Message from the Chair: IUFoST 2010 Local Organising Committee
On behalf of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), it gives me great pleasure to invite food scientists and technologists from throughout the world as well as members of other scientific disciplines involved with food to the 15th IUFoST Congress in Cape Town from August 22-26 2010. This will be the first World Congress of Food Science and Technology to be held in Africa and it is our intention to make it a world class event in terms of scientific content and venue but with an African flavour.
Our theme of "Food Science Solutions in an Evolving World" is intended to highlight both the diversities and the common issues that we face as food professionals. The organisers are particularly determined to ensure that both the academic and commercial sides of our profession are well catered for in our program and that the Congress will provide an opportunity for us all to interact, debate and share knowledge. The Congress will include plenary sessions with top international speakers, opportunities to present original research, posters, technical tours and a substantial exhibition of products and services for the food industry as well as a comprehensive social program.
All this will take place in a magnificent venue - Cape Town is one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world and there will be ample opportunity for delegates to combine work and leisure. South Africa will have a very high profile in 2010 due to the FIFA Soccer World Cup which will finish six weeks before the Congress, thus ensuring IUFoST delegates the benefits of the new infrastructure put in place for the World Cup but without the associated crowding and inconvenience.
I would like to encourage you all to both submit papers and posters to the Congress program and register for the Congress. We will ensure you a memorable event in terms of scientific content, networking opportunities and socialising in a beautiful venue with a unique and friendly atmosphere.
We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town in August 2010!
Nigel Sunley Chairman: IUFoST 2010 Local Organising Committee
Message from the IUFoST President
We look forward to welcoming you to our 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, being held for the first time in Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 to 26 August, 2010.
We have been living through changing and challenging times recently, when IUFoST is involved in helping world leadership in the critical areas of Food Safety, Food Security and Food Science and Technology Education. The theme of the Congress 'Food Science Solutions in an Evolving World' provides the ideal opportunity to present ideas and research results, to listen to, discuss and interact with leading food scientists, technologists and engineers, as well as young scientists from around the world.
It is particularly timely that we are coming together and meeting in beautiful South Africa in Cape Town at the southern tip of one of our most challenging continents - Africa. Having myself spent several years lecturing and researching in West Africa, it will be a good opportunity to meet and interact at first hand with many of our African food scientists, who we particularly look forward to welcoming to Cape Town! As well as benefitting from the plenary lectures and many scientific sessions, and enjoying traditional African hospitality and social occasions, please take time to visit the exhibition, to meet with food chain suppliers, and food professional bodies and publishers, and to see our IUFoST International Review of Food Science and Technology, and new IUFoST textbook 'Food Science and Technology'.
Message from the IUFoST 2010 Scientific Programme Committee Chair
The theme for the 15th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology, "Food Science Solutions in an Evolving World" was chosen to highlight the important role food scientists will play globally in terms of research and education in topics such as food security, food safety, food preservation, food processing, consumer education and environmental sustainability.
IUFoST represents the global food science and technology fraternity, by nature a diverse discipline. The World Congress is the biennial gathering of the world's food scientists and major food industry players. The meeting will highlight the latest knowledge and developments in various food science sectors and encourage debate and formulation of scientific solutions to global food issues. It is only through sharing that science-based solutions can be jointly facilitated.
The scientific programme will provide a balance between original research in specific food sectors, commercial applications of scientific research and topics/issues with generic appeal (i.e. global industry and consumer trends, advances in food safety and analytical methods, environmental sustainability and food science education). In other words, there will be something for everyone in the world of food - scientists, technologists, regulators, entrepreneurs, marketing & business managers, educators, academics and students.
The program will contain numerous world class speakers, among them:
Professor Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government.
Dr Werner Bauer, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation, Technology and Research & Development for Nestlι.
Professor Gebisa Ejeta, winner of the 2009 World Food Prize
Thus, I would like to encourage you to become a part of this auspicious gathering by either submitting an abstract or simply by attending and joining in the knowledge sharing. I look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town to share the food science experience of your life!
The Soy Innovation Africa symposium will be held after the Congress and must be registered for separately as it is not included in the Congress registration fee.
14:00 - 17:30 on August 26th
08:00 - 17:00 on August 27th
The symposium will include papers on both economic and scientific issues relating to soy and its products and will include both local and international speakers.
Join international agribusiness leaders in developing the next important markets!
Cultivating Potential in Emerging Markets
Technology, investment and new strategies for developing successful small enterprises create a powerful, unique opportunity to engage business leaders in emerging markets - with the potential of the soybean!
