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Corporate Forensic Investigative Specialists

  • He who dares succeeds
  • To pre-empt, prevent and deter current and aspiring criminals through pro-active and innovative risk solutions
  • Time spent on reconnaissance is seldom waisted



At Saraband Solutions we pride ourselves on providing a professional service to our clients through experience and expertise gained in the field of corporate risk and criminal investigations, crisis response deployment, and business intelligence projects undertaken. We believe in keeping up with developing trends and continually broadening our own knowledge base, as well as to allign ourselves with key network resources and associates that enable us to provide a wholistic approach and solution to our clients.


A profesional and independent investigative service provided through qualified and experienced investigators in the field of corporate risk and criminal investigations.

  • Fraud investigations
  • Criminal investigations
  • Corporate investigations
  • Internal relations and Code of Business Conduct investigations
  • IP Infringement and counterfeit goods investigations
  • Insurance related investigations

Due Diligence

Business intelligence and background investigations are vital to any organisation's success. Saraband's network of resources in this field allows it to provide services clients with operations or looking to operate not only in South Africa, but across the entire African continent.

  • Business due diligence
  • Intelligence sourcing for risk and investigative purposes
  • Know-Your-Customer (KYC) verification
  • Vendor and supplier vetting
  • Pre-employment screening

Conflicts of Interest Monitor

In 2017 Saraband developed a conflict of interest monitoring platform called Procure Risk Solution (PRS). PRS a red flag indicator that screens and monitors employees and vendors on an ongoing basis, highlighting red flags in terms of potential conflicts of interests and vendor non-compliance identified on a monthly basis.

  • Utilises various information sources to provide a comprehensive screening and monitoring service
  • POPI compliant
  • Monthly report on employees who registered new companies
  • Monthly report on vendor status changes

Other Key

A wide variety of additional risk consulting and corporate investigative services, including:

  • Crisis Response Consulting
  • Security Briefings and Training
  • Executive Protection
  • Surveillance and Undercover Operations
  • Technical Counter Surveillance Measures
  • Polygraph Examinations
  • Handwriting and Disputed Documents Analysis


Saraband Solutions is a South African multi-disciplinary investigative, risk and security consultancy that prides itself on providing a high quality service that is both process driven and outcome focused. We achieve our objectives through key staff selections and a well-established network of local and globally recognised associations and consultants.

Founded in 2001, Saraband is based in Pretoria, South Africa and has networks in most at-riks countries, with strong support and intervention capacity in Africa.

At Saraband we have in-house specialists and dedicated consultants in the fields of investigations, crisis response consulting, due dilligence, risk and threat assessments, pre-employment screening, surveillance and undercover operations. Saraband partners with a leading boutique security firm in providing protective and journey management services and has established partnerships with specialists in the fileds of polygraph examinations, handwriting analysis, computer forensics and TCSM investigations.

Saraband's managing director is a Senior Crisis Response consultant and part of the operational assistance team of Unity Advisory Group, within the framework of the insurance solutions "Special Risks / Kidnap and Ransom" developed by Tokio Marine HCC.

Our local and global partnerships have allowed us to remain on the forefront of providing a high-quality and driven service to our clients with a diverse set of skillsets on offer.

The term "Saraband" was used by the New Zealand SAS to signal the operational transition from a planning phase to execution. When Dave Wilson and John Gibbons founded Saraband in 2001 this term encultured their vision for Saraband in the field of corporate risk and criminal consulting.



Saraband Solutions (Pty) Ltd focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to solving risk related matters for our clients. The methodology that we follow involves an integrated problem-solving approach driven by key staff selection, comprehensive understanding of local and global operating environments and unwavering comitments to the client's end objectives, all whilst ensuring that we operate within globally acceptable ethical and compliance frameworks. In addition to the key personnel and partnerships highlighted below, Saraband has investigative and security support consultants in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Our key internal personnel include:

Vincent Swardt

Co-Owner, Managing Director and Senior Multi-disciplinary Consultant


Vincent has over 15 years’ experience in investigative, risk and critical incident response consulting. He is the co-owner and managing director of Saraband Solutions and a retained Senior Crisis Response consultant for Unity Advisory Group. Vincent has also provided dedicated risk and investigative support to an international mining company with operations throughout Africa for the past 15 years.


