ATMs, Banks, Currency

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equalling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Facilities for cashing traveller’s cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 11:00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at many locations around Stellenbosch.  International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

In Stellenbosch it is recommended that you do your foreign currency exchange at American Express which is located at 28 Bird Street and open from 09:00 to 17:00 (Mondays – Fridays) and 09:00 – 14:00 (Saturdays). Tel: +27 (0)887 0818

Disabled Travellers

An increasing number of accommodation establishments have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities for the disabled and most public buildings also cater for wheelchair access.

Disclaimer

ICAB and their organisers accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by conference participants either during the conference or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Dress Code 

Conference: Business Casual

Reception: Business Casual

Gala Dinner: Formal (black tie or business suit)

Driving

Non-South African residents are permitted to drive with a driving licence issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your driver’s licence does not meet these requirements, an international driver’s licence is required.  The licence should be carried at all times. Driving is on the left and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory.

Electricity

The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 – 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).

Emergency numbers

From a mobile phone: Call 112

From a landline: Call 107

Health

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Protective clothing and insect repellents should also be used. Cape Town and Stellenbosch are malaria risk free areas.

South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith or www.cdc.org.

It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores.

Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, venues, restaurants etc) except in designated smoking areas.

Hospital in Stellenbosch:

Medi-Clinic Stellenbosch

Saffraan & Rokewood Avenue, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, 7600

Tel: +27 (0)861 2000

Web: http://www.mediclinic.co.za/Hospitals/HospitalDetails/id/25

Internet access

Delegates will be given free wireless access at the Wallenberg Centre @ STIAS. Some hotels charge for Internet access. Please check before you book.

Language

The official language of the conference is English.

Mobile phones

South Africa has three mobile operators: Vodacom, MTN, CellC. Roaming mobile network services are available in South Africa.

Road Safety

The transport infrastructure is excellent and the roads are in good condition. However, the distances between towns can be significant, so if you’re planning to self-drive, it is a good idea to plan your itinerary to ensure you don’t drive long distances as fatigue is a major cause of road accidents.

Avoid long car journeys that necessitate driving at night as it always carries more risk. Also, in some of the more remote rural areas, the roads are not fenced so there may be stray animals on the road – which could be very dangerous at night.

Security

For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Stellenbosch, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Stellenbosch is like any other major town with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. We advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times.

Tipping

Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR10.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants between 10% and 15%. Car guards normally get a few Rand for their services.

VAT / Tax Refunds

VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official at your airport of departure from South Africa, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.

Weather

The end of March sees the end of summer and the arrival of autumn in South Africa and temperatures in Stellenbosch during March range between 18 and 28 degress Celcius with plenty of sunny days.

What to pack? A warm jersey or jacket is essential and a light raincoat is advisable as the weather can change quite quickly. Visitors should dress in layers for excursions and nights out in Stellenbosch.

Useful links

South Africa Tourism www.southafrica.net
South Africa Info www.southafrica.info
Airports  www.airports.co.za
Stellenbosch Tourism www.stellenbosch360.co.za
Weather www.weathersa.co.za
Cape Town Tourism www.capetown.travel
V & A Waterfront www.waterfront.co.za
Western Cape Travel and Tourism www.wesgro.co.za
Eat Out Guide www.eatout.co.za

Visa Applications

It is essential to contact the nearest South African Government representative to confirm that you have the necessary documentation to enter South Africa. Please ensure that you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport when arriving in our country. The passport also needs to be valid for the duration of the stay and six months after departure. 
It is important to check on the current status of visa requirements as there have been a number of changes since 2014 – especially the introduction of new laws pertaining to travelling with children.

For detailed visa info, visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/travel-documents

Delegates can contact the organisers to request an invitation letter to accompany your visa application. Please supply the organizers with your passport number, date of birth, birth name on the passport and physical address that we may include this on the invitation letter. Please note that only fully paid up delegates will be eligible to receive a letter of invitation.

Please contact Claudette Abrahams at claudette@grosvenorconferences.com if you require an invitation letter. Should you be concerened about your personal information, you are also welcome to give the information verbally via phone:

Office hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (South African time GMT+2)

Tel: +27 (0)21 460 4888