About the Area

City of Johannesburg

The world class city of Johannesburg is the financial heart of the Republic of South Africa. The city, which was established in 1886, hosts some of the world’s largest companies and organisations, and is home to most of the sub-continent’s biggest firms.

Colloquially called the City of Gold, eGoli and Jozi, Johannesburg is located in Gauteng Province and is 2 000m above sea level. It has spectacular Highveld summer storms, which have impressive displays of lightning. Known as one of the greenest cities worldwide, it has 2 000 parks enjoyed by its nearly 5 million inhabitants.

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Sandton & Surrounds

Sandton is an affluent area situated within the metro of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. In 1969 Sandton was promulgated as a municipality in its own right, but lost its status as an independent town after the re-organisation of South African local governments.

Sandton is home to the Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centres on the continent and primary site of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (also known as "Rio + 10"), which Johannesburg hosted. The convention centre also hosted the African National Congress' victory celebrations after the party won the 2004 elections.

Sandton Convention Centre is South Africa's leading event venue, offering prestigious multi-use event spaces and venues in the financial hub of Johannesburg.

The Sandton Convention Centre is the foremost venue for hosting exhibitions, events and conferences in South Africa. With 22,000 m² of flexible event space, contemporary Afro-chic décor and technologically advanced facilities, the SCC is perfectly suited to hosting your event.

The on-site amenities and high level of varied services ensure the venue is fully equipped to facilitate a full range of function and events in Johannesburg. The Sandton Convention Centre is able to host anything from small business meetings to the largest conferences.

Venues range from an intimate 10-seat function room to the grand Pavilion which can comfortably cater for 4,500 cocktail guests. The Sandton Convention Centre is spread over four main levels with multiple venues, offers ample secure parking and a highly skilled and experienced team.

The Sandton Convention Centre is easily accessible from O.R.Tambo International Airport, just 15 minutes via the Gautrain - the state-of-the-art rapid rail network launched in 2010. The Gautrain links Sandton with Pretoria, central Johannesburg and O.R. Tambo International Airport. The Gautrain station is a convenient 5-minute walk from the Sandton Convention Centre.

Johannesburg Airport Connections

The SCC is just 35 minutes by road from O.R. Tambo International Airport, approximately 19km from Grand Central Airport and 30km from Lanseria International Airport. Airport-approved operators provide taxi, bus and shuttle services between Sandton and the terminal. There are also several car hire companies based at the airport.

Ample Parking For Visitors

Close to 11 000 parking pays are available to Sandton Convention Centre visitors, with the entrance to the parking arcade on Alice Lane, between West and 5th Streets in Sandton.

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Sandton City

Sandton City is one of Africa’s leading and most prestigious shopping centres. Sandton City offers an unparalleled shopping experience that combines the world’s most desirable brands with everyday leisure and entertainment.

Situated in the prestigious Sandton Central Management District in Northern Johannesburg, Sandton City is conveniently located within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain station and within easy access from highways and main roads within Sandton CBD.

With close to 300 leading local and international retailers, Sandton City is a one-of-a-kind premier fashion and leisure destination. It’s an energetic hub of Afro-cosmopolitan glamour - international shopping with South African flair.

Travel advice

The first day of spring is normally celebrated in South Africa on 1 September but Johannesburg takes a little longer to recover from winter. Towards the end of September, it typically experiences temperature highs in the mid-twenties and lows of about five to 15 degrees Celsius at night.

In this climate, a light jacket or cardigan is recommended for days and something a little warmer for the evenings. Rain is generally not expected in these months, which can still be very dry after the cold winter. For more detailed information, visit the South African Weather Service.
The safety and security of all visitors and guests to Johannesburg are of paramount importance. It is for this reason that we ask all conference attendees to keep a close eye on their personal items. As in all big cities around the world, we encourage delegates to keep in groups when they walk around, especially late at night. If possible, leave your personal items at your hotel for safekeeping.

The emergency number to dial in South Africa is 10111. Sandton has a number of security personnel inside the main business district and around the conference venue; please make contact with one of them should you require assistance.

