PRETORIA-- South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says efficient, powerful and cost-effective cyber defence and solutions must be implemented to protect the country's critical information infrastructure.

We invite all cyber war specialists to register and be a part of the conversation [to] craft a solution, the Minister said when briefing the media here on the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), adding that South Africa is paying attention to cybercrime at the highest level.

We have taken a decision to collaborate with other countries to deal with the challenge. We need to play our part in combating this problem and it is critical that defence should remain mandate-driven in all its actions, she said.

At this year's Africa Aerospace and Defence show, being held here from Sept 19 to 23 in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch and other industry players, key issues on cyber security will be discussed.

More than 300 exhibitors representing 37 countries are expected to take part in this year's show. The organizers of the show have invited 175 official delegations from 47 different countries, 90 of whom are expected to attend.

Ministers, deputy ministers and defence chiefs from various countries have been invited to attend this year's show, Africa's only aerospace and defence expo which combines both a trade exhibition and an air show.

The AAD show remains Africa's premier aviation event showcasing leading-edge commercial and general aviation related technologies, products and related services offered by both local as well as international defence industry players.

Thousands of aviation and defence enthusiasts are expected to converge at the Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria for the AAD for the show programme which will include aerial displays by the Silver Falcons, Gripens and Hawk fighter aircraft.