Sep 22 – 27, 2019
Cape Town
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Social Functions

Social Functions

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception will be held on Sunday 22 September from 18:00 onwards at the Two Oceans Aquarium  on the V&A Waterfront.  Buses will depart from The Westin at 17:45 to the Aquarium.  Registration for the conference will be open from 18:00 onwards, followed by the reception in the magnificent Predator Exhibit area.  You will be able to explore the impressive and beautiful marine life displayed at the Aquarium during this time.  Buses will return to The Westin at the end of the function.

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans.

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a certified Diamond member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme. Diamond status was awarded in 2017 after they maintained Platinum status, the highest level of achievement in this internationally recognised eco-labelling programme, for five years.

The exciting, newly revamped Predator Exhibit gives you the chance to experience a close encounter with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa's oceans. Meet the shiver of ragged-tooth sharks, watch schools of giant yellowtail hunt for their next meal and watch the curious, but territorial, yellowbelly rockcod stand its ground to much larger predators. Whether you relax in front of the exhibit's large window, or spiral around the accessible viewing ramp - there is a jawesome underwater world to discover.

Tour to iThemba LABS 

A tour of iThemba LABS facilities will take place on Wednesday 25 September from 14:00 onwards.  Delegates are invited to a spitbraai (lamb on the spit) after the tour.  Buses will depart from the Westin Hotel at 14:00 to iThemba LABS and return to the Westin Hotel after dinner.

Conference Dinner

The Conference banquet will be held at The Bungalow Restaurant in Clifton on Thursday 26 September.  This restaurant is right on the Atlantic Ocean and will offer a beautiful sunset while sipping your arrival drinks and enjoying scrumptious canapes. This will be followed by a local Marimba Band and a delicious 2 course meal.  Buses will depart from the Westin Hotel  and return after the dinner.