Logistics Note

The plenary sessions on all three days of the Forum will be held at the ARC Infruitec campus. Individual locations of the breakout sessions on the first two days of the Forum are highlighted on the program. Transport between the two campuses will be provided.

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided to participants for all three days of the Forum.

Transport

Airport transfers will be provided for participants arriving on 9 October and staying at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch only. Buses will depart from the airport at 13:00, 15:30 and 19:30. The meeting point is at the open seating area called ‘The Viewing Deck’ on the 3rd floor of the airport. The agent from Sakhumzi Car Rental is Mr Kholofelo Magane: +27 (0) 76 620 8074. He will be stationed in the area with a sign that reads Science Forum 2018. Please note that it could take up to an hour and a half to get to the hotel in peak traffic.

Other participants are responsible for their own transport by taxi or Uber. Participants staying at Protea Hotel can contact MLT (Protea Hotel Techno Park service provider). Participants staying at City Lodge Hotel Grandwest can contact the hotel reservation desk directly. When making a reservation, please state that you are attending Science Forum 2018. No tranfers will be provided to the airport after the Forum.

Buses to the venue will leave Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch (Techno Avenue, Techno Park, Stellenbosch, 7600 South Africa) at 8:00 am and City Lodge Hotel Grandwest (GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World, Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town, 7475, South Africa) at 7:30 am.

If participants are not staying at these locations, they can make their way to these hotels ten minutes prior to departure times to avail of transport to the venue. Transport from the venue back to both hotels will be provided at the end of each day.

Registration

If you are staying at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch or City Lodge Hotel Grandwest, you can register for the Forum when you check-in. If you are staying elsewhere, please register at the venue (ARC Infruitec campus) on Wednesday 10 October at 8:30 a.m (main foyer.)

Weather

The average temperature in October is 16°C (61°F) and visitors can anticipate that the warmest time of day will be at an average high temperature of 21°C (70°F). When the sun sets, the temperature in Cape Town also drops and the overnight temperature is a lot lower than during the day. Overnight the average low temperature is 11°C (52°F). Click here for Forecast

Medical Information

International immunisation is NOT needed when travelling to South Africa.

The Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is the only vaccination needed from travellers, whom are over the age of one, entering South Africa within six days of leaving an infected country. Visitors who travel through or stay over in these areas, are advised to be vaccinated against the disease before travelling to South Africa.

Malaria is, for the most part, under control in South Africa.

Useful Information

Water

Water is safe to drink. The City of Cape Town will be on Level 5 water restrictions as of 1 October 2018, meaning that Capetonians (and visitors alike) are limited to 70 litres of water per person, per day. Please use water sparingly.

Electricity

220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Three pronged plugs are standard so it is best to take an adapter with you. Adapters can be bought at most retail stores. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.

Driver's Licence

If hiring a car, it is of vital importance that you are in possession of an international driver's licence. The best is to have a photocopy of the driver's licence on you, in case it gets lost or stolen.

General Road Information

In South Africa drivers drive on the left side of the road and give way to traffic approaching from the right. On multiple lanes it is advised to overtake on the right-hand side. The general speed limit is 120km/h on open roads and 60km/h in urban areas.

Tourist Attractions

In the area (Cape Winelands). If you would to venture out to places fairly close to Stellenbosch, have a look at these suggestions

In the “Mother City” - Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. It is a +/- 50km drive from Stellenbosch to the City Centre. Here’s a list of some things to do or check out this link

Contacts

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