Travel Advisory

Durban

Durban is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over three million people - a city where east meets west - a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa - city known as the home of Africa's best managed and busiest port. Durban is in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.

The Outer West area of the city of Durban includes the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills, up the winding and picturesque Botha's Hill.

To the south of the centre of Durban is Amanzimtoti which is a popular KwaZulu-Natal or Zulu Kingdom seaside destination for the family.

Umhlanga and Umdloti is a tropical paradise, which have been dubbed the 'Riviera' of Durban. Gateway Mall in nearby Umhlanga is a big attraction, as are two exciting casino complexes - Sibaya just beyond Umhlanga and Suncoast "down the road" on Durban Beachfront.
Accommodation is available to suite all tastes and budgets, from luxury five-star establishments to modest guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. These have been pre-booked for the conference and delegates will be able to secure their choice of venue at preferential rates through the conference organisers.
A wide range of attractive tours and excursions will be on offer to visitors, and these will be of a cultural, historical, and geographical nature. From townships to wildlife reserves, shopping malls to the rolling green fields of the Midlands, there will be something to delight everyone.
We encourage you to participate on one of the arranged optional excursions. The experience will be unforgettable.

Currency and Banks

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equalling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c.

The following exchange rates were applicable as of 27 February 2023:

1 United States Dollar = ZAR 18.39 1 Euro = ZAR 19.41

Facilities for cashing traveller's cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday to Friday 09h00 - 15h30, Saturdays 08h30 - 11h00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at most banks as well as at the conference Venue. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard, and American Express) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Price Guidelines (for illustration purposes only).

Prices will vary, but the following is an indication of what delegates might expect to pay:

Tea or coffee ZAR 25.00 1.36 US$ 1.29
Restaurant meal ZAR 200.00 10.88 US$ 10.30
Cinema ticket ZAR 100.00 5.44 US$ 5.15
Wine (750ml) ZAR 120.00 6.53 US$ 6.18
Big Mac Burger ZAR 80.00 4.35 US$ 4.12
Beer (340ml) ZAR 40.00 2.18 US$ 2.06
Cola (340ml) ZAR 12.00 0.65 US$ 0.62
Sandwich ZAR 60.00 3.26 US$ 3.09

Electricity Supply

The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 - 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).

Health

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Protective clothing and insect repellents should also be used.

City centres like Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are free from malaria and safe for travellers of all ages. Malaria is endemic in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and in Limpopo (including the Kruger Park and private game reserves which make these provinces so popular with travellers). In KwaZulu Natal malaria is endemic on the Maputaland coast. So, if you are travelling to the far north of South Africa, please consult a health-care professional for the latest advice on malaria prophylaxis as it changes regularly.

South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. The South African National Travel Health Network (SaNTHNet) has been established to provide travellers with essential information related to health risks both locally and across borders. The website has regular updates on health risks, as well as providing general information related to vaccination requirements for various destinations.

For more information, please visit: https://www.santhnet.co.za/

It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores. Smoking is prohibited by law in all public buildings in South Africa (airports, shopping centres, restaurants etc.), except in designated smoking areas.

There are currently no Covid-19 restrictions applicable for entry into South Africa.

NOT REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA
Masks Covid-19 Test Quarantine Passenger Locator Form
Health Form Authorisation Vaccination Card Insurance

Insurance

The 95th Congress of the South African Sugar Technologists' Association 2023 (SASTA 2023) accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss, or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by conference participants either during the conference or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect of health, travel, and cancellation insurance.

Language

The official Summit language will be English.

Passports and Visas

Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport.

Important Notice

  • Passengers travelling to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements. The two unused pages when presented for purposes of endorsing a port of entry visa, visa, permanent residence permit or entry of departure stamp.
  • The passport must be machine readable however, the foreigner may be admitted into or depart from South Africa with a non-machine readable passport provided that:
    • He or she is from a foreign country that is issuing machine readable passports and has not completely phased out the non-machine readable passports; and
    • His or her passport was issued after 24 November 2005 and its date of expiry is before 24 November 2015.