Leading industry information provider Soyatech LLC - in collaboration with the World Soy Foundation, Soy in Southern Africa and the National Soybean Research Laboratory - will host a two?day strategic leadership conference in Cape Town, South Africa on August 26 and 27, 2010 to bring the best global resources to bear on the challenges of efficiently utilizing the world's most complete plant protein in emerging markets around the globe.
Key topics include:
The potential for profitable large- and small-scale soybean production in Africa
How can limited land, crop input and water resources be most efficiently used?
How may emerging market food processors maximize new technological tools?
How can food manufacturers integrate nutritious soybean ingredients into locally acceptable foods?
What is the potential demand for soy-based animal feed and biofuels in emerging markets?
What can the global soybean and soyfoods industries do to increase availability of soy for nutritional assistance?
World-leading agribusinesses, universities and non-governmental organizations have already begun working with conference organizers to create this unique program and build new business alliances in Africa and other emerging markets worldwide. Join us today!
During the 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology the Scientific Programme will strive to address Global issues in the following topics in Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions, Specialist Symposia, Workshops and Sessions with Commercial Appeal:
To register for the 15th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Cape Town, please visit the following website link: www.iufost2010.org.za/registration.asp and complete the registration form.
Pre-registration via the website will not be possible after 15th August 2010. After this date only on-site registration will be accepted. It is essential that the instructions for payment of all fees involved are strictly followed. Every participant, including invited participants and accompanying persons, must be registered.
Registration fees are to be paid in South African Rands (ZAR), and should be paid according to the procedure described on the registration form.
A copy of the front and back of the credit card must be sent through before the credit card can be debited.
The following registration fees apply:
Payment before 31 May 2010
Payment after 31 May 2010 & on-site
Africa Region Non SAAFoST-Members**
Soy Innovation Africa: International Delegate
Soy Innovation Africa: Africa Delegate inc. SAAFoST Members
* SAAFoST members: To qualify, Members must have paid the SAAFoST membership fee for 2010.
** Other Africa Region Non-SAAFoST Members - must confirm their citizenship and work status within Africa. N.B. Citizens of African countries working outside Africa do NOT qualify for this rate and must pay the full International Delegate rate.
*** Students: To qualify for the Student rate, you must send documentary proof that you are in full time study at a recognised educational institution and this must accompany your registration form. If you are employed you do not qualify for a student rate.
What does the Registration Fee Cover?
Admission to the Scientific Programme, Exhibition, Satellite Symposia (excluding the Soy Symposium for which an additional registration fee is payable), Abstract Book, Congress Bag, Final Programme, Certificate of Attendance, Light Lunches, Tea/Coffee Breaks, Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail Party.
Admission to the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Cocktail Party, Light Lunches, Tea/Coffee, an ethnic patterned Shopping Bag and a Cape Town Orientation Tour on 24 August 2010, from 08:30 - 13:00.
The 1-day option is for South African residents only. Both SAAFoST and non-SAAFoST members will be eligible. The registration fee is applicable for each of the 4 days.
admission to the Scientific Programme and Exhibition on the selected day, a copy of the Final Programme, a Certificate of Attendance and Tea /Coffee breaks.
Congress Bag, Abstract Book, lunch, Social Functions.
NB: Day Registration name badges are valid only for the individual person to whom they are issued and for specific date imprinted thereon. They are not transferable and not exchangeable and may not be used as company passes.
What is not included in the Registration Fee?
Attendance at casual social functions on August 23rd
Attendance at the Congress banquet on August 25th
Transport to & from Cape Town Airport
Special catering requirements
Any other items not mentioned above.
Cancellation of Registration and Refund Policy
The Congress Secretariat must be notified in writing of any cancellations. All approved refunds will be issued after the Congress. An administration fee of ZAR300 will be charged for all cancellations received before 31 May 2010. Please note that no refunds will be made for cancellations after 31 May 2010.
A limited number of Student Grants will be available. Please see the website where more information will be made available as it comes to hand.
The applicant should:
be registered as a full time student at an established academic institution (documentary proof to be provided)
Fulfill additional criteria as may be required by the selection committee
To apply for a student grant, please submit your abstract via the website and request the special grant application form from the Congress Organisers at www.iufost2010.org.za
Please note that funding is strictly limited and no guarantees of financial support can be given until the Organising Committee has reviewed all applications. Preference will be given to applicants who have raised at least a portion of the required funding themselves.
