Frequently Asked Questions

1. Geography:

South Africa is located on the southern tip of Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbouring countries are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated in the eastern central plain of the country. South Africa’s total land area is 1,219,912 sq. km (471,011 sq. mi). The country is five times larger than Great Britain and three times the size of Texas

2. Politics and Government:

Officially the Republic of South Africa, is a constitutional democracy with a government and independent judiciary, all operating under a parliamentary system. The national, provincial and local levels of government all have legislative and executive authority in their own regions. Advisory bodies operate at both national and provincial levels and are drawn from traditional leaders of South Africa.

3. Time zone:

South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GTM), one hour ahead of Central European Wintertime, 8 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Wintertime. There is no daylight saving and no time-zone changes between South Africa and its neighbouring countries, or between the 9 provinces of South Africa.

4. Currency:

The unit of currency is the South African Rand, denoted by the symbol R. Coins are available in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. Your foreign currency can be exchanged at most local banks and Bureau de Change. There are many banks and ATM’s all around South Africa, including airports, petrol stations and malls.

1 USD = R 12.10

PLEASE NOTE: In South Africa you cannot purchase fuel (petrol) with a credit card. Many locals possess a special ‘petrol card’ that can only be used at filling stations. You can, however, pay toll with MasterCard or Visa.

5. Bank operating hours:

Operating hours for banks are 09:00 AM – 03:30 PM on Mondays to Fridays, and 08:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Credit cards are widely accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.

6. Safety:

Like many big cities, it is advisable not to venture out at night unless it is a well-guarded area. Always be aware of your surroundings. It is also advisable to book tour guides to visit tourist attractions in the city.

7. Weather patterns in Johannesburg:

January is the hottest month in Johannesburg with an average temperature of 69°F (21°C) and the coldest is June at 50°F (10°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in December. The wettest month is January with an average of 130mm of rain.

8. Visa and Passport requirements to travel to SA:

Yes, all delegates are required to have a passport. Participants’ passport must be valid for 6 months past the date of their return date to their home country. If necessary, participants will need to renew their passports prior to departure to meet this requirement. We highly recommend that the delegate reaches out to the South African High Commission in their respective countries or travel agent to get clarity on whether they need visa to travel to South Africa or they are exempted. A valid yellow fever certificate is also a mandatory requirement before travelling to South Africa.

PLEASE NOTE: Africa Health Business is providing visa letters to registered delegates that will be attending the symposium in October 2018.

9. Telephone communications:

The South Africa country dialling code is +27. Long distance calls can be made in South Africa using the correct country code. Many hotels, lodges and guest houses offer direct dialling facilities. South Africa has 4 world class mobile phone operators, namely VodaCom- the biggest and most popular – MTN, Cell C and Virgin Mobile. SIM cards can be purchased almost anywhere, with costs starting from R3. Pay-as-you-go airtime is recommended for tourists.

10. Electronic equipment:

Electricity in South Africa runs on 220/230V, 50Hz AC and the sockets are adapted to take round or flat pinned plugs. Most hotel rooms have sockets for 110V electric razors. Plugs have 3 round pins, with some plugs having 2 smaller pins

11. Public holidays in Johannesburg:

• New Year’s Day: 01 January
• Human Rights Day: 21 March
• Good Friday: The Friday before Easter (between late March and late April)
• Family Day: The Monday after Easter Sunday
• Freedom Day: 27 April
• Workers Day: 01 May
• Youth Day: 16 June
• National Women’s Day: 09 August
• Heritage Day: 24 September
• Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
• Christmas Day: 25 December
• Day of Goodwill: 26 December

12. Accommodation:

We have negotiated hotel rates at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (venue) and a couple of more hotels near the venue hotel. within 15 KM of Hyatt Regency, where AHBS III will be taking place.

All delegates are to take care of their accommodation unless advised otherwise by the organizers. Please view the various hotel options on our homepage

13. Airport and Taxi:

* R. Tambo airport is located about a 30 minute drive from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Car rentals are available at the airport.

14. Venue:

• Registration

All delegates will be required to register prior to the event dates. Online registration will be closed on 30th September 2018.

Access to the symposium will be restricted to delegates that have registered and have their badges which can be collected on 7th and 8th October 2018 at the registration desks.
The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel- Rosebank in Johannesburg- South Africa.

To make hotel reservation at Hyatt, kindly visit our home page.

• Exhibition Area

Exhibitors at the symposium will have access to WIFI and our dedicated team will be available to answers any queries.

Carry enough business cards for networking.

15. WIFI:

All registered delegates will have access to free WiFi at the symposium hall and exhibitions areas.

16. Insurance an Emergencies:

It is highly recommended that all participants carry adequate individual travel and health insurance, as Africa Health Business and/or its agents is not liable for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur at or during the meetings.

We will also have a concierge desk that will assist with other medical matters in case of an emergency. We will have an ambulance stationed next to the concierge area.

17. Gadgets and Personal Belongings

All delegates are advised to look after their personal belonging while attending the conference as AHBS organizers or agents are not liable for lost or misplaced belongings.

During the symposium, we will require our delegates to mute/switch off their phones during conference sessions.

18. Language

The official language in South Africa is English. The symposium will be in English, with provision for devices with French translation services on a need basis.

19. Programme and speakers

To access the latest program and to read about our speakers, visit our website at:

For live updates leading up to AHBS III, follow us on:
• Twitter: @AfricaHealthBiz
• Facebook: AfricaHealthBiz
• LinkedIN: Africa Health Business

20. Restaurants around Hyatt Regency Hotel - Johannesburg

• Fishmonger Rosebank
• The Grillhouse Rosebank
• KOI Restaurant
• Piza e Vino
• Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant Rosebank
• Doppio Zero Johannesburg South Africa
• Texakhana Spur Steak Ranch
• RocoMamas Rosebank
• Panarottis The Zone
• Nando’s Rosebank
• Mike’s Kitchen Rosebank
• Ocean Basket
• Anat
• Level Four Restaurant & Champagne Bar
• Europa
• Butcher Block Grill – Rosebank
• Marble Restaurant
• Parker’s Grill Restaurant