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Venue and General Information

Venue
The Inaugural PROTEA Workshop will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel, located in Newlands, Cape Town.

7 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town

Climate
The average temperature in Cape Town during the month of March is moderate to warm, at 27 °C (81 °F) during the day. Overnight temperatures are generally cooler at an average low of around 16 °C (61 °F).

Time
South Africa is GMT+2 (i.e. 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).

Tipping / Gratuities
A 10% gratuity on restaurant bills is generally accepted, however tipping is at the discretion of the diner and dependent on the standard of service experienced. Restaurants usually do not include the tip in the bill unless the booking is for 10 or more people.

Electricity
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. Appliances of lesser voltage require a transformer (especially those with a heating element such as hairdryers). Adapters are obtainable locally and in most cases available from your hotel concierge. Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.

Water
South African tap water is completely safe to drink and quite palatable. Bottled water is also available from room service, restaurants and at retail outlets.

Safety / Security
Delegates are advised to take the usual safety precautions. Do not walk alone in quiet streets after dark. Use a taxi at night and only those from a reputable taxi company. Check with your hotel concierge as to the safety of a specific area should you be unsure. Make use of the hotel safety deposit box or your room safe to safeguard valuables and passports.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited by law in public areas throughout South Africa, including airports, shopping malls and restaurants. Most public spaces have specially designated smoking areas.

Currency
The monetary unit is the South African Rand (ZAR) and the international symbol is R (R1 = 100 cents).
Currency is issued in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20, R10 notes and coins. Please visit www.xe.com to convert your local currency.

Value Added Tax
Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds may be claimed at airports, harbours and custom offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250.00. Customs officials will ask to see the items as well as their purchase slips when applying for a refund.

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