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ATMs, banks & currency
Facilities for cashing traveller’s cheques are available at banks. Operating hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturday mornings.

 

Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at many locations around Potchefstroom and also on the North-West University campus.  International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. In Potchefstroom it is recommended that you do your foreign currency exchange at Standard Bank or most of the banks at the Mooi River Mall.

 

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R. Five Rand and fifty cents would for example be written R5.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equalling 100 cents.  The Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Disabled travellers
Most parts of the conference venue are wheelchair friendly and an increasing number of accommodation establishments have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities. Please make sure that facilities meet your needs when you book. Many public buildings also cater for wheelchair access.
 

Disclaimer

The Drug Safety Africa conference organisers, the PCDDP and the North-West University accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by conference participants either during the conference or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. We request that participants make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

 

Driving

South Africa drives on the left side of the road and wearing seatbelts is compulsory.  A driver’s licence should be carried at all times. Non-South African residents are permitted to drive with a driver’s licence issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your driver’s licence does not meet these requirements, an international driver’s licence is required.

 

Health

Doctors and dentists in South Africa are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and to consult their local general practitioner for advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.cdc.org.

 

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Protective clothing and insect repellents should also be used. Please note that Johannesburg and Potchefstroom are malaria risk free areas.

 

It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa, but for those who prefer it, bottled mineral water is readily available in various shops.

 

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

 

Hospitals in Potchefstroom
Mooimed Hospital: +27 18 293 0802 | Link to maps

Medi Clinic: +27 18 293 7000 | Link to maps

Medicross General Practitioners and Dental Clinic:  | +27 18 293 7800 | Link to maps

 

Internet access

Most accommodation facilities have free WiFi but we recommend you check before you make your booking. WiFi will be available on the NWU Campus.

 

Letters of Invitation

Delegates can contact the Drug Safety Africa organisers to request an invitation letter to accompany visa applications. You will be requested to supply your passport number, date of birth, birth name on the passport and physical address which we will need to include on the invitation letter. Please note that only fully paid up delegates will be eligible to receive a letter of invitation.  It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential delegates to obtain a visa and does not imply a commitment from the conference organizers to provide any financial support

 

Please contact Magda Lombaard at magda.lombaard@nuw.ac.za  if you require an invitation letter. Should you be concerned about your personal information, you are also welcome to give the information verbally via phone:

 

Office hours: 08:00 – 16:30 (South African time GMT+2)

Tel: +27 (0)18 299 2251

 

Mobile phones

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

 

Security

For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Potchefstroom, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Potchefstroom 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. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times.

 

Tipping

Gratuities are expected in South Africa and visitors may use the following guidelines: 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.

Useful links

South Africa Tourism www.southafrica.net

South Africa Info www.southafrica.info

Airports www.airports.co.za

Weather www.weathersa.co.za

 

Weather

In late November, summer is well underway in South Africa and temperatures in Potchefstroom over that time range between 18 and 34 degrees Celsius with plenty of sunny days. Thunder showers are not uncommon, especially late afternoons. 

 

Approved Accommodation

Willows Garden Hotel

Potchefstroom

NWU PUK Sports Village
NWU Residence, Potchefstroom
Ancient Emperor Guest Estate
Potchefstroom
Astro Villa
NWU Residence, Potchefstroom
Dress code
Business casual
Dress code
Business casual

Electricity

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), but it might be a good idea to travel with some adaptors.

Electricity

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), but it might be a good idea to travel with some adaptors.

 

Language
The official language of the conference is English. Although the other official languages mostly spoken in Potchefstroom are Setswana and Afrikaans, most people can speak English

 

Language
The official language of the conference is English. Although the other official languages mostly spoken in Potchefstroom are Setswana and Afrikaans, most people can speak English

 

Road Safety

The transport infrastructure is excellent and roads are mostly in good condition. However, the distances between towns can be significant, so if you’re planning to self-drive, it is a good idea to plan your itinerary to ensure you don’t drive long distances as fatigue is a major cause of road accidents.

 

Avoid long car journeys that necessitate driving at night as it always carries more risk. Also, in some of the more remote rural areas, the roads are not fenced so there may be stray animals on the road – which could be very dangerous at night

 

Visa Applications

It is essential to contact the nearest South African Government representative to confirm that you have the necessary documentation to enter South Africa. Please ensure that you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport when arriving in our country. The passport also needs to be valid for the duration of the stay and six months after departure. 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 detailed visa info, visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/travel-documents

 

Letters of invitation for Visa purposes may be obtained from Magda Lombaard at magda.lombaard@nuw.ac.za . Should you be concerned about your personal information, you are also welcome to give the information verbally via telephone:

 

Office hours: 08:00 – 16:30 (South African time GMT+2)

Tel: +27 (0)18 299 2251

 

What to pack
Summer clothes with a warm jersey or jacket is essential and a light raincoat is advisable as the weather can change quite quickly. It is suggested that visitors should dress in layers for outings and nights out.