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AfriBuild and Plumbdrain Africa 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19

June 22, 2020 – Specialised Exhibitions, a division of the Montgomery Group and Interact Media Defined, the organisers of AfriBuild, the building services trade show and Plumbdrain Africa, the only dedicated plumbing, draining, sanitation, water, sanitaryware and engineering expo in Africa, has announced that the 2020 show, due to take place from 13 – 15 October at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next edition of the show will be held from 20-22 September 2022 at the same venue.

“Following the measures declared by the President of South Africa on Sunday the 15th of March when a national state of disaster was announced, and in view of the subsequent various levels of lockdown that have been and will be effected, which includes the continued temporary prohibition of large gatherings and restrictions on local and international travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s AfriBuild and Plumbdrain Africa,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions.

“Although disappointed that the 2020 show will not go ahead, it is the right decision for all stakeholders involved. We fully support the measures taken by Government. The safety and wellbeing of our exhibitors, suppliers, visitors and the industry as a whole continues to be of paramount importance to us.”

“Exhibitions post COVID-19 will play an essential role in providing a fast-track to economic recovery. They will enable the all-important face-to-face connection between buyers and sellers, bring new products to market, drive innovation, forge partnerships, build brands and community, offer immersive experiences and provide intellectual content and educational opportunities through seminars and workshops,” says Sven Smit, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions.

“We have some exciting new ideas and innovative plans for more value-add show features and having this extra time will allow us to put these in place. These will be in addition to our popular ‘every-day-a- themed day’ experience, industry conferences, free-to-attend seminars, skills development and drone zone, business match-making and live demonstrations. So, it’s exciting times ahead and we look forward to AfriBuild and Plumbdrain Africa 2022.”

Further enquiries can be directed to:
Sven Smit | Portfolio Director
AfriBuild Africa
Tel: 011 835 1565
Email: svens@specialised.com