Important Dates


Opens 1 September 2021

Abstract Submissions

Opens 1 September 2021
Closes 31 March 2022

Early Bird Registration

Closes 25 February 2022

Online Registration

Closes 11 May 2022

Contact Details



+27 (0)11 325 0020

General Information


Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani- elangeni-maharani

Please note: The hotel purchases all its meat from a Halaal supplier (certificate available) and no alcohol is used in the preparation of meals.


The monetary unit is the South African Rand (ZAR) and the international symbol is R.  R1 = 100 cents. Currency is issued in denominations of notes of R200, R100, R50, R20, R10 and coins. Please visit to convert your local currency.


The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. Appliances of lesser voltage require a transformer (especially those with a heating element such as hairdryers).  Adapters are obtainable locally and in most cases available from your hotel concierge. Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.


Mobile phones with a local South African sim card & number can be rented at either OR Tambo International Airport or King Shaka International Airport and returned upon departure.


Delegates are advised to take the usual safety precautions. Do not walk alone in quiet streets after dark. Use a taxi at night and only those from a reputable taxi company.  Check with your hotel concierge as to the safety of a specific area should you be unsure.  Do not to attract attention by displaying expensive items such as cameras and expensive watches and jewelery when sightseeing. Make use of the hotel safety deposit box or your room safe to safeguard valuables and passports.


Smoking is prohibited by law in public areas throughout South Africa, including airports, shopping malls and restaurants.  Most public spaces have specially designated smoking areas.


South Africa is GMT+2 (2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).
Example: 12h00 midday in South Africa, is:

  • 06h00 am in New York, USA
  • 11h00 am in London, UK
  • 12h00 midday in Paris, France
  • 20h00 pm in Sydney, Australia


A 10% gratuity on the bill generally applies in restaurants and is normally at the discretion of the diner and dependent on the standard of service experienced. Restaurants usually do not include the tip in the bill unless the booking is for 10 or more people.


Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds may be claimed at airports, harbors and custom offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250.00. Customs officials will ask to see the items as well as their purchase slips when applying for a refund.


South African tap water is completely safe to drink and quite palatable. Bottled water is also available from room service, restaurants and at retail outlets.


You will be expected to adhere to local protocols during your stay, including wearing of masks, sanitizing
requirements and screening as per current protocols in place