Isakos Congress 2021


What is COVID-19?2021-01-25T14:04:37+00:00

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

HEALTH AND SAFETY2021-01-25T14:04:03+00:00

A collaborative and accountable globally-consistent approach to Health, Hygiene and Safety in tourism, which balances risk mitigation while also reassuring both customers and their guests that their wellbeing remains the ultimate priority for us. Since the end of March, our teams across Africa have been working remotely in each region due to the increased focus of implementing stringent health and safety protocols around our offices to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Strict health and safety regulations, hand sanitizers, masks, and strict social distancing continue to apply.

COVID-19 HOTEL READINESS2021-01-25T14:06:29+00:00

Signage throughout hotels, to remind guests to maintain and practice social distancing at all times. Seating capacity reductions in the Food and Beverage outlets as well as Banqueting and Conference spaces will be in place and in compliance with local law, mandated by South African Government. Partitions installed at Reception, Guest Services, Travel Desk and Food and Beverage outlets where guest interaction will take place. No Valet parking service will be available. We keep both guests and associates safe at all times.

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE WATER?2021-01-25T14:06:53+00:00

As beautiful as it is, Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce part of the world and is susceptible to periodic droughts – such as the one experienced in 2017/2018. Thankfully, however, due to seasonal rains and water management initiatives, that crisis is over.
Cape Town welcomes visitors from around the world. You will arrive in a place with beautiful scenery and a wide breadth and depth of experiences, but we encourage you to be mindful of water-wise tourism when you’re here. Light water restrictions remain in place to manage consumption, such as the use of ground water or rain water to top up swimming pools, for example.

Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful of water usage and are encouraged to conserve this resource where possible to ensure that the city’s status remains that it is highly unlikely to run out of water.


Yes. Tap and bottled water are readily available throughout the city. It is also perfectly safe to drink tap water in Cape Town – the water is rated as being of a top global standard.


As you walk through the streets and meet the locals, you will fall in love with the city’s natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Access to all of our attractions has not been affected, such as our iconic Table Mountain 7th Natural Wonder of the World, Cape Point, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
For those who love luxury travel, Cape Town continues to offer excellent fine dining and unforgettable experiences, like helicopter and hot-air balloon rides over the winelands. To taste Cape Town is to love Cape Town and exceptional culinary journeys are always within reach.

While a trip to Cape Town will enrich and enliven you, your visit also has a significant impact on the city’s economy. The city has over 1.2 million visitors annually, spending approximately R15 billion, and creating over 50 000 jobs, adding over 7.5% to the city’s total GDP.

This spending helps significantly to fund the on-going water saving projects being implemented, contributing to long term efforts in ensuring that the city’s sustainability as a destination has longevity.

We are ready to welcome travellers from around the world to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This is a destination recognised globally, having been named seven times as the Best Destination in Africa (World Tourism Awards), as TripAdvisor’s Top Destination, and as a top ten destination for Travel and Leisure World’s Best Cities.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?2021-01-25T14:08:16+00:00

You don’t need to make any special provisions for your trip to Cape Town. We just ask that you are mindful of the need to practice water-wise tourism. Bring a spirit of adventure, and Cape Town will provide memories to last a lifetime.


Capetonians love talking about the weather. It’s one of our favourite topics of conversation because the geography of the peninsula means we have several “microclimates”. We joke that we can experience all four seasons in one day. For example, it can be raining in the Southern Suburbs of the city, yet bright and clear in the city centre.

Always be prepared for any type of weather. Cape Town enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with rainy winters and dry summers. Here are the average temperatures and rainfall for each month.


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 of entry. Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa, therefore it is best to check with the South African mission or with a travel agent if a visa is required. For further information, please visit:


There are approximately 55 million people in South Africa and 6.2 million people in the Western Cape.


English is the main business and academic language; although there are 11 official languages in South Africa. The main local languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. With large numbers of foreign residents, Cape Town also has significant German, Dutch, French, Chinese and Spanish communities with the available language skills to assist during an international business event.


South Africa is known for its long sunny days throughout the year. Most of the country experiences rain in summer, however the west coast experience predominantly winter rainfall. Average day temperature in summer range from minimum 15℃ (59℉) to maximum of 28℃ (82℉).


In South Africa, motorists drive on the left. An international driver’s license will be required if a visitor wishes to drive while in South Africa.


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 it 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.


South Africa offers a sophisticated internet network and Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the Western Cape. 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

TIME AND MEASUREMENT2021-01-25T14:12:14+00:00

South African Time is GMT +2. There are no time differences within South Africa and no daylight saving time. Shopping hours vary but shops are typically open from Monday to Sunday, 9 am – 5.30 pm. Weight is indicated by grams and kilograms. Temperature is mainly measured in degrees Celsius.


The Rand is the official currency of South Africa and foreign currency can be exchanged at the Cape Town International Airport, at commercial banks and at any Bureaux de Change. The exchange rate is extremely favourable for visitors: US$ 13.36 € 15.29 £ 17.46 Currency exchange as per February 2019

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