UNIVERSITY, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PARTNERSHIPS: SOLUTIONS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH, INNOVATION, SKILLS AND THE ECONOMY FOR 4IR POST COVID 19 AND BEYOND

The long awaited and exciting 11th International Conference has been rescheduled for 13-15 October 2021. The conference will take place in the country’s economic hub and in the much sought-after conference venue, Montecasino, Gauteng. The three-day event promises challenging debates, presentations on innovations for the 4IR and post COVID 19 solutions. We have lined up some of South Africa’s leading experts and innovators and internationally renowned specialists to participate in the debates, round table discussions and presentations.

In addition, we are planning an exciting preconference workshop on tourism with all the relevant stakeholders from Government, our Game Parks and Hospitality and Tourism industry. This pre-conference programme will take place at Sun City and will include a site visit to Pilanesberg National Park which is about three hours’ drive from Johannesburg, near Sun City where there will be fantastic game viewing with a chance to spot the Big Five: leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino.

Conference delegates will be provided with opportunities to visit the above and additionally other exciting destinations closer to the conference venue both prior to and post the conference, namely:

  • The Cradle of Humankind a UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 44 kilometres from Johannesburg, is one of the richest concentrations of early human fossils in the world. The site is also home to the impressive Sterkfontein Caves with six connected underground caverns where many of the fossils were found. Among the finds here is the skull of a humanoid creature known as Australopithecus africanus, estimated to be two million years old, as well as a skeleton thought to be about 3.5 million years old.
  • Madikwe Nature Reserve, About a three-and-a half-hour drive from Johannesburg, offers travellers the chance to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) in more than 750 square kilometres of malaria-free natural bushland. The park also protects endangered African wild dogs, hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, antelopes, and more than 300 species of birds.
  • The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg has poignant exhibits such as photos, artifacts, personal stories, newspaper clippings, and films trace the story of apartheid and its impacts on everyday life during the time. Visitors here become travellers through time, following a path of exhibits that takes them on South Africa’s journey from oppression to democracy.
  • Lion Park, less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg with a choice of exhilarating activities on offer such as a two-hour lion tour as well as special game drives for photographers in silent electric vehicles or visitors can take a self-drive tour of the resident wildlife or hop aboard the park’s safari vehicles for guided game drives to see hyena, wild dog, zebras, lion, cheetah, and many species of antelope.

Bookings for such programmes will be posted on the Conference Website and our conference team will be happy to assist you. Should you be interested in any of the above please contact kogie@satn.co.za.