Safety tips for Tourists

As always, personal safety is a matter of shared responsibility between authorities and the individual visitor. To ensure that your visit is special and safe, we offer a few suggestions based on international guidelines – for your assistance. Enjoy your time in South Africa

AT THE AIRPORT
  • Make sure your bags and luggage have locks and name tags.
  • Do not allow people to tamper with your bags.
  • When seeking directions, proceed to marked information counters only.
AT THE HOTEL, GUESTHOUSE, OTHER ACCOMMODATION
  • Report any suspicious, unattended luggage or parcels to the personnel at reception.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended unless it is locked away in your room.
  • Store valuables in the safety deposit box.
  • Keep your room locked.
  • If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door. Contact reception if you have any reason for concern.
  • Hand your keys in whenever you leave.
  • Make sure that luggage is only given to the bell staff and a receipt is issued for stored luggage.
ON THE STREET
  • Avoid an ostentatious display of expensive jewellery, cameras, mobile phones and other valuables.
  • Keep your handbag with you, keep it closed or zipped, and do not leave it unattended.
  • Keep your mobile phone with you and do not leave it unattended.
  • Do not carry large sums of money with you.
  • Exchange your currency at a bank or at the hotel – never exchange it on the street.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside pocket – never in the rear pocket of your trousers.
  • Credit card transactions must be processed in your presence.
  • At night, stay away from dark, isolated areas.
  • It is always better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets.
  • Plan your route beforehand and, as far as possible, do not ask directions from strangers.
  • A police officer or traffic officer will be happy to direct you if you get lost.
  • Should you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the South African Tourism helpline (contact number: 083 123 6789) can recommend a reliable service.
IN YOUR VEHICLE
  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Keep the doors locked and wind the windows up at all times.
  • Do not leave your mobile phone or other valuables where they are visible from outside the vehicle.
  • Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk) before your departure.
  • At night, park in well-lit areas.
  • Never pick up strangers or hitchhikers.
  • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice and help.
  • Make sure you have the number of the car rental company at hand in case you get stranded.
ON HIKING TRAILS
  • In the interest of personal safety and having assistance in the case of a physical or medical emergency, it is advisable to explore trails in groups.
  • Steer away from isolated areas unless accompanied by a guide.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
South African Police Service Emergency Number 10111
Crime Stop (report criminal activity anonymously) 08600 10111
Mobile phone emergency number 112
As a modern space with well-designed pedestrian flow, the Sandton business district is a space in which you can freely walk around.

Shops, hotels, offices and the conference venue are all in close proximity, and you are never too far from a coffee shop, a place to buy a book, or a fine dining establishment. In addition, the city encourages its citizens and visitors to make use of public transport to ease traffic congestion and cut the carbon load.

Options include:

TRANSPORTATION & DIRECTIONS FROM O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Directions from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Sandton Convention centre.
If you are driving: From the Airport, take the N1 Pretoria motorway. Take the Marlboro off ramp and continue to T-junction. Turn left at the T-junction into Katherine Street and then right 5th Street. Turn right on to Maude Street and SCC will be on your left.

GPS Coordinates: S26° 06.394’ | E028° 03.221’
www.airports.co.za/airports/or-tambo-international

Transport from the airport:

The Gautrain
The Gautrain, a rapid rail network, has a line from the airport to Sandton, from where you can change to catch another train to Johannesburg or Pretoria. Total travel time is around 25 minutes. Find the station one level below departures in the Central Terminal building.
Price Estimate from OR Tambo to Sandton: R151-R160
www.gautrain.co.za

Hotel Shuttle Bus Service
Most of the big hotels operate their own shuttle bus services to and from the airport, which visitors are advised to make use of. Book your seat in advance when you make your room reservation to ensure that you are met at the airport. You can also make arrangements by calling your hotel on arrival.

Minibus services
Minibus services to various key parts of the city are also available, and are generally cheaper than taxis. Make sure you book one of the commercial services with kiosks inside the airport (in the arrivals hall). There are plenty of informal minibus services for hire at the airport, but their quality of service cannot be guaranteed.
Price Estimate from OR Tambo to Sandton: R300-R600

Car rental
Cars are readily available for hire at the airport. All the major car rental agencies serve OR Tambo, and you should have no problems finding a car to suit both your pocket and your required level of comfort and performance. The agencies' kiosks are all to be found in the domestic arrivals public concourse, and a golf cart shuttle service operates to and from the parking areas.

