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Invite: Water-Energy-Food Nexus - towards efficient national planning #WaterEnergyFood  

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:03

   

Email: enquiries@nstf.co.za | Tel: +27 12 841 3987

 
   
 

Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning

23-24 October 2018, Pelindaba, Hartbeespoort
#WaterEnergyFood

 

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a Discussion Forum in collaboration with its representatives from national science councils, on the ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus - towards efficient national planning’.

 

  

Join the conversation.

Click here to register


The water-energy-food nexus means that the security of supply in these three critical resources tends to be intricately linked. Actions in one area tend to have impacts in one or both of the other two areas. The United Nation’s UN-Water notes that the water-food-energy nexus is central to sustainable development.
 
In South Africa, there is a lack of a clear elevated plan to manage the water-energy-food nexus and to inform decision-making processes in support of the National Development Plan. In light of the recent severe droughts, it is essential to have a national dialogue by the relevant experts, affected communities, and government departments.
 

Event objectives:

·         To assess the extent government policy takes account of challenges related to water, energy and food security, and whether there is alignment

·         For researchers to present their research, thinking, and innovation regarding the interrelatedness of water, energy and food

·         To facilitate exchanges and solution-driven deliberations around the nexus

·         To discuss and respond to issues that should influence policy-makers to align the national water, energy and food strategies for the purpose of attaining security of supply in all these areas

Questions for consideration:

·         How can South Africa’s planning for energy resources be optimised to support increased fresh water and food security?

·         Is the current national water strategy adequate to deal with future shortages due to changing climate?

·         How can the agriculture industry support efficient use of water and energy resources?

·         In light of the above, what are the prospects of establishing a national task team on the water-energy-food nexus?

Envisaged outcomes

·         Collating recommendations for government, which will be publicised and sent to the relevant authorities

·         Identifying issues for further discussion and determining possible follow-up actions

Outputs will be available on the NSTF website: Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, video clips of presentations, media release, set of detailed proceedings including audience discussions, summary and recommendations, concept document, reading list, and photos.

Necsa Science Tour: On Wednesday 24 October at 14:00-16:30, the Discussion Forum will be followed by a tour of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) at Pelindaba, Hartbeespoort. (Necsa is close to the Discussion Forum venue.) For security, the tour requires a separate registration process. The tour programme will be emailed to you by the NSTF Office. For enquiries, contact Mr Wiseman Tseisa at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3349/3987.
 
About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. This ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, professional societies (known as proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.
 
The committee of the Science Councils and Statutory Bodies Sector discusses ways to improve coherence among science councils and identifies areas of common interest. The latter is achieved through this annual Discussion Forum where a range of topical SET and innovation issues are discussed by various experts and key role players in the science community and councils.

 

 

 Delegate registration information

 Dates & times: 23-24 October 2018: 8:30 for 9:00-16:30

 Venue: Amanzingwe Lodge & Conference Centre, Portion 199, Pelindaba Road,
 Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort
 
 Programme: Click here
 
 Registration: Register online by no later than Thursday 18 October 2018. ***Terms and
 conditions apply.

 
 Tour: Send an email with your full contact details (including valid SA identification details) to
 enquiries@nstf.co.za to register for the Necsa science tour. Note: For security reasons, you
 must register separately for the tour.

 
 We invite you to join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and
 networking.

 This event is FREE for all media (journalists), government representatives and the
 diplomatic corps.

 

Registration information***
Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested but resentatives from non-member organisations pay an attendance fee of R2000 (all fees are excluding VAT). The registration fee includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

Please note that if you do not register online, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website. As such, all registrations are automatically subscribed to the NSTF database which are confidential to the NSTF only.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the non-profit mission of the NSTF, as a collaborative consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF:

  • Provides information
  • Promotes SET and innovation
  • Hosts platforms for networking and debate on current SET issues
  • Engages with government on SET-related policy
 

 


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WITS: Technology in Mining: Management of Earth Moving Equipment For Mining and Large scale Infrastructure Projects: 21 - 23 No

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 1 October 2018 15:45

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Wits Mining Institute & Wits Enterprise

Presents a short course on:

 

Technology in Mining: Management of Earth Moving Equipment For Mining and Large scale Infrastructure Projects

21 – 23 November 2018

Course Objectives

To study and practice:

  • Advanced manual and computerized techniques, for the selection of the most efficient and most economical spread of equipment and general layout.
  • Equipment Economics & Earthwork Cost Evaluation Analysis.
  • Planning and Managing Earthmoving Projects

Who Should Attend

This 3-day postgraduate level course, which has been of high demand for many years now, is aimed at Engineers and Technicians at Technical and Managerial levels, who are involved in the various stages of Surface Mining and Civil Engineering Projects - Planning, Execution and Project Management.

Course Structure

The course is offered over 3 consecutive days. Delegates will also study and personally practice the most updated computer programs such as Talpac by Runge, FPC etc. for:

  • Machine and earthmoving simulation
  • Optimizing system selection
  • Machine and earthmoving cost analysis

Note: All lectures followed by tutorial, class exercising and software practicing.

Use of laptops during course is required. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops for software and case studies downloading

Course Content

The following is the course program, subject to adjustment to the companies and delegate's special interest and needs.

