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Cape Town Information

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. In November Cape Town is entering into her summer season which generally means more sun and less rain.

The average temperature in November is as follows:

Daily Low
13 degrees Celsius/ 55 degrees Fahrenheit

Daily High
25 degrees Celsius/75 degrees Fahrenheit

Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR5.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10%. Car guards normally get a few Rand for their services.

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equaling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. Facilities for cashing traveler'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 the city. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.

ABSA
Adderley Street, ABSA Building, Cape Town
(021) 480 1911
www.absa.co.za

Currencies Direct
Ground Floor, Clock Tower Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8001
Tel: +27 21 418 0105
capetown@currenciesdirect.com
www.currenciesdirect.com

American Express
Shop No. 11a, Ground Floor, Alfred Mall
Tel: +27 21 419 3917
fx_waterfront@mx.co.za
www.secureforex.co.za

Rennies Foreign Exchange, V&A Waterfront
Shop No 102, Ground Floor, Victoria Wharf
Tel no: +27 21 418 3744
liezel.frsancis@bidvestbank.co.za
www.bidvestbank.co.za

The Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital offers a service for medical emergencies. The emergency centre is staffed 24 hours Monday to Sunday. Tel: +27 (0)21 4806111, 181 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001.

For any other medical emergencies on-site at the CTICC, please contact tel : +27 (0)21 410 5000.

Netcare Travel Clinic

Netcare Travel Clinic (Room 1107, 11th floor, Picbel Arcade, 58 Strand Street, City Centre, +27 (0)21 419 3172, www.travelclinic.co.za) is part of a national network of private clinics. It provides travel-related products and services such as vaccines, malaria pills, bed nets, insect repellents and travel kits.

Late-Night Pharmacy

Lite-clinic
24 Darling Street, City Centre, Tel: +27 (0)21 461 8040. Open 08h00 – 23h00 Monday to Friday. 09h00 – 23h00 Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.

Bank Hours
Monday to Friday 08h00 – 15h30 / Saturdays 9h00 – 12h00

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 08h00 – 17h00

Shopping Hours
Monday to Saturday from 09h00 – 17h00, except V&A Waterfront operating from 9h00 – 21h00

Opening Hours
Most shops and businesses are open between 09h00 and 17h00 on weekdays and on Saturdays until 13h00.
Major malls tend to stay open later: up to 21h00 during the week, on weekends and on most public holidays.
Government agencies keep to limited weekday only hours, often closing around 15h00.
Most banks close at 15h30 weekdays, but are open on Saturday mornings (from around 09h00 to 11h00).
Muslim-owned businesses close between noon and 13h00 on Fridays.
Most stores, cinemas and restaurants are open on most public holidays. The exceptions are Christmas Day, December 25 and New Year's Day, January 1.

All stores within the V&A Waterfront, with the exception of the Red Shed Craft Workshop (on Sundays and Public Holidays) and the V&A Craft Market & Wellness Centre, are open from 09h00 – 21h00 every day, including Sundays and public holidays.

Your enjoyment and wellbeing during your stay in Cape Town are of the utmost importance. Conferences are unfortunately targeted by criminals and it is important that delegates take full responsibility for items such as cellphones and laptops at all times. Conference organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses.

Most parts of the country and city can be safely visited by tourists, provided they take basic common-sense precautions. The area around the City Hall and adjacent hotels is safe and well- monitored at all times but we advise you not to walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times. Basic safety guidelines are available at hotels, tourism information offices and at the conference welcome desk.

Emergency numbers
South African Police – 10111
Ambulance – 10177
All Emergency Number – 107
All Emergency Landline Number – +27 (0)21 480 7700
Poison Information – 0800 333 444

By Taxi
Locally, "taxi's" can refer to private sedan taxis with a meter or a shared minibus. There are plenty of taxis circulating in the city, typically charging R12 per kilometer (often with a R20 minimum charge). Try Unicab +27 (0)21 486 1610 or Excite +27 (0)21 418 4444 or www.excitetaxis.co.za, with a typical response time of about 15 minutes. Or call Rikkis Taxis +27 (0)861 745 547 or www.rikkis.co.za free from the company phones dotting the city. Minibus taxis are much cheaper, but often manned by unsafe drivers. You will not have to wait long before you see one, its driver looking for passengers. Make sure you have enough spare change for the fare, about R5. Catching these taxis late at night is not recommended.

