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									                         A TOWN FOR ALL SEASONS


                                                                      Bid to Host the
                                                           21st IACCP Congress 2012
                                                           Stellenbosch, South Africa

         Cross-Cultural Psychology
                         in the Rainbow Nation of Africa
      July 17-21, 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa
           Bid to Host the
21st IACCP Congress 2012
Stellenbosch, South Africa




  • Bid proposal overview

  • Detailed proposal




  • Venue

  • Joint Eating Facilities

  • Accommodation

  • Social Events

  • Travel to Cape Town

  • Flight Routes

  • Weather

and details of the bid
Bid Overview                                                      What is the proposed registration fee?

Type of Conference:                                               As 550 participants can be housed on the campus of US, it is
                                                                  planned to have a regular registration fee that encompasses
IACCP Biennial International Congress                             4 nights of accommodation excluding dinners (extra day’s
                                                                  before and after optional) and full board (including conference
Conference dates:                                                 bag, program, electronic book of abstracts, welcome reception,
                                                                  21st IACCP party and conference dinner) self-paid activities will
July 17 - 21, 2012                                                also be offered. Hundreds of beds in guest houses are also
                                                                  available near the conference venue (from 5 minutes walk to
Conference location:                                              10 minutes by taxi or hotel shuttle).

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa                          The estimated full early-bird registration fee for IACCP members
                                                                  will be around R7277 SAR and (equal to 580 € Euros/ 900 $
                                                                  Dollars at current exchange rates). For participants who prefer
                                                                  to be accommodated in a guest house or hotel, there will be
                                                                  a registration fee that excludes accommodation and breakfast,
                                                                  but includes lunch on campus. Registration without accom-
                                                                  modation, breakfast and dinner will be about R5500 SAR and
                                                                  (340 € Euros/ 680 $ Dollars). A full prelimary budget will be
                                                                  presented during the bid presentation in Bremen.

                                                                  Student reductions and reductions for participants from low-
                                                                  income countries these are seen as high priority by the
                                                                  organizers; the amounts will depend on the subsidies that will
Chairs of the Conference Organizing Committee:                    be acquired from sponsorship. Special focus will be placed to
                                                                  attract and sponsor individuals for the immediate SADAC regions
Deon Meiring, Assistant Professor at the Department of            closet to South Africa and other Africa countries. Special focus
Industrial Psychology, University of Stellenbosch (US) and Leon   will be placed on the ARTS seminar program to provide training
Jackson, Assistant Professor and Head at the Department of        opportunities for scholars from low-income countries and to
Industrial Psychology, North West University (NWU).               promote their attendance at the IACCP Conference.

Sponsoring-Cooperating Organization:                              What forms of payment are acceptable for Registration?

Faculty Economic and Management Sciences, University of           You may choose between two modes of payment, credit card
Stellenbosch & Faculty Economic and Management Sciences,          (e.g., VISA, Master Card, are acceptable) and direct transfers
North West University, Faculty of Economics and Management        into the conference bank account. Especially for payment made
Sciences, University of the Western Cape. & Faculty of            from outside South Africa, we strongly recommend credit card
Humanities University of Limpopo.                                 payments as charges for bank transfers may be applied twice,
                                                                  once in the country of origin, and a second time in South Africa.
Local Psychologists participating in the implementation
and organization of conference arrangements:

Gina Ekermans, Department of Industrial Psychology (University
of Stellenbosch US), Tony Naidoo, Professor at the Department
of Psychology (University of Stellenbosch), Petrus Nel,
Department of Industrial Psychology, University of Western
Cape (UWC).
Detailed Proposal                                                      1. Type of Conference

                                                                       The 21st International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology
                                                                       should be held from July 17 (Tuesday) to 21 July, 2012
                                                                       (Saturday). ARTS seminars can be hosted on campus prior to
                                                                       the congress.

                                                                       2. Freedom of Attendance

                                                                       Psychologists and other social scientists from all over the world
                                                                       are invited to attend this congress and their scientific
                                                                       contributions will be welcome. It is recommended that all
                                                                       attendants coming into South Africa check the visa requirements
The proposal refers to the organization of the 21st International      with their nearest South African Embassy. For contact details
Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Stellenbosch, South           of SA Missions, visit the South African Department of Foreign
Africa, July 17-21, 2012, in conjunction with the 30th International   Affairs website at
Congress of Psychology (ICP), July 22-27, in Cape Town, South
Africa. The congress will be hosted by the University of               The following African Countries and other major countries DO
Stellenbosch (US), which is an internationally recognized              NOT need visas for South Africa: All EU countries, Australia,
university. Stellenbosch is a university town with a population        Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Malawi, Mozambique,
of about 90,000 (excluding students). It is located about 50           Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Swaziland, Switzerland, USA,
kilometres from Cape Town and is situated on the banks of the          Zambia. Some countries allow a completely free visa & others
Eerste Rivier ("First River") in a region famous for wine-growing      a maximum of 30 days. All passengers must have return or
and its excellent cuisine, and encircled by picturesque mountains.     onward tickets and sufficient means of support.

                                                                       3. Conference Locale

                                                                       The opening session will convene at the Conservatoire, a
                                                                       modern complex equipped with all the necessary conference
                                                                       facilities offering amphitheater style seating for close to 550
                                                                       people in the main hall as well as, 2 further lecture theaters for
                                                                       between 180 and 120 people. Numerous smaller rooms for
                                                                       sessions with 30, 50 up to 150 people are available at both the
                                                                       Psychology and Industrial Psychology departments, located in
                                                                       close proximity (<500m) of each other and of the Conservatoire.

The heart of the town lies near the oak-lined Dorp Street. With        The University of Stellenbosch campus is some 15 minutes
its venerable old buildings, this is the University's main             away from downtown Stellenbosch, so typically participants
thoroughfare, where modern student life sits comfortably side          will remain on campus most of the time. Shopping facilities
by side with history and architectural heritage. The heart of          are about a 10 minutes walk away, the same holds true for
South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch is a place of great         restaurants.
beauty and culture that's steeped in South African tradition.
The University of Stellenbosch can host up to 550 congress             A reception dinner, along with a farewell dinner will be hosted.
participants on campus.                                                During the conference a party celebrating the 21st IACCP
                                                                       biennial conference will be held.
A pre conference hiking trail, is available for hikers prior to the   Members
conference or a visit the local township of Kayamandi near            Gina Ekermans, Department of Industrial Psychology University
Stellenbosch.                                                         of Stellenboach (US). Tony Naidoo, Professor Department of
                                                                      Psychology at University of Stellenbosch (US). Petrus Nel,
                                                                      Department of Industrial Psychology, University of Western
                                                                      Cape (UWC).

                                                                      Liaison with chairperson of the International Conference of
                                                                      Psychology in Cape Town will take place before the conference
                                                                      (ad hoc member on the committee to be invited after approval
                                                                      of the proposal).

                                                                      International Scientific program committee

                                                                      Prof Fons van de Vijver, Department of Cross-Cultural
A Conference excursion to Robben Island Museum – “A true              Psychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
experience of freedom”) is planned for the last day of the
conference (Weather permitting). These will have an additional        Local Coordinators
cost to the conference.                                               Prof Erhabor S. Idemudia (chair), Department of Psychology,
                                                                      University of Limpopo, Sovenga, Prof Deon de Bruin, Department
                                                                      of Human Resource Management, University of Johannesburg.

                                                                      After approval of the proposal members will be invited in
                                                                      consultation with the Chair. They will include the IACCP President
                                                                      for 2008-2010 (Dr Heidi Keller), the President-Elect for 2010-
                                                                      2012 and the Regional Representatives for Africa (2008-2010
4. Conference Support                                                 and 2010-2012).

