Africa Rail 2020

Africa Rail 2020 – The Largest and Most Impressive Rail Event in Johannesburg


The largest and most impressive conference and exhibition in the African rail industry will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 30 June to 1 July 2020. Called Africa Rail, the event is for stakeholders and leaders invested in the rail and transport service delivery in Africa.


More than 7 500 attendees are expected at the event where more than 250 exhibitors will showcase their products and services. The exhibition will run alongside the conference where 250 speakers will deliver exciting and thought-provoking speeches. Discussion groups and 220 sessions are more reasons to consider visiting or exhibiting at this impressive event. Representatives from over 30 countries are expected at the two-day event too.


Key Focus of Africa Rail 2020

The event is about investment opportunities, development discussions, and technology exhibitions by and for rail stakeholders, operators, investment partners, consultants, transport experts, governments, and users of the services. It provides a platform for idea development, industry disruptions, and staying in the loop regarding freight and passenger rail transport services and needs on the African continent.


Industry professionals, end-users, and other attendees visit the exhibition and participate in the conference because they have a vested interest in rail technology and innovative projects in transportations of goods and people.


The Africa Rail 2020 will be hosted for the 23rd time. As a long-standing event, it has become the most important of its kind for all role players in Africa. It is the go-to-event for networking with solution providers in the rail industry.


Among the many important speakers are:

  • Professor Johan du Plessis from the University of Johannesburg
  • Victor Radebe as the Executive Director at the Mobility Centre for Africa
  • Duncan Bonnett as Director at Africa House, South Africa
  • Howard Rosen as Chairman of the Rail Working Group from Switzerland
  • Leonard Makwinja as CEO of Botswana Railways


With more than 245 other speakers also on the list, the event will be jam-packed with important discussions.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

The event organisers have called for sponsors and exhibitors to book their stands and pledge their sponsorships. The target audience is mostly senior-level decision-makers in the rail and transport industry. Africa Rail’s event organisers provide tailored spaces for exhibitors. Sponsors benefit from naming rights, opportunities to host panels and guaranteed meetings, in addition to keynote branding.


Top Reasons to Attend Africa Rail 2020

Attendees benefit from the exceptional programme packed with innovative keynote addresses, product launches and demonstrations, and peer-to-peer meetings. The event will also feature:

  • Skills development seminar
  • Workshops on leadership
  • Rail tech academy
  • Start-up pavilion
  • Rail maintenance discussion
  • Inter-model display
  • Smart mobility display
  • Hosted purchaser programme
  • Operators pavilion
  • Site visits
  • Women in transport
  • Transport awards
  • Africa Rail bursary


Influential buyers will attend, while top brands and players in the industry will exhibit. Past sponsors and exhibitors include names such as RailPro, Liquid Telecom and Union Tiles, to name only three.


Interested parties should not pass on the opportunity to visit, host, and participate at the Africa Rail 2020.



AAD 2020 Expo

The African Aerospace and Defence 2020 Exhibition


Mark September 2020 as the month of importance on your calendar. Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2020, as the most impressive aerospace and defence expo, will be hosted from 16 to 20 September 2020 at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Centurion.


The AAD Expo ranks amongst the country’s top GDP contributors. It is also the only event of its kind that combines an air show with a trade exhibition in Africa. With its status as an income generator for the country, it is revered as a valuable asset for South Africa. The AAD Expo also adds tremendous prestige for the event hosting industry.



  • Business from 10h30 to 17h00 on 16 September 2020.
  • Business from 09h00 to 17h00 from 17 to 18 September 2020.
  • General from 09h00 to 17h00 from 19 to 20 September 2020.



More than 480 exhibitors are expected at the bi-annual event with an estimation of visitors set at over 32 500.



The AAD 2020 is hosted at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion, Gauteng.



  • Department of Defence, South Africa
  • City of Tshwane
  • Armscor
  • AMD – South African Aerospace Maritime & Defence Industries Association


The main sponsors include the likes of Reutech and Milkor.


Exhilarating Air Show

The AAD air show impresses by any standard. It includes mobility track demonstrations, aerobatic displays and air demonstrations. In addition, visitors are treated to an exceptional range of static displays of air force and aviation technologies, including a range of aircraft from the most prominent names in the aerospace industry.