Meter Taxi’s
Metered taxis, recognisable by the yellow "taxi" lights on the car roofs, are available at the airport. While these are considerably more expensive than the bus services, they can drop you directly at the front door of your destination. Although locals tend to avoid metered taxis, foreigners may find this the quickest form of transport and the tariffs relatively affordable.
Price Estimate from OR Tambo to Sandton: R300-R500

Uber
Uber is the smartest way to get around. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless.
Price Estimate from OR Tambo to Sandton: R263-349
Restaurants in and around Sandton City
 
Restaurants in Sandton City:
Restaurant Contact Number Cuisines Operating hours
Walnut Grove 011 783 6111 Café, Continental Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 07:00am - 22:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 07:00am - 23:30pm
JB’s Corner 011 784 1810 Italian, American, Sushi, Pizza Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 07:00am-21:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 07:00am-22:30pm
Doppio Zero 011 784 0934 / 011 784 0969 Italian, Café, Bakery, Pizza Monday – Friday: 06:30am-23:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 06:30am-19:00pm
Deli One 010 500 6989 Bakery, Café, Deli Monday – Saturday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-18:00pm
Mugg & Bean 011 883 4913 Café Monday – Thursday: 07:00am-22:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 07:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 07:30am-21:00pm
Belle’s Patisserie On-The-Go 082 968 5389 Café, Bakery Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-19:00pm
Friday: 09:00am-19:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 09:00am-18:00pm
Gwefey Teahouse 011 326 7097 Asian Monday – Thursday: 08:00am-22:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 08:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 08:00am-20:00pm
Krunch 011 784 3198 Café Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-18:00pm
Haagen Dazs 011 883 2482 Desserts, Ice Cream Monday – Sunday: 08:00am-21:00pm
The Bread Basket 011 447 3816 Italian, Café, Bakery, Pizza Monday – Thursday: 08:00am-19:00pm
Friday: 08:00am-20:00pm
Saturday: 08:00am-18:00pm
Sunday: 08:00am-15:00pm
Woolworths Café   Café Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-21:00pm
J’s Tikka & Kebab 011 024 9400 Indian, Fast Food Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-21:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-22:30pm
Sunday: 09:00am-20:30pm
New York Minute 011 027 6837 Café Monday – Friday: 07:00am-20:00pm
Saturday: 07:30am-20:00pm
Sunday: 07:30am-18:00pm
Ocean Basket 011 023 9228 Seafood, Sushi Monday – Friday: 09:00am-22:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Adega Express 011 784 3142 Portuguese, Pizza Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-21:30pm
Sunday: 09:00am-19:00pm
Nando’s 0860 113 332/011 884 5574 African, Portuguese Monday: 11:00am-22:00pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-21:00om
Vida E Caffe 011 884 0097 Café Monday – Thursday: 07:00am-21:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 07:00am-22:00pm
Sunday: 08:00am-20:00pm
Kauai 011 784 3868 Healthy Food Monday –Saturday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am: 18:00pm
Akhalwaya’s 011 784 2138 Fast food, Pizza Monday - Sunday: 12:30pm – 20:00pm
Wimpy 011 884 0484 Fast Food, Burger Monday – Sunday: 08:30am – 19:00pm
Smooch 011 026 4206 Desserts, Ice Cream, Frozen Yoghurt Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 08:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 08:00am-21:00pm
Steers 011 784 4911 Fast Food, Burger Monday – Saturday: 09:30am-22:00pm
Saturday: 09:30am-22:30pm
Sunday: 09:30am-22:00pm
Fishaways 011 884 5825 Seafood, Fast Food Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Fung Shing 011 883 3057 Chinese, Japanese, Thai Monday – Saturday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Anat 011 884 2222 Fast Food, Middle Eastern Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Milky Lane 011 783 4503 Desserts, Ice Cream Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Debonairs Pizza 011 884 6911 Pizza Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-22:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-21:00pm
McDonald’s 011 784 1235 Fast Food Monday – Sunday: 06:00am-22:00pm
KFC 011 784 2628 Fast Food, Burger Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am-09:30pm
 
