Risk strategies need to be activated
We are watching with growing concern incidents of violence and looting currently confined to KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
Reports suggest this is linked to the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma but also exacerbated by opportunistic criminal elements.
IRMSA joins the widespread call being made by organised business in South Africa for calm heads to prevail and for law enforcement authorities to act swiftly and arrest perpetrators.
This is also a time for Government to show stronger leadership; to continue condemning those responsible; and to engage soonest, if possible, with renegade political elements who might be behind this violence.
IRMSA advises members and business in general to urgently reappraise their current risk strategies with specific reference to staff safety, building and factory security and insurance cover.
The economic trickle-down impact of the violence will be felt immediately as supply chains are disrupted. It is important that suppliers and customers are appraised instantly should your business be impacted.
While many people are still working from home due to the COVID-19 adjusted Level 4 regulations, we advise that companies engage with unions and staff associations to gauge current workplace sentiment with a view to addressing concerns swiftly and collegially.
IRMSA Chief Risk Advisor Christopher Palm advises that risk committees meet as soon as possible to discuss implementation and management strategies given there is no indication of when the violence will be brought under control.
We join like-minded organisations in condemning this wanton violence given the potential for loss of life and massive damage to South Africa’s reputation.
IRMSA professionals are on standby to assist with any risk related queries and ask you do all you can to maintain safety and calm in the workplace.