The organisers of the 2020 edition of The Water Show Africa, Terrapinn, has announced the event’s postponement in light of the global developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This comes after president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 15 March that stringent control measures are to be implemented to help combat the spread of the virus.

The Water Show Africa 2020, which would have taken place from 31 March to 1 April 2020, has been postponed to take place from 20 to 21 August. It will still be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Travel bans restricts key participants

South Africa’s imposed travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China as well as travel restrictions in foreign countries, are some of the major considerations that led to the cancellation of the event.

Terrapinn acknowledges that while South Africa has deployed the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, the company fully recognises that a high majority of key participants who are significant to the event’s success, are unable to travel due to restrictions in their home countries.

Prioritising global and local exhibitors

According to an announcement made on The Water Show Africa 2020 website, Terrapin postponed the event after much deliberation and consultation with industry stakeholders, who have strongly endorsed the company’s prioritisation of the collective interests of both the global exhibitors and key buyers from the region.  

The Water Show Africa is a leading water event that offers free seminars and networking opportunities to all attendees. The event brings together expert speakers from across the water industry to provide insight, showcase innovation, share best practice and discuss ideas on trends in the sector.

Terrappin appreciates the support and understanding of all attendees and looks forward to welcoming everyone to The Water Show Africa 2020 this August. – Claudi Nortjé, AgriOrbit