A trade show for both local and international suppliers to the food industry will take place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August between 09:30 and 17:30 and on Wednesday 25th August, between 09:00 and 16:00. For further information please visit www.iufost2010.org.za/Exhibition/Exhibition_Menu.asp.
Welcome Reception, Opening of the Trade Exhibition
You are invited to join us for light snacks and taste our premier and unique South African wines while you relax and network with fellow delegates from around the world.
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Monday, 23rd August
Casual Evening Options (Not included in Congress Registration fee)
Ethnic African Culinary Experience:
Discover the "real" Africa and enjoy an evening of traditional African culinary delights and culture.
Venue: Moyo Restaurant at Spier Wine Estate. Transport will be provided.
South African Cuisine a la Woolworths - a Local Gourmet Experience
Let us whisk you away to the 7th Floor where you can experience a variety of truly gourmet South African tastes as prepared by the development chefs of one of our leading upmarket retailers.
Venue: The stunning development centre, the 7th Floor (Transport will be provided)
Student Social Evening:
An opportunity for student delegates to relax and meet their counterparts from all over the world at one of Cape Town's leading student social venues. A variety of great beers on tap and tasty snacks to enjoy. N.B. this function is open to students only.
Tuesday, 24th August
We have taken the liberty of pre-screening and selecting a variety of popular convenient South African eateries and social venues offering a variety of cuisines to stimulate the palate and enhance the shared experience. We will be happy to assist you with bookings and transport arrangements.
Please visit the website on www.iufost2010.org.za for additional information and suggestions from our Restaurant Guide.
Wednesday, 25th August
Gala Banquet / SAAFoST 50th Birthday Celebration (Not included in Congress registration fee)
This year's Gala Banquet and SAAFoST's 50th Birthday Celebration will be held at South Africa's most awarded winery, the beautiful Nederburg Wine Estate, home of internationally recognised South African wines. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive out to Paarl where you will experience a mouth watering selection of South African Food and Wine. Celebrate SAAFoST's Golden Jubilee with new found friends and colleagues from across the world.
N.B. Dress for this event is collar & tie or traditional formal dress
Thursday, 26th August
Closing Cocktail Party for those attending the IUFoST General Assembly
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
In addition to the above, we have organised a wide range of excursions and activities to be available for accompanying persons. Visit the offcial website www.iufost2010.org.za for additional information.
Hotel accommodation can be reserved in Cape Town through the intermediary of Turners Conferences who have secured preferred rates for participants. All rates quoted on the hotel booking form are in South African Rands; the rate is per room, per night, includes a full English breakfast, VAT at 14% and Tourism levy of 1% except for the Formula 1 Hotel where the rate includes a light Continental breakfast. The hotel category should be indicated on the hotel booking form. Please also indicate which other category we should book in case the chosen one is fully booked. Please note that most of the hotels are close to both the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Confirmation of Hotel Reservation
All hotel reservations will be confirmed to you in writing with the name of the hotel, the type of accommodation booked, the arrival and departure dates, the rate, and the deposit required. This will be accompanied by an invoice and request for payment.
A deposit equal to two nights stay is required to secure the hotel booking. The balance of the accommodation is to be settled directly with the hotel upon your arrival. The deposit may be paid either by bank transfer or by MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Diners Club credit card. Full details appear on the booking form.
Changes and Cancellations
Cancellations must be submitted to Turners Conferences in writing. You may cancel your reservation up to 21 June 2010 with a full refund of your deposit paid less an administration fee of ZAR100. No refunds will be possible after 21 June 2010. An amendment fee of ZAR100 applies to all changes made to confirmed reservations.
Prices are subject to change.
For full details of the hotels please visit the official website www.iufost2010.org.za/accommodation.asp. The following hotels have been especially reserved for the congress and preferential rates have been negotiated.
* Formula 1 Foreshore Hotel - Accommodation rate is per room per night and includes a light continental breakfast.
Please indicate your choice of hotel on the hotel reservation form. All rates are quoted in South African Rands (ZAR) and are subject to change. Rates include VAT at 14 per cent and 1% Tourism Levy. You may cancel your reservation up to eight weeks prior to arrival with a full refund less an administration fee of ZAR100. An amendment fee of ZAR100 applies to all changes. Rates are per room per night and include either Continental or English breakfast. The ZAR rate applies at all times.
Additional hotels and establishments are being arranged for the Congress and this will include fine hotels near the convention centre as well as economy student accommodation in backpacker hostels and lodges. Please visit the website to access the latest schedules.