Among the critical incidents he has worked are successfully resolved kidnap-for-ransom cases in hostile and challenging environments such as the DRC, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, several communicated threats and extortion cases in South Africa, alleged human rights abuses in remote Zambia, and alleged sexual abuse offences in Tanzania. In 2020 Vincent consulted on a short-term assignment (caretaker role) as the Regional Security Advisor (Southern Africa) for one of the largest global telecommunications companies in the world. This task included advising on the client’s security risk exposure at its main campus in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as coordinating a security contingency plan for their operations in Tanzania ahead of the 2020 national elections.


Vincent received certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in 2014. The fraud cases that he has worked include asset misappropriation, vendor; insurance and accounting fraud as well as employee/vendor collusion and kickbacks. Other investigations have included IP Infringements, COBC violations, sexual harassment, and various forms of employee misconduct, among many others.


In 2020 Vincent was invited by the African Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (AfATAP) to present on the current situation of Kidnap-for-Ransom in Africa and some of the challenges he has faced working these cases. He has also presented on the role of the crisis response consultant in kidnap-for-ransom cases at several special risks insurance seminars. In November 2020, an article authored by Vincent titled "Occupational Fraud Risk Management" was published in the ACFE South Africa's quarterly publication, Veritas Magazine (Issue 3 - November 2020 -


Jacqueline Cochrane

Co-Owner, Senior Vetting and Due Diligence Consultant


Jacqueline is an investigator and information sourcing specialist based in Pretoria, South Africa.


Her key role at Saraband initially included developing resources across the African continent with the focus on creating reliable and accurate networks for intelligence and information sourcing. She has since developed into an investigative resource as well and among others conducts gender sensitive investigations for Saraband, including investigations into sexual harassment and assault, the receipt and distribution of offensive electronic material, and the soliciting of sexual favors for jobs.


Jacqueline oversees all vetting projects undertaken which include ongoing customer, vendor and supplier vetting as well as the weekly pre-employment screening that Saraband does for a global mining company's operation in South Africa and in other African countries. She also conducts skip trace investigations for assest recovery, priocess serving, legal and financial matters, and missing persons.


Jacqueline holds a certificate in Forensic Investigations obtained from the HJN TRaining institution, and certification from Sasseta on a NQF Level 5 for Conducting Preliminary Investigations. She also holds a 3-year diploma in Human Resources Management obtained from the Damelin College in South Africa.


Associates, Partnerships and Consultants

Saraband Solutions has built up a network of local and globally recognised associates and consultants in amongst others the following fields:

  • Investigations
  • Training
  • Risk and threat assessments
  • Surveillance and undercover operations
  • Polygraph examinations
  • Handwriting analysis
  • Pre-employment screening (national and global footprint)
  • Computer forensics
  • TCSM investigations
  • Executive protection services


These partnerships have allowed Saraband Solutions to remain on the forefront of providing a high quality and driven service to our clients with a diverse set of skills on offer.


In June 2017 a global partner of Saraband Solutions published the following media release on their website:

LYON - FRANCE, 04/06/2017 – In the context of its expansion, CORPGUARD announces today the signing of a partnership agreement with Saraband Solutions, business intelligence, investigation and risk management specialist based in South Africa. This partnership will allow CORPGUARD to benefit from its expertise in Southern Africa and to rely on its operational capabilities. Saraband Solutions LTD will take advantage of CORPGUARD’s knowledge and network in West Africa, North Africa and Europe.


Memberships and Affiliations

ACFE – Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

AfATAP – African Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

CRIMSA – Criminological and Victimilogical Society of Southern Africa

WAD – World Association of Detectives

WAPI – World Association of Professional Investigators

PSIRA - Private Securty Industry Regulatory Authority


Keep In Touch

Tel: +27 12 664 1121
Fax: +27 86 687 8281

Crystal Office Park
249 Basden Avenue
Lyttelton, Centurion