Media Release: defenceWeb’s border control conference nears


According to a recent report by the The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) this June’s soccer World Cup faces a real threat from al-Qaeda. On the 14th of January 2010 it was said that there is a “possibility that an al-Qaeda aligned movement may use the tournament as a platform upon which to launch a massive strike against a Western target in South Africa.”

SAIRR deputy CE Frans Cronje, said that South Africa’s borders are porous and controls on entry and exit are easily circumvented. Cronje further mentioned that it would provide little challenge to an al-Qaeda cell to infiltrate any weaponry or personnel into the country ahead of the World Cup. Indeed if a terror attack were on the cards al-Qaeda’s track record in planning suggests that this may already have occurred.

With the above mentioned in mind time is drawing closer for defenceWEB’s Border Control conference to be held from the 17th till the 18th of March 2010 in Midrand, South Africa. Presentations from five different African countries will share their expert opinion while providing strategic solutions for the implementation of more effective border control strategies in Africa.

Representatives from African countries will include: Geoff Mugumya, Director: Peace and Security, African Union, Ethiopia; Maj Gen. (Rtd), Olasiende Ishola Williams, Nigerian Army General, Former Commander Of The Nigerian Signal Corps And Chief Of Operations and Executive Secretary, Pan African Strategic And Policy Research Group, Nigeria; Albert Gomes-Mugumya, Program Advisor on Peace Building and Project Coordinator for Minority Rights Groups Project, Centre For Conflict Resolution, Uganda; Dr Adane Ghebremeskel, Acting Manager of the Peacebuilding Programme, Centre For The Study Of Violence And Reconciliation, Zimbabwe and Senior Superintendent SB Mahlangu, Sub Section Head Airports, South African Police Service, South Africa.

People attending this event will learn more about the strategic implementation of border control in Africa. They will get the opportunity to benchmark and compare strategies with those of other countries – learn from their experiences and take away practical advice on tackling the challenges of border control.

Issued by: Johan Wildenboer

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