2012 Diplomatic Conference 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
9 TO 11 OCTOBER 2012
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.
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 35º 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.
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.
Front face
From the reception
Night view
Westin Hotel 5* (from R1 590
Tsogo Sun Hotel Cullinan 4* (frm R1 450 prpn and R1750 sharing
per room per night) http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/thecullinan/pages/overview.aspx?gclid=COnyrLvjj7ACFUdlfAodswwbrw
Tsogo Sun Hotel Waterfront 4*(R1450 prpn and R1750 sharing
prpn) http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/waterfront-capetown/pages/overview.aspx?gclid=CJnhsMHkj7ACFQwjfAodYXD3sA
Tsogo Sun Hotel Cape Sun 4*(R1260 prpn or R1560 sharing per
room pn) http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/capesun/pages/overview.aspx?gclid=CPfWmvDkj7ACFaYJtAodiF8HrQ
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)
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
Once your reservation has been confirmed,
please inform the coordinators of your hotel
for transport coordination purposes
Worth exploring
V&A Waterfront
Cape Quarter
Cavendish Square
Canal Walk
The Diamond works
Gardens Centre
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.
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 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.
The Wine
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 Route
Robben Island http://www.robbenisland.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&vi
Here are the venues
Artscape Theatre Complex (City Centre) - large
productions including ballet, opera and dance.
Baxter Theatre Complex (Rondebosch) - contemporary
On Broadway (Greenpoint) - revues, cabaret and worldclass drag
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre (Wynberg) - Shakespeare
with a local twist
Spier Amphitheatre (Stellenbosch) - opera, musical
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
Cape Town has its unique jazz sound, just explore! Further guidance will be
Some Men’s passion
 clovelly.co.za
Metropolitan Golf
Course (tel 021)
434 7808)
 rondeboschgolf-club.co.za
Golf courses
Trendy bars along the Camps Bay offer cocktails and sundowners and a place to be
'seen' - try
*Caprice: http://www.cafecaprice.co.za/ or
*Sandbar: http://www.sandbar.co.za/ for a sundowner drink or Baraza:
http://www.baraza.co.za/ for drinks accompanied by local DJ's. *La Med
http://www.sabookonline.com/clifton/restaurants/LaMed.aspx beach bar in Clifton.
Also on the Atlantic Seaboard,
*Wafu: http://www.wininganddining.co.za/western-cape/cape-town/mouillepoint/wakame-and-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: http://www.tagzania.com/pt/po-na-na-bar/ on Heritage Square.
For a mellow and laid back evening, try
*Kennedy's Cigar bar: http://www.kennedys.co.za/ with its plush interior, cigars
and bourbon.
And, for an ultra-cool experience head for the
*Planet bar: http://www.mountnelson.co.za/web/ocap/planet_bar.jsp at the Mount
Nelson hotel for exotic cocktails, champagne, caviar and oysters.
In trendy Kloof Street, *Asoka Son of Dharma: http://www.asokabar.co.za/ is a
sophisticated lounge and bar with an upmarket yet comfortable feel.
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
luggage before proceeding to
Cape Town. Protocol Staff will be
there to help in JHB and Cape
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
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:
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
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.
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
Where do I apply:
Application form:
Project Manager for the Conference: Ms
Nomusa Maeko- [email protected]
Conference Coordinators:
Lebogang Mdluli- [email protected]
Mmanoko Kgaffe- [email protected]
Mokgobeng Phirwa- [email protected]
Ayanda Mngadi – [email protected]