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Technical Tours

Pre-Congress Technical Visits and Tour

Delegates will be able to visit a variety of facilities as part of the Technical Visits programme as well as a tour to Necsa. These visits will take place prior to the congress on Friday 6 May 2016 and can either be attended as a one-day visit or as part of a sightseeing tour. All visits will depart from the Cape Town International Convention Centre except the visit to Necsa.

The tour to Necsa will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016 and Friday 6 May 2016.

Please note all options are detailed below and can be booked via the registration system.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (One Day Visit)

Bookings have now closed.

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 08h00 to 17h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R650.00 per person rate

This one day tour will afford delegates the opportunity to visit the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, the only nuclear power station on the entire African continent. It is located North of Cape Town on the picturesque west coast of South Africa. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is owned and has been operated by the country's national electricity supplier, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.
More information at www.eskom.co.za

Facilities that would be included in the tour at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station are:

  • The Low/Intermediate Level Waste Storage Facility:
    Low and Intermediate Level Waste and Short-Lived Waste is temporarily stored at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station prior to shipment and disposal at the National Waste Repository.The tour includes a visit to the Low Level and Intermediate Level Waste Storage Facility where visitors will gain insight into the packaging, monitoring, labelling and storage of radioactive waste at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.
  • The Emergency Preparedness and Response Control Centre:
    The Koeberg Emergency Control Centre is located on-site and the primary function is to facilitate a coordinated, integrated response to radiological and nuclear incidents and/or accidents. The tour includes a visit to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Control Centre where visitors will gain insight into the Integrated Koeberg Nuclear Emergency Plan, the response organisation and protective measures to safeguard workers, the public and the environment against potential consequences associated with radiological and nuclear incidents/ accidents.
  • The Turbine Hall:
    The Koeberg Turbine Hall houses plant and major components associated with steam production and electricity generation. The tour includes a walk in the Turbine Hall where visitors will see the main components i.e. the operational Generators and Turbines employed for generating electricity. The Koeberg Turbine Hall houses the largest turbines in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The cooling water intake basin and filtration system:
    Seawater from the Atlantic Ocean is used for cooling essential plant components. The tour includes a walk to the Intake Basin Filtration System where visitors will see the intake of cooling water and filtration of debris via a rake and drum screens.
  • The Visitor's Centre:
    The Koeberg Visitor's Centre boasts a state of the art auditorium and exhibition area, which enthralls and enlightens thousands of visitors every year. Visitors are given the opportunity to discover first-hand how the power station works and the measures taken to protect the environment around the station. From the deck of the centre, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, and a fair stretch of pristine West Coast coastline.
  • The Radiation Protection Training Facility:
    The Koeberg Radiation Protection Training Facility at Koeberg employs a simulator to complement training of workers in radiological controlled areas. The tour includes a visit to the Koeberg Radiation Protection Training facility where visitors will gain insight into the Koeberg Radiation Protection Training programme for Radiation Workers. Delegates will be informed of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station access requirements prior to the visit.

Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospital (One Day Visit)

Bookings have now closed due to insufficient numbers.

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 08h00 to 17h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants (maximum 10 participants at each venue)
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R800.00 per person rate

Groote Schuur is one of Cape Town's premier tertiary academic hospitals and was officially opened in 1938. The hospital is internationally renowned as the training ground for some of South Africa's finest doctors, surgeons and nurses. Internationally, Groote Schuur Hospital gained global fame when, in December 1967, a young UCT educated surgeon named Dr Christiaan Barnard completed the world's first successful human heart transplant. Perhaps not quite as well known is the fact that Allan Cormack, co-recipient of the 1979 Nobel prize for his role in the development of the CT scanner, performed a large part of his work on the CT scanner while working at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The visit entails a tour of the "Heart of Cape Town" Museum (Entrance fee included); a museum built on the Groote Schuur Hospital premises around the first heart transplant. It will also include a tour to the radiotherapy department.

Tygerberg Hospital is a tertiary hospital located in Cape Town. The hospital was officially opened in 1976 and is the largest hospital in the Western Cape and the second largest hospital in South Africa. It acts as a teaching hospital in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch's Health Science Faculty. This tour would include a visit to the PET imaging centre at the hospital and possibly the 3 Tesla MRI scanner.

iThemba LABS

Bookings have now closed due to insufficient numbers.

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 13h00 - 16h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R650.00 per person rate

The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research
The main accelerator is a variable-energy separated-sector cyclotron, capable of accelerating protons to a maximum energy of 200 MeV.

Since the late 1980's, the Radionuclide Production Department has been known for supplying both the national and international markets with high quality accelerator based radiopharmaceuticals / radionuclides. This included the supply of short-lived SPECT radiopharmaceuticals such as 123I-related products and 67Ga to its over 25 nuclear medicine departments in South Africa.

In 2006, the first commercial PET radiopharmaceutical, 18F-FDG, and in 2008 the first commercial 68Ge/68Ga generator was produced.

The particle radiotherapy facility boasts a 200 MeV horizontal proton beam line, as well as an isocentric p(66)/Be neutron therapy unit, with depth dose characteristics very similar to an 8 MV photon beam.

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)

Bookings have now closed. To make a booking or if you have an enquiry, please email
deveenan@turnergroup.co.za.

This two day tour will afford delegates the opportunity to visit a variety of nuclear facilities at Necsa's picturesque Pelindaba Site located 70 km from the OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg.

