• Workshop Secretariat:

    Southern African HIV Clinicians Society

    Telephone: +27 11 728 7365

    Fax: +27 11 728 1251

    Email: conference@sahivsoc.org

GENERAL INFORMATION

The XXVI International HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Strategies Workshop has a limited attendance capacity of 200 delegates.

All individuals interested in attending this Workshop must submit an abstract application prior to the deadline of Tuesday, 1 August 2017. An on-line abstract application link is available on this Workshop website (click here).

All abstract applications will be acknowledged, but this acknowledgment does not represent a confirmation of acceptance. Applications sent via e-mail cannot be accepted. Abstract authors will be notified on 14 August 2017 of the status of their submission. Online registration for the Workshop will be open from 14 August 2017.

The Workshop is the premier forum addressing the growing challenge of resistance to antiretrovirals, especially in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Leading laboratory scientists, clinical investigators, epidemiologists, programme directors and other stakeholders will present and discuss the latest findings on HIV drug resistance and its implications particularly for LMIC.

The Workshop programme will consist of an educational programme on the first day followed by 2 days of invited plenary presentations and abstract-driven oral and poster sessions.

While abstracts relating to HIV drug resistance from all settings are encouraged, the scientific committee is especially interested in abstracts that address issues for LMIC.

VENUE AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

The Workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa:

Misty Hills Country Hotel

Muldersdrift Estates,
69 Drift Boulevard (R114)
Muldersdrift
Gauteng
South Africa

GPS: S:26.02563  E:27.85755

Telephone: +27 11 950 6000

Website: http://www.recreationafrica.co.za/misty-hills

VISA REQUREMENTS

For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department.  Read more

The Workshop will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.


LETTER OF INVITATION

International registrants who require a letter of invitation to obtain a travel visa may contact Fiona Storie by email conference@sahivsoc.org.


SCHOLARSHIP FUND

A limited number of scholarships are available for the following individuals. If you qualify for one of these categories, please indicate on your REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM that you wish to apply.

Selected individuals from LMIC

  • Young scientists, age limit of 35 for eligibility
  • Community representatives

You must also provide a letter from your mentor/supervisor indicating your need for a scholarship and a copy of your passport or driver’s license. This information should be sent directly to Fiona Storie by email conference@sahivsoc.org


CLIMATE

The average temperature in Johannesburg in November is somewhat warm at 19 °C (66.2 °F). Afternoons can be fairly hot with average high temperatures reaching 25 °C (77 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally mild with an average low of 13 °C (55.4 °F).


CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS

The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. All major credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa. Misty Hills Country Hotel operates a cashless environment, they do however accept all major debit and credit cards.


ELECTRICITY / VOLTAGE

The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you’re bringing anything electrical, please bring an adapter.


LIABILITY AND INSURANCE

Registration for the Workshop implies that delegates agree that neither the Organising Committee nor the Conference Organiser assume any liability or responsibility for any losses, accidents or damage to person’s private property. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for medical, travel and personal insurance.


MEDICAL

South Africa does not have a national health scheme. The patient is individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalisation during your stay is strongly recommended.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

South Africa has 11 official languages but at the Workshop only English will be spoken. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


TIME ZONE

Central European Time (GMT+2 hours)


VACCINATIONS

Visitors entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunization against cholera and small pox are not required, nor are other vaccinations required when visiting South Africa.


WATER

Tap water is drinkable in all parts of South Africa. Bottled water is readily available at the Workshop venue and accommodation.


PERSONAL SAFETY

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us, but, as always, travellers should take a few basic precautions to ensure a safe and pleasant visit:

  • Accommodation Never leave your luggage unattended. Store valuables in the hotel’s safety deposit box or room safe. Keep your room locked at all times.
  • Sightseeing and entertainment – Use registered, qualified tour guides. Don’t leave handbags under tables, on the backs of chairs or on restroom hooks. Travel in groups, especially if you are visiting a nightclub or bar you haven’t been to before.
  • In the street – Consult your hotel for a reliable taxi service. Don’t carry large sums of money and avoid counting in the open. Explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets, especially at night.
  • Money and travel documentsTravel with certified copies of your valuable documents, and keep originals in a safe place. Countersign no more than half your traveller’s cheques. Separate your cash and credit cards and don’t carry all your cash / traveller’s cheques with you during the day. Rather store half of them in your hotel room safe. Don’t allow strangers to assist you with ATM transactions. If your card gets stuck, immediately call that ATM’s helpline number. Be alert, and never turn your back while your ATM card is in the machine. Report lost passports and visas, without delay to the South African Police Services (SAPS).
  • On the road – Familiarise yourself with local rules of the road. Remember, South Africa is a left-hand drive country. Keep the car doors locked at all times, the car windows wound up and any valuables locked in the boot. Never pick up strangers or ask them for directions. Rather go to the nearest business or petrol station if you get lost. Pay special attention to speed limits, road signs and traffic markings. It is compulsory to carry a translation of your driver’s license, if it is not in English.
  • Who do I call in an emergency? You can dial 10111 or +27 11 375 5911 for Police Emergency Response – A call centre operator will answer the incoming call, take all necessary particulars and assign the complaint to a Flying Squad patrol vehicle, or the local police station, to attend the incident.


SOUTH AFRICAN CUISINE

South African cuisine is a unique fusion of many different external cultural influences. These include Dutch, French, Indian and Malaysian flavours and techniques that continue to make their way onto the menus of restaurants and into the homes of locals all over the country.  Today, cooking typically consists of red meat, poultry or fish (grilled, barbecued or roasted), potatoes and / or rice, and vegetables that are often enhanced with butter and sugar. Desserts are popular, and are often based on old favourites that would have lasted a few days. This includes biscuits, rusks, and sugary pastries. The braai (barbecue) is one of the best known “cuisine” types in South Africa.

Thanks to the cosmopolitan nature of this country, the restaurants of South Africa offer a wide variety of international cuisine types too. These vary from Eastern favourites (Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and so on) to German eateries, English cafés, Moroccan food stalls and American-style diners.
Still, while in South Africa, visitors are urged to try some of the local flavours to get a real idea of its culture.
Here are some of the top suggestions for those that want a taste of South Africa:

  • Biltong (a form of dried, cured meat)
  • Sosaties (marinated kebabs that are cooked over the open flame)
  • Bobotie (a Cape Malay version of Shepherd’s Pie)
  • Boerewors (seasoned sausage)
  • Bredie (a Cape Malay stew)
  • Potjiekos (an Afrikaans stew cooked in a three-legged cast-iron pot)
  • Melktert (milk tart)
  • Pickled fish
  • Koeksisters (a syrupy braided pastry)


TRIPS AND TOURS

At Misty Hills there is access to an array of great guest facilities including a Spa (http://www.recreationafrica.co.za/spa-in-the-country/misty-hills-spa) and there is also access to a number of local attractions that are within traveling distance.

Outdoor attractions including:

  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens; Johannesburg Zoo; Lion Park; Elephant Sanctuary; Pilansberg National Park; Magaliesburg; Rock Climbing; Paragliding; Hot Air Ballooning

Historical attractions including:

  • Apartheid Museum; Constitutional Hill; Nelson Mandela Bridge; Hector Pieterson Memorial Site; Mandela Family Museum; Cradle of Humankind; Lesedi Cultural Village

Entertainment options including:

  • Johannesburg Planetarium; Monte Casino; Mandela Square; Sandton City Shopping Centre; Sun City Resort