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    LOL I thought a COP's job was dangerous until I saw what a armored truck driver goes through in South Africa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvqDF3Wujc

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    I hope they get paid more than minimum wage like they do here for the risk they take. Armored car robberies are a fairly rare occurrence,but,are usually committed by crooks who have no problem taking out guards.
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    South Africa can be very dangerous. My Cousin had 3 of his employees kidnapped and held for 3 months while working on a mining property outside of the mines compound. Forced to drink bad water making them sick and weak. Eventually they were released but in very bad shape.
    The mines have armed guards with AR's protecting the mine and employees. A whole different world than here

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadaman30 View Post
    South Africa can be very dangerous. My Cousin had 3 of his employees kidnapped and held for 3 months while working on a mining property outside of the mines compound. Forced to drink bad water making them sick and weak. Eventually they were released but in very bad shape.
    The mines have armed guards with AR's protecting the mine and employees. A whole different world than here
    I've done consulting work in Southern Africa including for Canadian-owned resource companies and the threat of violence is a bit over-blown. Johannesburg is not that more dangerous than any of the larger U.S. cities like St. Louis or Baltimore. Stay out of the bad parts, don't walk around at night, don't flash your cash and you'll most likely be fine. The country I like best in that part of the world is Namibia. Amazing place.

    Stuff gets very real as you go further north. I had feelers from companies in the eastern DRC and Burkina Faso. My SA and Nam friends strongly recommended against going there and I took their advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilroy View Post
    LOL I thought a COP's job was dangerous until I saw what a armored truck driver goes through in South Africa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvqDF3Wujc
    Cop in Canada is actually one of the safer jobs. Dozens of different jobs in Canada have more job related injuries and fatalities per capita than policing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badenoch View Post
    I've done consulting work in Southern Africa including for Canadian-owned resource companies and the threat of violence is a bit over-blown. Johannesburg is not that more dangerous than any of the larger U.S. cities like St. Louis or Baltimore. Stay out of the bad parts, don't walk around at night, don't flash your cash and you'll most likely be fine. The country I like best in that part of the world is Namibia. Amazing place.
    I have been to about a dozen African countries and this is true in most places and cities that i visited. Lived in Kampala for about 2 years and did all my own driving. While not as safe as Canada i can honestly say i never felt scared. Just gotta use your head as you described.

    I also worked as a civilian service contractor in all the middle east "Stans" during the Iraq war. 2 years of that and made more money than you can make in 50 years here. Did some work in South Sudan as well during their civil war when the SPLA was fighting Khartoum - that place was crazy. Only country i have been in where we came under fire and my security detail had to save my arse. Only made one trip there and saw the affect of a few too many land mines, a few too many child soldiers and witnessed 2 guys get necklaced. Had some pretty bad culture shock when i returned to Canada and in hindsight may have even been mild PTSD - who knows. No surprise to me when soldiers like Dallaire end up suicidal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Species8472 View Post
    I have been to about a dozen African countries and this is true in most places and cities that i visited. Lived in Kampala for about 2 years and did all my own driving. While not as safe as Canada i can honestly say i never felt scared. Just gotta use your head as you described.
    I did a lot of my own driving in Southern Africa too and it was probably the most dangerous thing I did while there. The rate of fatal road accidents was very high and we were warned not to drive after dusk in rural areas. Too many drunks and too many animals wandering on the road. Even during the day you had to watch out for both.


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    There's reason diamond mines have high fencing with razor wire and armed guards protecting both the mine and employees. Outside the mines compound when transporting diamonds both mine security and army are used to escort. All cell phones of employees and army put in a box and held by mine security during transport of diamonds from mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadaman30 View Post
    There's reason diamond mines have high fencing with razor wire and armed guards protecting both the mine and employees. Outside the mines compound when transporting diamonds both mine security and army are used to escort. All cell phones of employees and army put in a box and held by mine security during transport of diamonds from mine.
    These measures are not unique to Africa. Similar precautions are taken around the world when transporting precious metals.

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    They need a couple of those James Bond switches in the dashboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 410001661 View Post
    They need a couple of those James Bond switches in the dashboard.
    No kidding.
    Here in Canada they could call 911 lol

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