Shuttle transport will be available from the appointed Congress hotels to the CTICC from 22 - 26 August 2010
The main airport in the Western Cape is Cape Town International Airport, 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre. 18 international and national carriers service Cape Town International Airport. Some international carriers fly directly to Cape Town, some stop over in Johannesburg and then carry on to Cape Town, with others terminating their flights in Johannesburg, which necessitates a short 2-hour domestic flight.
The preferred carrier for IUFoST 2010, South African Airways (SAA), is offering delegates special fares over the period of the event on a first come, first serve basis. Early booking is strongly suggested as flights to, from and within South Africa are generally in heavy demand. These fares are available for flights booked through Turners Travel or directly with SAA on their Intercontinental, Regional and Domestic services subject to the relevant class availability. Conditions will apply. Enquiries can be made immediately by contacting your nearest SAA office. Contact details for all the SAA Offices can be obtained from the SAA website http://www.flysaa.com.
South African residents should contact Turners Travel on telephone 031 368 8000 or email Linda Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all SAA bookings, please quote reference number AIR.GC.10.000013. Should you encounter any difficulties in contacting SAA, you may contact Linda Edwards at email@example.com and your email will be forwarded to the South African Airways head office. Comair - operated by British Airways, Mango, Kulula and 1Time Airline are no frills airlines operating within South Africa and offering value for money domestic options that can be booked online through Turners Travel or the internet.
Travel by Road
When visiting Cape Town, delegates will mostly arrive and depart by air. On arrival, please be advised that public transport is limited but getting around is relatively simple and convenient, using taxis or hired car. To rent a car you will need a current South African, or an International Driver's License. It is possible to pick up a car in one city and return it in another.
Travel to and from Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town International Airport is 30 km from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and city centre.
A Congress Welcome Desk will be in operation at Cape Town International Airport from the 22nd of August until the 24th of August 2010 (inclusive). The desk will be situated in the International and Domestic arrivals halls and will be identified by the congress banners.
Turners Conferences has arranged an airport transfer service. To pre-book, let us know the date and time of your arrival, the flight number as well as the hotel where you are staying and we will arrange it for you. Transfers must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Transfers not paid before 30days prior to the date of service, will be cancelled automatically.
A one way transfer between Cape Town International Airport & Appointed Hotels in the city centre only, will cost: ZAR 200.00 per person, per transfer. This applies to Pre-booked & Pre-paid transfers.
Should you require private group transportation, or transfers to non-appointed hotels, please do not hesitate to contact Lucille Harisunker (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for a quotation. Transfers not paid in full, 30 days prior to date of service, will be cancelled automatically. These will need to be re-booked with full payment to secure the services.
Technical Tours: Thursday 26th and Friday 27th August 2010
A limited number of technical tours have been arranged at the end of the Congress. These are to various places of technical interest in the Cape Metro region, and offer delegates an opportunity to see facilities of a diverse nature, giving insight into the level of science and technology employed in the local industry.
Places on these tours are limited and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees are moderate to cover costs of transport, some guiding, and lunches/refreshments, where offered.
All tours will depart from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The options offered are:
Cost Per Person
Full day tour to Stellenbosch University Institute of Wine Biotechnology and Distell Ltd, an international wine and spirits manufacturer in picturesque Stellenbosch.
Full day tour to well known Backsberg wine estate, with emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly practices in the Berg River valley.
Half day tour to Research and Development Centre in Epping of Nampak Ltd, a large, diverse packaging manufacturer.
Half day tour to Appletiser SA (PTY) Ltd, a unique fruit juice processor in Elgin surrounded by orchards.
ACCOMPANYING PERSON'S CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION TOUR (Included in your registration fee)
Date: Tuesday, 24th August 2010
Time: 08:30 - 13:00 from the CTICC
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a half day tour of the mother city itself. Our first stop is at the famous Table Mountain, where one can enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit (weather permitting). After the descent, the tour continues through the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter. Drive through the scenic coastal towns of Clifton, Camps Bay and Sea Point. Also included, is the District six area and a walk through the Company Gardens. This scenic tour will also take you past the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, The Castle and the Slave Lodge, before continuing to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. (Note: Table Mountain cable car fare is excluded, as this trip is weather dependant.)
