Canvas and Tent expands its African footprint, secures Malawi order


Accommodation made in Africa for Africa has again proven its worth with an order for “a sizeable quantity” of general purpose shelters supplied to the Malawi Defence Force by Canvas and Tent.

The shelter accommodation is, according to Canvas and Tent group marketing and liaison manager, Don Willmot, the latest in state-of-the-art textiles and application out of the group’s Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, factory.

The shelters will be used by the Malawi Defence Force and will also be made available to UN peacekeeping missions.

Part of its overall customer commitment and service saw Canvas and Tent host six Malawian soldiers in Ladysmith for a comprehensive, three day training course. The course entailed full familiarisation with the new shelter and its various components as well as repeated practical assembly and compliance with maintenance procedures. At the end of the course the Malawian team, under the leadership of Lieutenant M Kanyambo, were presented with a certificate of competence by Willem van Ree, general manager of the Canvas and Tent factory.

The Malawian order comes hard on the heels of the company being named Exporter of the Year by the SA Premier Business Awards.

The new generation general purpose shelter measures six metres by 12 and accommodates up to 14 people with ease. The PVC material used for it is high spec at 600 GSM (grams per square meter), with built-in flame retardant and UV protection. For comfort, the shelter is fully insulated, with 6 x 3 way windows on either side. The windows are complete with an outside storm flap, gauze window and an inner curtain which can be closed. The flooring is a resilient PVC 550 GSM. The entire shelter is covered by a flysheet which further protects it from high heat and keeps it substantially cooler.

Canvas and Tent sees its new generation shelter being the answer to speedy accommodation provision for not only the military sector but also mining and other commercial users operating in rural, hard-to-reach locations.