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Many Nations - One Atmosphere: Plotting the Path to Sustainability                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       29 September - 4 October 2013, Cape Town International Convention Centre

about cape town

The Western Cape lies at the southern tip of the African continent. Considered one of the most beautiful regions in Africa, it is also the place where two oceans meet and the home of the famous "fynbos" vegetation.

With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A harmonious blend of architectural styles reflects the tastes of dictates of the past as well as today's more functional requirements. Between the high-rise office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found. Narrow, cobble stone streets and the strongly Islamic ambiance of the Bo-Kaap enhance the cosmopolitan ambiance of the city.

Cape Town shopping options invite you to endlessly browse. Elegant malls such as the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, antique shops, craft markets, flea markets and art galleries abound. Specialist boutiques offer an enticing array of unusual items not readily obtainable elsewhere. Gourmets and lovers of fine wines have a treat in store, with the Constantia Winelands producing some of the finest wines worldwide.

A visit to South Africa and Cape Town will not be complete without visiting the Big 6 namely - V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island, Cape Point and Constantia Vineyards. For more information click here.

Accessibility for people with disabilities

The conference venue if fully accessible for people with disabilities.


The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is central to a variety of quality hotels and smaller accommodation establishments. Some are within walking distance and others a short drive away. All hotels listed under the accommodation page are within 10 kilometres of the conference centre.


Cape Town International Airport is Africa's 3rd largest airport. It is also Africa's premier tourist and VIP destination and has established a reputation as Africa's premier international award-winning airport, consistently performing among the best in the world for service in its category.

Airport contact details:
Call centre: +27 (021) 937 1200
Flight information: 086 72 77 888

Business Hours

Standard business hours in South Africa are:

  • 08:00 - 17:00 (Monday to Friday)
  • 09:00 - 13:00 (Saturday)
  • Closed (Sunday)

Most shops that are not located in shopping malls keep these hours, as do most informal traders. However, shopping malls tend to keep longer hours generally from 09:00 to 19:00. Most banks close at 15:30, Monday - Friday and at 11:00 on Saturday.


Cape Town is never out of season, with a particularly good, long summer from November to March. These are the most popular months for visitors, who come to enjoy the 11 or more hours of sunshine every day. The average summer temperature in Cape Town is 24.3 degrees Centigrade, with January and February temperatures averaging 26 degrees Centigrade. February is the driest month of the year, with 15 mm (0.6 inches) of rain.

Spring (September/October) and Autumn (April/May) are smart times to visit Cape Town as they are usually in-between seasons, when nature is at its showiest.

Average summer temperature: 24.3 ºC
Average winter temperature: 18.5 ºC

Average daily sunshine hours: Between 7.5 and 9.5 hours
(London = 3.8 hours; New York = 6.9 hours)

Most buildings are air-conditioned. Besides summer clothing, bring a light jacket should the air-conditioning be set too cold for your comfort.

Weather forecasts can be found here.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, South Africa is a fairly inexpensive destination. South Africa's unit of currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

Foreign Exchange
For all personal foreign exchange transactions, Imali Express offers a hassle-free service to all delegates and visitors to the CTICC wishing to purchase or sell foreign currency, with competitive rates and friendly, helpful consultants on hand to assist you.

In addition, many local banks have foreign exchange services. You can also exchange money at the front desk of most hotels. For more information on the location and services of South Africa's banks and foreign exchange services click here.

Credit/Debit/ATM Cards
Major credit and debit cards are accepted by shops, hotels, department stores, restaurants and supermarkets. VISA and MasterCard are the most accepted cards, and only a few shops accept American Express and Diner's Club. Many Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) booths, located near the entrances of banks, at the majority of petrol stations and in all major shopping malls, offer 24-hour services.

Drinking Water

High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere, treated to be free of harmful microorganisms and both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.

Emergency Numbers

HELP 107 107 (toll free) / 021 480 7700
Ambulance 10177
Crime Stop 0860 010 111
Emergency NSRI 082 911
Fire – Residential & Mountain +27 (021) 535 1100
Flying Squad – Police 10111 (toll free)
Mountain Rescue +27 (021) 948 9900
Sea Rescue – NSRI +27 (021) 449 3500
Tourist Assistance – Police +27 (021) 421 5115

Faxes, Telephone Messages and E-mail at the Congress

Incoming faxes, e-mails and telephone messages should be marked for the attention of:

Congress Local Organising Committee Office

Tel: +27 (0)12 667 6933
Fax: +27 (0)86 724 2764

Please clearly mark the communication for the intended Congress delegate.

Medical Services

If you need urgent medical assistance, please contact one of the congress staff immediately.

The CTICC appointed ER 24 as its new onsite medical service provider. Guests and clients to the centre now have the convenience of an array of essential medical services at their disposal. There will be a dedicated medic at the venue from 8h00 – 17h00, Monday to Friday and during key events to oversee all medical needs or emergencies.

Safety and Security

Cape Town is an international city and a very popular international tourist destination. As such, the city authorities have put a host of safety and security measure in place to ensure the well-being of its visitors. The CTICC also has a highly visible 24-hour security presence to ensure the peace of mind of all its visitors. Of course, as an international city, it is advisable for a visitor to Cape Town, and any other international city, to be aware of his or her security at all times and to consider common-sense personal safety precautions.

All valuables, passports, cameras, should be locked in the safe of your hotel. Valuables should be carried discreetly when walking in cities. If driving, do not pick up hitch-hikers and ensure that your car doors are locked at all times. The South African Police are easily recognised in their blue uniforms and white & blue patrol vehicles.

Telecommunications and phoning from South Africa

If you wish to make a call abroad, you must first dial 00, which is South Africa's international access code. You then dial the country code, area code of the city or region and the number of the person you wish to call. e.g. if you make a call to the UK, London, telephone number 4567 1234 you must dial 00 44 20 4567 1234.

South Africa has a well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive landline phone networks and four mobile phone service providers - Cell C, MTN, Vodacom and 8-ta - with far-reaching coverage.

Landline services are operated by Telkom SA Ltd. Telkom public telephones use coins, phonecards or Worldcall. Phonecards and Worldcall can be purchased at most retail stores, petrol stations, post offices and airports.

Time Zone

South Africa operates on Central African Time, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year.


English is the official language of the Congress.


Major South African cities are linked by reliable air, rail and road transport services. Taxis are extremely expensive and most South Africans therefore have to depend on their own means of transport.

South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road. Generally the speed limits range from 60km/h in residential areas to a maximum of 120km/h on national highways. Pay attention to the signs in this regard.

Rental vehicles are available in all major South African centres.

Units of Measurement

The metric system is used in South Africa. Speed limits, highway markers, and speedometer information are given in kilometres.

Distance / Lenght Volume Weight
Centimetre; Meter; Kilometre Litre Gram; Kilogram

Local information pages are provided as a courtesy service to attendees of the 16th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress. Every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate and current; however no guarantees are expressed or implied. The National Association of Clean Air and their partners, or the Local Congress Organising Committee cannot be held responsible for out-of-date or incorrect information. Attendees with specific questions should contact the appropriate South African authorities.