Several facilities are offered to entertain the young minds as well, including a Youth Development Programme that entails plastic model building, target practice, forensic investigation, aviation simulator and introduction to first aid. These activities are hosted at a pavilion, specifically purposed for the youth activities.


Reasons to Visit

Public visitors are impressed with the range of displays, many activities offered, and the exceptional air demonstrations. Trade visitors attend because it is the only event of its kind in Africa that includes an international conference and defence exhibition, covering sectors in defence on land, sea and air.


The latest technologies are on display, providing insight as to the design trends in the industries. In addition, it provides the perfect platform for meeting key players and forging new business relationships. Of course, the event also provides opportunities for reinforcing existing relationships among government departments and defence force sectors across the African continent.


Why Exhibit?

With thousands of trade and public visitors attending, it provides for the ideal platform to showcase your products and brand. The AAD attracts many international investors and key decision-makers in the aerospace and defence sectors.


Participation in the event provides for access to policymakers and opportunities to showcase projects to defence and prime contractors. Global media coverage of the event provides superb brand exposure and the chance to align your firm’s brand with top international brands. The event also includes a jam-packed programme for the international defence delegations.


Exhibition opportunities exist for small- to medium-sized businesses to gain more brand exposure on the local market at the Country Pavilions.


More information is available at the official website for AAD 2020.




Seamless Africa 2020

Seamless Africa 2020 – Leading Event for Payment Systems

Seamless Africa, with its over 200 exhibitors and 1000 attendees, is hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 7 to 8 April 2020. The event is relevant to the retail finance and insurance industries.


As the leading event on payment and commerce systems in southern Africa, Seamless boasts a conference and tradeshow. With separate agendas for the tradeshow and the conference, it is an exciting and must-attend event for anyone interested or involved in payment systems, retail, and E-commerce.


Seamless Africa 2020 also includes the free shared expo where the leading technology service providers in southern Africa display their newest technologies. Several product demonstrations form part of the event. These demonstrations take about 30 minutes each.


With a networking app in place, attendees can connect with participants at the event. To do so is as easy as downloading the app and scheduling meetings for the event days. In addition, the event includes seminars where experts share their knowledge and insights. It provides the perfect platform to exchange ideas and benefit from credible peer-to-peer teaching and learning.


The event also includes the Seamless E-commerce University that covers all the how-to questions regarding the setting up and managing of an online business. Attendees thus gain valuable knowledge and tools to achieve a competitive edge in the world of online business generation.


The exhibitor component is equally exciting with top players in the industry displaying their innovations alongside start-ups gaining a foothold in the industry.


Organised by Terrapin (Pty) Ltd South Africa, the event addresses the disruptive elements in the payment industry. Revolutionary technologies for payments in the retail industry, banking, lending, and insurance technologies are introduced at the event.


Participants from the bank, insurance, and financial technologies attend and exhibit, catering to the knowledge and networking needs of the senior-level audience. Commerce professionals have opportunities to forge new business partnerships, gain access to the best technologies, and discuss challenging issues.


Who should attend, sponsor or exhibit at Seamless Africa?


Role players, start-ups, manufacturers, representatives, and marketing teams operating in the categories listed below benefit from attendance, sponsoring and exhibiting at the event:


  • Payment processors
  • Chip manufacturers
  • Chip integrators
  • NFC
  • Banking technology
  • Fintech innovation
  • ID & security
  • Payment platforms
  • Payment issuers
  • CRM
  • Loyalty programmes
  • Implementation partners
  • Mobile commerce solution providers
  • Cash handling
  • POS solutions
  • Data analytics


The event provides a venue for meeting up, sharing ideas, exhibiting technologies and learning from experts. With its target audience being mainly professionals in the categories mentioned, exhibitors and sponsors have a targeted audience, relevant to their particular industries. As such, they receive superb value for their time and money.


More than 150 speakers from over 25 African countries address delegates at the conference.


