General information

 ‘Justify your Trip’

Download and customize the letter to meet your needs, adding immediate problems you’ll be able to solve and long-term initiatives you’ll be able to implement.  Click here for the ‘Justify Your Trip’ letter.

Visa Information

When planning to attend the SAGA Conference in South Africa, the following must be taken into consideration when applying for a visa.

  • You must have an international return ticket to South Africa
  • You must have paid your registration fee and accommodation in full
  • Proof of payment must be sent through to the organisers of the conference. Once received we will issue you with a ‘letter of invitation’, which you will need in order to get your visa
  • To enter South Africa you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you form part of the High-risk countries

Requirements for visitors’ visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change.


Please click here to visit the South African Home Affairs website.  This website will let you know exactly what is needed to apply for a visa.

Visa Packs

When attending a conference in a foreign country you often need to apply for a visa. All delegates that require a visa pack will be able to request one through their registration form. The visa pack will include

  • A letter of invitation from the conference organisers (only once full payment has been made for your registration and accommodation)
  • A copy of company documents.
  • A passport or ID copy of your host in South Africa.
  • A list of documents you need in order to apply for a visa

Letter of Invitation

All delegates requiring a letter of invitation for business purposes can contact Kathy at Remember that if you have requested a visa pack on your registration form, you will automatically receive a letter of invitation.

Internet Access

There is free wifi available throughout the common areas of the venue.  We do always suggest that South Africans bring along their dongles for ease of access as an overload on the system may slow the connection.

Plug Points

South African plug points are different to those found elsewhere in the world.  Remember to bring along a universal adapter that you can use to charge your laptops, batteries etc.  South African plug points are three-pin, rounded plugs.  South African plug points take plug types C, D, M & N although type N is not very common.  Please click on the link below to see pictures of the South Africa plug point requirements.  Click here to see SA plug points.



The climate in Durban during October can be summarized as warm and damp. October is in the spring in Durban. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 24°C (75°F), whilst at night 17°C (63°F) is normal. On average October has around 100mm (4 inches) of Spring rain. This rainfall is typically spread over 15 days, although this may vary considerably. On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6.4 hours of sunshine per day!

For those beach lovers and surfers among us, the temperature of the sea averages around 22°C, that’s 72° Fahrenheit. The Indian Ocean is considerably warmer than the Atlantic and there are some favourite surfing sites about 50m from our venue door! One can also book surfing lessons within walking distance – or hire a bicycle to explore the promenade. Be sure to catch the sunrise at least one morning around 5:30am – a truly stunning experience!



What to Bring

  • hat
  • sun glasses
  • sun screen
  • international plug point adapters
  • light and cool clothing for the days
  • warm clothing for the evenings and early mornings
  • for pre- or post-conference tours, don’t forget your binoculars, camera, and walking shoes
  • any personal medication


For current exchange rates please visit  Unfortunately foreign currency is not accepted at the registration desk for late payments.  If you wish to change money, there are Bureau de Change at both the King Shaka International Airport (Durban) and at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg).