Latest information on Africa’s premier defence industry exhibition, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014, is that over 95% of exhibition space available at the Centurion air force base has been booked and all 37 hospitality chalets on the flight line have been reserved.
Ten national pavilions have also been confirmed for AAD 2014 with Argentina and the Czech Republic as first-timers. They join India, Turkey, Germany, the United States, China, the United Kingdom and Russia as countries with national representation at AAD which opens its gates to trade visitors on September 17. The last trade day is September 19 followed by the open days, including an airshow on the weekend of September 20 and 21.
With just over three months to go before AAD opens for business at AFB Waterkloof, newly appointed marketing and public relations manager Sandile Nqayi today told defenceWeb exhibition director Leona Redelinghuys was “presently still” exhibition director.
Her name is no longer listed on the official AAD website where it has been replaced by office assistant Neo Ruiters. In April there was speculation she was on the verge of resigning but this was neither confirmed nor denied by the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of SA (AMD), host of this year’s exhibition.
According to AMD the 21014 edition of AAD coincides with South Africa marking 20 years of democracy and the exhibition has the full support of government.