LOCATION: SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is a vast country which is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the "Rainbow Nation," South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures.
Emerging from a turbulent and rich history, there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the District Six Museum in Cape Town and Robben Island, just off the beautiful Cape coastline, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 17 years.
South Africa’s attraction also lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the famous Kruger National Park.
Roughly 300 million years ago, during the Karoo Ice Age, Table Mountain wasn’t a mountain at all. It was at sea level—but what lay beneath was layers of sandstone set atop a granite base. Pressure from the underlying magma worked with the ice to harden the top layer, leaving the iconic flat slab we see today. As the continents tore apart and collided, the city’s famous landmark was gradually forced to rise and it now stands a kilometre tall overlooking the bay.
Cape Town offers incredible scenic pleasures, fascinating history, endless coastline with pristine beaches, hiking, sailing, cycling, boating, and loads of other outdoor activities, world-class winelands and superb nightlife.
The city is also known for a widely diverse and interesting range of quality dining options. Recently emerging from a severe drought and water shortage, the city has shown remarkable resilience, finding creative solutions and confronting the realization that drought can affect anyone.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
The FSM5/AfricaSan 2019 meeting will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The iconic CTICC was first imagined in the late 1990s once it became clear that its creation had the potential to fill a void in Cape Town’s tourism infrastructure as well as drive economic growth on a local, provincial and national level.
The idea came to full fruition in 2003 when the CTICC’s construction was completed. CTICC is home to a selection of auditoriums, the largest seating up to 1,500 people. It also boasts a large number of meeting and conference spaces, ballrooms, a spacious flexi-use column-less exhibition area, and various foyers and galleries. CTICC has recently completed an expansion of its property, creating the CTICC 2, a seamless extension of the original building allowing for enhanced event capacity.