For international calls from South Africa, dial 00 followed by the international code of the country, then dial the area code (without the 0) and finally your correspondent's number.

(Only applicable if transport was not booked directly with registration)

MyCiti Bus
Launched in 2010, MyCiti forms part of the City of Cape Town's aim to provide fast, affordable and environmentally conscious transport. The Bus Rapid Transit System, which is the first of its kind operates along designated routes, which cover much of the seaside metropolis.

Good to know: Whether or not travellers are regular MyCiti users, it's best to have a card regardless. The cards cost a once-off fee of R35 and are available from appointed kiosks and participating retailers.

Meter Taxis/Cabs
These aren't necessarily the most economical transport alternative; they do come in handy when there is no bus in sight. Costs differ from cab company to cab company, but the base range is R10 per kilometer with between R30 and R40 being the minimum fee.

Uber
This meter taxi service combines the use of mobile technology and private taxis to provide commuters with a low-cost and highly convenient service. Uber primarily works through an application that can be downloaded on Google Android phones, Apple iIPhones, selected Blackberrys, as well as Nokia Lumia phones. The easy-to-use app allows travellers to select their location as well as track the driver's progress to commuter's point of call. The app also allows commuters to connect to their bank accounts, meaning that there is no need to carry cash, as the cab costs are debited directly.

Airport Transfers
Cape Town International Airport is approximately 20km from Cape Town's city center. To book a transfer please follow the instructions on the booking form.

Cost for one-way airport transfers R450.00 per transfer with a maximum of 6 passengers per trip.

Cape Town is the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa. This is due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain however there are many other things to do and see in the Mother City and surrounding areas. Tours available to book includes:

  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Experiencing Cape Malay Culture
  • Cape Town City and Table Mountain
  • Cape Winelands Experience
  • White Shark Cage Diving Experience
  • Educational Township tour
  • Visiting the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

To book any of the tours above, or others, please visit WCE2016bookings.com/tours.

Cape Town Tourism is the official visitors' website for travel information while in Cape Town, South Africa.
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South Africa's currency consists of banknotes and coins and is donated in rand's and cents.

The following denominations are utilized.

Banknotes

  • R200
  • R100
  • R50
  • R20
  • R10

Coins

  • R5
  • R2
  • R1
  • 50c
  • 20c
  • 10c
  • 5c

The most commonly spoken language in Cape Town is Afrikaans however English is most commonly understood. Xhosa is the third most commonly spoken language in Cape Town.

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To book your hotel accommodations, please visit WCE2016bookings.com/accommodation.

The Westin Cape Town

Ideally located, with superb connections to the airport and within short walking distance to the most popular cultural locations in Cape Town.

Take a relaxing stroll through our beautiful historic Old Town, discover Long Street, known for its lively nightlife, the bell tower, Cape Quarter and of course the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Park Inn

The Park Inn is located smack in the heart of Cape Town's CBD It's just steps away from the city's train station and the primary MyCiTi bus terminal, and it's also conveniently located within walking distance of the CTICC, the V&A Waterfront (15 minutes on foot) and the Artscape Theatre.

Cullinan Hotel

A well-known landmark in the Cape Town CBD, The Cullinan brings guests all the luxury that is expected of an award-winning hotel.

The hotel is situated within one of the most sought-after areas in the city – within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Long Street and many other attractions.

Southern Sun Waterfront

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city's most sought-after areas. Business travellers have the advantage of being minutes away from the Cape Town International Conference Centre and other major corporate hubs, while leisure travellers are right in the midst of the city's most popular landmarks.

Being a short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Townsights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark's appeal. Post-card views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivaled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself.

Cape Sun

Located within the Cape Town CBD, Cape Sun offers the ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of South Africa's Western Cape Province.

Business and leisure travellers alike are invited to experience a blend of elegance, traditional hospitality and world-class facilities – all offered at this memorable hotel. Here, guests can enjoy postcard-perfect views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, Table Bay and the renowned Green Point Stadium, while enjoying the utmost in dedicated service from a team of friendly hotel staff.