South Africa’s rail, port and pipeline authority, Transnet, has lost approximately 8.5 million litres of fuel – valued at R102 million – to theft from its network of high-pressure pipelines over the past year. Business Insider reports that, spanning 3,500km across five provinces, Transnet’s pipelines carry approximately 16 billion litres of liquid fuel each year. To deal with the rampant theft of its fuel loads, Transnet issued a tender for surveillance drones and equipped its security officers with pistols and semi-automatic rifles. To supplement these specialised aerial surveillance and tactical security deployments the company has also been promised support from the South African National Defence Force. To date, only one conviction for the theft of fuel from Transnet’s pipelines has been secured though, while 58 tankers have been seized and 146 suspects charged.