A local professional conference organizer, will be involved in        5. Conference Resources
conference organization, assisted by students from the
psychology and industrial psychology departments of the US.           The congress will fund itself on the basis of participation fees.
At the time of the conference few US students will be on              Support from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the
campus as it will be the June/ July holiday break.                    Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa can be applied
                                                                      for after this proposal has been approved. A committee (including
Organizing Committee                                                  a representative of professional conference organizer)
                                                                      responsible for sponsorship will be appointed. Sponsorship will
Chairpersons                                                          be sought for subsidizing conference attendees from the African
Deon Meiring, Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial         continent and also invitations of keynote speakers. Other
Psychology, University of Stellenbosch (US) & Leon Jackson,           potential sponsors like TWAS the academy of sciences for the
Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial Psychology,           developing world, department of Science and Technology of
North West University (NWU).                                          South Africa and various industries sponsors in South Africa
                                                                      will be approach for sponsorship.
6. Meeting Venue                                                        Participants who want a double-bed arrangement with their
                                                                        spouses have to resort to guesthouse accommodation, available
All presentation facilities (such as laser projectors, overhead         some 5 minutes walk from the US campus (about € 55 to € 75
projectors, and slide projectors) will be available. A computer         per night including breakfast), or other hotel accommodation
room with PC’s will be available for internet. At the conference        15 minutes away from campus by taxi or hotel shuttle (€75 to
venue coffee, tea and refreshments will be served during the            € 100 per night including breakfast).
conference session breaks on a standard basis.
                                                                        English-language child-care can be provided off campus for
7. Registration Fees                                                    participants requesting it in early-bird registration.

In accordance to previous Biennial International conferences            The nearest post office is on campus walk distance from the
of the IACCP, the conference fee will be kept to a minimum              residence. At the 4 student residences washing machines and
but at the same time cover for the expenses for the conference          tumble dryers facilities will be available.
facilities, equipment, conference bag, program, electronic book
of abstracts - CD, welcome reception, IACCP 21st conference             9. Meals
party, conference dinner, and the publication of the conference
proceedings with selected papers.                                       Breakfast (7:15 -8:30) will be served at the four residences at
                                                                        US, which together can cater for about 550 people. Lunch
Estimates are subject to change due to fluctuations of the Rand         (12:30-14:00) will be served on campus at the Neelsie student
and inflation in the years before 2012. Student status has to           centre. For most of the evenings functions has been arranged
be proven upon registration. Non-members can choose to pay              with dinners.
member fees only, in case they become IACCP members on
site and pay membership dues for 2012 and 2013 on site.                 10. Transportation

This fee will also cover bus transport, accommodation (4 days,          Cape Town International Airport is located 30 minutes drive
breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments).                        from Stellenbosch. Most international flights connect to Cape
                                                                        Town via O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. A
The conference can be attended under two registration                   number of international flights fly directly to Cape Town (see
modalities, Type A registration [“all-inclusive” excluding dinner]      flight routes). At Cape Town International Airport there will be
and Type B registration [“non-bed-and-breakfast-dinner”]. See           a congress shuttle service during normal day times upon pre-
details in Appendix A. Additional fees for pre conference hiking        registered demand.
trail and the excursion trip will be charged if participants register
for it.                                                                 Participants wishing to reach US campus on their own can take
                                                                        a taxi (€ 30 or R 300). Participants, who will participate in the
8. Accommodation                                                        International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town (22-25 July
                                                                        2012) will be transported from Stellenbosch to the International
All participants can be accommodated on campus in one of                Convention Centre in Cape Town or to Cape Town
the 4 student residences that are available (e.g., Harmonie,            International airport after the 21st IACCP conference.
Huis de Villiers, Monica and Irene) on campus. (US student
accommodation is based on shared bathroom facilities without
towels (bring your own) and does not include heating, Beds
with sheets, pillow and blankets are included).