Restaurants in Nelson Mandela Square:
Restaurant Contact Number Cuisines Operating hours
The Big Mouth 063 2938869 Sushi, Japanese Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm-23:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-22:00pm
Hard Rock Café 011 784 3144 American, Steakhouse, Burger Monday – Sunday: 11:30am-02:00am
Tasha’s 011 883 0389 Café Monday – Saturday: 07:00am-22:00pm
Sunday: 07:00am-21:30pm
Remo’s Liberta 011 883 0664 Italian, Pizza Monday – Sunday: 07:00am-23:00pm
The Butcher Shop & Grill 011 784 8676/011 784 8677 Grill Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm-22:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-21:30pm
Wangthai 011 784 8484 Thai Monday – Sunday: 12:00am-22:00pm
Pappas 011 884 9991 Mediterranean Monday – Saturday: 11:30am-22:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am-20:30pm
Trumps Grillhouse & Butchery 011 784 2366 Grill, Steakhouse Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 11:00am-23:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm-23:00pm
Sunday:11:00am-23:00pm
Bukhara 011 883 5555 Indian Monday – Sunday: 12:00pm-23:00pm
Maximillien Restaurant 011 292 7111 Café Monday – Thursday: 11:00am-22:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-16:00pm
L’Opulence 011 326 6984 Tapas Mon, Tues, Sun: 12:00am-18:00pm
Wed, Thurs, Fri Sat: 12:00pm – 03:00am
Lattelicious 011 784 3330 Café, Pizza Monday – Thursday: 09:00am-20:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Seattle Coffee Co.   Café Monday - 07:30am-21:00pm
Tuesday - Friday: 09:00am-21:00pm
Saturday: 08:30am-22:00pm
Sunday: 08:30am-21:00pm
Maxim Lounge 011 292 7111 Finger Food Monday – Thursday: 11:00am-22:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am-23:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-16:00pm
The Nook 011 326 6984 Café Monday – Sunday: 07:00am-18:00pm
General information on the import of goods into the Republic of South Africa

The following is a summary of information available at the South African Revenue Services (SARS) website, under the Customs and Excise Tab: Visit page  .
 
