Land Forces Africa and Maritime and Coastal Security Africa are no more

Following the cancellation of Maritime and Coastal Security Africa in November last year after failing to get National Conventional Arms Control Committee permission to host the event, Spintelligent has decided to withdraw from defence and military events. This means that Land Forces Africa and Maritime and Coastal Security Africa (MCS) will be no more. Event manager Richard Stubbs of Spintelligent and Clarion Events told defenceWeb that a “commercial decision” was taken to withdrawn from such events, which will not be held either in Tanzania or South Africa. MCSA, South Africa’s largest maritime and coastal security event, was summarily canned just over a week before it was to take place in November 2015 because organisers did have not a marketing permit from the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC). A spokesman for Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who chairs the NCACC, is reported as saying: “During 2014 a criminal investigation was initiated against the organisers of the show for not having been registered with the NCACC in providing its services to assist in the marketing of controlled items. “In view of the matter being with the National Director of Public Prosecutions, the NCACC is not in a position to issue the company with a registration certificate for the very same matter that is under investigation.”

2015 would have been the fifth Maritime Africa/MCSA event. The organiser of a large South African aerospace and defence conference defenceWeb spoke to was not aware of any permissions needed from the NCACC and had no difficulty in setting up their conference over the last two years.

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