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July 07, 2009

Join the power grid in Cape Town at ISH 2009


Cape Town International Convention Centre, photo courtesy Paul Watson

From August 24 to 28 this year, local and international delegates will descend upon the Cape Town International Convention Centre to attend the 16th International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH). Organised by some of South Africa’s leading universities, the five-day event will bring researchers and engineers together for discussions and presentations.

Organiser Jan Reynders says on the symposium website, www.ish2009.org, that the event has stimulated his work and provided him with “a network of men and women who willingly served as mentors and guides”. He hopes that the 2009 ISH delegates will, like him, benefit from their involvement and participation in the symposium.

Delegates are asked to find their own accommodation, though this shouldn’t be a problem in a city renowned for its first-class hospitality. The Convention Centre is located close to a variety of lodgings ranging from quaint B&Bs and budget-friendly hotels to more luxurious accommodation. The Convention Centre’s onsite hotel, the Westin Grand, provides guests with comfortable rooms and convenience.

Delegates are encouraged to quote “ISH 2009” when booking accommodation in order to receive favourable rates.

When delegates have a couple of hours to spare, there is no better way to pass the time than to explore Cape Town’s history, culture and unparalleled beauty. This cosmopolitan city was the winner of the 2008 Travel Awards for Africa’s Leading Destination and offers something for everyone. History buffs can explore the Castle, Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island and the District Six Museum, while nature enthusiasts will enjoy Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the beauty of the Cape. Visitors can also explore the Cape’s famous winelands, beaches and unique shopping districts. And people who enjoy photography as a hobby always find something to catch their eye.

The International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering is sure to be a rewarding experience – both professionally and personally – for the engineers and scientists who attend. Those interested in attending can register online at www.ish2009.org. Costs are R7 200 for full delegates and R6 350 for student delegates. More information can be found on the website or by contacting +27 11 487 9047.

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