  1. IMPORTS
    1. Goods arrive in the Republic by one of the following modes of transport: Air, Sea, Road, Rail or Post. In order for Customs to safeguard any revenue due to the State and ensure compliance with national legislation, the importer must declare to Customs what they have brought into the country and the mode of transport used. If goods arrive in the country via the post, a different process is followed.
    2. The importation of a variety of goods is either totally prohibited or may be subject to inspection by other authorities. See the Consolidated list of prohibited and restricted Imports.
    3. Under what processes may goods be imported into the Republic?
      Goods may enter the Republic and be declared through one of these processes:
      • home consumption i.e. direct entry into SACU countries (duty is paid on importation or under rebate / relief from duties under specific circumstances / conditions);
      • warehousing (pending payment of duty or re-export)
      • transit / in bond movements within the country or through South Africa beyond the borders of SACU;
      • temporary admission into SACU including inward processing (for manufacturing purposes and subsequent exportation).
    4. How long does it take to make a declaration?
      National legislation gives an importer / agent seven days (an additional seven days in which to make due entry for loose or break bulk cargo, imported by sea, air or rail i.e. 14 days) or 28 days in the case of goods in a container depot, in which to clear goods from the time they have landed in the Republic.
    5. What happens if goods are not declared on time?
      These may be removed and detained in a State Warehouse. It must be noted that certain goods will require an import permit, which must be produced at the time of clearance. Application for Import Permits must be made to The Department of Trade and Industry (Contact telephone number +27 12 - 428 7000).
    6. What is the clearance process?
      The clearance process includes accepting and checking the goods declaration against the documents produced (invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, permits, etc.), examination of the goods if necessary and the assessment and collection of duty and VAT. Customs may require additional information and may also request samples.
      Customs may also detain goods for other Government departments. The relevant Government department will then ensure compliance with their applicable laws, regulations and rules.
  2. TRAVELLERS
    1. Customs is responsible for protecting South African borders so that authorised travellers and legitimate goods can pass freely. We do this by using world-class risk management technology and customs checks carried out by our officers at sea, land and airports.
    2. If you are planning to travel into or out of South Africa, there are rules about what goods you can bring with you. Please note that heavy penalties for smuggling are in force, so:
      • never carry anything into South Africa for someone else;
      • never bring prohibited goods into South Africa. These are;
      • Narcotic, psychotropic substances and habit-forming drugs in any form and any paraphernalia relating to the aforementioned
      • Fully automatic, military and unnumbered weapons, explosives and fireworks and weapons of mass destruction
      • Poison and other toxic substances
      • Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2 kilogram per 1 000
      Goods to which a trade description or trademark is applied in contravention of any Act (for example, counterfeit goods)
      • Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright
      • Prison-made and penitentiary-made goods
      If you are driving, make sure that everyone travelling with you knows which goods are prohibited or restricted.
      • if you smuggle goods into South Africa in a car, our officers may seize the car;
      • if you are in doubt, speak to an officer in the red channel
  3. PROHIBITED, RESTRICTED AND COUNTERFEIT GOODS
    1. The main difference between prohibitions and restrictions are -
      • prohibited goods are never allowed to enter or exit South Africa under any circumstances
      • restricted goods are allowed to enter or exit South Africa only in certain circumstances or under certain conditions, for example on production of a permit, certificate or letter of authority from the relevant government department, institution or body.
    2. SARS administers certain prohibitions or restrictions in terms of section 113(8)(a) of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 on behalf of a number of government departments, institutions or bodies, for example the National Department of Agriculture, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), to name a few.
    3. Prohibitions and restrictions are not limited to goods carried by travellers, but are applicable on all modalities of transport (road, rail, air, sea, post or other). This means that products subject to any prohibitions or restrictions will be subject to those no matter in what form of package or packaging they are imported or exported.
    4. The prohibitions and restrictions from all different government departments, institutions or bodies are incorporated in the Consolidated Lists of Prohibited and Restricted Imports and Exports, which are supplied here for ease of reference.
    5. The list is categorised according to the tariff structure of the Harmonised Commodity Coding and Description System – commonly known as the HS Tariff or Tariff Book whereby goods are classified upon importation or exportation:
      • Consolidated list of Prohibited and Restricted Exports and Imports
    6. Examples of prohibited goods:
      • Narcotic and habit-forming drugs in any form
      • Fully automatic, military and unnumbered weapons, explosives and fireworks
      • Poison and other toxic substances
      • Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2kg per 1000
      • Goods to which a trade description or trademark is applied in contravention of any Act (for example, counterfeit goods – see below)
      • Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright
      • Prison-made and penitentiary-made goods
    7. Examples of restricted goods:
      • Currency: South African bank notes in excess of R25 000, gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold.
      • Endangered plants and animals: Species of plants or animals that are listed as endangered, whether they are alive or dead. The restriction includes any parts of or articles made from them.
      • Food, plants, animals and biological goods: All plants and plant products, such as seeds, flowers, fruit, honey, margarine and vegetable oils. All animals, birds, poultry and products thereof, for example, dairy products, butter and eggs.
      • Medicines: Travellers are allowed to bring in no more than three months’ supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medicines for their personal use. All other pharmaceutical drugs and medicines have to be declared and have to be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician.
      Note: If you are in any doubt whether any goods that you intend to bring into South Africa are prohibited or restricted, please contact your nearest South African Embassy/High Commission abroad or the nearest Customs office in South Africa (the contact details for all SARS offices can be found under “Contact Us”).
    8. Counterfeit goods One of the main purposes of the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997 (Act No. 37 of 1997) is to prevent the release of counterfeit goods into the local market of South Africa.
    9. SARS officials may, in terms of section 113A of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, detain any goods upon importation into South Africa to ascertain whether the goods are indeed counterfeit goods as contemplated in the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997. These actions are carried out on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry under whose authority the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997 is administered (as provided for in section 15(1) of the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997).
    10. The following actions or goods are prohibited and will be included in ascertaining whether actions/goods are complying with the requirements contemplated in the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997 or not:
      • Being in possession of or having control over counterfeit goods for the purpose of dealing therein;
      • Manufacturing, producing or making of counterfeit goods, including the keeping, storing or packing thereof, other than for private and domestic use;
      • Counterfeit goods being exposed for sale or being sold, hired out, bartered or exchanged;
      • Counterfeit goods being exhibited in public for purposes of trade;
      • Counterfeit goods being distributed for trade or other purposes;
      • Counterfeit goods being imported into or through or exported from South Africa; or
      • The act of dealing in counterfeit or suspected counterfeit goods.
    11. Section 15(1) of the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997 entitles an owner of intellectual property to apply to the SARS Commissioner to seize and detain goods incorporating specific intellectual property rights during a particular period and calculate the infringement that might exist in terms thereof, or assist with the protection of that right for that period. This application is referred to as a Section 15 Application and must be forwarded to the National Coordinator: Counterfeit Goods, Lehae La SARS, 299 Bronkhorst Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, or Private Bag X923, Pretoria, 0001 for consideration.
    12. Intellectual property rights are defined in section 1 of the Counterfeit Goods Act, 1997 and include goods containing trademarks, copyright or specific marks regulated under the Trade Marks Act, 1993, the Copyright Act, 1978 or the Merchandise Marks Act, 1941, respectively.
Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country. Recently, these visas have taken a while longer to secure so you are advised to apply for your travel documents quite early. Click here for detailed information about applying for a visa.

There are a number of countries whose citizens are exempt from the visa requirement if they are visiting the country for 30 days or less. Click here to see a list of exempt countries.

Yellow Fever Vaccination requirements in South Africa

Yellow fever is an infectious vector-borne disease that is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito vector such as Aëdes aegypti. South Africa has a risk of introduction of the disease as the mosquito vector exists in the country.

The South African Department of Health would like to inform you of the amendments to the yellow fever vaccination policy for travellers coming from yellow fever risk countries.

Travellers going to or coming from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe as well as Rwanda will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate when in South Africa as these countries have been included on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever virus.

During the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, a review of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination was conducted and based on the recommendations of the meeting; all travellers arriving into the country from these countries will NOT be required to produce proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever. This provision is with immediate effect.

In line with the International Health Regulations, 2005 South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all citizens and non citizens over one year of age:
  • Travelling from a yellow fever risk country; or
  • Having been in transit exceeding 12 hours, through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
The International Health Regulations (2005) requires countries at risk of Yellow Fever introduction to employ the following measures:
  1. Obtain vaccination certificates from individuals travelling from areas determined by the WHO to be at risk of Yellow Fever transmission. As a result, South Africa implements the following measures for all travellers from Yellow Fever risk countries who are unable to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at the point of entry:
    • Refuse entry; or
    • Place traveller under quarantine surveillance until their certificate becomes valid, or for a period of not more than six days;
    • Travellers who are in possession of an exemption certificate due to medical reasons will be:
      • Allowed entry;
      • Required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities; and
      • Be placed under quarantine surveillance.
  2. Disinsection of aircraft, ships, tyre casing consignments and other modes of transportation coming from a Yellow Fever risk area.
Definition of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate:
Vaccine should be approved by the WHO and administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa at a Yellow Fever approved vaccination centre. The vaccine offers protection 10 days after administration and provides lifetime immunity.

List of countries for which a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa:
AFRICA CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
Angola Guinea Argentina
Benin Guinea-Bissau Bolivia
Burkina Faso Kenya Brazil
Burundi Liberia Colombia
Cameroon Mali Ecuador
Central African Republic Mauritania French Guyana
Chad Niger Guyana
Congo Nigeria Panama
Côte d'lvoire Senegal Paraguay
Democratic Republic of the Congo Sierra Leone Peru
Equatorial Guinea Southern Sudan Suriname
Ethiopia Sudan Trinidad and Tobago
Gabon Togo Venezuela
Gambia Uganda  
Ghana    
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Accommodation

The Sandton Convention Centre is surrounded by a number of internationally recognised hotels and a wide variety of guesthouses and B&Bs, all within close proximity. The accommodation in the area is world-class, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy any downtime. Be sure, for example, to book yourself a massage or a spa to unwind.

Click here to find a hotel in Sandton. If you would like to stay outside Sandton, attractive suburbs within a short distance of the venue include Rosebank, Illovo, Melrose, Atholl and Morningside, all of which offer hotels and B&Bs.
 

Our Hotel Partners


BOOKING CODE:  380752

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6.1 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Deluxe Rooms:
Standard Single R 4 100.00
Standard Double R 4 325.00
Executive Rooms:
Single R 6 350.00
Double R 6 350.00
Luxury Suites:
Single R 9 100.00
Double R 9 100.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  CITES COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  10 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Single R 2 760.00
Double R 3 000.00

CONTACT INFO:

Jenni Davidson,
Marketing Manager

BOOKING CODE:  COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  5.7 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Single R 3 200.00
Double R 3 450.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  COP240916

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  10 kilometres - 12 Minutes

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Garden View Superior/Deluxe Room - R 4 250.00
Panoramic View Premier Room - R 5 500.00
 
The shuttle service is R 210.00 per person one way

CONTACT INFO:

  •   67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Saxonwold
  •   +27 (0)11 481 6000
  •   http://www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg/
Reservations Manager Reservations Supervisor

BOOKING CODE:  GWIZ (Group code: GCOP)

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  900 metres

PRICES:

Guest room R 3 800.00
King Deluxe room R 3 500.00
Executive room with lounge access R 3 950.00
Junior Suite R 4 450.00
Deluxe Suite, R 5 200.00
Terrace Suite with lounge access R 6 900.00
Royal Suite R 10 700.00

CONTACT INFO:

Noni Vili
Cluster Sales Manager

Bookable directly with the Hilton Hotel For group bookings (10 rooms or more*) you qualify for 10% discount. *Terms and conditions apply.

