent pose health and security risks for travellers.

"We are able to travel to Africa, but there's always health and safety advice, to make sure people are getting the right vaccinations," explains Alise Long, manager of strategic meetings & events at life sciences company DSM. "We also provide travel packs for anyone who is going there for work, with all the updated health information, as well as other necessary precautions, such as mosquito sprays."

She adds that in certain African regions, employees are unable to travel alone and have to be accompanied. "We have an SOS system in place, so whenever someone gets ill while travelling, or something happens, we have a number to get in contact with people in the area to help." She adds that for every trip, in any part of the world, there is a risk mitigation exercise, where the team anticipates every possible crisis and takes preventative measures. 

More security updates: 

C&IT security update: Middle East

C&IT security update: Europe

C&IT security update: Americas

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