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Airports in Johannesburg

The main airport in Johannesburg is the O.R. Tambo International Airport, also called Johannesburg International Airport. It features two large terminals: Terminal A is for international flights, and Terminal B for domestic. There is a second, smaller airport in the city, called the Lanseria Airport, which serves mostly regional, diplomatic and budget flights.

O.R. Tambo International Airport
It’s located east of Johannesburg approximately 25 miles/40 km from The Conference will be held at BT Building Airport transfers are NOT included in the conference fee. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements to get to the hotel. A taxi from JNB Airport to Sandton costs approximately R400 and it takes around-thirty five minutes (depending on traffic). When calling for a taxi, it is a good idea to agree on the rate over the phone.

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Tel: +27(0)11 921 6911 / +27(0)11 921 6262

Lanseria International Airport
Lanseria International Airport is located North of Johannesburg, with easy access from the West Rand, Pretoria and surrounds
Lanseria International Airport (HLA)
Tel: +27 (0)11 367 0300
GPS: S 25° 56′ 22.9 E 27° 55′ 32.1


Visa requirement

Passports are required by everyone entering the country. Passports must contain at least 2 blank pages and must be valid for no less than 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa.
Home Affairs Department of Republic of South Africa advises that visitors’ visas are for international travellers who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading “conditions” on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated. To read more about visas requirements please visit Home Affairs – Republic of South Africa website.

Due to the fact that different requirements apply to different countries and the requirements are subject to change, we advise that you should contact the nearest South African mission or consulate to make any enquiries and to find more details about your visa application.

**All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration. CTO will be happy to assist with an Invitation Letter on request**

Health risks

Before your trip you should check with your doctor whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures on the following:

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae bacteria and occurs in this country. It is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Most travellers are at low risk. Those at higher risk include humanitarian aid workers and travellers with remote itineraries in areas of cholera outbreaks, who have limited access to safe water and medical care. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver and it is known or presumed to occur in this country.
Hepatitis A is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Those at higher risk include travellers visiting friends and relatives, long stay travellers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver and may lead to chronic complications and is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. In South Africa 2% or more of the population are known or presumed to be persistently infected with the hepatitis B virus. Travellers should avoid contact with blood or bodily fluids. Where contact is unavoidable, appropriate protective precautions should be taken. A sterile medical kit should be carried.

Rabies is a neurological disease caused by viruses of the Lyssavirus genus and it has been reported in domestic and wild animals. Transmission may occur following contact with the saliva from an infected animal, most often via a bite, scratch or lick to an open wound or mucous membrane. It also may occur following contact with the saliva of an infected bat (via bites or scratches or saliva contact with mucous membranes). Bites from bats are frequently unrecognised. The risk of exposure is increased by the type of activity (e.g. running, cycling), occupation (e.g. veterinarians) and for those staying in this country for long periods. Travellers should avoid contact with all animals and bats. Following a possible exposure, wounds should be thoroughly cleansed and an urgent local medical assessment sought, even if the wound appears trivial. Prompt post exposure treatment may be required.

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released from Clostridium tetani bacteria and it is found worldwide. Tetanus bacteria are present in soil and manure and may be introduced through open wounds such as a puncture wound, burn or scratch. Travellers should thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention.

Typhoid fever is a systemic disease caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria and it is known or presumed to occur in this country. Typhoid is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Travellers who will have access to safe food and water are likely to be at low risk. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions even if vaccinated.

Non-Vaccine Preventable Risks:

Malaria is a serious febrile illness caused by infection of red blood cells with Plasmodium sp. parasites: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae and it is transmitted via the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Anophelesmosquitoes feed predominantly during the hours from dusk to dawn.

There is a moderate risk of malaria in South Africa from September to May only in the low altitude areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo which border Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This includes the Kruger National Park. There is also a low risk of malaria in northeast KwaZulu-Natal. The areas bordering these are low risk.

Risk depends on the specific location, season of travel, length of stay, activities and type of accommodation. Those at higher risk of malaria, or of severe complications from malaria, include pregnant women, infants and young children, the elderly, and those visiting friends and relatives. Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures.

Travellers who develop a fever of 38°C [100°F] or higher more than one week after being in a malaria risk area, or who develop any symptoms suggestive of malaria within a year of return should seek immediate medical care.

