24th – 28th June 2024   •   Durban, South Africa

SAI Platform Annual Event 2024

Building climate change resilience through regenerative agriculture

24th – 28th June 2024   •   Durban, South Africa

SAI Platform Members Only   •   #SAIPlatform2024
SAI Platform Members Only #SAIPlatform2024

General Information

SAI Platform’s 2024 Annual Event is taking place at the Capital Zimbali Resort, nestled along the stunning KwaZulu-Natal coast just North of Durban in South Africa. 

Ballito, the closest town to the resort, promises an escape into a world of serene beaches and lush landscapes. 

Currency and Banks

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR).

The following exchange rates were applicable as of 08 February 2024:

1 United States Dollar = ZAR 18.891 Euro = ZAR 20.38

Electricity Supply

The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 – 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).

Excursions and Overland Tours

Should you wish to extend your stay, our event organisers offer some adventure and cultural tours. Whether you’re seeking serene nature walks, historical explorations, or engaging local encounters, their diverse offerings can be tailored to your personal pace and preferences. 

Half day & full day tours >>

Overland Tours >>


There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries.

Ballito is not considered to be a malaria designated area. You are advised however to take the necessary precautions if you are traveling to malaria designated areas located mainly in the northern areas of South Africa or Northern KwaZulu-Natal, and you should consult your general practitioner for advice in this regard.

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. The South African National Travel Health Network (SaNTHNet) has been established to provide travellers with essential information related to health risks both locally and across borders. The website has regular updates on health risks, as well as providing general information related to vaccination requirements for various destinations.

For more information, please visit: https://www.santhnet.co.za/

It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores. Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, shopping centres, restaurants etc.), except in designated smoking areas.

There are currently no Covid-19 restrictions applicable for entry into South Africa.


SAI Platform 2024 accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss, or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by conference participants either during the conference or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect of health, travel, and cancellation insurance.


The official conference language will be English.

Safety and Security

For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Ballito, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Ballito is like any other major city with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. The area around Zimbali Coastal Resort is safe, and well monitored, but we advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided. During the Conference, the information desk at the venue and your hotel’s concierge will be able to assist you with information on places to visit and the appropriate means of transport.

Shopping in Ballito

Most shops in the area and suburbs open between 08h00 and 17h00 to 17h30. Shops in major shopping malls open at 09h00 and close at 21h00 or later, even on Sundays and most public holidays. Government agencies keep to traditional weekday only hours. Most banks close at 15h30 and have limited Saturday morning opening times. Muslim-owned businesses close at noon on Fridays and re-open at 14h00.


International direct dialling, internet, and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in South Africa. Local SIM Cards can be purchased at convenience stores or at the airport on arrival.


Gratuities are not obligatory but are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR 20 per item, taxis 10%, waiters, and waitresses in restaurants 10%.

Time Zone

South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2GMT).

Traveller's Cheques

Most international traveller’s cheques are accepted, provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service. Please note that credit cards or cash are generally a more acceptable form of payment.

VAT / Tax Refunds

VAT of 15% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on goods or products (not services) that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.

Venue and Dates

The Capital Zimbali Resort, 24 – 28 June 2024

Address: 6 Zimbali Dr, Zimbali Estate, Dolphin Coast, 4399

Phone: 032 538 5000

The Capital Zimbali Resort is one of South Africa’s most iconic coastal destination.

Located in a luxury eco estate with beautiful Indian Ocean views and less than 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport.

For more detailed information please visit:  https://thecapitalzimbali.co.za


The month of June offers the best weather conditions for travel in Ballito. The average temperatures range from 16°C to 25°C (61°F to 77°F), making it pleasant for outdoor activities. The roads are in good condition, providing easy accessibility to various attractions. The weather is temperate, and the crowds are at a minimum, especially at the beachfront.