Venue & Travel

General Info

We look forward to having in-person participants join us at the University of Pretoria from 29 July to 7 August 2022 for the Global Humanities Institute 2022 on Climate Justice and Problems of Scale.

This webpage and the FAQs contain some important information regarding the in-person conference and your travels to South Africa. Please read through it, respond to us where necessary, and let us know should you have any questions. 

Transport

The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship has booked your airport shuttle with Shuttle Direct for your arrival and departure from Pretoria. The drivers will wait at the Information Desk of the International Arrivals Hall at the Airport. We will send you confirmation of your shuttles as they are booked, with some shuttles booked for multiple people travelling on the same flights. If you would like to explore Pretoria and the surrounding areas during unscheduled time during your visit, we recommend you consult any of the following transport options:

Gautrain
– Commuter train between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Station located on the corner of Grosvenor and Arcadia Street in Hatfield, near the University of Pretoria.
– Web: http://www.gautrain.co.za
– You will be required to purchase a card from the cashiers and load it with the correct amount of credit to travel from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria.
Shuttle Direct
– Shuttle company located in Pretoria
– Email: info@shuttledirect.co.za
– Phone: (+27) 861-734-732
– Phone (After Hours): (+27) 79-236-7011
Uber
– If you have the Uber app, you can also make use of their services in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Subsistence

For most of the conference, breakfast, lunch and dinner will provided at the Future Africa campus. If you have not yet done so, please let us know if you have any dietary requirement that we should note. The Centre for the Advancement will provide a small stipend for the duration of the Institute (29 July to 7 August). This will be an amount of ZAR400 (~USD 25) per person prepay, or a total of ZAR 4000 (~USD 250).

Venue

The Summer Institute will be held at Conference Room 2 of Future Africa, which is on the LC De Villiers Sports Campus of the University of Pretoria.

Wi-Fi

Future Africa’s conference facilities and accommodation has Wi-Fi, and details will be supplied upon checking in.

Weather

July and August are probably the coldest months in South Africa, so it is advisable that warm clothing is packed. Temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, but this winter has been unusually cold and I advise you check an extended forecast before travelling. Rain is not typical during this time.

SIM cards for mobile phones

By South African law (RICA), you are required to provide a proof of residence if you want to buy a prepaid SIM card in South Africa. If you will not be using international roaming, we recommend you buy a SIM card in the airport arrivals lounge, where you can purchase one with only your passport.

Plugs

Most plugs in South Africa are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. Please bring a suitable adaptor if you need one, or purchase one here (available in most supermarkets or pharmacies). The university will not be able to supply these.

For an overview of these specifications, check out this resource on South African plugs and sockets.

There are limited plug points in the venue for the Institute, so please charge your laptops and cellphones at your accommodation to avoid clamoring for a charging point during the Institute.


General Info