There are about 200 single rooms and other rooms (up to 180)
that have 2 single beds. All the rooms share common toilet
facilities (wash basins, showers, baths and toilets). There are
no double rooms on campus. This means that couples can only
be accommodated in the above-described two-room suites.
11. Currency exchange                                                quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are
                                                                     always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of
Currency in South Africa is the Rand. Conversion of Euro or          a British summer. The following average temperatures can be
Dollars into local currencies can be done at nearby banks. Cash      expected in Winter (June - August) in Stellenbosch: 3 - 19C /
machines are accessible on campus at the “Neelsie” student           37 - 66 F. See the weather section for a full report on min and
centre or in town which is in 15 minutes walking distance.           max temperatures and rain fall for the period July 1989-2007
                                                                     for the Stellenbosch region.
12. Support service facilities
                                                                     15. Local cultural events
Telephones can be used for local, national, and international
calls with phone cards (among others so-called ‘Telkom cards’        The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably the country's most
can be obtained on campus or at shops in Stellenbosch). A PC-        famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin area includes 106
room with more than 20 personal computers linked to the              cellars - most of which are open to the public. Enjoy a long
Worldwide Web will also be available at the US. FAX facilities       day's wine tasting, and wine buying and you'll sip more than
can be used upon special request.                                    our great South African wines - you'll taste our South African
                                                                     way of life. With Stellenbosch being centrally located it is a
13. Health                                                           perfect base to explore the surrounding region. The surrounding
                                                                     villages of Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Somerset-West
The participants’ good health is at minimum risk in Stellenbosch.    are easily accessible.
There are several chemists/ pharmacies, and medical doctors
offices nearby and the local Stellenbosch hospital is 10 minutes     Stellenbosch boasts 3 top class Golf Estates, and serves as
away by car. The Cape region is not a malaria or other tropical      the gateway to many more in the surrounding region.
disease infested area. Conference attendees wishing to extend
their trip to other parts of the country (e.g., Northern Province)   For the leisure- or eco-tourist, many hiking trails could be found
may want need to take appropriate preventive medicines for           in the surrounding mountain passes. Make use of the vineyard
malaria.                                                             hiking trail and embark on a breathtaking hike through the
                                                                     vineyards. Horse riding is a popular pass time, and enjoy a
14. Weather                                                          lovely picnic after an exhilarating ride.

Overall, the climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm, dry
summers and mild, moist winters and low summer rainfall
prevail. The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with
Appendix A
          Type A registration                          Type B registration
  [“all-inclusive” excluding dinner]            [“non-bed-and-breakfast-dinner”].

Early-bird registration fee for student       Early-bird registration fee for student
members including accommodation for           members excluding accommodation,
four days and full board (plus conference     breakfast and dinner (plus conference bag,
bag, program, electronic book of abstracts,   program, electronic book of abstracts,
welcome reception, conference dinner)         welcome reception, conference dinner)

Early-bird registration fee for non-student   Early-bird registration fee for non-student
members including accommodation for           members excluding accommodation,
four days and full board (plus conference     breakfast and dinner (plus conference bag,
bag, program, electronic book of abstracts,   program, electronic book of abstracts,
welcome reception, conference dinner)         welcome reception, conference dinner)

Early-bird registration for student non-      Early-bird registration fee for student non-
members including accommodation for           members excluding accommodation,
four days and full board (plus conference     breakfast and dinner (plus conference bag,
bag, program, electronic book of abstracts,   program, electronic book of abstracts,
welcome reception, conference dinner)         welcome reception, conference dinner)

Early-bird registration fee for non-student   Early-bird registration fee for non-student
non-members including accommodation           non-members excluding accommodation,
for four days and full board (plus            breakfast and dinner (plus conference
conference bag, program, electronic book      bag, program, electronic book of
of abstracts, welcome reception,              abstracts, welcome reception, conference
conference dinner)                            dinner)

Accompanying Persons                          Accompanying Persons

Extra-day before or after conference          Extra-day before or after conference

       south africa
South Africa                                                        Exceptional South Africans

South Africa has the perfect blend of ingredients to provide        Among the more famous sons and daughters of South Africa
the backdrop for any event, adventure, wildlife, magnificent        are:
scenery, an efficient infrastructure and rich cultural diversity.
Few regions in the world match the diversity, beauty and            Nelson Mandela
excitement you'll find in South Africa.