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  300 metres

PRICES:

Standard room, bed and breakfast R 2 800.00

CONTACT INFO:

Heinrich Morkel,
Assistant Director of Event Sales

BOOKING CODE:  CITES COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6 kilometres

PRICES:

The below are fixed rates and will be available from 23 September 2016 through to 5 October 2016
Standard Rooms:
Room only R 2 535.00
Single including Breakfast R 2 760.00
Double including Breakfast R 2 980.00
Superior Rooms:
Room only R 2 910.00
Single including Breakfast R 3 135.00
Double including Breakfast R 3 355.00
Executive Rooms:
Room only R 3 185.00
Single including Breakfast R 3 410.00
Double including Breakfast R 3 630.00

CONTACT INFO:

Elke van der Merwe,
Reservations Manager
OR
Angus Baikie,
Sales Executive, Balalaika Hotel

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1.2 kilometres

PRICES:

R 2 205.00

CONTACT INFO:

  •   146 Rivonia Rd, Sandton
Rachell Motaung,
Groups and Event Coordinator

BOOKING CODE:  COP17C0916

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  26 metres

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Luxury one bedroom R 3 640.00
Executive one bedroom R 4 680.00

CONTACT INFO:

  •   8 Maude St, Sandton
Karen Nyirenda,
Key Account Manager

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  650 metres

PRICES:

R 3 500.00 per room

CONTACT INFO:

  •   Cnr Rivonia Road & Daisy Street, Sandton
Neilen Tolmay,
Director of Sales & Marketing OR
Thobekile Moyo,
Sales Manager

BOOKING CODE:  COP17C0916

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  300 metres

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Luxury one bedroom R 3 640.00
Executive one bedroom R 4 680.00

CONTACT INFO:

  •   Nelson Mandela Square, Fifth Street, Sandown
Karen Nyirenda,
Key Account Manager

BOOKING CODE:  2819240

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  280 metres

PRICES:

All Prices per room per night, bed and breakfast
Superior Rooms:
Single R 3 850.00
Double R 4 075.00
Executive Rooms:
Single R 4 350.00
Double R 4 575.00
Studio Rooms:
Single R 6 350.00
Double R 6 575.00
Suites:
Single R 8 700.00
Double R 8 700.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  C10

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  15 metres

PRICES:

All prices per room per night, bed and breakfast
Deluxe Rooms:
Single R 4 100.00
Double R 4 325.00
Corner Rooms:
Single R 4 500.00
Double R 4 725.00
Club Floor Deluxe Rooms:
Single R 5 600.00
Double R 5 825.00
1Suites:
Single R 8 900.00
Double R 8 900.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  4.1 kilometres

PRICES:

Hotel Luxury Suite R 4 950.00
Villa Luxury Suite R 5 150.00

CONTACT INFO:

Rethabile Molisana,
Sales Executive

BOOKING CODE:  COP17C0916

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  41 metres

PRICES:

Standard Rooms R 2 500.00
Standard Twin Rooms R 3 100.00
Single Executive Rooms R 3 100.00

CONTACT INFO:

Karen Nyirenda,
Key Account Manager

BOOKING CODE:  COP17C0916

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  300 metres

PRICES:

Single Superior Rooms R 2 760.00
Single Deluxe Rooms R 3 130.00

CONTACT INFO:

Karen Nyirenda,
Key Account Manager

BOOKING CODE:  COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  14 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices per room per night, bed and breakfast
Single R 2 200.00
Sharing R 1 850.00

CONTACT INFO:

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  2.3 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night
Single R 790.00
Double R 990.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  CITES COP17 (Group code: COP17 2016)

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  400 metres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Single R 2 860.00
Double R 3 295.00

CONTACT INFO:

Ohad Cohen,
Reservations Manager

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  3.6 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, self catering
Apartments:
Max 2 persons R 1 100.00
Max 4 persons R 1 995.00
Max 6 persons R 2 450.00

CONTACT INFO:

Steven Leveton
Sandton Executive Apartments

BOOKING CODE:  CITIES COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  5.2 kilometres

PRICES:

Studio Single R 1 750.00
Double R 1 900.00
One Bedroom Single R 1 925.00
Double R 2 080.00
Two bedroom Double R 3 130.00
Quad R 3 450.00

CONTACT INFO:

Rose Bischoff
Asst Sales: Tours & Incentives

  •   39 Tyrwhitt Avenue, Corner Oxford Road & Trywhitt Avenue, Rosebank
  •   +27 (0)11 557 2648
  •   +27 (0)11 557 2601
  •   rbischoff@clhg.com
  •   www.clhg.com

BOOKING CODE:  CITIES COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  850 metres

PRICES:

