General Tourist Information

Official language

South Africa has 11 official languages but at the Conference only ENGLISH will be spoken. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
As with most languages, there are local/colloquial expressions visitors might wish to familiarize themselves with by consulting the following link:
Read more: South African-isms

Climate

At Sun City Resort: Day temperatures in August / September are mostly dry and mild: 14 -20 degrees during the day and 0-5 degrees at night. Midwinter occurs in June and July and Midsummer in December and January.
In South Africa: The climate ranges from Mediterranean in the Cape Peninsula to subtropical on the KwaZulu-Natal coast and in the North Eastern regions, while temperate conditions prevail inland: High 28 °C and Low 12 °C.

Telecommunications

South African telecommunications include four mobile service providers that ensure countrywide coverage and generally good reception in urban areas.  Mobile phones can be rented at all international airports and prepaid airtime can be purchased at most retail outlets.

For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned.  Refer to telephone directories for international dialling codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.

For incoming international calls, the code for South Africa is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0. Johannesburg’s city code is 011.

As regards internet, most international hotels offer wireless connections in guestrooms, business centres or restaurants.
Read more: Phoning to, from, and in South Africa

Medical service

South Africa does not have a national health scheme. The patient is individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization during your stay is strongly recommended.
Access to medical care for Conference participants will be available should there be a need. A first aid clinic is situated on site within the Resort.
Read more: Health Tips for Travellers

Malaria

Malaria is found only in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Although the incidence of malaria is rare, it would be best to take adequate precautions if you choose to visit these areas.
The cheapest, safest and most effective measures against malaria are physical barriers such as a mosquito net, and the use of a good insect repellent. If you decide to take malaria prophylaxis, it is essential that the drugs are taken according to the directions on the package insert. You will need to start a week or two before entering a malaria-endemic area and should continue taking the drugs for four weeks after leaving the malaria risk area.
It is advisable to consult a medical professional before embarking on a course of malaria prophylaxis.

Vaccinations

Visitors entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunization against cholera and small pox are not required, nor are other vaccinations required when visiting South Africa.

Liability and insurance

Registration for the Conference implies that delegates agree that neither the Local Organizing Committee nor the Professional Conference Organizer assume any liability or responsibility for any losses, accidents or damage to person’s private property. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for medical, travel and personal insurance.

Currency and exchange

The South African Rand is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done in any of the hotels.  Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for ALL transactions.
Read more: South African Currency etc.

Credit cards, shopping

The South African Rand is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done in the casino on the resort from 08:00 until casino closes every day. A passport will be required for ALL transactions. Foreigners can claim sales tax refunds and should ask salesmen to fill out a tax refund form when purchasing any goods. All major credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa. Various automatic teller machines are also available on the resort.

Tipping

Tipping for a range of services is common in South Africa. In restaurants the accepted standard is 10% to 15% of the total, although a gratuity will sometimes be included. Hotel porters are tipped around R20. It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers, tour guides and hairdressers.

Electricity/Voltage

The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you’re bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.  Adaptors can be bought at the airport on your arrival, and may be available at your hotel.

Time Zone

Central European Time (GMT+2 hours)

Water

Tap water is drinkable in all parts of South Africa. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available on the Resort.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in public spaces and is restricted to specific areas.

Places of worship

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the South African constitution, and places of worship span all the world’s major religions and some lesser ones too.
Read more: Places of worship in Johannesburg

Visa Requirements

For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department.
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/visas.htm

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EVERYTHING POSSIBLY CONNECTED TO SOUTH AFRICA, please visit http://www.southafrica.co.za/what-you-need-to-know-about-visiting-south-africa/