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About Cape Town

Cape Town is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Nestled between the Indian and Atlantic oceans and against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is an edgy and eclectic city with natural splendour and a rich cultural heritage. Also called South Africa’s Mother City, this international and multifaceted city offers some of the country’s finest cuisine, cutting-edge art, fascinating history and a friendly, unique mix of people. The SVRI Forum 2011 is proud to host its second international conference in Cape Town. For more information on Cape Town and some of  its most popular and interesting amenities to make the most of your stay, please visit:

Delegates are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Cape Town. In most cases, booking airline tickets via the internet is a cost-effective option.

Passport and Visas
As for all international travel, visitors to South Africa should be in possession of a valid passport. Passports must meet the following 2 requirements:

  1. It should not be less than 6 months from the date of expiry.
  2. There should be at least 1 full, free page in the passport for stamping by officials.
  3. Citizens from countries that require visas for the Republic of South Africa (RSA), who arrive without visas, will be refused entry into the RSA and placed on return flights in terms of legislation.
  4. Delegates are responsible for making their own visa arrangements. Travel agents and South African diplomatic missions will provide you with relevant information. Information and visa application forms can be found on the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs: Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry.

To visit the South African Weather Service, for temperatures in Cape Town, South Africa.

The South African currency is the Rand (ZAR). The rate of exchange against international currencies is variable so foreign delegates are advised to check the daily published rates, or use the currency converter at:

A yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into South Africa from various countries in Central, East and West Africa – please confirm these requirements with the South African diplomatic mission in your country.

The conference organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to participants or their accompanying persons. It is therefore recommended that delegates and accompanying persons arrange for appropriate travel and health insurance before travelling.

South Africa has 11 official languages. English, however, is spoken throughout the country.

While vigilance will ensure a trouble-free and enjoyable stay in South Africa, it is advisable to take the following precautions: do not leave luggage, mobile phones or valuables unattended; use the safety deposit boxes provided by most hotels; do not carry large amounts of cash, and keep cash, credit cards and identification documents in a secure place on your person.