Important Dates

Abstract submission closes

- 31 Jan 2018

Provisional programme available

- 15 May 2017

Early bird registration closes

- 30 November 2017

Online registration closes

-14 February 2018

Preferential booking rates for
accommodation closes

- 31 January 2018

General Information

CLIMATE

Sun City has a year-round temperate climate that has a daily average about 8 hours of sunshine and 12 hours of daylight.  Summer is characterised by long, hot days that can reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) with afternoon thunderstorms and balmy evenings.  Winter is dry and cooler, with very cold nights that can drop as low as 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Congress falls at the start of the South African autumn and is generally considered one of the best times of the year weather wise to visit the region.

 

To view an up to date forecast of the weather in Sun City  click here

 

TIME

South Africa is GMT+2 (2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).

Example: 12h00 midday in South Africa, is:

  • 06h00 am in New York, USA
  • 11h00 am in London, UK
  • 12h00 midday in Paris, France
  • 20h00 pm in Sydney, Australia

TIPPING / GRATUITIES

A 10% gratuity on the bill generally applies in restaurants and is normally at the discretion of the diner and dependent on the standard of service experienced. Restaurants usually do not include the tip in the bill unless the booking is for 10 or more people.

ELECTRICITY

The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. Appliances of lesser voltage require a transformer (especially those with a heating element such as hairdryers).  Adapters are obtainable locally and in most cases available from your hotel concierge. Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.

WATER

South African tap water is completely safe to drink and quite palatable. Bottled water is also readily available from room service, restaurants and at retail outlets.

SAFETY / SECURITY

Delegates are advised to take the usual safety precautions. Do not walk alone in quiet streets after dark. Use a taxi at night and only those from a reputable taxi company.  Check with your hotel concierge as to the safety of a specific area should you be unsure.  Do not attract attention by displaying expensive items such as cameras and expensive watches and jewellery when sightseeing. Make use of the hotel safety deposit box or your room safe to safeguard valuables and passports.

SMOKING

Smoking is prohibited by law in public areas throughout South Africa, including airports, shopping malls and restaurants.  Most public spaces have specially designated smoking areas.

CURRENCY

The monetary unit is the South African Rand (ZAR) and the international symbol is R.  R1 = 100 cents. Currency is issued in denominations of notes of R200, R100, R50, R20, R10 and coins. Please visit www.xe.com to convert your local currency.

VALUE ADDED TAX

Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds may be claimed at airports, harbours and custom offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250.00. Customs officials will ask to see the items as well as their purchase slips when applying for a refund.

MOBILE PHONES

Mobile phones with a local South African sim card & number can be rented at either Johannesburg (OR Tambo) or Cape Town International Airport and returned upon departure.