The Sun City Convention and Exhibition Centre has been chosen for its sophisticated conference infrastructure, as well as its rural and scenic African setting. Sun City is able to provide an excellent combination of presentation venues, exhibition spaces, and delegate accommodation available in various price classes and within walking distance of the conference venue. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve surrounds the venue, and provides a convenient and relevant setting for field trips, live fire and aerial demonstrations.
Sun City is located in South Africa’s North West Province and is only 2 hours drive from Johannesburg, the main economic hub of South Africa. Connecting passenger and freight flights between O.R. Tambo International (Johannesburg) and Pilanesberg Airport can be arranged. The flight time between these two destinations is about 45 minutes. An excellent surfaced road system caters for delegates who wish to travel by luxury coach or hired car from Johannesburg to Sun City, or driving in from other parts of South Africa or neighbouring African countries.
The venue also provides real income generating opportunities for surrounding poor communities, which supports the ILC’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, the Hyogo Framework for Action and the pro-poor developmental principles of the conference organisers. The conference provides an opportunity for surrounding communities to participate by providing evening entertainment as well as art and craft displays. Communities will also participate as extra hands employed by Sun City in the lead up to and during the conference.
The climate features warm temperatures typical of tropical latitudes, with summer rainfall and dry winters. The surrounding area consists of savannah and grassland vegetation types and has a winter fire cycle.
For more information visit the Sun City website.
Public wireless internet will be available to purchase. Sun City have out-sourced this to Always On, a South African group with National and International partners, allowing airtime purchased to be used thoughout the Sun City Resort or any of the listed partner establishments thoughout the world. Good coverage is available in all of the rooms and all public areas of the Sun City Resort. Air time can be purchased on line or from the Sun City Business Centre. Expect to pay R3.00 per MB. Their web address is www.alwayson.co.za and you may download further instructions here. There is also a public internet cafe at the Sun City Business Centre.
Please note that there is no internet connectivity in Pilanesberg Game Reserve.