Accompanying Persons Program / Tours
The official Tour Operator, African
Zest Tours (AZT) has organized a number of excursions and programs for
Accompanying Persons. Please download the PDF file that gives full details:
International and domestic flights
arrive at Cape Town International Airport, located some 30 minutes' drive
from the City Center. Delegates arriving in Johannesburg should please
note that they are required to collect and clear their baggage through
customs in Johannesburg, even if the baggage is tagged through to Cape
Town, and re-check it in for the Johannesburg-Cape Town domestic flight.
However, international flights that
only touch down in Johannesburg en route to Cape Town (i.e. passengers
do not alight) are unaffected by this ruling.
All outward bound flights from Cape
Town should be confirmed 72 hours prior to take-off.
Shuttle service from the Airport to the Hotel
There is a bus shuttle service from
Cape Town International Airport to the hotels; the fare is about ZAR 120
(single journey) for one passenger. If two passengers take the shuttle
together the fare is ZAR 80 per person, 3 passengers = ZAR 70 per person,
or 4+ passengers = ZAR 60 per person. This service is run by African Zest
Tours (AZT) and is highly recommended. AZT is the official Tour Operator
for the OIML Cape Town meetings. The contact details for AZT are as follows
(Delegates should fax or e-mail their shuttle requirements directly to
AZT, including any subsequent flight changes, using
Mr. James Vivier
Tel/Fax: + 27 21 930 4977
Mobile: + 27 82 768 7393
A taxi from the Airport to the Sheraton
Hotel costs approximately ZAR 300; the price should be negotiated with
the driver prior to departure but this method of transport is *not* recommended
(Delegates are advised to use the Zest Tours shuttle bus, please see above).
The weather in Cape Town in October
is generally cool and pleasant. The average daily temperature is 22 °C
and the minimum is 11 °C. There is the chance of occasional rain showers.
Light clothing, with something warm to wear in the evenings, is recommended.
At present many parts of the country
suffer from a relatively high rate of crime and theft. The same precautions
applied anywhere else in the world should, therefore, be strictly adhered
to. For instance, avoid obviously risky parts of cities and suburbs, particularly
at night. When in public places, e.g. on streets, do not openly display
expensive jewellery and accessories. Keep in mind that the elements concerned
have a sharp eye for tourists, whom they see as prime targets since tourists
are likely to have valuables and cash on them, and that they may not be
familiar with the local style of crime and theft.
Currency, Banking, Credit cards
The currency used in South Africa
is the Rand (ZAR). The following site can be used to calculate specific
1 EUR = approximately 7.44 ZAR
1 USD = approximately 6.24 ZAR
100 ZAR = approximately 13 EUR
100 ZAR = approximately 16 USD
Major international credit cards
(MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Card) are accepted by hotels
and restaurants in South Africa. Cash can be withdrawn from automatic
teller machines, of which there are a large number in Cape Town. Note
that gas service stations do not accept credit cards. Currency can be
exchanged at any bank (official hours on week-days: 09:00 - 15:30 and
on Saturdays: 08:30 - 11:00).
South African banknotes are issued
in the following denominations: ZAR 200, ZAR 100, ZAR 50, ZAR 20 and ZAR
10. Coins in use are ZAR 5, ZAR 2, ZAR 1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c and 1c.
The voltage in Cape Town is 230
V AC/50 Hz. South Africa uses 16 Amp round pin plugs and sockets; adapters
are on sale in the airport boutiques and in shopping centers near the
Sheraton Hotel. Most visitors using laptops will require adaptors but
as only a limited number of adaptors will be provided, Delegates should
please bring their own.
The organizers cannot accept responsibility
for any accidents, losses and/or damages, which may occur. Delegates are
advised to obtain appropriate travel, medical, personal accident and luggage
insurance in their home country, prior to departure.
High-speed internet access will
be available, free of charge, in the business centre and hotel rooms of
the Arabella Sheraton Hotel. The Arabella Sheraton also has hotspots for
wireless internet connectivity.
The 41st CIML Meeting will be held
in English, and simultaneous translation will be provided into French
by interpreters via headphones. Whilst no other official languages will
be used, SABS and BIML Staff will make every effort to assist Delegates
with any language difficulties.
Lunches and refreshment
Lunch will be served to Delegates
(and Accompanying Persons if they wish to attend) on the Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Refreshment breaks will also be served
in the morning and afternoon each day.
Delegates should please note that
no paper documents will be available during the meeting and no paper event
brochure will be available. All the meeting documents will be made available
for download via this web page in PDF or
Word format and Delegates are invited to visit this site frequently to
be sure of having the most recent versions and the latest details.
Passports and visas
All non South African Nationals
require a valid passport (containing at least three blank pages)
and possibly also a visa. Visa applications should be made prior to departure
in your local South African Embassy, Consulate or Diplomatic Mission and
inquiries should be made well in advance to ensure that enough time is
allowed. If necessary, SABS can supply you with an attestation to facilitate
obtaining a visa; please contact them for such requests (see the Contacts
page). More information on visas can be found here.
Two official Receptions will be
held, to which all Delegates and Accompanying Persons are cordially invited:
- SABS Reception on Wednesday 18 October at the Castle of Good Hope,
- OIML Reception on Thursday 19 October at Moyo.
More details, including buses for transport to and from the Reception
venues, will be given later.
Safety deposit boxes
A limited number of safety deposit
boxes are available in the hotel on a first come, first served basis.
Please note that smoking is prohibited
in all public places in South Africa, except in specific designated areas.
South Africa Time is GMT + 2: The
World Clock web site can be useful for calculating time differences:
Tipping should be at your own discretion
and for good service only. As a guide, add 10 % to a restaurant bill and
round a taxi fare up to the nearest rand..
South Africa is a huge country and has many beautiful natural sites. The
most well known of these is the Kruger Park, which covers about 2 million
hectares of land and 16 different eco-systems. There are some 145 mammal
species. Six rivers provide water for nearly 2000 plant species including
300 species of trees. The Park itself is 350 km long and up to 60 km wide
and the following sites give useful information for those wishing to visit
this magnificent area:
In addition to the tours proposed,
African Zest Tours, our official Tour Operator, is offering a wide range
of pre- and post-meeting tours. Please contact the company directly for
Tel/Fax: + 27 21 930 4977
Information about South Africa in
general can be obtained from the South African Tourism Board (SATOUR).
Telephone: + 27 11 778 8000/74
Fax: + 27 11 778 8001/94
Any visitor who has travelled through,
or landed, in a place infected with yellow fever within the last six days
before arriving in South Africa, will need a yellow fever vaccination
certificate. This applies even if there was no outbreak of yellow fever
in the infected area at the time of visit. Yellow fever occurs mainly
in West and Central Africa and also in South America. No other health
certificates are required. Anti-malaria precaution is advisable for persons
who are going to visit infected areas. The following site gives further