Optional Day Tours
(Full Itineraries are available on the Congress Website)
Cost per person
Morning Cape Town City, Table Mountain & Signal Hill. (Excl: Cable car fare & entrance fees)
07:45 - 13:00
Afternoon Cape Town City, Table Mountain & optional aquarium. (Excl: Cable car fare & entrance fees)
13.45 - 18.00
Morning Cultural Township Tour
08.45 - 13:00
Afternoon Cultural Township Tour
13.45 - 18.00
Morning Winelands Tour
08.45 - 13:00
Afternoon Winelands Tour
13.45 - 18.00
Morning Cape Point Tour
08.15 - 13:00
Afternoon Cape Point Tour
13.45 - 18.00
Full Day Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope Tour
08.15 - 18:00
Full Day Winelands Tour
09:00 - 18:00
Full day Combo Cape Point & Winelands
08.15 - 18.00
Full day Hermanus Tour (Whale watching)
09:00 - 18:00
Wed, Fri & Sun
The above day tours are subject to availability at the time of booking and are subject to a minimum of two passengers. All leisure tours will depart from Cape Town International Convention Centre, unless otherwise specified. Please allow a 15-minute leeway for your pick up time.
Optional Pre And Post Leisure Overland Tours:
(Full details on the website)
Cost per person
Pre Tour: 17 - 21 Aug 2010
Post Tour: 26 - 30 Aug 2010
Kruger National Park: Pre and Post Congress Kruger National Park Standard Tour.
Starting from Johannesburg, travel through some of the most beautiful regions of Mpumalanga and visit the world famous Kruger National Park for game viewing in this Big Five game reserve.
Duration: 5 days & 4 nights. Subject to minimum of 5 people. The excursion starts at 18h00 in Johannesburg on day one (Accommodation included for this night in Johannesburg).
R8500.00 per person sharing
Pre Tour: 18 - 21 Aug 2010
Post Tour: 27 - 30 Aug 2010
The Garden Route: Pre and Post Congress Tour.
Travel one of the world's most entrancing coastlines from Cape Town via Wilderness and Knysna to Port Elizabeth or visa versa. Incorporating splendid sea views, ostrich farm, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Cango Caves and more.
Duration: 4 days & 3 nights. Subject to minimum of 5 people. Pre Tour: Starts in Port Elizabeth and ends in Cape Town. Post Tour: Starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth.
R8000.00 per person sharing
Pre Tour: 19 - 21 Aug 2010
Post Tour: 27 - 29 Aug 2010
Cape Town and Surrounds: Pre and Post Congress Tour.
From the scenically spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve to shore based whale watching in Hermanus to the vineyards and villages of the Franschhoek, Swartland regions to the West Coast wild flowers, this is a tour that will give you an intimate insight into all that Cape Town and the surrounding regions have to offer.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights. Subject to minimum of 5 people. Tour starts and ends in Cape Town.
R6375.00 per person sharing
Pre Tour: 19 - 21 Aug 2010
Post Tour: 27 - 29 Aug 2010
Winelands: Pre and Post Congress Tour.
This tour is a great combination of nature, culture and history. We visit selected wine estates, taste their wines and learn about the beautiful old Cape Dutch architecture.
Duration: 3 days & 2 nights. Subject to minimum of 5 people. Tour starts and ends in Cape Town.
Important Tour Information: All tours are subject to minimum numbers being reached and are subject to cancellation fees. If minimum numbers are not achieved you will be offered an alternative tour, equal in value or you will be refunded in full.
Basic Tour Conditions for individual bookings - A separate policy applies to groups of 10 or more and is available on request.
A 20% deposit is required within 14days to confirm the booking and the full and or final payment must reach Turners Conferences before 21 June 2010. Full payment is due immediately for bookings made after 21 June 2010.
Cancellation Fees: Refunds will be considered for written cancellations received prior to 21 June 2010. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after 21 June 2010.
An amendment fee of R100 applies to all confirmed reservations. The above conditions apply unless otherwise specified in writing.
Cape Town and the Western Cape are considered among the most beautiful areas in Africa. Characterised by a cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Khoisan (Bushman & Hottentot) tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north, the pristine coastline with its white sandy beaches, the magnificent countryside with its bountiful rivers, wetlands and dams, and the unique flora kingdom, together with a "Mediterranean-like" climate and friendly community, make it a perfect destination for any visitor. Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, and the historic buildings of the Houses of Parliament are situated in the Cape Town city centre. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cape Town Central Business District is a relatively small area, which allows for easy exploration on foot. Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city and along the coast. Take a trip up Table Mountain; visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with over 270 shops, a wide selection of restaurants and art and craft markets. Last, but not least, take the trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was formerly incarcerated. The City Central area offers a wide range of attractions and activities and the visitor can experience the "Mother City" at her best.
