ABOUT CAPE TOWN

The beautiful city of Cape Town, on the slopes of Table Mountain, is a stunning setting for the conference experience. Throughout the year, Cape Town welcomes delegates from around the world, with many international airlines offering direct flights to Cape Town or flights connecting in Johannesburg.

August is winter in Cape Town, and you can expect beautiful, wind-free days, with temperatures in the region of 18 degrees during the day, going down to about 7 degrees at night.

The Western Cape, in particular Cape Town, is currently experiencing a drought. The City of Cape Town has, over the past year, implemented various measures towards water saving efforts/reduction of water consumption. Recent winter rains have brought great relief, however, above average rainfall is required for the next 3 years in order to see normalcy. You are encouraged to be mindful of this situation and assist with efforts towards saving water.  The majority of the major businesses in the City Centre, including hotels and conference venue already have programs running that form part of water saving initiatives.

Please refer to Cape Town Tourism for additional information.

CONFERENCE VENUE

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

The CTICC is a multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre. It offers an extensive range of premium venues, advanced technology services and facilities. The venue has played host to prominent global conferences, trade shows, concerts and celebrated stage productions.

Translation services

There will be live, simultaneous translation services for the duration of all conference meetings. Each delegate will be given a headset at the beginning of each session from which he/she will have a choice of four language channels (Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, English).

Please refer to CTICC website for additional information.

WHERE TO STAY

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is located in the heart of Cape Town’s central business district. It is close to some of Cape Town’s best hotels and attractions. 

Please note

  • Where rates are listed, these have been provided by the individual hotels and the LSSA cannot be held liable for any changes in rates. Please note all rooms are subject to availability. The rates per night are based on accommodation from 22 – 26 August 2018 based on a Bed and Breakfast tariff. 
  • All hotels are highly regarded and are rated at either 4 or 5 stars.
  • Most hotels offer complementary WIFI access for in-house guests.
  • Most of the listed hotels have in-house shuttle services available or have arrangements with different shuttle service/cab (meter taxi services).
    • Please arrange for airport transfers via the relevant hotel, alternatively visit the Cape Town Tourism (http://www.capetown.travel/) website for a list of reputable shuttle service companies.

 

HOTELS NEAR THE CTICC 

The Westin

Address:
Convention Square,
Lower Long Street,
Cape Town, 8000

Phone: +27 21 412 9999

This hotel is recommended as it has a direct connection to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the conference is taking place.

Rates include breakfast

Pepperclub Hotel & Spa

ENQUIRE AT HOTEL ABOUT FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO CTICC

Address:
Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8005

Phone: +27 21 812 8888

Offers complimentary scheduled shuttle service to and from CTICC/Waterfront vicinity.

Rates:

R1 700 Single Deluxe/Superior Deluxe
R1 850 Double Deluxe/Superior Deluxe
R1 990 One Bedroom Suite (Single)
R2 190 One Bedroom Suite (Double)
R3 190 Two Bedroom Suite

Rates include breakfast. 

When booking online, use Promotional Code: BLFPCH

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence

ENQUIRE AT HOTEL ABOUT FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO CTICC

Address:
22 Riebeek St,
Cape Town City Centre,
Cape Town, 8000

Phone: +27 21 467 4000

Rates: (Subject to availability)

  • R1 720 (single)
  • R1 875 (double)
  • R2 175 Business Class Single
  • R2 400 Business Class Double

Rates include breakfast

Radisson RED V&A Waterfront

Address:
Silo 6, Silo Square,
V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town, 8001

Phone: +27 87 086 1578

Rates:

R1 900 Brics Legal Forum-Studio King
R2 500 Brics Legal Forum-Studio View King from

Rates include breakfast.

When booking online, use promotional code: BRICS 

SOUTHERN SUN HOTELS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE CTICC

Southern Sun The Cullinan

Address:
1 Cullinan St,
Cape Town City Centre,
Cape Town, 8001

Phone: +27 21 415 4000

Southern Sun SunSquare

Address:
6 Mill Street,
Gardens,
Cape Town, 8001

Phone: +27 21 465 1311

Southern Sun Cape Sun

Address:
23 Strand St,
Cape Town City Centre,
Cape Town, 8000

Phone: +27 21 488 5100

Southern Sun Waterfront

Address:
1 Lower Buitengracht,
Cape Town City Centre,
Cape Town, 8001

Phone: +27 21 409 4000

OTHER HOTELS

HOTELS LISTED IN PROXIMITY TO DISTANCE FROM CTICC
1. Westin
2. Southern Sun Cullinan
3. Southern Sun Waterfront
4. Radisson Red
5. Radison Blu
6. The Pepper Club
7. Southern Sun Strand Street
8. Sunsquare Southern Sun

OTHER HOTELS NEAR THE CTICC

  1. Protea Hotel Cape Town North Wharf
  2. Park Inn by Radisson
  3. Hilton Hotel Cape Town
  4. Taj Hotel
  5. City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront
  6. Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ATMs, Banks, Currency

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital “R”. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equalling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10.

Facilities for cashing traveller’s cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 11:00) 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 many locations around Cape Town. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Internet Access

Some hotels charge for Internet access. Please check before you book.

Language

The official language of the conference is English.

Mobile Phones

South Africa has three mobile operators: Vodacom, MTN, CellC. Roaming mobile network services are available in South Africa

Tipping

Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR10.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants between 10% and 15%. Car guards normally get a few Rand for their services.

Disabled Travellers

An increasing number of hotels have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities for the disabled and most public buildings also cater for wheelchair access. Should you have any special requirements, please email the LSSA and we will do our best to ensure that you have the most comfortable stay possible.

Driving

In South African, we drive on the left hand side of the road. Overseas visitors intending to drive are required to obtain an international drivers permit. Visitors will also not be able to rent a car without a valid driver’s permit. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory and strictly enforced by law. Speaking on mobile phones whilst driving is only allowed via a hands-free kit.

South Africa has strict drinking and driving laws – with a maximum allowable alcohol blood content of 0.05%. Translated that means about one glass of wine for the average woman and perhaps 1.5 for the average or large man. Our speed limits are 120kmph on the open road, 100kmph on smaller roads and between 60 and 80kmph in towns

Security

Cape Town is like any other major town with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. We advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets and be careful about how much photographic equipment or jewellery you carry.

VAT / Tax Refunds

VAT of 15% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items 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 at your airport of departure from South Africa, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.

Electricity

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

Visitors who are entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Cape Town is a malaria risk free area. South African doctors and dentists are highly-trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped.

Delegates 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. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith or www.cdc.org.

Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, venues, restaurants etc.) except in designated smoking areas.

Time Differences

South Africa operates two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time.

Visa Information

To find out if you need a visa to visit South Africa, please visit the South African Home affairs website: http://www.dha.gov.za/. It is important to check on the current status of visa requirements as there have been a number of changes since 2014 – especially the introduction of new laws pertaining to travelling with children.

For delegates who require visas, the LSSA will be able to provide a confirmation letter of attendance. This letter will be supplied once the delegate has registered and paid for the conference in full. Please supply your passport number, date of birth, birth name on the passport and physical address that we may include this on the invitation letter. See Visa requirements by country

USEFUL LINKS

The Law Society of South Africa brings together the Black Lawyers Association, the Cape Law Society, the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, the Law Society of the Free State, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers in representing the attorneys’ profession in South Africa.

Tel: +27 (12) 366 8800
Fax: +27 (12) 362 0969
Website: www.lssa.org.za
Email: info@LSSA.org.za

Postal Address: PO Box 36626, Menlo Park, 0102

Physical Address: 304 Brooks Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa