Annual SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference fast approaching


The 2019 edition of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Conference will be taking place in Pretoria on Friday next week, and will see the likes of the Secretary for Defence, UN procurement chiefs and defence company CEOs attend.

The Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, will be delivering the keynote address and a delegation from the United Nations Peacekeeping and Procurement office in New York will be talking to delegates about procurement opportunities that the UN has for South Africa.

“The conference provides a singular opportunity for the South African AMD industry to engage, collaborate and potentially close deals with key local and international players in the market,” the organiser said.

Other highlights include a presentation on the South African defence industry and the creative economy by Professor Richard Haines from the Nelson Mandela University, a panel discussion on the South African defence industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution and an update on Denel’s turnaround and what this means for the local Economy by Denel Group CFO Carmen la Grange.

Other presentations will look at the realignment of the South African defence industry in a time of budget austerity and international competition; the shifts required in defence research and development to increase industry competitiveness; the growth, development and value of South Africa’s unmanned aerial vehicle industry; South African satellite technology developments; and defence exports and their return on investment to South Africa.

Panel discussions will look at the size, scope and opportunities of the South African defence industry, the role and value-add of the defence industry to the South African economy, and import and export challenges and opportunities in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

“Apart from hearing the thoughts of top South African defence industry and military professionals, this years’ conference will provide an opportunity for AMD professionals to network and engage with global Original Equipment Manufacturers, and can expect to gain a more meaningful understanding of the industry’s most pressing defence challenges and potential opportunities,” said Phuti Jackson, CEO of Milkor. Milkor is the main sponsor of the event.

Victor Stephanopoli, Chief Operations Officer of MzansiSat, a satellite infrastructure company, said “the world is in a state of social and economic upheaval therefore, more than ever, South Africa needs to secure its assets. Additionally, as a nation we need to become a beacon of regional and global progress and stability; setting an example for innovation and power projection across the African continent. The AMD Conference is an example of a platform that enables us to come together to identify solutions that will lead us in the direction of effecting positive change”.

The 2019 edition of the AMD Conference takes place on 15 November at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. More information can be found at