The driver of the vehicle the workers were travelling in was shot dead during the incident.
In the last few years companies have had to manage risks from Ebola and other diseases as well as operational security issues such as armed abduction. The use of in-country risk assessments from local teams experienced in cultural and workforce issues form an integral part of overall risk modelling for operations overseas.
Wayne Floreani, a principal with MineAfrica Business Development , said that “doing business in Africa is complex and that companies face a wide range of issues in running their businesses.”
Companies must consider security protection for local and expat staff, a means for protecting physical assets in remote areas including plant and equipment, emergency management plans (including emergency extraction of staff where necessary) and means for managing relationships with local security forces.
Without effective infrastructure and/or stable governments, mining and energy companies are often left on their own to respond to critical incidents.
McMahon’s crisis management team together with the company’s security advisors have worked extensively with Australian, New Zealand and South African authorities.