The group aims to increase local manufacturing opportunities in the defence-related and allied sectors and expand cooperation with local and international defence companies.
Speaking at a launch held in Ysterplaat Airforce Base, Cape Town Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said that the experience drawn during the conflict of the 1980s and the leadership roles in the reconstruction of defence after 1991 provided the group with the relevant practical operational experience.
The group's main focus areas are in the fields of mine and ballistic protected vehicles, small-and medium caliber infantry weapons, soft skinned all-terrain vehicles and innovative supply chain solutions for defence, security and humanitarian aid clients.
“Some of their products on display at AAD2006, include the latest generation 4x4 Armoured Personnel Carrier and the amphibious Armoured Personnel Carrier with world leading, flat bottom mine protection technology,” said Radebe, adding that the products were designed, developed and manufactured locally.
Thus far, the companies in the group have successfully supplied products to over 40 countries around the world and continue to market products and services internationally.
“Earlier this week I addressed the Joint Operations Africa conference, focusing attention on civil transportation assistance to military operations, and it is clear to me that vehicles from the Ngwane stable have an obvious multi purpose role to play across the continent as we strive towards peace, security and development,” he pointed out.