From Torremolinos to Cape Town. Preparations for the hosting by South Africa of the Diplomatic Conference to consider the Agreement on Safety of Fishing Vessels By Dumisani T Ntuli. CONFERENCE SEASON RUNS FROM 06 OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER. CONFERENCE DATES. 9 TO 11 OCTOBER 2012.
From Torremolinos to Cape Town
Preparations for the hosting by South Africa of the Diplomatic Conference to consider the Agreement on Safety of Fishing Vessels
By Dumisani T Ntuli
9 TO 11 OCTOBER 2012
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.
Overall, the Western Cape climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters and low summer rainfall prevail. Near the coast, summer’s temperature rises from a pleasant low of 15º C to a heart warming 27º C. Inland temperatures are some 3-5º C higher. Coastal winters see the mercury dropping to a mild 7º C at night and rising to a comfortable 18º C by day. Away from the beach, morning wakens to an invigorating 5º C and midday peaks at 22º C.
In winter (from May to July), the snow-capped peaks of the Boland and the Cederberg Mountains and the lush, moist earth evoke an atmosphere conducive to log fires in cosy taverns. However, with the onset of spring (from August to October), the fast-retreating winter merges with the summer sun, bringing forth some of the world's most spectacular wild flower displays.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (CTICC)
From the reception
An important geological feature is the Cango Caves, a series of caverns and chambers naturally hewn out of limestone, situated outside the city of Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves are among the top ten most visited South African attractions. Oudtshoorn itself, the heart of the ostrich feather industry when it was in its hey day the late 1800s and early 1900s, is well worth a visit. The grandiose, old feather palaces are still to be seen, while ostrich farms, now involved in the commercial production of meat, leather, eggs and feathers, can be toured, with the possibility of riding an ostrich.
A MUST VISIT
Robben Island http://www.robben-island.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=13
For those who love arts and theatre
Here are the venues
Cape Town has its unique jazz sound, just explore! Further guidance will be provided
Some Men’s passion
Metropolitan Golf Course (tel 021) 434 7808)
South African Airways : http://www.flysaa.com/gb/en/
London Heathrow is an ideal hub for direct flights to Cape Town mainly for delegates travelling from the Euro-zone;
All other flights via OR Tambo International (JHB) where you are required to proceed to immigration and clear your luggage before proceeding to Cape Town. Protocol Staff will be there to help in JHB and Cape Town.
There will be an option to sign up for any or all of the above not to be missed events
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