The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official
names) is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It
borders the Atlantic and Indian oceans and Namibia, Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho, an
independent enclave surrounded by South African territory.
South Africa is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.            South Africa's most famous son, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
The South African economy is the largest in Africa and 24th         is also a world icon of statesmanship and national reconciliation.
largest in the world. Due to this it is the most socially,          Nelson Mandela is best known for his long struggle against
economically and developed country on the continent.                the Apartheid government - a system of white domination and
                                                                    racial segregation. A co-founder of the African National Congress.
South Africa has experienced a different history from other         Youth League, he also founded the Defiance Campaign of
nations in Africa because of early immigration from Europe and      1952, based on Ghandi's principles of non-violence. In 1964
the strategic importance of the Cape Sea Route. European            he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Apartheid
immigration began shortly after the Dutch East India Company        government and sent to Robben Island.Released in 1990,
founded a station at what would become Cape Town, in 1652.          Nelson Mandela wascentral to the multi-party negotiations that
The country's relatively developed infrastructure made its          led to democratic elections in 1994.
mineral wealth available and important to Western interests,
particularly throughout the late nineteenth century and, with       On May 10 of that year, he was inaugurated as South Africa's
international competition and rivalry, during the Cold War. South   first black president. To this day, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Africa is ethnically diverse, with the largest Caucasian, Indian,   continues to work for the children and the poverty stricken
and racially mixed communities in Africa. Black South Africans,     masses of South Africa.
who speak nine officially recognised languages, and many more
dialects, account for nearly 80% of the population.                 President Thabo Mbeki

Racial strife between the white minority and the black majority
has played a large part in South Africa's history and politics,
culminating in apartheid, which was instituted in 1948 by the
National Party (although segregation existed before that time).

The laws that defined apartheid began to be repealed or
abolished by the National Party in 1990, after a long and           In the post-Mandela era, President Thabo Mbeki has been a
sometimes violent struggle, including economic sanctions from       champion of the concept of African Renaissance - a far-reaching
the international community. Regular elections have been held       vision for the continent at large. After the initial process of
for almost a century; but the majority of South Africans were       reconciliation, his government was tasked with the job of
not enfranchised until 1994.                                        implementing much needed reforms like poverty alleviation,
                                                                    job creation and nation-building in the new South Africa.
South Africa is often called the "Rainbow Nation", a term coined
by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and later adopted by then
President Nelson Mandela. Mandela used the term "Rainbow
Nation" as a metaphor to describe the country's newly developing
multicultural diversity after segregationist apartheid ideology.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

                                                                    South Africa hosted and won the 1995 Rugby World Cup and
                                                                    won it again in 2007 beating reigning champions England in
                                                                    the final. We’ve won 2 out of the 4 Rugby World Cups that
                                                                    we’ve participated in and followed up our 1995 success by
                                                                    hosting and winning the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations football
                                                                    tournament. We also hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup and
Another Nobel lareate, Desmond Tutu is more recently famous         the 2007 Pro20 Cricket World Cup. South Africa will host the
for his chairing of the ground- breaking Truth and Reconciliation   2010 FIFA World Cup, which will be the first time the tournament
Commission in the late 1990s. Known throughout his long             is held on the African continent.
career as a vocal, charismatic antiApartheid spokesman and
former head of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa,
Archbishop Tutu is one of South Africa's most-loved citizens.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is a South African-born American actress and
former fashion model. She is well-known for her portrayal of
the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster, for which
she won an Academy Award.

