From concept to creation

 Bushtec Safari’s factory and holding company, Canvas and Tent, will take your tented creation all the way from concept to reality.

By controlling each step along the entire value chain, we offer you peace-of-mind and the assurance of total quality control and full-service delivery.

World-class reputation

 For more than 50 years, Canvas and Tent has supplied world-class products to luxury travel, leisure, adventure and glamping markets across the globe.

It also supplies rapidly deployable, versatile and robust structures to global military and mining markets, and to humanitarian and disaster management organisations including the United Nations, UNICEF, UNPD and the WHO.

Committed to the highest manufacturing standards

All tents are manufactured at Canvas and Tent’s state-of-the-art 22,500 m² factory in Ladysmith in South Africa.The company also has a 6,000 m² steelworks factory which manufactures steel poles and frames and an in-house frame powder coating plant – all of which saves time without compromising on quality.

The purpose of these facilities is two-fold: the creation of job opportunities and up-skilling of locals; and the ability to mass produce our canvas products and steel poles to the same high standards.

Regular staff training

Our staff undergo regular training to ensure that they are well-equipped to handle industry-leading equipment and the techniques and methodologies employed in the manufacture and deployment of our tents.

Highest quality materials

We source or manufacture all required materials to exacting quality, safety and climatic durability standards and are committed to setting new manufacturing standards.

International standards

Factory certified for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems – standards that demonstrate our ability to meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Quality begins with processes and systems

The Canvas and Tent group takes environmental issues and climate change very seriously. We strive to limit damage to the ecology and environment of the project location as far as possible.

ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001 aims to provide a practical and workable QMS for improving and monitoring all areas of our business. This certification is important to us because it is a catalyst for growth, profitability, and cost savings. The benefit of reducing waste, for instance is both environmentally friendly and allows our workforce to be more efficient.

ISO 14001:2015

The primary objective of the ISO 14000 series of standards is to promote effective environmental management systems in companies. The standards seek to provide cost-effective tools that make use of best practices for organising and applying information about environmental management.

The Eton System

Canvas and Tent was the first tent manufacturing company in Africa to implement the Eton System at its factory, which revolutionised and set new standards for the manufacturing process of canvas products.

The Eton System provides real time data collection and information, with many process and organisational benefits including:

  • NImproved production quality
  • NReduced through-put times
  • NOptimal work-flow
  • NIncreased design flexibility

On-site research, innovation and testing



Our on-site laboratory provides the group with capabilities to measure, test, monitor and control the quality of our products according to international standards.


In-house skills

Our expert in-house skills include research and development, sophisticated computerised design, proven production, testing, quality programmes and logistical efficiencies aimed at delivering the project on time.



Assists with researching innovative and improved methods for the curing, treating, laminating and strengthening of canvas. This helps improve the design and function of our products and leads to new, superior products.

Our commitment

To excellence

We are proud of our heritage and the respect and success we have earned, thanks to our loyal customers over the past 50 years. We aim to create products that are fit-for-purpose and manufactured to the highest standards. We never compromise on quality. We therefore stand by our products in terms of materials and workmanship.



The Canvas and Tent group is firmly committed to empowerment and transformation in South Africa and acknowledges that this is not a numbers game, but about the sustainable development of people. The group’s ongoing B-BBEE plan for its own workplace comprises a model of initiatives including hiring practices, management control, procurement policies, enterprise and supplier development and socio-economic development.

Contact us

Head Office: Gauteng

Frans Vermaas

Street address & showroom: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Factory: KwaZulu-Natal

Street address: 11 Yellow Street, Ezakheni Industrial Park, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

USA/Latin America

Gary Flaks

Street address: Suite 100, 7076 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross, Atlanta, Georgia 30071


Marc van den Bosch

Street address: 20 Roosberg, Landen, Belgium


Frans Vermaas

Street address: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Saudi Arabia

Frans Vermaas

Street address: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa


Robert Sneeu

PO Box 1827, Broadbeach, Old Australia, 4216


Brett Sinclair

Street address: Kalahari Kanvas, Plot 242, Mathiba 1 Road, Moeti Ward, Maun, Botswana

Postal address: PO Box 689, Maun, Botswana