There is a point of elevation in this country higher than 2,500 metres (m). Travel to destinations of 2,500-3,500 m (8,200-11,500 feet) or higher carries the risk of altitude illness. Important risk factors for altitude illness are the altitude gained, rate of ascent and sleeping altitude. Rapid ascent without a period of acclimatisation puts a traveller at higher risk. The most important prevention measure is adequate acclimatisation. Travellers should spend a few days at an intermediate altitude below 3,000 m. Ascent above 3,000 m should be gradual with no more than a 300 – 500 m increase in sleeping altitude per day, with a rest day every three days. Acetazolamide is recognised for use in the prevention of altitude illness. It should not replace acclimatisation and gradual ascent. Travellers who develop symptoms of altitude illness (headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and sleep disturbance) should avoid further ascent. In the absence of improvement or with progression of symptoms the first response should be to descend. Development of more severe forms of altitude illness, high-altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) (confusion, difficulty with balance and coordination) or high-altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE) (shortness of breath at rest, cough and chest tightness), require immediate descent and emergency medical treatment.


General health advise
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

The 2012 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic estimated that around 5,700,000 adults aged 15 or over in South Africa were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 17.9 of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage rate in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. There is no reciprocal health care agreement between the United Kingdom and South Africa.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Yellow Fever
Yellow fever is a systemic viral disease. There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement.

Under International Health Regulations (2005), a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, from Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa the South African government has announced travel restrictions for people travelling to and from affected countries.

Country Profile
South Africa (officially the Republic of South Africa), is a Unitary Constitutional Parliamentary Republic located at the southern tip of Africa.
It has 2,798 kilometres (1,739 miles) of coastline. South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by area and the 24th most populous country with over 54 million people. It is a multi-ethnic nation which has diverse cultures and eleven official languages.

To find out more about the country culture, history and heritage visit the following link: South Africa

O.R. Tambo International Airport
If you plan to travel by bus from the airport you have the option of using public transportation. This can be found just outside the international and domestic terminals, and it is provided by city buses and informal minibuses.

The Rea Vaya is the local public transport system with routes around the Johannesburg Metropolitan Area. This is a rapid transit bus that was designed to provide safe, secure, and affordable public transport. In fact the Rea Vaya has dedicated bus lanes and it stops every 500m.

Sandton area
Several main Metrobus routes serve the Sandton area, running regularly during the day in 30 min to 60 min intervals, as well as in the early evening. The 5C also runs regularly on weekends, including the normal early evening service. The 5C runs along Oxford Road and connects many important tourist attractions, including Sandton City, The Zone@Rosebank, and The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Metrobus on +27 (0)11 375-5555 (Ext. 6) for more information on routes and timetables. Metrobus is one of the safest and cheapest methods of getting around Sandton.

Gautrain is the most convenient train operator in Sandton area and currently offers two distinct train services: an Airport Service linking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link).

Airport Service
Links Sandton to the O.R. Tambo International Airport at a cost of R135 per single trip. All airport trains go via the Sandton station, which is a short five minute walk away from Sandton City.

The Commuter Service
Links all the stations with the exception of the airport at various different costs.

Car Rental
Renting a car is your best option if you are a confident driver as the city’s public transport is very limited. It is worth buying a good road map of Johannesburg, using a GPS (available when you rent a car) and planning your trip carefully before setting out. While urban Johannesburg is slowly becoming safer, it is a good idea to keep doors locked and windows closed, and all personal valuables safely out of sight. If you encounter an accident or breakdown on the side of the road, do not stop to help. Keep driving and alert the police.

Please read here helpful driving guide for more information about traffic rules in South Africa.

Car hire options:
Pace Car Rental – +27 (0) 11 262 5500 | +27 (0) 11 262 5500 |
First Car Rental – +27 (0) 11 230 9999 |
Europcar Car Hire – +27 (0) 861 131 000 | +27 (0) 11 479 4000 |

Rush hour traffic during the week can make getting into and out of Sandton a painfully slow business; you will be wise to avoid 7AM-9AM and 4PM-7PM.

