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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.

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From torremolinos to cape town

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

The city
The City

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.

The weather 1
The Weather (1)

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.

Weather continued
Weather continued

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.

The venue

The Venue



Front face


From the reception


Night view

Hotels on offer
Hotels on offer

  • Westin Hotel 5* (from R1 590 prpn)

  • Tsogo Sun Hotel Cullinan 4* (frm R1 450 prpn and R1750 sharing per room per night)

  • Tsogo Sun Hotel Waterfront 4*(R1450 prpn and R1750 sharing prpn)

  • Tsogo Sun Hotel Cape Sun 4*(R1260 prpn or R1560 sharing per room pn)

  • Garden Court De Waal 3* (R854 prpn or R965 sharing prpn)

  • Protea Fire & Ice 3* (R973 prpn or R1138 sharing prpn)

  • Protea Sea Point 3* (R973 prpn or R1138 sharing prpn)

  • Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard 3* (R799 prpn or R910 sharing prpn)

Hotel reservations
Hotel reservations

  • Delegates are responsible for making their own hotel accommodation reservations. Once booked, deposit has to be paid 48 hours of making reservation

  • Transport from hotels to the conference venue and back to your hotel will be provided.

  • Once your reservation has been confirmed, please inform the coordinators of your hotel for transport coordination purposes

Some attractions

Some attractions

Worth exploring

Shopping centres
Shopping Centres

  • V&A Waterfront

  • Cape Quarter Greenpoint

  • Greenmarket Square

  • Cavendish Square

  • Canal Walk

  • The Diamond works

  • Gardens Centre

  • Tygervalley

The garden route 1
The Garden Route (1)

  • The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, the starting point of which is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand, Stilbaai and Albertinia join the route that winds its way for some 200 km via George, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna on to Plettenberg Bay culminating in the Tstisikamma Forest - a fairyland of giant trees, ferns and bird life.

The garden route 2
The Garden Route (2)

  • The region provides a stirring study in contrasts. The delightful town of George, known as "The Gateway to the Garden Route", graces a coastal plateau in a fertile area of lush greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. Oudtshoorn, "Capital of the Klein Karoo", is set in a semi-arid valley, providing the ideal habitat for ostriches which are farmed here on a grand scale.

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.

The wine route
The Wine Route

  • Breedekloof Wine Route, Breede River Valley

  • Cape Agulhas Wine Route, Western Cape

  • Cape Point Wine Route, Cape Wine Routes

  • Constantia Wine Route

  • Darling Wine Route, Western Cape

  • Franschhoek Wine Route, Cape Winelands

  • Stellenbosch Wine Route, Cape Winelands

The Wine

The Route

A must visit


Robben Island

For those who love arts and theatre

For those who love arts and theatre

Here are the venues

Cape arts and theatre
Cape Arts and theatre

  • Artscape Theatre Complex (City Centre) - large productions including ballet, opera and dance.

  • Baxter Theatre Complex (Rondebosch) - contemporary theatre

  • On Broadway (Greenpoint) - revues, cabaret and world-class drag

  • Maynardville Open-Air Theatre (Wynberg) - Shakespeare with a local twist

  • Spier Amphitheatre (Stellenbosch) - opera, musical concerts

  • Theatre on the Bay (Camps Bay) - upmarket contemporary theatre, including restaurant.

  • Armchair Theatre (Observatory) - anything goes, a variety of local artists

The place of music and dance
The place of music and dance

Cape Town has its unique jazz sound, just explore! Further guidance will be provided

Golf courses

Some Men’s passion

Golf courses

Metropolitan Golf Course (tel 021) 434 7808)

Cape town by night
Cape Town by night

Etc etc etc
etc., etc, etc.

  • Trendy bars along the Camps Bay offer cocktails and sundowners and a place to be 'seen' - try

  • *Caprice: or

  • *Sandbar: for a sundowner drink or Baraza: for drinks accompanied by local DJ's. *La Med beach bar in Clifton.

  • Also on the Atlantic Seaboard,

  • *Wafu: in Mouille Point has a fantastic wooden deck which overlooks the sea - perfect for chilling with a cocktaik and some of their speciality Asian tapas.

  • Long Street in the city centre offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and is within walking distance of the many backpackers lodges found in the area. Try

  • *Po Na Na Bar: on Heritage Square.

  • For a mellow and laid back evening, try

  • *Kennedy's Cigar bar: with its plush interior, cigars and bourbon.

  • And, for an ultra-cool experience head for the

  • *Planet bar: at the Mount Nelson hotel for exotic cocktails, champagne, caviar and oysters.

  • In trendy Kloof Street, *Asoka Son of Dharma: is a sophisticated lounge and bar with an upmarket yet comfortable feel.

Getting there

South African Airways :

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.

Social events under consideration

  • Social events under consideration

    • Week-end preceding: South African Maritime Safety Authority Golf Challenge

    • Boat trip to Robben Island Museum

    • Visit to the Cape Point i.e. the Atlantic greets the Indian ocean

    • Guided tour of the Kirstenbosch gardens

    • Cable car tour to the top of Table mountain

    • Guided City tour

    • In search of ‘the Club of the night’

    • In search of ‘the Best Restaurant of the Day’

    • Wine tasting event

Social events under consideration

There will be an option to sign up for any or all of the above not to be missed events

Banks and foreign exchange in sa
Banks and foreign exchange in SA

  • With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.

    Official Exchange rate:

Phoning to from and in south africa
Phoning to, from, and in South Africa

  • The country dialling code is +27 and the area code for Cape Town is 21

  • time zone is GMT +2

  • Most centres, bars and restaurants have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections

  • You can hire mobile phones and can also buy sim card using your Hotel as your address

Health tips for travellers
Health tips for travellers

  • South Africa is a safe destination with good levels of hygiene and drinkable water. Please observe all other displayed health warnings

  • Yellow fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Requirements for entering south africa
Requirements for entering South Africa

  • A valid acceptable passport or travel document good for a sufficient period to cover your intended stay. A valid visa, if required. Sufficient funds. A return or onward ticket. At least two blank pages in your passport.

Do i need the visa to visit south africa
Do I need the Visa to visit South Africa


    Where do I apply:

    Application form:

Contact information
Contact Information

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A special way of saying thank you in South Africa is