Topics covered include, but are not limited to:


  • Block-chain
  • Open banking
  • Payment evolution
  • Mobile interoperability
  • Transforming banking
  • Data-driven innovation
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Digital banking
  • Alternative technologies
  • ID and authentication
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital ID
  • Financial technology
  • Financial integration
  • VAS, CX and UX
  • Insurance technology
  • Regulatory framework for insurtech
  • Insurtech customer technology
  • Data and analytics relevant to insurtech
  • Core banking technology
  • Data innovation in banking technology
  • Innovation in banking
  • Connected banking


Separate agendas are set for insurance technology, bank technology, financial technology and payments. Don’t miss the leading payments conference and expo. Visit, sponsor, and exhibit at the Seamless Africa 2020 event.





Africa Health

Africa Health: Top Event for Healthcare Professionals on the Continent


Africa Health is considered the largest event for healthcare professionals in Africa, to be hosted from 12-14 May 2020 in Johannesburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. It is the must-attend convention for manufacturers, pharmaceutical representatives, and healthcare professionals.

With hospital services, clinic offerings, accessories, equipment and services on display, in addition to medicine showcasing and discussions on medical chemicals to form part of the prestigious event, it is one of the best-attended medical conventions on the continent. Healthcare professionals from around the world attend while the exhibitors gain opportunities to showcase their latest breakthrough technologies to a targeted audience.

With over 600 exhibitors and more than 10 500 professionals expected to attend from several exhibiting countries, it is the convention to visit for optimal networking, brand exposure, and product launches. With so many visitors to attend, companies have every reason to display their products and services, enhance their corporate images, and build brand visibility.

Attendees from 68 countries provide for an exceptionally large target base, all interested in the newest, most innovative and cost-effective technologies and services relevant to the healthcare industry.

Visitors and exhibitors alike have ample opportunities to network with trade specialists and healthcare professionals. From suppliers to customers and investors will attend in the hopes of establishing contacts and meeting potential suppliers or clients.

The product scope is just as impressive as thousands of products will be on display. This, of course, gives visitors more options and chances to negotiate contracts or to compare offerings.

Attendance also serves to stay current with the latest developments and ongoing trends in the industry. Visiting helps to gain insight as to the direction of healthcare over the next ten years.

Attendees can improve their skills and expertise levels through participation in workshops, seminars, group discussions, training classes, and conference attendance. Visitors and exhibitors can also explore nearby attractions in the surrounding areas.

For parties interested in exhibiting, a warm invite has been given to book their spots as early as possible since 72% of the 2019 exhibitors have reserved space at the 2020 convention and exhibition. Space is thus limited and to stay competitive in the industry, it is important to have a stand at the 2020 event.

Companies not yet convinced of the benefits of showcasing at Africa Health 2020 should take note of the reasons 2019 exhibitors have rebooked their sites.


New Business Opportunities


With over 10 500 visitors to the event, opportunities to meet new clients and suppliers abound. Tradeshows provide the perfect platforms for informal contact building. Agreements worth millions of rands come in place at such exhibitions. If your plan is to grow your brand in 2020, then visiting and exhibiting at the largest gathering of its kind in the healthcare industry of Africa is a must-do activity.

An exclusive selection of opportunities only open for exhibitors gives even more reason to book a stand for maximum brand exposure. If you have not yet booked your stand or visitor ticket, do so right away to become part of the growing network of successful healthcare professionals and service providing companies in Africa.

Travel Indaba

Travel Indaba: Mark May 2020 for the Travel and Tourism Event for Africa


Travel Indaba is a travel and tourism event of format, specifically hosted in celebration of the African economy. With the main aim being to promote travel and tourism on and to the continent to boost the economies of African countries, it is an exciting event by any standard.


The 2020 Travel Indaba is to be hosted from 12-14 May in Durban, known for its superb tourism opportunities and high turnout of holidaymakers over the December festive season. With the event hosted during the winter, attendees can look forward to fair weather during the exhibition period.


The 11th of May 2020 is reserved for business networking before the big event. As such, exhibitors and visitors hoping to work on their contact lists and possible agreements, should mark the date on their event calendar.


From 12-14 May 2020 will be allocated to an international and local trade exhibition. Showtimes will be from 10:00 to 18:00 on the 12th and 13th with the showtime for the 14th being from 10h00 to 17h30. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to set-up and get ready daily from 8h00.


