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ICANN 47 Venue

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner on 17 July 2013

Golf Day

ZADNA / ZACR Golf Day on 19 July 2013
ZADNA / ZACR Golf Day

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  • 2013-05-21
  • ZADNA

Official name

 

Republic of South Africa

 


 

Geography

 

Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² and is edged on three sides by a nearly 3,000km long coastline washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

 

The city of Durban is on the east coast of South Africa, on the Indian Ocean.

 


 

Population

 

50.59 million (2011)

 


 

Time

 

Two hours ahead of GMT

 


 

Capitals

 

South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).

 


 

Languages

 

South Africa has 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. English is spoken widely. Road signs and official documents are in English.

 


Government

 

A Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (local, provincial, national) democracy with an independent judiciary and a free media.

 


 

Currency

 

South Africa’s currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

 


 

Measures

 

Metric system

 


 

Business hours

 

Office hours are generally from 08:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

 


 

Shopping hours

 

Shopping hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Opening times on Saturdays vary, but range between 09:00 and 17:00. Most major shopping centres and malls operate seven days a week.

 


 

Bank services and currency

 

Bank hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 on weekdays and from 08:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays. Most banks have cash dispensing machines accepting Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus ATM cards.

 


 

Electricity supply

 

The power supply in South Africa is 220vAC, 50Hz. Electrical sockets are rounded and three pronged. Delegates are advised to bring adaptor plugs.

 


 

Water

 

Tap water is drinkable in South Africa’s urban areas.

 


 

Climate

 

ICANN-47 will take place during the South African winter season. Durban’s temperate, sub-tropical climate is famous for its mild and sunny winters with up to 320 days of sunshine annually. Temperatures range from 16°-25°C during the winter months.



 

Tipping

 

Tipping is not compulsory but is customary, especially in restaurants where it is usual to give a 10% tip.

 


 

Communication

The international dialling code for South Africa is +27. For international operator assistance dial 0900/0903. For the national directory dial 1023.