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Is it really over, or was that a test run?

I spent all of last week managing, deploying, and assisting my anti-riot strike teams at companies and shopping malls from Cape Town to Durban. Proudly I can say that not one premises protected by our men was breached or vandalised.

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Public Warning! Beware the EFF Labour Desk

Although you consider us to be primarily an investigation firm, I would like to assure you that D&K Management Consultants does a lot more. One such aspect is assisting clients in managing risk; particularly from potentially dangerous strikes and protest action.

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Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Greatest Female Sniper of All Time

For Lyudmila Pavlichenko, killing Nazis wasn't complicated. "The only feeling I have is the great satisfaction a hunter feels who has killed a beast of prey," she once said of her job.

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ROADBLOCKS

A roadblock is a legal blockage of public, and sometimes private, roads. These are set up by the metropolitan police units and/or the South African Police Service (SAPS) as checkpoints, on instruction of the police commissioner, based on Section 215 of the Constitution. There are many reasons why the police would set up a roadblock, such as the tracking down of a suspect, the suspicion of criminal activity, or the monitoring of traffic.

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Dismissal on Suspicion is Unlawful, Says CCMA

Company ordered to pay security guard 12 months wages plus interest. The guards site manager believed Mlangeni to be an honest person and that the other guard who failed the test was in fact the culprit.

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Court Rules an Employee Attacked at Work Can Sue Her Employer

A former senior manager in the office of the Mpumalanga Premier has been given judicial authority to sue her former boss for damages for physical and psychological injuries she suffered when attacked by protestors while she was at work.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Investigating Losses in Your Business

Finding out that you have dishonest individuals working in your company will evoke a series of natural emotions. Ultimately it’s a discovery of betrayal, and that hurts business owners and colleagues to the core

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Firearm Amnesty: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Firearm Amnesty entail? Firearm amnesty means an indemnity against prosecution for the unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition.

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Five Ways Undercover Investigators Can Transform Your Business

With so many security companies and products out there, it can be exceedingly difficult to decide what strategy and approach is going to work best to curb your internal thefts and losses.

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Why Private Investigators and Forensic Audits Are More Trusted Than the Police

In 1994 - when South Africa joined the rest of the free world and democratically elected Nelson Mandela in the first democratic election for all South Africans - the country exploded with opportunity and excitement.

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Page Automation Helps Clients Keep Track of Visitors with SmartVisitor Software.

As published on News 24, companies can now keep track of clients with technology that uses data capture and advanced facial recognition functionality to register, welcome, track, and trace all visitors to business premises. Has your data been captured? This is something to be aware of...

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Defense Attorneys Require Private Investigators

In my opinion, one of the finest and certainly most entertaining law shows to ever hit our television screens was the American law firm show, “Boston Legal”.

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Strikes loom large. Are you ready?

All indications show that South African trade unions are really concerned about the low levels of payments into their coffers. With COVID-19 creating an economic apocalypse, trade unions are now feeling the pinch. So what does this mean for you?

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Can I Shoot?

A couple of weeks ago a church goer shot and killed two armed robbers in a church, mid service. Almost immediately the debate about whether his actions were legal and justified began.

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Help!! We have a strike but no strike contingency plan

It starts with the rhythmic stomping of boots and tekkies pounding to the beat of 1, 1 2, 1, 1 2... sticks, golf clubs and rocks are waved above the heads of the strikers. The crowd chants softly, but slowly builds the crescendo, getting louder and louder.

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Russian Roulette AKA Trust

We live in interesting times. Such a nice way of saying “the world is a mess”. My faith in humanity has become as worn down as Ron Jeremy’s bed springs; and the more I hear the word “woke”, the more the option of permanent self-isolation appeals to me (perhaps with Ron… that man has some stories to tell).

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I May Get Retrenched, So I Had Better Line My Pockets Now

Since animals snaked and slithered themselves out of the primordial swamp pools, and our ancestors began to rise up off all fours (politicians excluded) the instinct to survive has ensured our existence.

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Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Waking up choking on your own bile as you scramble to grab for anything to ease the intense pain of the volcanic lava eating a hole through your throat - like a rabid rat perpetually gnawing away at a piece of cheese - was the catalyst for the invention of Gaviscon.

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Influencer or Influenced?

Nobody that I know enjoys languishing in obscurity in their profession. Unless you’re on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, why would you?

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Military And Intelligence Personnel Can Be Tracked With The Untappd Beer App

Surprise! The beer-rating app Untappd can be used to track the location history of military personnel.