Executive – Pretoria
Legislative – Cape Town
Judicial – Bloemfontein
There are 11 official languages in South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. The most common language spoken as a first language by South Africans is Zulu, followed by Xhosa and Afrikaans. English is the fourth most common first language in the country, but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.
Time zone
Dialling code: +27

Telecommunications infrastructure provides modern and efficient service to urban areas.
Internet access is widely available and there are 5 five telecommunications operators: Telkom, Neotel, Vodacom, MTN and Cell-C
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
South African Rand: R1 = 100 cents. International symbol: ZAR.
Notes: R 10, R 20, R 50, R 100, R 200
Coins: 10c, 20c, 50c, R 1, R 2, R 5
Credit cards: All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted except for some small petrol stations where you can be asked to do the payment in cash. Foreign currency may be exchanged at the airport bureaux, banks or hotels and in order to exchange cheques for cash at foreign exchange dealers, you must present a valid passport.
Business hours
9:00am to 5:00pm. There is a one hour lunch break between 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
The climate in South Africa varies from temperate to sub-tropical. In Gauteng Province (Johannesburg area) the summers (November to March) are hot and humid. The average temperature in February is around 24 °C. Showers in the late afternoon are very common between October and April.
South Africa has a wide range of cultural diversity with a rich history, ideal for cultural tourism. There are plenty of things to see and experience in South Africa, from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape. Other natural highlights include the Kalahari desert, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah (scene of the famous lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched more than 40 million times on YouTube) and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg.

South Africa is home for eight World Heritage Sites and there are over 21 National Parks. For instance KwaZulu-Natal’s Simangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins.

Entertainment in Fourways area

Fourways is situated in Sandton, Johannesburg and it is a continuous hustle and bustle of activity. There is always something going on and Fourways boasts a large number of attractions as well as activities for all different preferences.
Some of the main attractions in Fourways are The Fourways Mall, Montecasino, the Fourways Crossing and the Lion Park.

The Fourways Mall
Cnr William Nicol and Fourways Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 465 6095

Trading Hours:
09h00 – 18h00 Monday-Saturday
09h00 – 15h00 Sunday and Public Holidays

Situated in the heart of one of Johannesburg’s most prestigious suburbs, The Fourways Mall has accommodated, entertained and delivered for over a decade continuing to welcome guests from both near and far. It offers a unique and exciting shopping experience to the community and tourists in one. In addition, with extended trading hours and over 170 excellent stores, shoppers can enjoy a fabulous shopping experience. Free parking and 24 hour security allow customers to shop, browse, enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or dine in a relaxed and tranquil environment at any one of the numerous restaurants and coffee shops.

Montecasino Boulevard, Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tel: +27 (0)11 510 7000

Montecasino is known for being Gauteng’s number one entertainment destination, having being voted Best Casino, Best Entertainment Complex, Best Cinema Complex and Best place to take out-of-towners. You can spend an evening with the high-rollers in the casino, watch a movie or a show, do some shopping, have a great night out or simply enjoy a quiet meal in one of their many restaurants and coffee shops.

Fourways Crossing
Cnr. William Nicol, Sunset Avenue & Sunrise Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 465 9208

Centre trading hours:
09h00 -18h00 Monday – Friday
09h00 – 17h00 Saturday
09h00 – 15h00 Sunday
09h00 – 14h00 Public Holidays
For more information about trading hours of a specific department please see here.

Close to major highways and roads, this upmarket shopping centre is easily accessible.
The centre is an open-air centre anchored by the Pick n Pay. The balance of the centre is made up of approximately 95 shops, including home decoration, sporting, beauty, services, restaurants and digital stores.

For added convenience and customer’s peace of mind, there is ample free parking and round the clock security.

Lion Park

C/O Malibongwe Drive and R114 Road, Lanseria, Gauteng South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)87 150 0100 / +27 (0)11 691 9905

08h30 – 21h Everyday of the year

Lion Park is a 2 km² (500 acre) lion wildlife conservation enclosure in Gauteng province in South Africa. The Lion Park is situated near Lanseria Airport and Fourways within distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The park has a large variety of predators and large herbivores indigenous to Africa. The Lion Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, black backed jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.
Entrance and activities are subject to a fee

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:
Adriana Cardoso, Travel and Logistics Officer.
44 (0) 208 600 3800
44 (0) 208 600 3819