http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.22Change: -0.02
R/$ = 10.61Change: -0.04
Au 1298.96 $/ozChange: 1.40
Pt 1479.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 04, 2012

South Africa’s aerospace and defence showcase already fully booked

Back
Cape Town|Pretoria|Africa|AMD|Defence|Gautrain|Systems|Africa|Belgium|China|Germany|India|Italy|Norway|Pakistan|Romania|Russia|South Africa|Turkey|United Kingdom|United States|AFB Ysterplaat|Air Force Base Waterkloof|Gautrain|Air Systems|Systems|Transport|Gautrain|Gautrain|Johan Nell|Leona Redelinghuys
|Africa|Defence|Gautrain|Systems|Africa||Gautrain|Systems|Transport|Gautrain|Gautrain|
cape-town|pretoria|africa-company|amd|defence|gautrain-company|systems-company|africa|belgium|china|germany|india|italy|norway|pakistan|romania|russia|south-africa|turkey|united-kingdom|united-states|afb-ysterplaat|air-force-base-waterkloof|gautrain-facility|air-systems|systems|transport-industry-term|gautrain-organization|gautrain|johan-nell|leona-redelinghuys
© Reuse this



All the exhibition space for the 2012 edi- tion of South Africa’s and Africa’s pre- mier airshow and defence exhibition, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), which will take place in September, has already been sold. By comparison, by April 2010, only 60% of the exhibition space for that year’s AAD had been sold. This is despite the fact that AAD 2012 has 20% more exhibition space than AAD 2010 had.

“Demand for the exhibition element of AAD 2012 has totally exceeded our expectations,” stated exhibition director Leona Redelinghuys. “All the exhibition space in the six hangars at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof has been booked by local and international exhibitors, who will bring the world’s latest products and innovations to showcase at Africa’s largest aviation and defence event.”

The show directly benefits the country’s economy. “We’ve had a study concluded – AAD [2010] contributed R209-million to [South Africa’s gross domestic prod- uct],” reported Commercial Aviation Asso-ciation of Southern Africa (Caasa) president Johan Nell. “We don’t punt the benefits of aviation, as such, to its fullest extent.”

AAD is jointly organised by South African defence acquisition and research and devel-opment agency Armscor, Caasa and the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (better known as AMD). “It’s a partnership that has worked very well,” said Nell. “It’s a team effort that drives this whole thing.”

The biennial show, which covers land and sea as well as air systems and equipment, returns to Air Force Base Waterkloof, in Pretoria, this year, after being hosted by AFB Ysterplaat, in Cape Town, for several years. “We certainly missed Waterkloof. It’s good to be back,” he stated. While prais-ing Ysterplaat, he pointed out that Waterkloof was, from the point of view of industry, better situated and was served by two highways and now the Gautrain high-speed intercity railway.

There will be three more national pavilions at AAD 2012, newcomers Belgium, Pakistan and Romania joining China, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, Russia, the UK and the US.
The number of chalets at the show has jumped from 26 in 2010 to 41 for this year. For the first time, Norway will be an exhibitor.

Part of AAD is its Youth Development Programme (YDP), which is ten years old this year.
This is intended to develop awareness among schoolchildren of the career opportunities in the aerospace, defence and transport industries. It involves bringing selected youngsters – those excelling in maths, science and technology – to AAD and exposing them to the technologies, systems and companies present.

In 2002, the YDP started with a budget of R30 000 and 30 children; in 2010, 2 187 youngsters were involved and the target for 2012 is 3 000 (with a budget of R2.2-million). So far, 8 000 young people have been through the programme, which is entirely funded by donations.

The Department of Defence has so far extended 111 invitations to foreign delegations to attend AAD. Of these, 30 have been sent by the Minister of Defence, six by the Secretary of Defence, 26 by the chief of the South African National Defence Force, 13 by the chief of the South African Army, 21 by the chief of the South African Air Force, eleven by the chief of the South African Navy and four by the surgeon-general.

AAD 2012 will run from September 19 to September 23, with the first three days being trade days and the last two being public days which will include air displays. Most of the aircraft operated by the South African Air Force will be flown, and the US Air Force will have a strong contingent present (although it is not yet clear exactly what aircraft the Americans will bring and which of them will be flown). Other air forces and air arms invited to send aircraft have not yet responded.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
More
 
 
Latest News
The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
As South Africa had largely exhausted the use of traditional mechanisms to stimulate the fiscus, government now needed to swing its focus to dealing with the internal structural issues that had, thus far, prevented the country from unlocking its true economic value,...
The Western Cape High Court will on Monday hear a Sanral application for information about the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project to be kept secret, the City of Cape Town said. The application would be heard behind closed doors, mayoral committee member...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks