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    General Information

    ACCOMMODATION
    TRANSPORT
    MEALS AND FUNCTIONS
    CLIMATE
    DRESS CODE
    CURRENCY
    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
    DRINKING WATER
    ELECTRICITY
    MEDICAL AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
    INSURANCE
    PASSPORTS AND VISA
    CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS
    PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
    SAFETY
    TIME (GMT+2)
    TRAVELLING IN SOUTH AFRICA
    AMSIC-2 SIGHTSEEING DAY TOURS
    AMSIC-2 PRE-AND POST CONGRESS TOURS
    VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX)

     

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    ACCOMMODATION

    Please note that no hotel rooms have been reserved for conference participants. Delegates should make their own arrangements at their own cost. On the last page of the registration form you will find links to hotels close to the UNISA campus.

    The following hotels are close to the UNISA Science Campus in Florida, Johannesburg

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Roodepoort hotel
    Distance from campus:4 km (8 minutes by car)
    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbro-protea-hotel-roodepoort/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
    Telephone number: +27 11 246 1103
    Reservations: maipato.makona@proteahotels.com
    Single accommodation: R 1 453 per person per night including breakfast
    Double: R 1 604 per room per night including breakfast
    Shuttle from OR Tambo Airport: R680 per trip (to be booked with accommodation)

    Town Lodge Roodepoort hotel
    Distance from campus:4 km (8 minutes by car)
    https://clhg.com/hotels/280/Town-Lodge-Roodepoort
    Telephone number: +27 11 767 5600
    Reservations: tlr.reserve@clhg.com
    Single accommodation: R 1 070.60 per person per night excluding breakfast
    Double: R 1 186.75 per room per night excluding breakfast
    Breakfast: R162 (full) or R132 (continental)
    Shuttle from OR Tambo Airport: R680 per trip (to be booked with accommodation)

    Southern Sun Silverstar hotel
    Distance from campus:16.8 km (25 minutes by car)
    https://www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-silverstar?chebs=gl-hotel_southern-sun-silverstar&utm_source=google&utm_medium=businesslisting&utm_campaign=hotel_southern-sun-silverstar
    Telephone number: +27 11 662 7479
    Reservations: samantha.oakes@tsogosun.com
    Single accommodation: R 1 560 per person per night including breakfast
    Double: R 1 753 per room per night including breakfast
    Shuttle from OR Tambo Airport: R600 per trip (to be booked with accommodation)

    Other B & B’s
    For other accommodation options in guest houses and B&B's in the area, you can visit one of the following sites.  PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE GUEST HOUSE AND ALSO FROM THE GUEST HOUSE TO THE CAMPUS EVERY DAY.

    Travelground.com
    https://www.travelground.com/accommodation-near/unisa-florida-campus-in-florida-park?ppc=google_dsa_s&gclid=CjwKCAiA24PVBRBvEiwAyBxf-b4Xdf_GbpIT3JgsdNrJsDS-258cl0ybulPFUzAVyEWgF6FddmnOixoCQQMQAvD_BwE

    Booking.com
    https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?aid=303948;label=roodepoort-za-wH6LXIpip*3bcieArie_ygS182969018133%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap110%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-146342138230%3Akwd-6251334981%3Alp1028682%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=632be3921aa4fdbea9f839ad13ceb231;city=-1305570;hyb_red=1;keep_landing=1;redirected=1;redirected_from_city=1;source=city;src=city;gclid=CjwKCAiA24PVBRBvEiwAyBxf-V6TgxjhQxBY0mwHKLSG2bsP6ma7VWGl9v0D9MSOM1zM5D5tK5Od6RoCztcQAvD_BwE;track_hp_back_button=1#hotel_355049-back

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    TRANSPORT
    No airport shuttles are organised by the congress organisers, but have to be arranged with your hotel or guest house.
    A complimentary shuttle will run every day between the UNISA Science campus and the following hotels ONLY.  If you have alternative accommodation, you will have to arrange your own transport to the venue.

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Roodepoort
    Town Lodge Roodepoort

    The shuttle schedules will be communicated closer to the time of the conference.

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    MEALS AND FUNCTIONS
    Refreshments and lunch will be served to all delegates at the conference.  On Monday night there will be a cocktail reception (free to all delegates) and on Tuesday night a conference dinner (extra charge and has to be pre-booked when registering).
    Accompanying persons are welcome to join delegates for the functions (please refer to the fees section on the home page. of this website.

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    CLIMATE
    Gauteng, the province in which the venue is situated, is said to offer one of the world’s best climates. In August the skies in Johannesburg are nice and sunny having on balance a considerable 9:42 of resplendent solar radiation per day.The average temperature in Johannesburg in August is mild at 13 °C (55.4 °F). Afternoons can be warm with average high temperatures reaching 20 °C (68 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally cool with an average low of 6 °C (42.8 °F). The mean daily temperature range/ variation in August is 14 °C (25.2 °F). The weather in August is arid with scarcely any rain. The shortest day is 10:54 long and the longest day is 11:34 long with an average length of 11:13. There are approximately 1:23 per day when bright sunshine is absent due to cloud, haze or the sun being too low on the horizon to register.
    Read more: http://www.johannesburg.climatemps.com/august.php#ixzz56QQ2E1E4

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    DRESS CODE
    The dress code for the congress will be office wear and for all functions is smart casual.

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    CURRENCY
    The local currency in South Africa is the South African Rand, denoted by the symbol “R”. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. To obtain the current exchange rates and to convert the ZAR amounts into your own currency [Euros (€), GBP (£), USD ($), etc.] go to The Universal Currency Converter. Traveller’s cheques in all major currencies are accepted by all banks, most hotels, restaurants and major shops in South Africa.  Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Master Card are widely accepted.  Delegates can also exchange foreign currency at the airport. Please check the Universal Currency Convertor for the exchange rate between the South African Rand and your currency. Banking hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 on weekdays and from 08:30 to 13:00 on Saturdays.  Automated teller machines providing South African Currency are available at OR Tambo International Airport as well most shopping centres. Most banks have cash dispensing machines accepting Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus.  Bureau de Change facilities are available at most banks.

    There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that may be imported into South Africa by individual non-residents, provided that it is declared on arrival to facilitate the exportation thereof

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    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
    Western food is normally served. Traditional dishes are also available. Delegates with special dietary requirements will be accommodated as far as possible. Kosher and Halaal meals can be supplied at an additional cost for the delegate. Please indicate your preferences on the registration form.

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    DRINKING WATER
    Tap water is purified and 100% safe to drink and bottled water is freely available.  South Africa is a country with limited water resources, and everyone is encouraged to save water as much as possible.

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    ELECTRICITY
    The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 Volts AC, 50 Hz.  Hotels are equipped to accept appliances fitted with a 16 Amp 3 point round pin plug.  Most bathrooms are equipped for electrical shavers with 5 Amp 2 pin plugs.  Delegates are advised to bring along their own adapter plugs.

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    MEDICAL AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
    South Africa has no national health scheme.  The patient must pay for medical treatment and hospitalisation.  It's advisable to purchase travel insurance which covers medical expenses during the period of your stay. Doctors are listed in all local telephone directories under “Medical” and dentists under “Dentist”.  People arriving in South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate.  Immunisation against cholera and smallpox is not required.The South African sun is strong with a high ultraviolet rating, so screening products with sun protection factors of 15 and over is recommended.
    Delegates and other participants are encouraged to obtain medical travel insurance from a reputable organisation, as medical treatment at private facilities in South Africa is expensive, with public facilities also levying charges for services rendered. It is therefore strongly recommended that delegates and other participants acquire medical travel insurance when purchasing their flight tickets. This insurance is relatively cheap and will ensure a trouble-free trip should medical treatment be required.
    In the unlikely event of a delegate or another participant becoming seriously ill, or incurring a serious injury, emergency medical transportation to the closest appropriate health facility can be arranged.
    Yellow Fever
    In terms of the International Health Regulations Act, any person travelling from, or through, a yellow fever endemic area is required to provide proof of having a valid yellow fever vaccination prior to being allowed to enter South Africa. Should a person not be able to provide such proof, such person shall have the option of being vaccinated on-site (at their own cost) or being placed in quarantine for 6 days. Due to the high cost of this, it is strongly recommended that affected visitors be vaccinated prior to their travel. Affected countries are listed in terms of an annual World Health Organisation publication. Information and a list of yellow fever countries can be obtained from the WHO website.

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    INSURANCE
    The registration fees do not provide insurance for participants against personal accidents, sickness, theft or property damage. This applies to all events during the conference period, and participants are advised to obtain their own insurance, including medical insurance, before travelling to South Africa. The Congress and its organisers will not be liable for loss, injury to person or property, however caused.

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    PASSPORTS AND VISA
    Foreigners visiting South Africa require a passport. Delegates should check the South African regulations concerning visa requirements) for their country when making travel arrangements.
    For further information contact your local office of the diplomatic or consular representative of the South African Government. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets. Possession of a visa may not automatically guarantee admission to the country.
    Please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website to get further information on Visa requirements (Documents – Migration Services – Visas).
    Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to receive an invitation letter to support your visa application.  Please note that such an invitation letter can only be issued once full payment of the conference registration fees and proof of your accommodation booking has been received.

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    CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS
    All travellers must after they have collected all their luggage, proceed to the Customs declaration channels with their personal luggage to make a Customs Declaration to the officers manning the channels. Persons who have nothing to declare, have goods that fall within their duty-free allowances and do not carry any prohibited or restricted goods, commercial goods or goods carried on behalf of another person may proceed to the Green Channel. In all other instances or where traveller is not sure the Red Channel should be selected.
    Please note that all fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, seeds, plants, bulbs, tubers, cut flowers, cuttings of plants, honey, eggs, milk, cheese and all meat products are restricted from importation into South Africa. Should any participant in the Events wish to import such, arrangements should be made with the South African Department of Agriculture for the importation of such.
    The importation of medication is strictly controlled. You may import one month’s supply of medication for personal use, provided that you are in possession of a prescription issued by a registered physician. Habit forming drugs, physiographic substances as well as counterfeit goods (goods which infringe intellectual property rights) are strictly prohibited for importation into South Africa.
    Persons from the media or exhibitors in possession of cameras as well as other equipment carried as accompanied passenger luggage are advised to import such under cover of an ATA Carnet in order to avoid unnecessary delays.
    Payment of Customs Duties and VAT may be made in South African Rand or by means of credit card.

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    PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
    Participation by all interested individuals is encouraged and every effort will be made to meet the requirements of people with disabilities. For people with a disability, advance notification of their needs for services and accommodations will ensure that the appropriate arrangements are made. Please contact the Conference Secretariat in this regard.

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    SAFETY
    Tourists should remember that the same security precautions should be taken when visiting South Africa than in any other country in the world.  It is advisable not to walk around in dark, lonely places at night and to be extremely careful of pickpockets; never to carry large amounts of money or jewellery; always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone when you leave home; be on the lookout for suspicious looking cars or people; when you are driving your car, make sure that all doors are locked. Try not to look too much like a tourist and move around in a group where possible. The venue has a well-developed security system with the safety of its visitors a high priority.

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    TIME (GMT+2)
    Throughout the year, Standard Time in South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time and 7 hours in advance of Eastern Standard Winter Time in the USA.

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    TRAVELLING IN SOUTH AFRICA
    The local public transport system is not very well developed. The following possibilities exist:
    Taxis: local taxis do not cruise; you have to call them from a rank – your hotel will be able to assist you with this. There are also several accredited Taxi operators at the airports.
    Vehicle hire: all major international car hire companies are represented in South Africa. Recognised credit cards may be used for payment.  It is advised that you hire a car through your local travel agent, since there are special packages available for tourists from foreign countries that cannot be obtained if you rent within South Africa.
    Driving around:
    An excellent road network links the largest metropolitan areas with the smallest villages. It is advisable to invest in a good map, should you decide to travel by car.  These are available from all bookshops and filling stations.
    Speed limit: 120 km/h on freeways, 100 km/h on rural roads and 60 km/h in built up areas.
    South Africa drives on the left side of the road.
    Wearing of seat belts is compulsory.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence (with a limit of 0.05% alcohol per vol.), and traffic laws are strictly enforced.
    Drivers should have a valid driver’s license: the license must be printed in English and contain a photograph of the owner, OR you need an International Driving Permit.
    Most petrol (gas) filling stations stay open 24 hours per day.  Pump attendants will serve you.
    Third Party Insurance premium is built into the price of petrol (gas).

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    AMSIC-2 SIGHTSEEING DAY TOURS (Download PDF of Tours - click here)

    1. Sigthseeing trips to organise yourself
    Accompanying persons interested to explore Johannesburg and environment are welcome to browse the websites of the following tour operators in order to find a tour fitting their interest and budget.  Please note that bookings and payments have to be done directly with the relevant company, and not with the conference organisers.

    Johannesburg hop-on-hop-off tour
    https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/johannesburg/products/johannesburg-open-top-bus-tours

    Various day tours
    African Eagle
    https://daytours.co.za/en/tours/category/johannesburg-day-tours?gclid=Cj0KCQjwh7zWBRCiARIsAId9b4oTTfDdLJ7v0qdUN88_N_KHP-cFWhqSue7QQ2oBDOXFSw6aomlX7j4aAtA6EALw_wcB

    Fireflight Tours
    http://firelighttours.co.za/?page_id=4469&gclid=Cj0KCQjwh7zWBRCiARIsAId9b4qvc9gzDXk2ailqohM4i3JtlocB7KkdCujCTYF-RBOjME6gLUDgllQaAr3lEALw_wcB

    Footprints in Africa
    http://footprintsinafrica.co.za/Pages/DayTours.asp

    Ulysses Tours and Safaris
    http://www.ulysses.co.za/tours/

    2. Sightseeing trips organised for all delegates as part of the registration fees
    On Wednesday 1 August, the following half day tours will be organised by the congress organisers.  Please book the tour you are interested in on your registration form.

    Option 1: Soweto Half Day Tour
    In Soweto you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. this popular tour includes a visit to attractions such as the Mandela House Museum, Hector Pietersen Museum and Memorial site, Vilakazi Street, one of South Africa's most famous streets - the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners and a drive past the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and taxi rank and Soccer City - home to the opening and closing functions of the 2010 Soccer World Cup

    Departure: 08:00 from UNISA Science Campus, Florida
    Return: 14:00
    Costs (transport and entry fees)
    Delegates: free
    Accompanying people: R300
    For your own costs: drinks and meals

    Option 2: Maropeng
    The Cradle of Humankind - declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000 hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world's most famous and important fossils have been discovered. It is the world's richest early hominid site, and is home to around 40% of the world's known human ancestor fossils.
    Maropeng centre: The main building at Maropeng, called the Tumulus, emulates and ancient burial mount from the front, and in stark contrast, upon exciting, a very modern iconic structure is revealed. The architecture is symbolic of the journey through the evolution of life that is represented underground in the Maropeng Visitor's Centre and the entire layout of the  individual facilities across the site is based on the theme of constant discovery.  An original fossil display and a boat ride on an underground lake through the four life-giving elements that combined to form the earth and shape the world as it is known today, are offered in the Maropeng Visitor's Centre.

    Departure: 08:00 from UNISA Science Campus, Florida
    Return: 13:00
    Costs (transport and entry fee)
    Delegates: free
    Accompanying people: R300
    For your own costs: drinks and meals

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    AMSIC-2 PRE AND POST CONGRESS TOURS (Download PDF of Tours - click here)
    If you are interested to see more of our amazing country, please contact Tour d'Afrique to assist with possible tours. Tour d’Afrique is firmly established as one of the leading destination management companies in Africa. They provide a complete range of reliable, superior, and professional services throughout Southern and East Africa. Tour d’Afrique are celebrating their 23 year anniversary this year and boast with a combined staff experience of over 100 years.

    Website: www.tourdafrique.co.za
    Contact person: Inge Barker (inge@tourdafrique.co.za)
    Telephone: +27 21-526 9000

     

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    VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX)
    VAT at 15% is included in the marked/quoted price of most goods and services.  Foreign tourists may claim refunds of VAT paid on goods which they take out of South Africa.  Information leaflets on the procedure to follow are available from VAT Refund Administration offices at the international airports in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

     

    The conference will be hosted by UNISA Science Campus (please click contact)

     

  • AMS AMSIC-2 Venue Committees Abstracts and Papers Speakers Programme Workshops Accommodation and Transport Registration Sponsors Exposition Important Dates Contacts FAQ Photos Francais