A TOWN FOR ALL SEASONS STELLENBOSCH 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 www.tourismcapetown.co.za TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. ENDORSEMENTS 2. OVERVIEW AND DETAILS OF THE BID • Bid proposal overview • Detailed proposal 3. SOUTH AFRICA 4. STELLENBOSCH YOUR HOST CITY 5. STELLENBOSCH YOUR VENUE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • Venue • Joint Eating Facilities • Accommodation • Social Events • Travel to Cape Town • Flight Routes • Weather 6. PRE & POST CONFERENCE TOURS overview 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 www.dfa.gov.za 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 Chair 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. Members 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 rediscover 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. 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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.