Media reports broadcast internationally;
bear testimony to the upsurge in violent crime that has befallen
South Africa. Despite concerted efforts by government, a culture
of violence prevails.
Dignitaries, celebrities and sports personalities
in particular face considerable risk when entering the country.
The reasons for this are varied. Isolated
political factions to the extreme left and right see the elimination
of renowned personalities as a way to publicise their causes.
Former security force officers and their guerrilla opponents
now earn a living through organised crime and perceive visiting
dignitaries as "easy targets". The greatest danger,
however, resides in the "lost generation," which
passed over the opportunity of an education to fight for change,
and now find themselves both unemployed and desperate.
The protection of individuals, their families
and their assets, demands highly specialised skills. But even
the best skills are insufficient without the backing of a
comprehensive protection services programme. This includes
thorough risk assessment, risk minimisation and counter-measure
strategies, customised to each individual situation.
For this reason, Pro-Tect International,
specialists in the development of protective services programmes
and the protection of VIP’s was formed in 1994.
Pro-Tect International is a professional, flexible, organisation
which facilitates everything from large-scale, multi-unit
protective operations, geared for situations where the level
of risk is perceived to be particularly high, to the provision
of small protective teams, ideal for the low profile protection
of businessmen or other principles.
Pro-Tect International's personnel undergo
on-going, high level skills and development training, to ensure
that optimum protection is delivered to its clients at all