US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

There will be little time for multinationals to mourn the end of the post-war liberal consensus that brought about globalisation, as the developing US-China trade war, and the story it foretells about a new world order, becomes the defining geopolitical risk in 2019, according to Control Risks…

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could pose a much broader threat as medics struggle to keep it under control, warned an expert at Commercial Risk Europe’s supply chain conference…

Political risks across Africa make doing business across borders harder

Political risks across Africa make doing business across borders harder

Political risks across Africa make doing business across borders harder

Doing business across borders is becoming harder, according to Control Risks’ Risk Map 2019, with companies unable to avoid local risks while keeping an eye on global trends. It points to Africa where it notes: “The dramatic political changes seen across Africa in the past year have similarly been driven as much by local pressures as global trends. “Robert Mugabe survived almost…

Battle against climate change most acute in Africa

Battle against climate change most acute in Africa

Battle against climate change most acute in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is spearheading the African fight to limit climate change impacts, which have been strongly highlighted at global climate change talks. It has also just approved major solar-farm funding in Kenya and South Africa. The AfDB is at the Katowice Climate Change Conference (also known as COP24) to ensure that the voice of Africa is heard…

South African risk manager makes top membership grade

South African risk manager makes top membership grade

South African risk manager makes top membership grade

South African Zanele Makhubo, CFIRM, director, enterprise risk management, Gauteng Department of Human Settlement, has been awarded the highest grade of membership by the Institute of Risk Management (IRM). She completed the senior executive route to take the award. Ms Makhubo is also chair of the IRM’s South African regional group. She said: “I was excited to be awarded the…

Travel threat grows in northern Mozambique

Travel threat grows in northern Mozambique

Travel threat grows in northern Mozambique

Business travellers heading to northern Mozambique are being warned to take extra care, as the threat from militants grows. Seamus Duggan, senior analyst at Control Risks said: “It has been a year since Islamist militant group al-Sunnah staged its first attack in Mozambique’s gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.” He warned that the threat posed by the group will continue to grow…

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry in South Africa is slowly gaining traction and is expected to take off swiftly into the horizon in the foreseeable future. In the South African market, the most common uses of RPAS are for personal or commercial use, the latter encompassing filmmaking, aerial surveys, search-and-rescue operations, agricultural observations such as crop counting, climate…

Political change disrupts African supply chains

Political change disrupts African supply chains

Political change disrupts African supply chains

Risk managers still fear the impact of political change on supply chain risk but say that they have plenty more to be concerned about when it comes to managing the risks along African supply chains. Liz Booth reports from a roundtable held in Johannesburg recently A survey conducted in 2011 by the UK’s Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and insurer Zurich…

South Africa one step closer to expropriating land without compensation

South Africa one step closer to expropriating land without compensation

South Africa one step closer to expropriating land without compensation

The South African Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee has recently adopted a report that recommends that the wording of Section 25 of the Constitution be changed to explicitly allow for expropriation without compensation. According to political risk analyst Heinrich Matthee, writing in the South African Monitor, the South African President and African National Congress (ANC) leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, made the…