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magazine September 2013


fig africa conference march 28-30 2014

Preferred Carrier... South African Airways will offer FIG delegates preferential air fares from various cities to Cape Town - see SAA page...

latest fig partners 1 fig africa conference 2 conference hotel 2 map 3 itinerary 28 mar 4 itinerary 29 mar 5 itinerary 30 mar 6 gala dinner 7 visas/cash/safety 8 how to book 9 south african airways 10 things to do in CT 11/12

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species namerefers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-likeossicones and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands 5–6 m (16–20 ft) tall and has an average weight of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1,830 lb) for females. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns.

Latest FIG Partners Please take the time to welcome the latest members of our FIG ‘family’...

FIG CHINA Unitex Logistics WEB: Contact: Mr James Tsang General Manager

With own branch offices in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Ningbo, Qingdao, Tianjin and Beijing, Unitex Logistics is well-placed to serve our FIG Partners throughout mainland China. PLEASE NOTE: China Travel Service continues as our trusted FIG Partner in Hong Kong.

FIG RUSSIA Imex WEB: Contact: Mr Alexander Vlasov Head of Transport Dept.

Imex has offices in Moscow and St.Petersburg and offers customs clearance in all Russian ports and airports. Trading since 2005, Imex has their own fleet of 105 trucks for overland options to Baltic States and Norway.

The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and whiteantelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa.[2] It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph)[3] and can leap 4 m[4] (13 feet) through the air. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = antelope or goat.

fig africa conference march 28-30 2014 The following pages will give readers a taste for our 10th Anniversary Conference in Cape Town, South Africa... We have scheduled our conference over a weekend to ensure that even our busiest FIG Partners can take time away from work to attend this amazing event. We hope that delegates are able to extend their stay in this beautiful city to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the region. We have even designed a special ‘Spouse Package’ to make sure that delegate’s wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends can join in our 10th anniversary celebrations.

LAGOON BEACH HOTEL Our conference venue will be the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town. This four star hotel is currently being refurbished and will be ‘as new’ for our 10th anniversary conference and celebrations. Lagoon Beach Hotel is situated just 20kms from Cape Town International Airport, 7kms to CBD and V&A Waterfront and 5kms to Century City/Canal Walk Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in South Africa. The ‘Winelands’ of Stellenbosch and Franschhoer are within 50kms. The hotel offers a free (scheduled) shuttle bus to CBD/V&A Waterfront and Century City (appx.10mins). Our conference venue has 200 rooms & suites, four ‘world-class’ restaurants, three swimming pools, gym, spa, business centre, free wi-fi and is the only hotel in Cape Town with direct access to the beach. With free underground parking and an amazing view of Table Mountain, we are confident that our delegates will enjoy a relaxing stay during our three day conference. (click on logo to visit hotel website)

The Ostrich or Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. Some analyses indicate that the Somali Ostrich may be better considered a full species separate from the Common Ostrich, but most taxonomists consider it to be a subspecies. The ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas, and cassowaries. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h (43 mph),[3] the fastest land speed of any bird.[4] The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and the giant moa of New Zealand laid larger eggs).

Itinerary - Friday 28th March 2014

The ostrich's diet consists mainly of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates. It lives in nomadic groups of 5 to 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or run away. If cornered, it can attack with a kick of its powerful legs. Mating patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females.

Evening Reception (19:30 - 23:00) Venue: The Library An opportunity to meet FIG Partners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with canapés and welcome drinks followed by a little light entertainment.... We will introduce our latest members to our FIG ‘family’ and expect a record attendance for our 10th anniversary conference. We are considering a slight change to our normal programme by inviting local importers/exporters and members of the Cape Chamber of Commerce to our Evening Reception to ‘Meet the Forwarders’ and discuss business opportunities with our ‘exceptional’ FIG Partners. Our visiting photographer will be taking plenty of pictures for your albums and of course the annual ‘group’ photo for your office wall. We have even provided a FIG ‘photo booth’ with props for delegates to take home their own memento with their friends and colleagues. During our Evening Reception we will issue conference badges and an easy to carry brochure outlining our full itinerary.

FIG Conference (09:00 - 12:00) Venue: Courtyard 1 We have some exciting new products to show you and we will discuss some important issues including payment protection and how our FIG Partners can get even more from membership of our FIG ’family’. If there are any particular topics you would like on the agenda... Just let us know.

