Peace corps tackle crimes on tourists
A team of 12 international volunteers is in Mpumalanga to help tackle some of the burning issues as part of the global IT giant's Corporate Services Corps programme.
Dubbed the "Corporate Peace Corps", the IBM-CSC programme's objective is to expose future IBM leaders from all over the world to emerging markets, allowing them to impart their knowledge and skills while tackling local challenges.
Based in Nelspruit, the team will partner with Business against Crime, Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency and Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency to help solve some of the challenges in the province.
"Using primary and secondary research, this team will analyse data of crimes committed in the tourist environment and produce a trend report as well as conduct a gap analysis to formulate a coherent strategy to help reduce crimes against tourists in Mpumalanga," said Yvette du Toit, general manager of Business against Crime.
"The aim is to link and centralise online intelligence," she said.
IBM's Stanley Litow said: "CSC helps high-potential employees develop smarter leadership skills while helping organisations in emerging markets to grow their business."
The volunteers, who will also help formulate tourism airlift strategy, will spend a month in Mpumalanga before returning to their respective countries.