UPDATED ADVISORY: REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY

Revised: November 2019

The requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa are aimed at giving effect to the Children's Act, 2005.

  1. APPLICATION OF THE REQUIREMENTS
    1.1. The documents listed under paragraph 2 must on request be produced at a port of entry by South African children entering and leaving the Republic, as well as by unaccompanied minors, regardless of their nationalities.
    1.2 Foreign children who apply for a South African visa at any mission or VFS service point must submit, as part of the applications, the documents required under paragraph 2 prior to such visa being issued.


  2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR TRAVELLING THROUGH A PORT OF ENTRY OF THE REPUBLIC
    CATEGORY SOUTH AFRICAN CHILD FOREIGN VISA EXEMPT CHILD
    CHILD ACCOMPANIED BY BOTH PARENTS
    • valid passport
    • copy of a birth certificate / equivalent document or passport containing the details of the parent or parents of the child
    • valid passport
    CHILD ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PARENT
    • valid passport
    • copy of a birth certificate/equivalent document
    • parental consent letter
    • copy of the passport / identity document of the absent parent
    • contact details of the absent parent
    • where applicable -
      • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.
      • copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent
    • valid passport


    CHILD TRAVELLING WITH PERSON WHO IS NOT HIS / HER BIOLOGICAL PARENT
    • valid passport
    • copy of a birth certificate/equivalent document
    • parental consent letter(s)
    • copy of the passport(s)/ identity document(s) of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
    • contact details of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
    • where applicable -
      • copy of a death certificate
      • copy of an adoption order
      • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights / legal guardianship in respect of the child.
    • valid passport


    UN-ACCOMPANIED CHILD
    • copy of his /her birth certificate
    • parental consent letters
    • copy of the passport(s)/identity document(s) of the parent(s) / legal guardian(s)
    • contact details of the parent(s)/ legal guardian(s)
    • letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his / her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will reside
    • copy of the identity document / valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic
    • where applicable -
      • copy of an adoption order
      • copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent/ parents or legal guardian;
      • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child


    CHILD IN ALTERNATIVE CARE
    • valid passport
    • letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorising his or her departure from the Republic as contemplated in section 169 of the Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).


  3. EXEMPTIONS
    3.1. South African children travelling on South African passports may travel to South Africa without birth certificates.
    3.2. Supporting documents are not required where children are in direct transit at an international airport.
    3.3. Children in possession of valid South African visas are not required to produce the documents already submitted as part of their visa applications when travelling through a port of entry of the Republic.
    3.4. A child presenting a passport which contains the details of his or her parent or parents is not required to produce a birth certificate/equivalent document.
    3.5. In the case of school tours, the parental consent letter may be replaced with a letter from the school principal confirming that all consent letters are held by the school. Upon producing this letter, immigration officers at ports of entry and South African missions abroad would not require any additional documents from individual scholars such as parental consent, birth certificates, death certificates, court orders or copies of the passports or identity documents of the parents and of the person receiving the child in SA. This special dispensation applies to all schools registered with the Department of Basic Education in South Africa and its equivalent abroad. Download the suggested format for this letter here.


  4. INABILITY TO CONSENT DUE TO RECENT DEATH OR MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY:
    Where parent/s recorded in a BC/ equivalent document are unable to consent to the travel by a child due to recent death or mental or physical disability, persons acting on behalf of the child/children may apply for a special dispensation in lieu of parental consent by directing a request and full motivation, together with all supporting documents (for example, treating medical practitioners certificate), to the Office of the Director-General of Home Affairs, at the following e-mail address: consent@dha.gov.za

    Note:

    • This dispensation only applies to incapacity, and not where a parent is either unwilling to consent or unable to be located due to separation or divorce.
    • Where a parent refuses to give consent, a court order in terms of section 18(5) of the Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), may be presented in lieu of parental consent.


