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Gearhouse Group Companies collaborate for Armed Forces Day

As South Africa’s political outlook grows brighter with the appointment of a new president, Gearhouse Group were proud to provide some of the technical support for the first official event presided over by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Kimberley. Three members of the technical solutions group came together to support the Armed Forces Day 2018 on 21st February.

Memorial services are held annually in South Africa and United Kingdom to commemorate and celebrate the lives of the fallen native labour contingent who died when the troopship, SS Mendi sank off the English Coast in 1917. This year the Kimberley Fan Park was also being launched and there were numerous events being hosted at various venues over the preceding week as well.

Gearhouse In2Structures, the Group’s specialist Venue design company provided the temporary structures to house the 1000 VVIP guests at the Memorial Site. 500 SANDF special guests were seated under a 3-bay 28-metre-wide Maxi Dome structure with cantilever roof while the 500 civilian VIPS were accommodated under a 2 bay 36m wide SupaDome structure. 

The South African designed and manufactured In2structures Dome are unique in both their look and exceptional safety features, which make them ideal to use on any event where the safety of the guests is a key consideration. Both structures were built to offer the guests protection from the elements.

Seating supplier, Havaseat, supplied the seating for 2000 additional guests at the fanpark and exhibition. The Havaseat grandstand seating systems are fully configurable and designed for quick assembly and optimal space utilisation, so the seating installation was able to be completed within 24 hours.

Screen suppliers, LEDVision deployed 2 of their truck trailers to relay the action on their mobile LED screens for the big event.