Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Dr Lindiwe Sisulu attended the Thailand 8th Defense & Security 2012 Show - 5-8 March 2012
Pictured (l-r) Salinee Punyarachun from Variety City Life, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Ambassador Ruby Marks, M. Chowglay: PA to the Minister and M. S Dube: Head of Protocol – Office of the Minister
South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Dr Lindiwe Sisulu was one of the high profile guests invited to attend the 8th Defense & Security 2012 Show held at Impact Exhibition Center Bangkok, Thailand. H.E. Ambassador Ruby Marks accompanied Minister Sisulu during her visit to the show. The show which was organised by the Ministry of Defence was held from 5 – 8 March 2012 and was based on four unique concepts -- exhibition, technical and special seminars and presentations and live demonstrations and networking.
The show was well attended. Apart from Minister Sisulu, other key figures who attended the event included, but not limited to, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for National Defence of Cambodia as well as other defence ministers from Malaysia, the Philippines along with military top brasses and ambassadors. There were 212 arms producing companies from 35 different countries across the world exhibiting a wide variety of both large and small defence and security equipments including bullet-proof vests, medical tents to armoured vehicles, humvees, flight simulators and drones.
There were three South African companies with pavilions namely; Denel Dynamics, OTT Armoured Vehicles, CSIR Defence, peace, safety and security, whereas ARMSCOR just sent representatives. Countries such as Germany, the United States, Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Israel, Singapore, Belarus, Russia, Poland and Thailand also set up their national pavilions.
The show which is normally held every two years, envisaged over 8,272 defense and security related visitors. Minister Sisulu also paid a courtesy call on the Thai Defence Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat during which they discussed areas of cooperation between South Africa & Thailand. The Minister’s visit attracted a lot of media interest including television. Among the interviews which the Minister had was that with special focus on lifestyle, a weekly programme called “City Life”, whereby an interest was sparked by the fact that South Africa had a female defence minister thus they were keen to know how she balanced her work with that of being a married woman. The interview programme was broadcasted on True Vision Channel 71 on the same day.
South African Embassy Bangkok