About South Africa

6 December 2018

Arriving at OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg, South Africa

Upon arriving at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, go through immigration, follow the signs to claim baggage and clear customs. More information about OR Tambo Airport can be found at http://johannesburg-airport.co.za/

We would recommend that you either take the Gautrain or a taxi from the airport to your place of accommodation. Your hotel may also offer transport from the hotel – contact your hotel directly regarding transport to and from the airport.

Taxi and Public Transport

  • Gautrain
    Please note that a Gautrain Gold Card costs R15[1] to purchase, this is a non-refundable cost of the card.  The cost from OR Tambo Airport to Pretoria is R 150.00.To reach your hotel from the Gautrain Station you will need to take a taxi. The costs is approximately R30 to R50.

  • Taxi's and Shuttle Services
    There are numerous taxi and shuttle services available. These include:

  1. EZ Shuttle Service – +27861 397 488 and https://ezshuttle.co.za/airport-shuttle-rates-prices-pretoria-or-tambo-lanseria.asp to obtain a quote and to make a booking.
     
  2. Airport Link For bookings please - +27 (0)11 794-8300 or [email protected] and http://www.airportlink.co.za/public_html/bookings/create/ to obtain a quote and to make a booking.

    The cost is approximately R600.00

An airport shuttle service is also an affordable option. Two possible service providers are:

  1. Roxburg Travel and Tours email: [email protected] or see www.roxburgtravel.co.za/tours.html to obtain a quote and to make a booking.
     
  2. Airport Shuttle SA see https://airportshuttlesa.co.za/our-low-rates/ to obtain a quote and to make a booking.

The cost is approximately R400.00 to R560.00

Climate

Temperature ranges from 22 to 26 degrees Celsius. Please refer to https://www.accuweather.com/en/za/pretoria/1143384/april-weather/1143384 for more information on the weather forecast.

Currency

The currency in Pretoria is the South African Rand (ZAR). The exchange rate is approximately USD1 = ZAR (South African Rand) R 13.81

Check https://treasury.un.org/operationalrates/OperationalRates.php#S for the most up-to-date exchange rates. Most foreign currencies (such as Euro, the American dollar, the British pound, etc.) are easily exchangeable at the airport, banks and small currency exchange bureaus.

Credit Cards

International credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and bank cards) can be used in most cash machines (ATMs) and for payments at hotels and shops.  Some do accept American Express.  Cash machines, restaurants, taxi, car rental agencies and most shops accept all major credit cards.  Cash payments are the most popular payment method, however credit and debit cards such as MasterCard or Visa are commonly accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.

Language


The working language of the Conference will be English.

Conference Badges

The Congress materials and badges will be distributed to participants at the Conference Registration Desk during registration. Name badges are required for admission to all academic, social or cultural events.

Dress Code

The dress code will be business for the Conference Program.

Internet

Each delegate will receive a Wi-Fi voucher and instructions how to use it for the duration of the conference.

Emergency phone numbers

  • (+27) Country code (South Africa)

  • (011) Johannesburg area code

  • 10111 National Emergency Response

  • 112 Cell Phone Emergency

  • 10177 Ambulance

Medical and Emergency Services

  • (Fire and JMPD):  +27 (011) 375 5911
  • (Netcare Waterfall City Hospital)  +27 (011) 301 0000    

Time zone

South Africa uses Central European Time (GMT + 01:00).

Excursion

On the 14th March 2019 there will be an optional excusion organised by the conference conveners. Information about the excursion will be made known to conference participants closer to the conference date.

Reccomended Places to visit

1. The Chris Tugwell Art GalleryFor paintings, ceramics and sculptures from South African atists.

  • Address: Fehrsen Street & Veale Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria
    Tel:  +27 (012) 346 0925

2. Van Wouw House

Dating from 1938, this house was built for the sculptor, Anton van Wouw.  It's currently used as the Anton van Wouw Museam.

  • Address:  Old Arts Building 2-9 University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Hatfield
    Tel:  +27 (012) 420 4017

3. Union Buildings

The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the president of South Africa.  In November 1910 the cornerstone of the Union Building was laid.

  • Address:  Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria, 0027
    Tel:  +27 (012) 300 200

4. Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854.

  • Address:  Government Ave, Pretoria, 0002

5. Freedom Park

Using the nation's unique culture, heritage, history and spirituality, Freedom Park tells the previously untold stories. It is the heart and soul of South Africa captured in one breath-taking space.

  • Address:  Corner Koch and 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria
    Tel:  +27 (012) 336 4000

6. Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, about 40 km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Muldersdrift area close to the town of Krugersdorp.

  • Address:  Kromdraai Rd, Johannesburg
    Tel:  +27 014 577 9000

7. Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort

The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway, originally constructed in 1973, extends to the top of the Magaliesberg and offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding area.

  • Address:  Melodie agricultural holdings, Hartbeespoort, 0260
    Tel:  +27 (012) 253 9910

8. Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex in Johannesburg, South Africa illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. The complex, owned by Gold Reef City Casino, was opened in November 2001.

  • Address:  Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Johannesburg, 2001
    Tel:  +27 (011) 309 -4700

9. Mandela House

The Nelson Mandela National Museum, commonly referred to as Mandela House, is the house on Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962.

  • Address:  Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg
    Tel:  +2711 9367754

10. Montecasino

Leisure complex designed like an Italian village, housing a casino, 2 theaters, cinemas and a mall.

  • Address:  Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2055
    Tel:  +2711 510 7000

11. Rosebank Sunday Market (only opens on Sundays)

Rosebank Sunday Market is a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy and dynamism. The Rosebank Sunday Market celebrates its’ diversity through its’ variety; offering something for everyone with a large selection of craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet food traders.

  • Address:  50 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196
    Tel:  +2711 028 7819

12. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Nature reserve with emphasis on endangered species including lions, rhinos, cheetahs & vultures.

  • Address: 520 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, 1739
    Tel:  +2711 957 0349

13. Sho't Left Tour to Soweto

A tour of Soweto (short for South-Western Townships) is a must for any visitor keen to get a taste of the vibrant street life this township is famous for.

  • Who to contact:
    City Sightseeing Jo'burg Taxi to Soweto Tour
    Tel: +27861 733 287
    Soweto Outdoor Adventures
     Tel: +2772 692 8159

 


[1] The South African Rand (sign: R; code: ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. The Rand is subdivided into 100 cents (sign: "c").

 

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Important Dates
Conference Duration
10 March 2019 19:00 - 13 March 2019 17:30
Registration
7 December 2018 - 28 February 2019 [CLOSED]
International Conference of Information Commissioners
Organiser
Name
ICIC | Hosted by : Information Regulator | Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Contact Email
[email protected]
Contact Number
+27 (0)12 406 4818 | +27 (0)12 420 3587