SAA Cargo Welcomes International Air Cargo Community to South Africa

Trade and air cargo growth opportunities in Africa will again come under the spotlight at this year’s Air Cargo Africa Conference and Exhibition, co-hosted by South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo).

SAA Cargo is honoured to continue its partnership with the STAT Media Group, organisers of the Air Cargo Africa Conference and Exhibition.  The Conference takes place at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park from 21 to 23 February 2017.

“As a national carrier we are proud to be associated with this prestigious event where all air cargo industry leaders converge to deliberate on the future of airfreight in Africa.  We also look forward to making a contribution to deliberations focusing on the continent’s economic growth prospects,” said Tleli Makhetha, SAA Cargo’s General Manager.

Air Cargo Africa is being hosted in South Africa for the third time due to positive feedback from the delegates who attended previous events. The 2015 conference and exhibition attracted 527 global industry decision-makers as registered delegates and attracted impressive 2 915 exhibition visitors from across Africa and other continents. The numbers are expected to be much higher as the event continues to grow in stature.

The prestigious three-day event will be attended by key players from the global cargo community, including airlines, shippers, freight forwarders, manufacturers, airports, and charter providers.

This international event provides delegates with an opportunity to network. The conference gives delegates an opportunity to engage in vibrant discussions focusing on trade opportunities in Africa and how these can contribute to economic growth.

The programme is packed with interesting topics ranging from unlocking Africa’s civil aviation potential, cold-chain logistics, over capacity and challenges faced due to declining yields in this volatile market. Over and above this the exhibition provides the exhibitors with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities, services and products.

The organisers of the event will also honour those who have excelled across various sectors of the air cargo industry at a glittering gala awards ceremony on 22 February, the second day of the event, which takes place at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

“We warmly welcome the international air freight community to our country,” said Makhetha.

Interesting facts about the event:

  • Inaugural Air Cargo Africa conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya;
  • Second event was held in Kempton Park, South Africa for the first time in 2013;
  • Third event was held in Kempton Park, South Africa in 2015;
  • Fourth event has returned to South Africa due to being a popular host country to delegates. 

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