Archive for month: July, 2014

Fraud in South Africa is active in many different businesses and industries. There have been countless reports from people in the general public and business partners that have been tricked into unforeseen scams across the country.

According to the South African crime website Report a crime.com, there are numerous entries every day from people and organisations reporting fraudulent crimes or kindly warning other people of criminals.

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It is very important for employers to abide by law with regards to fulfilling their duty of care responsibilities to their employees. When travelling corporate employees are in Africa or other violence stricken countries, it is by law the employers’ duty to make sure that the employees are well protected.

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In recent news, security guards are being fired from their security roles by companies who have just realized the ineffectiveness of the guards.

Most companies and organisations have a misconception that if anything gets lost in their premises, they should hire more guards.

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All companies have a legal and moral duty of care responsibility to their employees and neglecting your duty of care can land your company in hot waters.

According to the Brake Pro whitepaper on Duty of care, almost three in ten fleets fail to comply with fleet safety legal requirements. This is a clear indication that a number of companies are failing to fulfil their duty of care responsibilities, however, all companies have a legal duty of care towards all of their employees.

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In the corporate business world, corporate travellers’ numbers are growing at a rapid pace. With business partnerships growing in the world from one continent to another, corporate travellers are irrevocably increasing in numbers.

It is the full responsibility of any employer of a company to fulfil its duty of care obligations to its travelling employees. As a lot of businesses and organisations sending their stuff across borders, they need to understand the risks and importance of duty of care responsibility.

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Investing in Africa can be seen as both a risk and a profit for future economic growth. With natural wealth and somewhat improving political landscape, some investors have ripped the rewards of investing in Africa.

According to Investing in Africa website, the World Bank released its latest Global Economic Prospects report in July 2014, suggesting that sub-Saharan Africa will once again be amongst the fastest growing regions in the world. According to the forecasts, seven Africa countries will particularly lead the group and each of them is expected to grow at a rate of 7% or more over the next three years.

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Information technology is merely the application of computers and telecommunications equipment but it does not serve to protect all the important information in your work premises.

Information can be translated in many different ways besides email distributed information. There are other very important avenues that are used to distribute sensitive information that do not involve information technology equipment. Bug sweeping will not only help a company to determine whether or not they are under surveillance.

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Travel security management can be complicated if one is not entirely prepared and equipped while doing business in Africa. There are a number of procedures and risks to be considered by companies in order for them fulfil their duty of care obligations to their employees.

More than two-thirds of travel managers that participated in a travel manager survey said that they are dissatisfied with the way that companies address the impact of business travel on their employees. They participating travel managers told Business Travel News that, “frequent business travel has a positive impact on travellers’ personal health”, indicating that this affects the employees’ willingness to stay with their company or firm.

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Bugging offices or homes has brought about different debates across the world on whether is it is illegal to bug an office or someone else’s home.

In some instances, some people and companies believe that it is wrong for an employer to bug an office without the knowledge or concern of the employees. Recording a phone conversation can be considered as a crime but placing a bug in an office may be considered legal.

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Backgrounds checks are slowly becoming more crucial in the workplaces and businesses across the world. Businesses and companies should continue to look for more ways to minimize risks by conducting background checks.

When a company’s Human Resources department is in the process of recruiting new employees it is crucial to do background checks on the potential future employees. Background checks are essential in the workforce in order to determine the credibility of the documents or previous experience of the applicants.

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