Studio Single R 1 750.00
Double R 1 900.00
One Bedroom Single R 1 925.00
Double R 2 080.00
Two bedroom Double R 3 130.00
Quad R 3 450.00

CONTACT INFO:

Asst Sales: Tours & Incentives

BOOKING CODE:  1264967

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  850 metres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night
Single (Max 1 person) R 2 250.00
Double (Max 2 persons) R 2 550.00 

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  Cop180712

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  130 metres (next to Gautrain)

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Single R 1 500.00
Double R 1 700.00

CONTACT INFO:

Lauren Hooper
Sales Manager

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  900 metres

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Single R 3 600.00
Double R 3 900.00

CONTACT INFO:

Marlon Mc Kenzie
Key Account Manager

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  3 kilometres

PRICES:

(1 - 7 Nights)
Studio R 1 250.00
Executive studio R 1 485.00
Apartments:
Two bedrooms R 1 755.00
Executive two bedrooms R 2 475.00
Three bedrooms R 2 655.00
Two bedroom with garden R 2 655.00

CONTACT INFO:

Sarah Millis

BOOKING CODE:  1320471

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1.9 kilometres

PRICES:

R 3 500.00 per room

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  PR 2016

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  4.9 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night
Apartments:
One bedroom (max 2 persons) R 950.00 per night
Two bedrooms R 1 800.00 per night

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  CITES COP17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices include bed and breakfast
Single R 1 400.00
Double R 1 585.00

CONTACT INFO:

Siya Ruiters,
Marketing Plan Coordinator

BOOKING CODE:  COP17 Sandton Suites

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night
Apartments:
Two beds & 2 baths (4 persons) R 1 500.00
Three beds & 2 baths (6 persons) R 2 400.00

CONTACT INFO:

Fatima

BOOKING CODE:  338200

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Standard Single R 1 950.00
Standard Double R 2 150.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  230200

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1.7 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Standard rooms:
Single R 1 950.00
Double R 2 150.00
20 x Superior Rooms:
Single R 2 100.00
Double R 2 300.00
20 x Suites:
Single R 2 400.00
Double R 2 600.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1.5 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room/apartment per night with dinner, bed and breakfast
Luxury room R 1 300.00
Executive room R 1 930.00 
Two Bedroom Apartment R 3 230.00

CONTACT INFO:

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6 kilometres

PRICES:

R 2 373.50

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  City of Joburg

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  6.3 kilometres

PRICES:

One bedroom apartment R 2 200.00

CONTACT INFO:

  •   67 5th Street, Houghton
  •   +27 (0)82 391 5951
  •   +27 (0)83 271 6001
  •   info@theshyre.co.za

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  7.6 kilometres

PRICES:

(1 - 14 Nights)
R 1 700.00 per night

CONTACT INFO:

Samantha Murray
Marketing Manager

BOOKING CODE:  CITIES COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  2.5 kilometres

PRICES:

Single R 1 370.00
Double R 1 725.00

CONTACT INFO:

Rose Bischoff
Asst Sales: Tours & Incentives

BOOKING CODE:  CITIES COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  2.1 kilometres

PRICES:

Single R 1 370.00
Double R 1 725.00

CONTACT INFO:

Rose Bischoff
Asst Sales: Tours & Incentives

BOOKING CODE:  1333207

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  26 metres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Standard Single R 1 750.00
Standard Double R 1 895.00

CONTACT INFO:

BOOKING CODE:  228462

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  2.6 kilometres

PRICES:

All prices are per room per night, bed and breakfast
Standard Single R 1 590.00
Standard Double R 1 590.00

CONTACT INFO:

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  10 kilometres

PRICES:

R 990.00 per room

CONTACT INFO:

Amy Milne
Sales Manager

BOOKING CODE:  CITIES COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  1.77 kilometres

PRICES:

Single R 1 100.00
Double R 1 350.00

CONTACT INFO:

Rose Bischoff
Asst Sales: Tours & Incentives

  •   117-119 Grayston Drive, Corner of Grayston Drive & Webber Road, Sandown
  •   +27 (0)11 557 2648
  •   +27 (0)11 557 2601
  •   rbischoff@clhg.com
  •   www.clhg.com

BOOKING CODE:  COP 17

DISTANCE FROM SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE:  900 metres

PRICES:

All prices include breakfast
Superior Suites:
Single & Double R 710.00
Executive Suites
Single & Double R 710.00
Business Suites:
Single & Double R 780.00 (add R 250.00 for Triple)

CONTACT INFO:

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