South Africa has one of the fastest growing private security industries in the world with an annual turnover in the region of R50 billion. The industry includes approximately 9 000 registered companies that provide a range of security services. In addition, the private security market continues to experience significant growth as an increasing number of organisations and private individuals turn to this industry for personal and asset protection.
Against this backdrop, IFSEC South Africa, has become the leading Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Fire Exhibition on the African continent. Taking place from 18-20 June 2013 at Gallagher Convention Centre this event will once again bring the entire security and fire supply chain together under the umbrella of the globally respected IFSEC brand. Attracting almost 6 000 buyers and senior decision-makers from Africa and abroad each year, who come to see more than 200 local and international exhibitors.
“IFSEC South Africa is considered the quintessential African event for stakeholders across all disciplines within the security sector,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, a member of UBM Montgomery. “It provides the perfect platform for exhibitors to generate high quality sales leads, launch and demonstrate their newest products and services and engage with leading security professionals,” he added.
“After almost two decades, IFSEC South Africa remains the biggest event of its kind in Africa and has become the chosen destination for security professionals to source leading security innovations.”
This year’s event will include the launch of a dedicated Fire Pavilion, providing those exhibitors that specialise in fire safety products and solutions with the ideal opportunity to showcase products and services alongside a seminar programme. Visitors will also be able to see and compare the widest range of innovative fire solutions while networking with industry experts from all aspects of fire safety.
Homeland Security and Safety Africa, is a dedicated Exhibition Zone and Conference, focused on national security issues. It features companies that assist both government and organisations with national resilience, counter-terrorism, border security, national surveillance and policing issues.
UBM Montgomery, the organisers of IFSEC South Africa have also made a call to work closely with security industry associations, including the South African Institute of Security (SAIS), the Security Association of South Africa (SASA), the Security Industry Alliance (SIA) and new for 2013 -the Fire Protection Association of South Africa (FPASA), which will go a long way in ensuring that the educational component of the event, particularly the Seminar Programme, meets the needs of security professionals.
“It is our intention to lift the stature of this world-class event even further this year,” says Corin. “IFSEC South Africa provides exhibitors with the ideal platform to seize their share of this multi-billion rand market, while providing visitors with a one-stop, action packed product sourcing, networking and information resource platform,” he concluded.