Clear and Present Danger
In the early years of our Mission, the primary threats which concerned us were landmines, anti-personnel, anti-vehicle mines, the trip wire pomz, stake-mounted anti-personnel fragmentation mines, the jumping jack and a host of other Improvised Explosive Devices. In some areas the threat of ambushes, aerial bombardments and artillery barrages became our most pressing concerns.
Today, while those continue to be concerns in some fields, a general lawlessness and increasingly violent crime, particularly in ANC-run South Africa, is an ever-present threat. We need to practise heightened situational awareness and be able to respond in a second to deadly threats on a daily basis.