  5. DEFINITIONS
    Alternative Care Section 167 of the Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), states that a child is in Alternative Care if the child has been placed in:
    • foster care;
    • the care of a child and youth care centre following an order of a court in terms of that Act or the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977); or
    • temporary safe care.
    Birth Certificate
    • An extract from the Birth Register containing the particulars of a child and his / her parent(s).
      Birth certificates containing the details of a child as well as his/her parent/s are accepted for the purposes of these Requirements regardless of the country of issue.
    • In the case of countries that do not issue BC, an 'Equivalent Document' containing the particulars of the child and his / her parent/s, issued by the competent authority of that country, or an embassy of that country may be produced. Suggested format for Equivalent Document is available here.
    Child
    • South African law regards any person younger than 18 years as a child.
    Equivalent Document
    • In the case of countries that endorse the particulars of parents in children's passports, or other official identification documents, these documents shall be acceptable for the purpose of establishing the identity of the parents of the travelling child.
    Letter of special Circumstances
    • Letter issued by the Director-General of Home Affairs in lieu of parental consent in the event of recent death or mental or physical disability.
    Parent
    • Unless the context indicates otherwise, the word "parent" includes adoptive parents and legal guardians.
    Parental Consent Letter
    • must accompany a BC when any parent is not travelling with his or her child;
    • must not be older than 6 months when presented;
    • Suggested format of the Parental Consent letter is available here: Parental Consent Letter

Programme Changes

The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances. Changes will be mentioned on message screens throughout the conference Centre.

Safety and Security

For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Durban, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Durban is like any other major city with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. The area around the International Convention Centre is safe, and well monitored, but we advise that you do not walk alone especially after dark or in unpopulated streets. You are advised to take a metered taxi or e-hailing cab from your hotel to the conference venue. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided all the time. During the Conference, the information desk at the venue and your hotel's concierge will be able to assist you with information on places to visit and the appropriate means of transport.

Shopping in Durban

Most shops in the city centre and suburbs open between 08h00 and 17h00 to 17h30. Shops in major shopping malls open at 09h00 and close at 21h00 or later, even on Sundays and most public holidays. Government agencies keep to traditional weekday only hours. Most banks close at 15h30 and have limited Saturday morning opening times. Muslim-owned businesses close at noon on Fridays and re-open at 14h00.

Telecommunication

International direct dialling, internet, and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Durban. Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operates in Durban. Local SIM Cards can be purchased at convenience stores or at the Airport on Arrival.

Tipping

Gratuities are not obligatory but are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR 20.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters, and waitresses in restaurants 10%.

Time Zone

Durban is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2GMT).

Transportation

The event is not offering shuttle transport between the appointed hotels to the conference venue. Alternatively, you can use E-hailing Cabs or Metered Taxis - click here for a list of reputable companies to use (https://www.brabys.com/za/kwazulu-natal/durban/metered-taxis).
Should you wish to book airport transfers, please click here.

Traveller's Cheques

Most international traveller's cheques are accepted, provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service. Please note that Credit Cards or Cash are generally a more acceptable form of payment.

VAT / Tax Refunds

VAT of 15% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on goods or products (not services) that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.

Venue and Dates

The Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Complex, 15 - 17 August 2023
Address: 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban, 4001
Phone: 031 360 1000

The ICC Durban is a world-class facility, renowned for its high standards of service excellence, has successfully staged some of the world's most prestigious and complex events. This multi-award-winning Centre has been voted "Africa's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre" by the World Travel Awards no fewer than 17 times in 18 years and has been rated amongst the World's Top 17 convention centres by AIPC.
For more detailed information please visit: https://icc.co.za/

Weather

The temperatures in Durban in August are comfortable with low of 15C and and a high of up to 22C.You can expect about 3 to 8 days of rain in Durban during the month of August. It's a good idea to bring along your umbrella so that you don't get caught in poor weather.

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