Conference venue

The Conference will take place at The River Club, in Observatory, Cape Town. This is a beautiful venue, situated equidistant from the centre of Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport. It is conveniently located to all major highways and close to all recommended hotels and guest houses.

Physical address: Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa. For map and directions, click here.

Disabled access – Unfortunately the main conference room, that will be used for the plenary sessions, is on the first floor and only accessible via stairs. All other conference rooms, which will be used for breakaway sessions, are on the ground floor and have disabled access. Please contact the conference organisers if you have any queries or require further assistance.

ATM – There is an ATM on the River Club premises

Teas and lunches

Morning and afternoon tea, and lunches, are served daily and are included in conference registration fees.


Accommodation close to the venue has been identified – click here to book.


Online registration is now open. Please click here to register.

The registration and information desk will be open on the following days

Tuesday                28 March               07h30 -16h00

Wednesday           29 March               07h30- end of conference day

Thursday               30 March               07h30- end of conference day


All delegates will be supplied with a name badge at registration and are requested to wear it at all times in the conference venue.


The official language of the conference is English. All presenters and posters are requested to adhere to this language.

Visa and entry requirements

Visas are required for nationals of some countries. They are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. Click here to find out if you require a visa to travel to South Africa

Should you require a letter of invitation for a visa, we ask that you submit a request to the conference organisers. The letter of invitation will then be sent to you within 2 working days, provided that the full registration fee has been paid.

Note that for entering South Africa, immigration requires that all visitors have a valid passport and at least two pages are needed to remain blank for the issuing of stamps. The passport also needs to be valid for the duration of the stay and six months after departure.

Travelling with family: If you are planning on bringing your children with you to Cape Town, please note that all children under the age of 18 – both local and foreign – must travel with a valid passport and an unabridged (full) birth certificate stating both parents’ names. If the child is travelling alone or with only one parent, then they must also carry anaffidavit filled out by the missing parent or parents. The purpose of the law is to reduce child trafficking. For more information, please visit the SA Department of Home Affairs.

Travellers entering South Africa from countries where yellow fever is endemic may be required to present their vaccination record or other proof of inoculation.

Airport transfers & tours

For information or to book airport transfers contact Marlyn Adriaanse of Kingdom Tours on: Email: / Tel: 021 705 6177 • Cell: 083 306 0550  

Chelsea Cabs – call Danny Tel 073 7197959 – reliable & personal service (R200 airport transfers, R180 other single trips within Cape Town)

Taxi services

The taxi rate varies between companies and runs at about R10/km and is advisable to ask for a fare estimate before you agree. Elite Taxi: 021 447 9003 / Exite Taxi: 021 448 4444 / Unicab: 021 448 1720.

Chelsea Cabs – call Danny Tel 073 7197959 – reliable & personal service (R200 airport transfers, R180 other single trips within Cape Town)

Safety in Cape Town

Crime is common in most big cities, however distinct efforts have been made to improve the safety of visitors and residents of Cape Town. Usual city safety precautions should be taken: When driving, keep car doors locked and belongings out of sight at all times. Avoid carrying large sums of money or visible electronic devices and do not leave belongings unattended. Whilst policing in the city is very good, it is not fool-proof. Be cautious when ‘out and about’ after dark; avoid poorly lit streets just as you would in other major world cities


The official currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).The average exchange rate between USD and ZAR is about $1 = R 13.61 (as of 19 Jan 2017), between the Euro and ZAR is about €1 = R 14.49 (as of 19 Jan 2017) and between the Pound and ZAR is about £1 = R 16.70 (as of 19 Jan 2017). These estimates are provided for your information and will fluctuate. Please check current rates for the most up to date information.

Credit cards such as Visa, American Express and MasterCard are acceptable at hotels, large restaurants and shopping centers. ATMs are available at the airport and most banks.


South Africa uses 220/230V. The South African plug has three circular pins. This type of socket is unique and may not be included in common Universal plug adapters. For more information, please visit ‘travel-images’ and look at plug type M.

Some hotels may have other types of sockets or adapters, but participants are encouraged to bring a suitable adapter if needed for personal use.


March is the start of Autumn in Cape Town; mornings are cooler, but day time temperatures are still warm (Average temperatures are 25oC (maximum) to 14oC (minimum)). There is about a 25% chance of rain. For more information, click here.

Time zone

Cape Town is on South African Standard Time, which is 2 hours ahead of GMT. South Africa does not adjust for daylight savings time.

Dress Code

Business casual attire is suggested for both the conference days and conference dinner.


The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative would like to extend their thanks to all external companies involved in this conference, but accepts no liability for any bookings made with external companies.

Contact information (before and during the meeting)

Belinda Chapman - Email: Tel: +27 21 406 6381

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The Building Children's Nursing for Africa 2017 conference is hosted by the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in collaboration with Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital