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28 Feb 2012 - Submission of full papers
21 – 23 May 2012 - Main Conference
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Travel Information

Travel Requirements

Please note that with immediate effect, anyone travelling to South Africa must have six consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. left and a right hand page). Passports must also be valid for at least six months. Passengers travelling to South Africa with passports, which do not comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa.

In addition, a parent travelling with children, without the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The police must certify the letter of consent.

Visas

Visas are not required for citizens of most European countries and many other countries. A valid passport is required. A list of countries that currently do not require a visa can be found at the South African Government website ( http://www.dha.gov.za/Non-Exempt%20Countries.html ). Participants requiring a visa for entry into South Africa are strongly advised to make their applications in their home countries at least three months before their intended date of travel. For more information please contact your nearest embassy or South African Consulate or consult your travel agency. Delegates wishing to travel to South Africa's neighbouring countries and back to South Africa are advised to apply for a multiple-entry visa. Passengers travelling to South Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport to enable the issuance of an entry visa. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry will be denied and the passenger is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Perhaps this is the time to renew those almost-full passports!

Airline Links

South African Airways:       www.flysaa.com ,
Kenya Airways:                  www.kenya-airways.com ,
Ethiopian Airlines:             www.ethiopianairlines.com ,
KLM:                                 www.klm.com,
Air France:                        www.airfrance.com,
Lufthansa:                        www.lufthansa.com,
Singapore Airlines:            www.singaporeair.com ,
Emirates:                          www.emirates.com ,
Delta Airlines:                   www.delta.com ,
British Airways:                 www.britishairways.com,
Quantas:                          www.qantas.com.au,
Virgin Atlantic:                 www.virgin-atlantic.com

Safety and Security

South Africans are justifiably proud of their country however like many major cities across the world, Johannesburg has both good and bad areas. It is advisable when walking in Johannesburg, particularly at night, that one should be aware of people around you, and ideally you should not walk alone but in a group. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided, and it is not advisable to look like a typical 'tourist' with many cameras strung around your neck. Do not leave valuables unattended.  Although the crime rate in South Africa is high, the dangers facing tourists are often overstated, as very few visitors get involved in incidents of crime. While they should remain vigilant and stick to the main tourist areas unless they are accompanied by a guide or local resident, there is no need to be fearful. South Africans are justifiably proud of their country and are very friendly to visitors.

Health

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa. However, certain areas of the country, including the North-Eastern half of KwaZulu-Natal are Malaria regions. Being July and mid-winter, these areas will be low risk but we still have to advise that if you anticipate travelling to a malaria area it is recommended that you take prophylactics before arrival and the necessary precautions while in the area (e.g. protective clothing, insect repellents). South African doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. It is strongly advised that delegates take appropriate health insurance prior to their departure. Yellow fever infected countries require inoculations to enter South Africa, i.e. Brazil, certain South American neighbouring countries and central Africa.

About South Africa

Weather

Johannesburg experiences a subtropical climate, which sees average temperatures usually below 30oC. Winter (May through August) is opposite to the winters in Europe because South Africa is in the southern hemisphere. During this time, temperatures drop below freezing at night but are still relatively mild during the day. The coldest months of the year are July and August.

VAT

Value Added Tax (VAT) at the rate of 14% is levied on most goods and services and is included in the display price of most goods. International visitors are encouraged to keep their slips as they can reclaim VAT on goods (not services) priced higher than R250.00 at the airport on departure, some harbours and at Customs Offices.

Time Difference

South Africa operates two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time and seven hours in advance of Eastern Standard Winter Time.

Currency

Currency in South Africa is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R, with One Rand (R1) made up of 100 cents. Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and bureau de changes. All major credit cards such as American Express, Bank of America, Diners, Master Card, Visa and affiliates, are accepted in most places in South Africa. Generally, credit cards are not accepted for the purchase of petrol. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) offer a complete 24-hour service. Machines displaying international credit card logos can be used with the respective credit cards.