Celebrating 21 years since the inception of the show, ISSA Cleantex Africa 2019 marked the first edition hosted in partnership with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. This year's event took place from June 4–6, in Johannesburg and offered a variety of new features, which led to a strong turnout of 2,459 visitors and delegates.
ISSA Cleantex Africa presented an array of advanced technology, products, equipment, sustainable chemicals, and consumables available to the professional cleaning sector. Many of the world's largest cleaning equipment and product manufacturers and key local distributors represented a total of 102 brands, with a marked increase of new exhibitors from outside of South Africa.
Moreover, South African associations, such as the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) and the BEECA Cleaning Association, held their own member events during the trade show, and emerging members grouped into a section of booths supported local attendance.
Apart from South Africans visiting from various parts of the country, the exhibition also attracted a formal delegation from the Contract Cleaning Association of Ghana (CCAG), led by national chairman Sammy Laing. Another new feature this year included innovative, co-located international certification workshops that boosted attendance and created a platform to interact and learn from subject-matter experts. Fifty-eight internationally recognised certificates were bestowed during the Estimating Made Easy and International Accredited Auditor workshops.
The Health Care Forum presented by Zainudeen Popoola- Aromire (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.), Marietjie Swanepoel (MS Consulting), and Sr. Lesley Devenish (Infection Control Society SA) addressed the importance of infection control in health care facilities. The Next Generation Young Executive Forum hosted by the ISSA's Manuela D'Agata on the final show day featured an industry panel discussion led by Lee Zama (FEDHASA President), Xolile Sizani (Servest Group CE), and Patrick Makhubela (Neledzi Cleaning Services CEO). The second edition of the ISSA Summit Africa, is scheduled to take place in September 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.