Ernie Els

Affectionately nicknamed "The Big Easy" due to his calm
demeanour, Ernie Els took the international golfing world by
storm when, as a 24 year old, he won the 1994 U.S. Open. He
has since evolved into one of the world's top-ranking golfers,
boasting a total of 35 international crowns, including two US
Open titles and the 2002 British Open. He follows in the
footsteps of other sporting greats like the renowned Gary
The South African People                                            South Africa pioneered heart transplant surgery in the world.
                                                                    South Africa leads the world in diamond production, and is a
South Africa is fondly known as the "Rainbow Nation", due to        world leader in precious metal supplies - gold, platinum,
its cultural diversity comprising people of the San (or Bushman),   palladium, vanadium and of course many other metals such as
Nguni, Sotho-Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Indian, Afrikaner, English      iron, chrome, tin, zinc and copper.
and mixed origins, as well as immigrant communities from all
corners of the world. South Africa is a true melting pot of         People and Culture
cultural richness.
                                                                    Our country is home to two of the world's most profoundly
The South African people have managed a remarkable                  compassionate philosophies - Ubuntu and Gandhi's notion of
transitionfrom a racially divided society to one that is founded    "passive resistance" (Satyagraha), which he developed while
on democratic principals. The way South Africans have overcome      living in South Africa. Ubuntu stresses the fact that all people
historical racial divides is lauded throughout the world. The       are fundamentally connected; that we are human because of
people of South Africa continue to work together to developand      each other: "I am because you are".
promote their country which recognizes and celebrates
difference in diversity of cultures, languages and religion.        At least half of South Africa's population is now officially
                                                                    urbanized. Interestingly though, a huge trend is developing
Exceptional Land                                                    where young urban families move from big cities to rural towns
                                                                    to live life on a more sustainable scale and get in touch with
South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across   the Earth, simultaneously revitalizing the countryside.
the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The
meteor plummeted to Earthnearly two billion years ago (Earth        The Cederberg Mountain range in the Western Cape is called
is said to be 4,5 billion years old), predating the heady days of   the biggest art gallery in the world, thanks to hundreds upon
oxygen and multi-celled life. The rocks around Barberton in         hundreds of ancient San/Bushman paintings. Bushman paintings
Mpumalanga are some of the most ancient in the world - over         make up the earliest rock art on the planet - some are tens of
three billion years old.                                            thousands of years old.

