Mining in South Africa has been the main driving force behind the history & development of Africa’s most advanced & richest economy. Failure to embrace simple security sealing solutions to contain security breach, loss and damage is more often than not more costly to a mining operation than the cost of the implemented solution.
Theft, unauthorized access, vandalism & security compromise are daily threats across mining operations. Commonly, problems occur simply because internal controls are inadequate, the right products are not perceived to be available, and because the activity occurs undetected, usually over a period of time. If an organisation has no control measures in place and no reliable audit trail, would-be criminals would not be deterred in their activities and no recourse for action exists. There is no way of identifying the point of liability with accuracy and reliability. It needs to be identified whether the threat is an internal or external one, or collusion between the two.
Without discounting the efficacy of other solutions, security seals have measurably helped in reducing tampering and theft on mines throughout South Africa.
Both under and above ground, mines need security seals for low-risk cost-sensitive items like safety equipment , (fire extinguishers and first aid boxes), right through to the protection of controlled high-security environments involving mining & extraction processes, explosives, confidential documents, ore and concentrate. It is only through the correct usage that security seals can be effective in reducing tampering and theft. Thus, mining companies have to be well-informed of their requirements during procurement, ensuring that appropriate solutions are purchased, which should be applied by authorised trained staff. Furthermore, after being applied security seals should be audited for proper compliance.
Although often a grudge purchase, the cost of the risk will always dwarf the cost of the solution. A frequently repeated mantra is re-iterated, “a seal is not a stand-alone solution but an integral part of a risk management process.”
Long standing relationships with blue chip players like Anglo Platinum, Lonmin, BHP Billiton, Anglo Gold Ashanti, African Barrick Gold, Xtrata & De Beers, endorse that ‘we know our stuff’ but we cannot profess to be conversant with the detailed nuances of every problem or application. Our comprehension of your unique challenges will enhance the worth of our recommendation.
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