General Information

Conference Dates:

Sunday, 19 October to Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Durban, South Africa

Conference Venue:

The conference will be held at Durban’s acclaimed International Convention Centre (ICC Durban), twice voted Africa’s leading International Convention Centre. Located in the heart of this bustling city, ICC Durban is surrounded by some of the city’s exclusive four and five star hotels.

 The Convention Centre has a proven track record. It has been host to some of the world’s most memorable events, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the United Nations Conference Against Racism.

 ICC Durban is cantered on four interlinking halls of immense area, providing a combined capacity of over 9000 square meters of floor space. It serves as a banquet hall, an exhibition venue, a convention theatre, a ballroom, a sports arena or concert chamber, or it can be divided up into eleven varied size venues which can all be used concurrently.

 Every part of ICC Durban is a multi-purpose space, adaptable to meet any requirement. State-of-the-art equipment, skilled technical support and attentive service are a feature of each configuration.

GPS co-ordinates are:

S 29deg 51.134;   E 031deg 01.801; Elevation  14.7m

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Official Conference Language


Conference Details

Pre-Conference Registration is available online
 Onsite Registration to open on Monday, 20 October 2014

Technical Tours will take place on Sunday, 19 October 2014
 The Conference and Exhibition will run concurrently

Important Visitor Information:

Disabled Facilities
 If you require disabled facilities, please notify the Local Conference Secretariat, The Conference Company

Safety and Security
 Like many major cities, Durban has both good and bad areas. It is advisable when walking in Durban, 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 cameras strung around your neck. Do not leave valuables unattended.

 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 harbors and at Customs Offices.

Travel Requirements
 Please note that, with immediate effect, anyone travelling to South Africa must have two 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 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 ( 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 neighboring 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 passports 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!

 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.

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 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.

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 The Conference Organisers have taken all reasonable care in making arrangements for the Conference, including accommodation and tours. In the event of unforeseen disruptions, neither the Conference organisers nor SAPI can be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The programme is correct at the time of printing, but organisers reserve the right to alter the programme if and when deemed necessary. The Conference organisers act as agents only in securing hotels, transport and travel services, and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organised through contractors or by the employees of such contractors. Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the general public. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance. The Conference organisers reserve the right to make changes as and, when deemed necessary, without prior notice to the parties concerned. All disputes are subject to resolution under South African Law.

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