41st CIML
and Associated Events

Cape Town,
South Africa

11-20 October 2006

   South Africa
   [16 May]
   Cape Town
   [6 July]
   [16 May]
   [16 May]
   Hotel / Venue
   [16 May]
   Practical Info
   [16 May]
   [25 Aug]
   CIML Agenda
   [5 Oct]
   [16 May]
   [16 May]
   [1 Aug]
41st CIML Meeting and Associated Events
    Cape Town, South Africa
11-20 October 2006     
  -- About South Africa--

South Africa in brief



South Africa, the land of splendour, lies at the southern extremity of the African continent. It was during 1488, when Bartholomeu Dias was looking for a sea route to India, that the first contact between Europe and Southern Africa was made.

In 1652, the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) decided to establish a settlement at the Cape of Good Hope and on 6 April 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, together with 90 men, arrived in Table Bay, where Cape Town was founded.

Today South Africa has a population of approximately 40 million. Over the years many cultural groups have immigrated to South Africa and therefore it has a rich diversity of cultures. It also has a dramatic range of environments - from placid lakes to deserts. The climate ranges from subtropical and Mediterranean to occasional snowfalls.

South Africa's national wealth is derived from mining, agriculture, the manufacturing industry, exports and tourism.