Because they are also the most accessible such formations,          South Africans
NASA scientists come here to gain an idea of how life might
form on distant planets. South Africa also is home to many          The country is a rich tapestry of European and African peoples
ancient hominid fossil remains and the area just north of           blended into a single whole, but retaining the richness of their
Johannesburg is known as the "Cradle of Humankind"                  heritage and past within the mould of a vision for the future.
                                                                    Apart from great musicians like Hugh Masakela, Miriam Makeba
Where else is an entirely new species being recreated from          and Johnny Clegg, our country boasts poets and writers like
scratch? The kwagga, an extinct Zebra species, vanished in a        Laurens van der Post and Credo Mutwa, to visionaries for
frenzy of hunting in the 1800s, but after finding that the DNA      peace and Nobel peace-prize winners.
is almost identical to the common Burchell's zebra, the species
is being brought back from beyond the brink by careful breeding     Tasty Titbits
of stripe-challenged zebras.
                                                                    There are some South African specialities that visitors to our
Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the               shores won't find anywhere else in the world. Here's a taste
world and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon                   of what to expect:
in the US is the biggest. South African grasslands have 30
species per square kilometre, greater than the biodiversity of      Kingklip - no other country consumes as much kingklip as South
rainforests.                                                        Africans do. A sturdy fish with beautiful flakes, it absorbs
                                                                    flavours well and is a local delicacy.
The Cape Peninsula has greater floral diversity than the whole
of Europe. South Africa has pioneered the principle of              Karoo lamb - by all accounts most chefs agree that we have
Transfrontier Parks in Africa far beyond the simple Waterton-       something special in Karoo lamb. The animals feed on fragrant
Glacier model, and is a primary agent in focusing world attention   shrubs and wild herbs that lend the meat its unique flavour.
on sustainability and the need for trans-frontier parks that        Grilled, gourmet-style, barbequed or basted, it's a sure-fire
preserve our continent's richness for all future generations.       winner.
Biltong and boerewors - these must be our national icons in           Facts about South Africa
the food arena. In the early days before refrigeration the Dutch
preserved excess meat from the hunt by rubbing in with salt,          South Africa has three international airports: Cape Town,
pepper, coriander, vinegar and saltpetre and hanging it out to        Johannesburg and Durban. Other airports include Port Elizabeth,
dry. Meat treated in this manner lasted indefinitely as long as       East London, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, George, Pilanesberg
it was kept dry. Boerewors is a robust farmer's sausage sold          and Lanseria. The South African currency is the Rand, which
in coiled ribbons. The meat is spicy and redolent of coriander        is made up of 100 cents. Notes issued: R10, R20, R50, R100
and sizzles and splatters companionably when slapped on the           and R200. Coins issued: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5.
coals or dropped into a hot skillet.                                  Foreign currency can be exchanged at commercial banks and
                                                                      at various foreign exchange bureaux. Banks are open from
Bobotie - a traditional Cape Malay dish of spiced mince.              09:00 - 15:30 weekdays and 08:30 - 11:00 on Saturdays. Most
                                                                      banks have Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), which are open
Braaivleis - at the heart of the South African outdoor life - the     24 hours a day for statements, cash withdrawals and deposits.
ubiquitous barbecue. Try "pap and wors", two unusual                  South Africa has a modern and sophisticated banking and
combinations that are uniquely and quintessentially South             commercial system and most shops and hotels will accept all
African.                                                              major international credit cards. South Africa has adopted a
                                                                      Value Added Tax (VAT) system of 14% on purchases and
Samoosas - these triangular savoury pastries are the Indian           services. Foreign visitors to South African reclaim their VAT on
South African answer to the English meat pie (although we             purchases if they have spent more than R250.
have those too). The filling can be made of either chilli-laden
mince or a spicy vegetable mix. So what's to drink around             Shopping and business hours: Most shops in the city centres
South Africa? If you're looking to find something non-alcoholic,      and suburbs are open between 09:00 and 18:00 on weekdays
here are a few suggestions:                                           and until 14:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Generally major
                                                                      shopping malls usually open at 09:00 and close at 18:00. South
On the alcoholic front we serve:                                      African Time is set at GMT +2. There are no time zone
                                                                      differences within South Africa and the country has not adopted
Cane spirits - made from distilled sugar cane, where it is mixed      a daylight time saving system in summer. Cellular phones
into cocktails and combined with tropical fruit juices. South         (mobile phones) can be rented at the airport or at
Africa's answer to Vodka. Brandy - we make some of the best           Visitor Information Centres. Blue public phones work with the
brandy (cousin to the Cognacs of France) in the world - a fact        use of coins, while green public phones work with local Telkom
not widely known. Drunk traditionally with Coca-Cola it should        phone cards. International roaming is possible depending on
actually be enjoyed in a crystal snifter after a good meal with       your service provider.
a cigar to match.
                                                                      There are 11 official languages in SA. English is the language
Beer - every country has its beers and South Africa is particularly   of administration and is widely spoken. Other languages are:
partial to its brew in view of the warm climatic conditions that      Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi,
prevail here.                                                         Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.

Wine and sparkling wines - this is where you can expect to be
truly spoilt. South African wines are excellent and very, very
affordable when compared to overseas products. Try the robust
local reds (like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage (a
variety unique to this country). For something special at no
price at all, order a bottle of local bubbly like Cap Classique or
Krone Borealis. Fermented in the bottle in the French tradition,
it makes for light, easy drinking with a festive air.

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