Location

Pretoria (Tshwane), in Gauteng Province, is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of jacaranda trees, it’s also home to universities and government buildings. The semicircular Union Buildings encompass the president’s offices and hosted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. Nearby is the Voortrekker Monument, honouring 19th-century Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony.

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre.  The CSIR ICC is located in Pretoria East, South Africa.  The address for the venue is Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria. For detailed directions and a map, please click here.

Accommodation

Special rates have been negotiated on your behalf.  There are four selected hotels where complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the Conference venues.  There are other accommodation options available but will not be serviced by the Conference shuttle service.  To view the different options please click here.

Shuttle service

Shuttle service will be available from the OR Tambo Airport on 9 and 10 September at 08:30, 10:00 and 12:00.  This option can be added to your registration.  Should you arrive at dates or times outside of the above, you can book your transfer directly with EZ Shuttle by emailing, nicky@ezshuttle.co.za.  Please reference the conference when making your booking.

Pre- and Post Tours

There will be 4 different tours available before the conference which includes a gold mine, underground coal mine, open cast coal mine and water treatment plant.  These should be registered for in advance.

The post tour will include 5 days of activities throughout different exciting venues.  For more information on the tours please click here.

Currency

The local currency used in South Africa is Rand.  To get an estimation of the exchange rate, please click here.  Please note that you would need to visit a Foreign Exchange center in order to convert your money.  It is advised to rather do the exchange at local banks which can be accessed around the Pretoria area.

Weather

A subtropical location and a high interior plateau are responsible for South Africa’s temperate conditions so appreciated by visitors.

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at high of 28°C and a low of 8°C. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Most of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences a summer rainfall. But on the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

The conference will take place during the spring season in South Africa.  The spring season has moderate temperatures and the first rain after the winter usually falls in the month of September.  It is however advised to keep note of the weather in preparation of your visit as temperatures may vary.

Visa information

Visitors from certain countries are required to apply for a Visa when visiting South Africa.  For a list of the countries and more information please click here.  The Conference Secretariat can assist with a letter in support of your Visa application.  Please note that letters will only be provided to registered participants and does not bind the conference to any financial aspects including but not limited to travel, accommodation and visa application fees.

Power and Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. – Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adapter is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.

Drinking water

Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet – in fact our tap water is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world.  Tap water undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. Avoid, however, drinking water from streams and rivers, especially in areas where there is human habitation. These may carry water-borne diseases. But if you encounter an unpolluted mountain steam, a drink should be most refreshing.

Emergency services

Should you need any medical assistance, there will be a qualified medic onsite at the conference at all times.  Should you need medical assistance when at the hotel, please contact the reception for assistance.

A service that has been designed specifically with international visitors in mind is the provision of travel assistance packages, costed at a daily rate, which include emergency assistance. These services include dedicated hotline numbers that can be called in case of an emergency and liaison with visitors’ travel insurers under such circumstances.

While they are not emergency service providers themselves, they use a network of such providers to respond to clients’ emergency needs.

One such package is SA Assist, provided by Africa Incident Management (AIM) Centre, which also runs SATIB24 Crisis Call – a crisis call service widely used in the South African tourism and hospitality industry to respond to emergency incidents.