Itinerary - Saturday 29th March 2014

Our revolutionary ‘Interforwarder’ product will be launched in Cape Town. Interforwarder will bring additional business opportunities to FIG Partners and will offer a world-first in terms of communication and interaction. This is your ‘once a year’ opportunity to meet your FIG colleagues face to face and to shape the future of YOUR FIG ‘family’.

One-on-One Meetings (13:30 - 16:30) Venue: Courtyard 1 In February 2014 we will open our FIG-designed (and very clever) Meeting Scheduler which allows delegates to select all FIG Partners they would like to meet with and our clever software will produce a full meeting schedule for you in seconds. The first session of our pre-scheduled ‘One-on-One’ Meetings will take place after lunch and will offer 9 meeting sessions. Our preferred airline for this vent - South African Airways will hopefully be represented during our ‘One-on-One’ Meetings, giving delegates the opportunity to discuss group rates with Africa’s leading airline. From 16:30 to 18:30 delegates can relax, freshen-up and prepare for our evening activity...

City Tour & Dinner (18:30 - 23:00) Venue: ‘Gold’ Restaurant After a short (30 minute) city tour, we will visit the spectacular ‘Gold’ Restaurant where guests are served an authentic 14 course African dinner whilst being entertained by life-sized puppets and dancers. Transport returns to hotel at appx. 23:00. VIEW VIDEO

One-on-One Meetings (10:30 - 17:00) Venue: Atlantic Rail Steam Train

Itinerary - Sunday 30th March 2014

To maximise our ‘sightseeing’ opportunities, delegates will have One-on-One Meetings on board Atlantic Rail’s vintage steam train to Simon’s Town - the most southerly train station in Africa. We have hired a complete ‘private’ carriage where our guests can conduct prescheduled business meetings on board whilst enjoying the stunning coastline scenery. VIEW VIDEO

On arrival in Simon’s Town, our delegates will have a light lunch at Boulders Beach Lodge . After lunch delegates have appx. two hours to continue business discussions whilst enjoying beautiful views over False Bay , visit the world famous colony of African Penguins on the stunning ‘Boulders Beach’ or take a leisurely stroll around Simon’s Town before catching our vintage transport back to Cape Town. Maybe even catch a glimpse of a Great White Shark attack...

NB: False Bay has one of the highest concentrations of Great White Sharks in South Africa - attracted by the seal colony on Seal Island. For this reason, we do not recommend taking advantage of ‘kayak/canoe hire’ during your time in Simon’s Town.

Itinerary - Sunday 30th March 2014

FIG Gala Dinner (19:30 - 23:30) Venue: Lagoon View Time to wind down and relax with your FIG family members... Enjoy a beautiful buffet dinner (something for everyone) with fine wine and some excellent entertainment. Not forgetting great company!! Lagoon View is situated away from the main hotel so you can make as much noise as you wish and with a deck looking out over the lagoon and beach, we are set for a memorable end to our tenth anniversary ‘Africa’ conference. Time to say goodbye and safe journey... Until next year!

The aardvark (/ˈɑːrd.vɑːrk/ ardvark, Orycteropus afer) is a mediumsized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa.[3] It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata It is sometimes colloquially called "African antbear",[1][5] "anteater", or the "Cape anteater"[1] after the Cape of Good Hope. The name comes from earlier Afrikaans (erdvark)[1] and means "earth pig" or "ground pig" (aarde earth/ground, vark pig), because of its burrowing habits [6] (similar origin to the name groundhog).

Visas to Visit South Africa Most of our delegates will not require a visa to visit South Africa... See Department of Home Affairs for countries exempt from applying for a visa. >> Those delegates who require a visa should apply through their local SA Embassy - FIG Admin will provide the relevant ‘Invitation Letter’ - see advice on applications >> FIG Admin is required to notify SA Dept. Of Home Affairs that we are holding a conference and to provide a list of delegates. The Dept. Of Home Affairs will then liaise with all countries to assist with granting of visas. We are currently awaiting a response from Dept. Of Home Affairs.