Considered one of the top three bucket-list events to attend if operating in the travel and tourism industry, Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts thousands of visitors. The trade show will be hosted in the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC). With the largest part of the event hosted indoors, the risk of rain-out is minimised.


South African Tourism owns the event, which is hosted every year by Synergy Business Events (Pty) Ltd. It is an award-winning exhibition with the event having won the best travel and tourism trade show award from the Association of World Travel Awards.


Three important groups will attend:

  • Buyers
  • Exhibitors
  • Media


Buyers consist of airline operators, booking agencies, foreign travel agencies, inbound tour operators, online booking firms, DMCs and transport providers.


The Travel Indaba exhibitors consist of provincial authorities and African country representatives who exhibit in the Durban Exhibition Centre while the International Convention Centre hosts exhibitors from various categories. Such categories range from tour operators to luxury product providers, online travel agencies and media, game lodges, industry leaders and media applications. The outdoor exhibitors also showcase at the event. This category consists of exhibitors from camping and safari operators, suppliers and transport firms.


Media attendees include top travel magazines, website companies, television media operators, and newspapers.


The organisers have set up a website where guidance is given to exhibitors on how to exhibit, prices and rules to keep in mind. Specific criteria must be met before exhibitors are approved. A careful study of the criteria is thus essential before booking a stand.


Buyers welcome the opportunities to gain insight on global travel and tourism trends and developments. They get to meet the key players in the industry and forge stronger relationships with suppliers at the event. With over 1100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, it is an event that has something for everyone.

Africa Energy Indaba

Africa Energy Indaba in Cape Town as the Must-Attend Event for March 2020


The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will be hosted from 3 to 4 March 2020 in South Africa’s Mother City. The Cape Town Convention Centre will play host to the prestigious event that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The energy conference plays an integral part in the development and direction of the African continent’s energy sector and policy governing activities in the sector.


Important issues relevant to energy production and supply on the continent are investigated, analysed and discussed at the key event. With it being the premier event of its kind and focus in Africa, the conference and exhibition bring together top influencers, buyers, and suppliers in the industry.


The event belongs to the World Energy Council (WEC) and is a regional event of the WEC, in which close cooperation with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the South African National Energy Association take place, in addition to the partnerships with key trade associations with the likes of SAOGA and SAEEC.


Attendees from many countries around the globe attend to discuss and seek solutions for energy supply to the African continent. Role players include financing houses, investors, industry leaders, government representatives, developers, manufacturers, and energy clients.


With sustainable energy supply being the focus for industries today, it is also a key discussion point at the conference. Solutions are sought for ongoing sustainable energy supply to reduce environmental impact and improve the wellbeing of people on the continent.


Improved energy supply is essential for economic growth, better healthcare and improvements in education on the African continent. With it being the 12th Africa Energy Indaba, the event already has a substantial media following as well.


Reasons to attend and exhibit at the Africa Energy Indaba in 2020 are briefly noted below.


Gain Insight from Industry Gurus

Expert keynote speakers will share their knowledge and insights with conference attendees about the changing energy sector on the continent. Top company executives and high-ranking government representatives will also address attendees.


Several Networking Opportunities

With conference lunch and refreshment intervals, receptions and business matchmaking initiatives on the cards, attendees have ample opportunities to forge strong business relations.


Insight into the Future of the Energy Sector

The landscape is changing fast and with disruptive processes eminent, new and innovative financing methods may be needed. The proposed changes are in the pipeline and knowing how it will affect companies in the industry and end-users, will help you gain a competitive edge.


New and Improved Technologies Will Be Introduced

Grid technologies are rapidly changing and so are the off-grid energy supply technologies. Learn about the new ways forward and how such will affect everyday business and life. From electric cars to more efficient energy storage technologies will come under the spotlight.


Exhibitors and attendees hoping to attract investment cash for energy projects will benefit from the matchmaking opportunities. Access limits to energy in Africa remain a problem. With over six million people still without access to reliable energy and more than 700 million still relying on biomass for energy supply, there is still a long road ahead.


Become part of the solution, rub shoulders with the industry leaders and expand your business footprint by joining many other company leaders for discussions and exhibitions at the 2020 Africa Indaba.