Security tight for Africa Investment Forum

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has assured that all plans are in place for a safe and secure Africa Investment Forum.

The summit, which kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, is being attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa, African Heads of State such as Angola’s Joao Lourenco, Benin’s Patrice Talon, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari and Rwanda’s  Paul Kagame, as well as a number of high-level company CEOs and VIPs.

NATJOINTS spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the activities and deployments outlined will ensure uncompromising security measures during the event. 

These include VIP safety, route, venue, city and accommodation security, a combined intelligence and investigative capacity, crowd management and port of entry deployments; traffic control, which can be deployed to deal with any eventualities.

Despite the concentrated efforts for the safety of the forum, Mogale assured that general safety and day-to-day policing will not be compromised for all law-abiding South Africans for the duration of the event.

“Normal day-to-day policing will continue as usual,” she said.

Meanwhile, the community in and around the Sandton Convention Centre have been warned of the following road closures for the duration of the event:

  • Maude Street and West Street
  • Maude Street and 5th Street
  • Alice Street and 5th Street 
  • Alice Street and West Street

Commuters are advised to use alternative routes and allow for enough travel time.

“We appeal to all South Africans to be supportive of the security forces on and around the Sandton Convention Centre,” added Mogale.

The forum provides an open platform to multilateral institutions, governments and the private sector to improve the pipeline of projects that can transform the continent.

For South Africa, this complements government’s various initiatives to support economic recovery, increase domestic and international investment and create and protect jobs.

About 28 boardroom sessions will deliberate on 61 bankable projects worth $40 billion across the continent. –