Currency and Banks
The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equaling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. The following exchange rates were applicable at time of sending out this document.
1 United States Dollar = ZAR 7.80
1 Euro = ZAR 11.50
Facilities for cashing traveler's cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 - 11:00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at most banks as well as at the Congress Venue. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 - 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).
There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Protective clothing and insect repellents should also be used. Cape Town is a malaria risk free area. South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith or www.cdc.org. It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores. Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, Cape Town International Convention Centre, restaurants etc) except in designated smoking areas.
The 15th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by congress participants either during the congress or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
The official Congress language will be English.
Lunches will be included in the participants' registration fee. Please note that any special catering requirements must be specified when registering and may incur an additional charge.
Passports and Visas
Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport. Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Japan and the EU can visit South Africa without a visa. Information regarding visas can be obtained from your travel agent or the South African diplomatic or consular representative in your area. Passports should have at least 2 completely empty pages otherwise entry may be denied. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure. Delegates requiring visas, and who intend taking tours to neighboring Southern African countries, are advised to secure a multiple entry visa. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means of support for the duration of their stay in the country and return /onward tickets. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. A list of countries that currently do not require a visa can be found at the SA Government website: http://www.home-affairs.pwv.gov.za/imigration/visas/schedule.htm
If required, upon request, the Congress Secretariat is willing to send you a letter of invitation. It should be understood that this letter will be sent only to help participants to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. A letter of invitation is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support. Please note that only registered delegates who have paid their Congress registration fees will be issued with a letter of invitation.
Prices will vary, but the following is an indication of what delegates might expect:
Tea or coffee
Big Mac Burger
The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances. Changes will be mentioned on message screens throughout the Congress Centre.
The registration desk in the CTICC will be open at the following hours:
21 August 2010
14:00 - 18:00
22 August 2010
08:00 - 19:00
23 August 2010
08:00 - 18:00
24 August 2010
08:00 - 18:00
25 August 2010
08:00 - 18:00
26 August 2010
08:00 - 12:00
For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Cape Town, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Cape Town is like any other major city with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable congress and vacation. The area around the CTICC and adjacent hotels is safe and well monitored at all times but we advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times. During the congress, the information desk at the CTICC and your hotel's concierge will be able to assist you with information on places to visit and the appropriate means of transport.
Shopping in Cape Town
Most shops in the city centre and suburbs open between 08.00 and 17.00 to 17.30 hours. Shops in major shopping malls open at 09.00 and close at 21.00 hours or later (especially at the V&A Waterfront), even on Sundays and most public holidays. Government agencies still keep to traditional weekday only hours. Most banks close at 15.30 hours, and have limited Saturday morning opening times. Muslim-owned businesses close at noon on Fridays and re-open at 13.00 hours.
Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR5.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10%.
A commercial exhibition of food related items and technical equipment will be organised during the congress. Interested companies please contact the Exhibition Organiser for further information at:
Most international traveller's cheques are accepted, provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service.
VAT / Tax Refunds
VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.
Venue and Dates
Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC), 22-26 August 2010
Late August in Cape Town heralds the early start of spring. The weather is generally fair but occasional rainy and windy days can occur. Maximum daytime temperatures range from 16°C to 24°C.
SAAFoST is the South African Association for Food Scientists, Technologists and other
Professionals serving the food and allied industries in South Africa. The organisation provides its
members with valuable networking and knowledge-sharing events and publications. SAAFoST
promotes education and professionalism as well as an appropriate legislative structure in the
SAAFoST 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) was created in 1960
after a group of industry and academic representatives identified a need for a professional
association for South African food scientists. The original association was founded in Cape Town
but further branches were set up in Johannesburg in 1962 and then in Durban in 1973. From these
small beginnings, SAAFoST has grown to become one of the most dynamic and well supported
associations of its type in the world. It is entirely appropriate that the 50th anniversary of its
foundation is to be marked in 2010 by the hosting of the 15th World Congress of Food Science
and Technology in Cape Town and we are pleased to invite food scientists and technologists from
throughout the world to join us in our celebrations!
SAAFoST MISSION STATEMENT
SAAFoST will be the primary regional organization for food science and technology professionals
in business, government and academia through its commitment to:
advancing food science and related technologies for the supply of safe and wholesome food;
creating, interpreting and dissemination food related scientific information;
providing opportunities for personal and professional development;
upholding professional standards of competence and integrity.