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Your New Duty Of Care For Offsite Employees

Yes things have changed, yes new ways of conducting business have to be found but NO your responsibility to your employees has not changed just because they work from home.

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Birthday Gift Guide for Private Investigators

So after considering the infinite tools and books I have decided to make every private investigators life much easier when it comes to Christmas and birthday gift lists. here are my top five private investigator gift ideas..

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Attacks on Food Distribution and Retailers Imminent

There is little doubt that the huge impact of the Lockdown in South Africa was always going to be a litmus test for the stability of a country already teetering on chaos.

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Lockdown = Time to identify employee dishonesty

South African business managers are missing out... Hear me out and give this some serious thought: For most of us there has been little to no positive scenarios when it comes to our business life during lockdown. However, when we look hard enough with a different mindset that may not have to be the case....

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Google Analytics codes expose South African fake news sites

Read this article, as published by Bellingcat, detailing how Google Analytics codes unearthed a network of South African fake news sites...

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To my family......war is never easy, but quitting is never forgiven.

We are faced with the toughest challenges that we as a company have ever had to deal with. When this covid-19 lockdown began none of us knew what to expect or for how long. As it’s unfolded, I have grown more uncomfortable by the day. I quietly and confidentially made a vow to myself that at the end of this every single one of us would have a job. I undertook to ensure that every single person sitting in this room would get paid.

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Are you following your own advice?

Internal security within any organisation is a highly important part of company structure. Most, if not all, esteemed company managers and owners are aware of the real threat of internal theft. These organisational leaders have often spent many hours detailing plans of action that will aid in safeguarding a company against such threats.

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A possible man on the inside resulting in a fraudulent fuel tender

According to an article published by Ama Bhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, Hendrick Kganyago had a close, city employed relative, who seemed to have had influence on Kganyago winning the fleet department fuel tender in Tshwane. Kganyagpo’s company Balimi Barui Trading (BBT) was one of three companies awarded a R500 million fuel contract.

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What would happen if you carried a weapon during a strike?

Strikers and protestors are protected by law. However, there are certain things that both strikers and their employers need to be aware of when it comes to carrying weapons during a strike.

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Is your workplace culture toxic?

Toxic culture is a very real threat in any work environment. It is not always easy to identify the source, but the repercussions can be devastating and may even result in incidences of riot and threat to physical safety.

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Be Vigilant: Criminal impersonations of SA CEOs and Execs leading to fraud and theft

According to a warning issued by the South African Banking Risk Center (Sabric) there is a current trend occurring whereby criminals are impersonating South African executives such as CEOs and financial directors in order to steal money from companies.

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The Dunning Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a cognitive effect whereby people who are less-capable or incompetent are seemingly blind to their own incompetence.

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What is TSCM Debugging and How Does it Work?

This article will discuss TSCM debugging, what it is and how debugging has the capacity to ensure surveillance equipment is detected and removed.

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Conducting Corporate Due Diligence When Buying a Business

Find out how businesses should go about ensuring they are satisfying the minimum requirement for their corporate due diligence before any money is exchanged.

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Protecting Your Business with Employee Background Screening Services

Employee background screenings & employee malpractice investigations are imperative to protect your business as well as your other employees from fraud, theft and corruption.

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Situations in Which You May Consider Polygraph Services

There are many situations that call for the truth to be revealed. When the truth needs a nudge in certain situations, you can make use of polygraph services to get to the truth.

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The Importance of Security Management Across Industries!

Security management is essential to all industries because without it you leave your business exposed to a whole host of potential threats. Security specialists have you covered!

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Why You Shouldn’t Settle for a Private Investigator Based on the Cost of Their Services

You should never settle on a private investigator based on the cost, because at the end of the day if you pay for a quality investigator that is what you will get, if you don’t, you won’t.

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How to Recognise Reliable Private Investigation Companies

If you have something you need to get to the bottom of, make sure you get reliable private detectives and investigators to help you by following these rules.

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Police vs Private Investigations: What is the Difference?

Find out what some of the key contrasts are between police and private investigations as this article walks you through the several differences in their roles.

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Pursue a Career in the Security Industry with VIP Protection Training

Find out how you can excel in the security industry with a lucrative close protection career, armed with leading VIP escort security training.

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What Do Violent Crime Investigators Do?

Discover the steps involved in the activities of violent crime investigators in order to get to the bottom of even cold cases. Private investigators in South Africa from D&K are on the case."

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The Modern Private Investigator

As a "veteran" in the South African Private and Criminal Investigations industry, I get a great kick out of seeing my respected colleagues delivering outstanding investigation services to their clients."

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NUMSA Strike Leads to Fatality

It was only a matter of time before striking NUMSA members actually killed an innocent person. Simply put this was murder!"

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How to be Cyber Safe

OCTOBER is Cyber Security Month, which seeks to create awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security and provide resources and information to help people and organisations protect themselves online."

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What Can and Can’t Undercover Investigators Do?

Discover the realms within which undercover investigators operate to get the job done. Investigation services are conducted professionally at all times to ensure success.

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Finding New Passion Through Employee Dishonesty

Without your deceitful intentions I would still be working from behind my desk and letting others have all the fun.

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Important Steps to Take to Protect Your Business

Discover the best practice steps for any successful business: corporate due diligence, employee background screening services and employee malpractice investigations.

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All Eyes On Me: CCTV Security Services

Even a moment of warning given by CCTV monitoring is enough to change the outcome of a whole host of sticky situations.

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CCTV Reviews and the Display of Relevant Information

Dr Craig Donald reviews why recorded video is often far from ideal.

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Why Investigators Need to Innovate

No matter how much we want to cling onto methods and strategies that keep us feeling all warm and fuzzy, the proverbial "winds of change" will blow.

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When You Should Contact a Private Investigator

Discover situations in which you can acquire help from private investigation companies to provide you with assistance and peace of mind.

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Crime Proof Your Business

Companies across the industry landscape all have one thing in common... criminal threats are constant and always will be. The importance of having a robust and comprehensive security plan can never ever be understated.

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Protect Your Business with Professional Private Investigation Services

Route out misconduct, theft or any other threat to your business’ success and integrity with professional private investigators in South Africa.

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How to Build People's Confidence in You

Being recognised in the investigation and risk consulting arena as a subject matter expert is without doubt one of every serious private investigators greatest challenges.

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Warning: Break Free from Smart Cameras Turned into Surveillance Tools

I have always been a staunch advocate for continued skills development and industry knowledge. Reading, listening, watching and talking are the foundations from which I draw knowledge to stay ahead of the pack.

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Duty of Care ...
Providing Adequate Security & Protection for Employees

This year marks the 25th anniversary of my life in the security consulting and investigation arena. That equates to almost 4 200 site security audits or operational audits completed. Shit! That's a fair amount of time spent reviewing and assisting clients to develop effective loss control and security plans.

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Creating an Effective Security Portfolio Part 1: A Guide to Ensuring Your Company is Protecting & Protected

Welcome to my guide on creating an impressible security portfolio for your business and/or clients. This series of blog posts will provide practical insight into the best practices employed by security professionals to mitigate risks.

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In Loving Memory

After almost 23 years as an employee, Barry Spanner was a definitive part of the Condon and D&K family. A loyal and unwavering friend and staff member - may he forever rest in peace. Thank you for giving so much of your life to us Barry, your impact will never be forgotten. Our sincere condolences to Barry's family and loved ones.

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Finger Taping for Ball Tampering?

The now well publicised Aussie cheating scandal has not only confirmed what many an astute fan has been thinking for a long time but has also created a situation where we are now questioning past games and results. I'm not just referring to long past or even the recent ashes series.

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Bodyguard or BodyGoon?

The biblical story of David and Goliath is a great anecdote demonstrating just how the little man (David) defeated a literal giant, a feared behemoth of a man. I often find myself drawn back to this story when I get questioned about the role or importance of size (muscles) in the field of VIP Protection.

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Five Tips To Get Real Value From Your Security Company

In my capacity as a security consultant, I find myself continually fascinated by the gripes I hear from clients of security contractors who genuinely feel they are paying for nothing... is that you?

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Sweeping for Surveillance

Companies should regularly have their boardrooms and communication devices swept for bugging devices, and even consider using the controversial cellphone jammer for meetings to protect their corporate intelligence. It is perfectly normal, good security procedure.

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How to Implement a Whistleblowers Policy

In my personal experience as a forensic fraud investigator, there is one question that clients ask me time and time again. "Should we implement a whistleblower strategy?"

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About D & K Management Consultants CC

Established in 1993 by Declan and Kyle Condon – the legacy of the Condon family with their many years of investigative expertise still strongly governs the running of the company today.

Phone: 082 820 5363

Email: saint@intrigue.co.za