7th World Conference
on Research Integrity
Cape Town, South Africa
30 May – 2 June 2021
South Africa is home to a multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages and religions.
Although English is widely spoken and is used for informational signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of eleven official languages. These are: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
There are 2 private emergency units within 5 minutes of CTICC and 9 emergency centres, 2 trauma centres and 4 ambulance services in the City. Cape Town is not a malaria region and there are no tropical diseases to be aware of and no vaccine requirements for visitors although visitors are requested to have the relevant yellow fever injections should they have travelled from or visited an affected area prior to entering South Africa.
The Rand (R) is the official whole currency unit in South Africa. One Rand is the equivalent of 100 cents (c).
Currency denominations include 5c; 10c; 20c and 50c coins; as well as R1; R2; and R5 coins.
Bank notes include denominations of R10; R20; R50; R100 and R200.
Tips and Tipping
In South Africa your tip should be between 10-15% of your bill. In some restaurants, particularly for bigger parties, you will notice that the tip is included in the total.
Most major International credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa, including Visa and Mastercard. Although widely accepted at some establishments, American Express and Diners Club may not be accepted. ATM’s are widespread and most will allow visitors to withdraw Rands directly from bank or credit cards.
Forex desks are situated at most airports to exchange currencies. In addition to this most major retail banks are able to assist with currency exchange.
Exchange rate (as at 12.12.2019)
1USD = R14.61
1 Euro = R16.27
1 GBP = R19.23
In urban areas, South Africa is known for having some of the safest and cleanest drinking water in the world. In more remote areas travelers tend to use bottled water which is available from most shops. Because South Africa has a warm climate, remember to stay hydrated.
The South African electricity supply us 220/230 volts AC50 HZ.
South Africa offers a sophisticated internet network and Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the City. There are a number of mobile networks available and Sim cards can be bought at airports and shopping centres. The electric current is 240 volts AC so visitors should bring a plug adaptor for three-pin sockets for small appliances.
South Africa is known for its long sunny days throughout the year. Most of the country experiences rain in summer, however the west coast (including Cape Town) experiences predominantly winter rainfall.
In winter (June, July, August) average day temperatures in Cape Town are 11-20 degrees Celsius.
For more information, please visit https://www.southafrica.net/
Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports on entry. Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa, it is best to check with the South African mission or travel agents if this is required. For further information, please visit.
The majority of goods sold in South Africa are subject to a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). Visitors are not exempt from paying VAT although they can claim back if the value of the goods bought exceeds R250.
To claim the VAT, the goods must be taken out of the country within 90 days from the date of purchase. Visitors who wish to claim VAT should go to the VAT refund administration office or customs official at the port of exit. For more information, please visit: http://www.taxrefunds.co.za/
Conference Venue – CTICC 2
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is Africa’s leading convention centre located in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose-built event complex consists of CTICC 1 and CTICC 2, which are connected by the Skybridge and boast a floor space of 140 855m2.
WCRI 2021 will take place at CTICC 2
CTICC 2 is located at the Corner of Heerengracht & Rua Bartholomeu Dias, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001.
Click here for directions.
With over 1400 secure visitor parking bays available, making your way to CTICC events is that much simpler. The closest parking bays to CTICC 2 are available in the P5 parking lot. Click here for a map to the parking.
Whatever your needs whilst attending an event, the CTICC offers a variety of convenient on-site facilities, ensuring you never have to miss a thing.
ATMs are located in the foyer of the P3 parking basement and in CTICC 1 on the ground floor, near Entrance 1.
The CTICC’s business centre offers a number of business services ensuring you always stay connected to your business or clients while attending an event. The business services include printing, photocopying, faxing and a courier service. Please enquire at the Business Centre Desk on the ground floor of CTICC 1.
A free, high speed Wi-Fi connection is available throughout CTICC 1 and CTICC 2 for visitors to use. This Wi-Fi is great for emails, internet browsing and social media.
On Site Medical Assistance
In case of emergency, please contact a nearby CTICC staff member.
A decorated nursery equipped with a changing table and a comfortable chair for nursing. This facility can be found on in CTICC 1, Level 1 just before the Skybridge entrance.
The CTICC accommodates people of all persuasions and religions, offering dedicated prayer rooms for its patrons in both CTICC 1 and CTICC 2.
There are coffee shops in both CTICC 1 and CTICC 2 should you wish to slip away for a quiet coffee or a quick meeting.
For more information, please visit https://www.cticc.co.za/