Bringing Cash to SA??? IMPORTANT: Visitors to South Africa are limited to just R 5000 in cash when entering the country. There are numerous limitations on items brought into South Africa - see link... >>

Be Safe... Although Cape Town is one of the safest cities in South Africa, as with any large city, anywhere in the world, visitors should take precautions against petty theft and mugging. Avoid all townships south-east of the city, in particular Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Harare. Even in the busiest parts of the city (and even during the day) it is recommended that visitors do not have cameras and cell phones ‘on display’. Do not walk around at night - take a taxi! If you must walk a short distance, stay in large groups and stay on the busy roads. All our activities are undertaken with the safety of our delegates in mind. Make sure you apply some basic precautions whilst you enjoy this beautiful and vibrant city.

Booking & Reservations IMPORTANT INFORMATION - BOOK EARLY!!! Our online booking facility will be available shortly through our FIG website - Members Area. Meanwhile, we have attached a booking form to the email accompanying this publication for those delegates wishing to take advantage of our discounted ‘Early Bird’ rates. Your booking form will request accommodation details and conference booking details. Please note that cost of accommodation is not included in conference package. As soon as we have your accommodation details, we will notify our hotel and they will contact you for credit card details to confirm the booking. No payment will be taken for accommodation until check-out from the hotel. IMPORTANT: This is a particularly busy time for accommodation in Cape Town due to ‘The Cape Town Marathon’ and ‘International Jazz Festival’ events occurring at the same time as our conference. PLEASE BOOK ACCOMMODATION EARLY AS WE ARE UNABLE TO MAKE ‘BLOCK BOOKINGS’ - NO ACCOMMODATION IS RESERVED!


Compete Booking Form (attached to this mailing) return to FIG Admin.

FIG Admin will invoice by return for ‘Early Bird’ bookings. NB: Early Bird bookings must be ‘made and paid’ before 30 November 2013 to qualify for 10% discount.

FIG Admin will notify hotel of accommodation requirements on your behalf. Our hotel will contact you for credit card details - No payment will be taken until check-out.

ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS: Our (very clever and updated) FIG Meeting Scheduler software allows all delegates to pre-schedule ‘one-on-one’ meetings during our conference in just a few seconds. Delegates simply select the members they wish to meet with and our software will produce a printable meeting schedule for both days. Our FIG Meeting Scheduler will be available from FEBRUARY 2014...

Preferred Carrier - South African Airways South Africa Airways is our preferred carrier for this event and will offer between 5-18% discount from their lowest published rates (see table below). Please take note that these fare levels exclude all taxes, Should be used as a guideline price only and may change and/or increase at any time. When booking please use the SAA Authority Number... AWAITING SAA AUTHORITY NUMBER.... FIG Admin will advise as soon as available....

Things to Do in Cape Town...


Cape Town is a great place to shop for that special African present to take home. Prices are fairly affordable, thanks to favourable international exchange rates. Shops in Cape Town generally open from 08:00 to 17:00 during the week, closing at lunchtime, around 13:00 on Saturdays. Some shops may open a little later on Friday evening. Century City's Canal Walk shopping centre with over 400 shops (pictured) is open from 10:00 to 21:00 during the week and on a Sunday, while on Saturday it is open from 09:00 to 21:00. Other main shopping spots... Adderley Street V & A Waterfront Greenmarket Square Crafts Market Tyger Valley Shopping Centre WHERE TO SHOP

Table Mountain

Two Oceans Aquarium One of the most popular attractions in Cape Town and safer than cage diving with Great White Sharks... VISIT WEBSITE

Just a sample of activities available in and around Cape Town. Make sure you add a few days to your trip...

Cape Town Magazine - Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town Cape Town Government - 21 Things to Do in Cape Town Cape Town Police - Some Things Not to Do - CAUTION

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking in Table Mountain - recently crowned one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Take a trip on the aerial cableway (pictured) for breathtaking views. For the more extravagent , take a helicopter trip around Table Mountain and Cape Town

Great White Shark Cage Diving

Cape Town Sightseeing


The easiest and cheapest way to see Cape Town is to use the ‘Hop-On Hop-Off bus which offers two routes and can be combined with a canal cruise . >> VIEW WEBSITE

Night Life


Take in all the night life in Long Street and elsewhere... But don’t be late getting up! You might miss something...



Intercab Fare Calculator Long Street (click picture)

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