Necsa is a state-owned company responsible for undertaking and promoting Research and Development in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences. It is also responsible for processing source material, including uranium enrichment, and cooperating with other institutions, locally and abroad, on nuclear and related matters.

More information at www.necsa.co.za

Facilities that would be included in the visit would be:

  • SAFARI-1 Research Reactor: 20 Megawatt tank-in-pool type nuclear research reactor, owned and operated by Necsa.
  • NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd: Responsible for a range of radiation-based products and services for healthcare, life sciences and industry. Necsa is by far Africa's largest producer of a range of medical isotopes and an important international supplier of 99Mo which is used for diagnostic purposes and therapeutic treatment of cancers. Many millions of people have received the benefits of medical isotopes originating from the SAFARI-1 Research Reactor.
  • Pelstore: Responsible for pre-disposal operations of all solid radioactive waste originating from Necsa operational facilities and also the interim storage area for all solid radioactive waste from Necsa's decommissioned enrichment programme. A large facility containing 65000 steel drums with several operations, e.g. segmented drum scanner, repacking area and dispatch area for waste transported to the Vaalputs radioactive waste disposal facility.
  • Necsa Emergency Control Centre: From this centre emergencies at Necsa are managed by a multidiscipline team of functionaries. Emergency services are also provided to the local municipality. The Centre which has been renovated during the FIFA 2010 World Cup and has been successfully used as a national nuclear security and emergencies command centre for several major public events such as FIFA 2010 World Cup, COP 17 and AFCON 2013.
  • Necsa Visitor Centre: Used to promote the public understanding of nuclear science and technology and facilitate regular communication with the public and its stakeholders.

Delegates should make travel arrangements through the Congress Secretariat, Turners Conferences to arrive at the hotel on Wednesday 4 May 2016 and depart the hotel on the morning of Saturday 7 May 2016.

Tour Programme

Day One - Wednesday 4 May 2016

Board the complimentary shuttle from the OR Tambo International airport to the Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport. Check in time is from 14h00 onwards, if there are rooms available, you will be permitted an early check-in.

Dinner and one soft drink included for this evening at the hotel main restaurant.
Overnight at the Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day Two - Thursday 5 May 2016

Breakfast packs can be arranged through the hotel; alternatively, the guests can enjoy breakfast from 06h30 to 07h00.

Delegates and Accompanying Persons will depart Johannesburg by coach from the hotel at 07h00 and transfer direct to Necsa.
Coach will return to hotel at 18h00.

Facilities to be visited: Visitor Centre, SAFARI-1, and Emergency Control Centre.
Lunch onsite will be catered for and includes one soft drink.
Dinner and one soft drink included for this evening at the hotel main restaurant.

Overnight at the Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day Three - Friday 6 May 2016

Breakfast packs can be arranged through the hotel; alternatively, the guests can enjoy breakfast from 06h30 to 07h00.

Delegates and Accompanying Persons will depart Johannesburg by coach from the hotel at 07h00 and transfer direct to Necsa.
Coach will return to hotel at 18h00.

Facilities to be visited: NTP Hot Cell Complex and Pelstore.
Lunch onsite will be catered for and includes one soft drink.
Dinner and one soft drink included for this evening at the hotel main restaurant.

Overnight at the Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Fee Per Person
Per Single: R7665.00
Per Person Sharing: R5100.00

  • Rates are quoted per person.
  • Prices are based on a minimum of 20 paying passengers and are subject to availability and successful security clearance by 31 January 2016.

Prices include:

  • 3 night's accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • Full breakfast and dinner at hotel including one soft drink per person
  • Catered lunch includes one soft drink per person at Necsa Visitor Centre
  • Transportation on 5 and 6 May 2016 by luxury touring coach including an English speaking driver
  • Service charges at hotels and all Government taxes

Prices do not include:

  • Items of a personal nature such as newspapers, room service, telephone calls, etc.
  • Drinks/meals other than those specifically mentioned in the itinerary

Limited Availability:

  • Places on tours are limited and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees are moderate to cover costs of transport, some guiding, and lunches/refreshments, where offered.

IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

  • All tours will operate provided that the required minimum numbers are reached and are subject to cancellation fees.
  • Delegates should make travel arrangements to arrive at the hotel on Wednesday 4 May 2016 and depart the hotel on the morning of Saturday 7 May 2016.
  • Dietary requirements will be need to be advised 48 hours prior to tour departure.
  • Indemnity forms will need to be signed prior to participating on the technical tours.
  • Please allow a 15-minute leeway for your pick up time.
  • Delegates participate in the tours entirely at their own risk.
  • A 20% deposit is required within 14 days of making a reservation in order to confirm the reservations.
  • The balance of payment is to reach Turners 45 days prior to the tour departure date.
  • Any bookings made less than 45 days prior to the departure date must be paid in full immediately.
  • All transactions are conducted in terms of Turners standard conditions of trading.
  • Venue is not wheelchair friendly.
  • Participants are to wear flat non-slip shoes at all times.
  • No short pants or dresses are permitted.
  • SA Identity or Passports are essential, and to be on the participant at all times.

Please contact Deveena Naiker on deveenan@turnergroup.co.za

All technical tours are subject to Turners and their appointed tour operators' terms and conditions. Once confirmed, Technical Tours will be subject to a cancellation fee if cancelled after 31 March 2016. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after 7 March 2016.
If minimum numbers are not achieved, you will be offered an alternative tour, equal in value or you will be refunded in full.