Venue:
Spier Hotel
R310 Baden Powell Road
Stellenbosch
7603

Language:
The official language of the congress is English. All abstract submissions and presentations are to be conducted in English.

Exhibition:
A commercial and professional exhibition will be take place during the congress, parallel to the congress hours.

Clothing and Climate:
By May, Cape Town has entered its rainy season. Winter in Cape Town may not be a time for the city’s beautiful beaches, but it still has a range of attractions on offer for the adventurous visitor. While the days are shorter during May, and rain clouds seem to loom, the days in between the rain are quiet and peaceful with crisp and warm wintery sunshine.
Climate in Cape Town in May?
Cape Town’s climate in May is in line with what one would expect at the beginning of winter in this part of the world. Daylight hours tend to decrease dramatically – the sun rises at 7.30am and sets around 6pm at the beginning of the month and 5.45pm in late May. The prevailing winds in Cape Town during May come from the Northwest. Rain and cold fronts are common in May, but they don’t last for too long and visitors are still able to enjoy Cape Town’s beauty in between the rainy days. Cape Town’s humidity levels reach roughly 80 percent in May, but this does not lead to discomfort as the temperatures average between 10 and 20°C (48 to 68°F) with occasional highs and some colder spells.
What to Pack?
Winter in Cape Town requires a good waterproof raincoat and shoes that will withstand the puddles. Warm clothes are a must and a snuggly scarf will not go amiss. May is not mid-winter, so visitors to Cape Town during this season should also pack a few cooler clothes for the beautifully warm and clear rainless days. Hiking gear is useful for those wishing to trek up Table Mountain. Evening wear for restaurants and festivals should be warm as the temperature can drop quite considerably at night.

Time Zone:
The time zone of Cape Town is the South African time zone UTC +02:00.

Banking and Exchange:
The official currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). Foreign currency may be changed at banks and airports.
All major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Visa requirements:
Exhibitors and participants are requested to check with the South African Embassy in their home country or with their travel agency for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor or participant to obtain a visa as necessary.

Insurance:
The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of the course.

Letter of Invitation:
The letter of Invitation meant to help participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa, and does not represent a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. Please email the conference secretariat to receive the letter of invitation.