It has been another exciting year here in South Africa - the rand is looking healthier than it has looked in quite a while (or at least more stable) and local companies are winning awards for their technology, not just in the security arena but pretty much across the board.
We have also seen deals signed between international suppliers and local distributors, the investment is encouraging in that the global players obviously see a bright future here. Overall, I am so positive about the future of this country.
On a personal note, I joined the Hi-Tech Security Solutions team and to be honest, I had no idea of the size or the diversity of the security industry, but it has been an enjoyable and eye-opening journey finding out about it!
It is that time of year again. There is no denying that crime levels rise around the Festive Season period - from cash in transit heists to petty theft to, well guns allegedly being smuggled into Pretoria's C-Max Prison.
Our aim is not to harp on about all the bad stuff happening - there is enough hype created around all of that already - but rather to make you aware of the solutions that are available, and also to 'educate' you and put you in a position to ask the right questions of the installer or integrator. If there are any questions you need answered or topics you would like to see covered in the magazine at any time, please let us know and we will do our best to get the info.
There were plenty of questions asked of Airports Company South Africa after a couple of incidents took place there a few months ago. Hi-Tech's consulting editor Maurice McDowell went and got ACSA's side of the story, and a positive one it is too - read about the state of security at Johannesburg International Airport in 'ACSA: Holistic security in a complex environment'.
All that is left for me to do in this issue is to wish you all well over the Festive Season, take care - whether you are travelling or not - and come back rejuvenated to tackle 2005 head-on.
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