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Sunday, 17 November 2019  |  Spectrum ID

Here's your daily round-up of global risk alerts taken directly from our RiskMonitor platform.

 
 
 
 

South Africa - Low
South African Airlines Announces Flight Cancellations following Cabin Crew Strike Action

According to international media reports on Thursday, 14 November, South African Airlines (SAA) has cancelled all domestic, regional and international flights for Friday, 15 and Saturday, 16 November. Partner airlines serviced by SAA will not be affected, including SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all codeshare partners. This comes after the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) announced that their members will embark on industrial action from the 15 November. Anticipate significant travel delays due to the strike.

Advice
Members are advised to check with their airlines regarding the strike and the impact it might have on planned travel arrangements. Members are further advised to monitor news and media in order to stay apprised of any developments relating to the strike.
 

 
 
 
 

Tanzania - Low
 

Nationwide Local Elections Planned for 24 November

According to a statement released by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) local elections are planned to take place across Tanzania on Sunday, 24 November. It is understood that Chadema, the main opposition party in Tanzania will boycott the local elections after it accused the government of impeding its candidates from running. Anticipate heightened security as well as potential localised travel disruption close to polling stations and major urban centres.

Advice
Members in Tanzania are advised to remain vigilant in the lead-up to and during the election, especially in the vicinity of polling stations. Avoid all protests or any other large political gatherings in order to lessen the chances of being affected by incidental violence, opportunistic crime and heavy-handed police response. Monitor local media for information regarding future protests and any election-related unrest and disruption.

 
 
 
 

Australia - Moderate
Bushfires Prompt New Emergency Alerts in Queensland

According to media outlets on Thursday, 14 November, weather conditions have worsened the ongoing bushfires; prompting a fresh emergency alert on the 13 November. Reports suggest that at least 70 bushfires are currently active and are expected to worsen due to high temperatures, volatile winds and lightning. Emerging reports indicate that a teen has been charged with deliberately starting a fire in Queensland, which has destroyed 14 homes in Queensland.

Advice
Members are advised to monitor local media outlets and the for the latest information on the bushfires and any related public safety messages. Due to the unpredictable nature of the fires and their ability to rapidly spread and change direction, members in the area should review contingency plans and be prepared to leave at short notice should fires occur in their areas of operation. Members should also remain alert to any public advisories and strictly adhere to any directives issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders.
 

 
 
 
 

Croatia - Low

Presidential Election Announced for 22 December
 

According to international media reports on Thursday, 14 November, Croatia's government has announced that it will hold a presidential election on Sunday, 22 December. Current polls suggest that no one candidate will win an outright victory. If there is no outright winner, a presidential runoff vote will be held on Sunday, 5 January. Croatia's presidency is largely ceremonial with the president having no say in foreign policy or defence matters, and they cannot veto laws. Anticipate heightened security in the lead up to and during the presidential election.
 

Advice
Members in Croatia are advised to remain vigilant in the lead-up to and during the election, especially in the vicinity of polling stations. Avoid all protests or any other large political gatherings in order to lessen the chances of being affected by incidental violence, opportunistic crime and heavy-handed police response. Monitor local media for information regarding future protests and any election-related unrest and disruption.

 
 
 
 

Hong Kong - Low

Education Bureau Announces Temporary Suspension of Schools

 

According to international media reports on Thursday, 14 November the Education Bureau has announced that classes at kindergartens, primary, secondary and specials schools have been suspended from Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17 November. School campuses will, however, remain open should students arrive at school. The reason for the closures comes amid safety and travel concerns due to the ongoing protests.
 

Advice
Members in Hong Kong should monitor local media sources for updates associated with the unrest. Those travelling in the region are advised to avoid the vicinity of all political gatherings and demonstrations, to minimise the risk of exposure to unruly crowd behaviour and heavy-handed police responses. Members with overland travel plans should review itineraries and amend them accordingly to avoid the overland delays associated with the protest.

 

 
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