COVID-19 not putting a damper on AAD preparations


Come next September, AFB Waterkloof in Centurion will hopefully be thronged with military men and women inspecting all manner of defence equipment and materiel at the 12th Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

The AAD management and organising team is putting shoulder to the wheel to ensure a successful event with an ever-vigilant eye on the COVID-19 pandemic, locally and internationally. The pandemic and its possible impact on Africa’s premier defence exhibition is clear from the organisers saying: “Plans are in place to provide exhibitors with a platform which adequately showcases innovative resilience in addressing the pandemic, efforts to stave off its continued resurgence and related impact and more importantly migration toward remaining sustainable in a post-COVID era”.

Exhibition organisers told defenceWeb they continuously and closely monitor the latest public health advice locally and internationally.

“We will carefully follow guidelines and prescripts in place at the time (September 2022) and before. We remain optimistic exhibitions and major events will reopen to full capacity in South Africa. When that happens AAD will comply fully with government prescribed guidelines.

“We understand the importance of guaranteeing exhibitor and visitor safety, and will keep all abreast of developments and plans as they unfold.”

While COVID-19 prevented AAD 2020 taking place, exhibition organisers now under the leadership of interim director Michelle Nxumalo are quietly confident next year’s event from 21 to 25 September will not suffer the same fate.