In a world facing growing security threats and instability, international bodies such as the United Nations (UN) and sovereign nations seek to cast the peacekeeping net as wide as possible. These operations require the expertise and products of companies such as Weatherhaven Africa, part of South African firm Canvas and Tent (Stand OS4, outside Hangar 3).
“We are working with a host of companies and organisations around the world to supply turnkey solutions, not only for peacekeeping forces, but often also for their medical requirements,” said Sharon O’Mant, group sales manager at Canvas and Tent. “Next month we hope to deliver a project that we successfully accomplished in a record turnaround time elsewhere in Africa.”
Last year the company supplied 100 new-generation general purpose (GP) shelters to the Malawi Defence Force, which will also make them available to UN peacekeepers.
According to O’Mant, the new generation GP shelter is leakproof, being made of PVC material instead of canvas, with built-in flame retardant and UV protection. Fully lined and with an all-round velcroed floor, the shelter offers improved insulation in cold or hot weather conditions. Importantly, it is freestanding, without any support poles inside, which increases the internal space and comfort.
Small wonder that Canvas and Tent recently played host to a 40-strong delegation of the African Military Attaché Advisory Corps (MAAC) in South Africa, who got a first-hand insight into the company’s solutions. The fully redeployable camp systems, comprising accommodation, kitchens, dining rooms, ablution facilities, offices and ops centres, are equipped with electricity, air-conditioning, water purification (including desalination) and sewage treatment.
The AAD Show Daily previously reported that Weatherhaven Africa was the first to deliver accommodation for 1,200 soldiers and a UN Level 2 medical field hospital for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed in Africa. Level 1 is a redeployable capability positioned by air or land for resuscitation, minor surgery and treatment, before casualties are moved to a Level 2 facility. It is noteworthy that the UN had adopted the South African doctrine and standards to be part of UN standard operating procedures for ‘blue helmet’ redeployable medical facilities.
The company operates a state-of- the-art 22,500m2 factory in rural KwaZulu-Natal province, where it provides local jobs and training.