DAY ONE 

  • Properties of soil which affect earthmoving. Basics of Geo-Mechanics
  • Power required for various stages of Earthmoving.
  • The usage and interpretation of earthmoving machines performance curves.
  • Earthmoving production calculations. Variables affecting cycle time and production. Machine and fleet availability by MTBF, MTTR.
  • Principles of Machinery Component design. Diesel engine curves, power-train components, hydraulic systems, tracks and undercarriage. Earthmoving tire selection and management
  • Rock breaking techniques. Drilling and blasting, hydraulic hammers applications, rock ripping, Use of seismography for selecting rock breaking methods.  
  • Bulldozers application, types of blades and their economical application range. Production calculations, manual and computerized.
  • Top loading methods and equipment. Track and wheel type front end loaders (FEL), SAE ratings, Load-Haul-Dump application (by application software). FEL variety of attachments for excavation and material handling

DAY TWO 

  • Hydraulic Excavators - mass excavation and loading versions. Mining hydraulic and mechanical shovels and their application range
  • Earth hauling equipment and its application range. On highway earthmoving trucks, Mining trucks, Special application haulers, articulated Dump Trucks. (ADT) 
  • Scraper Applications for mining and mine rehabilitation- Push Loaded and Self Loading. (Elevator, auger) Optimum Load Time. Performance and production rates.
  • Leveling and grading equipment. Land levelers and motor graders. Automatic blade control - conventional, GPS and Laser guided.
  • Matching fleets for earthmoving optimization. Implementation of the queuing theory.
  • Computerized simulation programs for loading and hauling by class demonstration and students exercising (by Talpac, FPC etc.)
  • Principals of fleet and site management. Planning an efficient spread of earthmoving equipment. Job Scheduling and Planning

DAY THREE 

  • Principles of design of earthmoving roads for optimizing haulage. Road materials and cross section, geometric designs for hauling efficiency and safety.  Haul road maintenance. 
  • Advanced earthmoving techniques - remote monitoring of earthmoving equipment. Payload sensing devices for on-site monitoring of actual production. 
  • Time and motion study. Truck dispatch software. GPS applications and software interpretation, basics of equipment economics. Basics of Fleet owning and operation cost. Optimum plant replacement  
  • Safety regulations and guidelines in earthmoving sites.

Lecturer

Our visiting lecturer is Prof. Zvi Borowitsh, Senior Lecturer at the Israel Institute of Technology, who has extensive experience in managing and consulting for large scale earthmoving projects. The course is convened by Prof Dick Minnitt of the School of Mining Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg.

Course fees and closing date

Course fees (per delegate for the course):

R 13,200 excluding VAT

Course fees include notes, teas and lunches.

Enquiries and bookings

To register online visit www.witsenterprise.co.za 

Contact:

Eunice Sediti

Wits Commercial Enterprise

Short Coordinator

+27 11 717 1188 / 0823583950

Eunice.sediti@wits.ac.za


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INVITATION: Transport Forum's month of transport celebrations: 11 October 2018: Johannesburg

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 28 September 2018 18:07

 

The Transport Forum will be hosting the annual Month of Transport Celebrations Event under proud sponsorship of The University of Johannesburg’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa).

DATE:    11 October 2018

THEME: Rail Day

VENUE:   University of Johannesburg
               School of Tourism and Hospitality
               Bunting Road Campus
               Auckland Park

TIMES: 08h00 – 16h30

Over the years, this prestigious annual event has grown from strength to strength and has contributed to the Transport Forum becoming an aggregator for networking and content provision to industry decision makers within the transport sector.

The event will take on a complete networking function and will be transformed into a round-table conference room with more than 20 communication desks strategically placed around the perimeter of the room to optimise engagement and networking. 

The preliminary agenda currently stands as follows: 

08h00-09h00

Registration, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

09h00-09h15

Welcome

 

09h15-09h45

Introduction to Communication Desks

 

 

Forwarding and Clearing in the Rail Industry

Chair: Mr. David Logan: CEO: SAAFF

09h45-10h00

Topic to be advised

David Logan: CEO: SAAF

10h00-10h15

Topic to be advised

Marcus Balzereit: CEO: Kuehne-Nagel

10h15-10h30

TBC

 

10h30-10h50

Panel discussion

 

Diversification and Expansion

Chair: Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR

11h00-11h15

Transnet Freight Rail Diversification and Expansion

Mr. Ravi Nair: Chief Executive: TFR

11h15-11h30

PRASA diversification and Expansion

Mr. Mr. Pieter Sebola: Head: Strategic Asset Development: PRASA

11h30-11h45

Integration of Marine Ports with Rail and Dry Ports

Mr. Saleem Peterson: Head of Strategy: TPT

11h45-12h05

Panel Discussion

12h05-12h35

Refreshments, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

 

The Future of Rail in South Africa

Chair: Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting DDG: Rail
Department of Transport

12h35-12h50

The Future of Rail in South Africa

Mr. Jan-David de Villiers: Acting Deputy Director General: Rail: DOT

12h50-13h05

Gauteng MAP and plan for Rail

Mr. Jack van der Merwe: CEO: GMA

13h05-13h20

The future of Commodities and Rail 

Dr. Roger Baxter: CEO: The Minerals Council South Africa 

13h20-13h35

Topic and presenter to be confirmed

AgriSA

13h35-14h05

Panel discussion

 

14h05-15h00

Lunch, networking and visiting the communication desks

 

 

Rail and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Chair: Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa

15h00-15h15

IoT and Future Rail

Mr. Tommie Snyman: ITS Solutions Expert: Huawei Technologies South Africa

15h15-15h30

Topic to be advised

Mr. Evert de Ruiter: Enterprise Solution Sales Executive: GE Transportation

15h30-15h45

Topic to be advised

Mr. Kevin Pillay: Vice President: Siemens Ltd

15h45-16h05

Panel discussion

16h05-16h30

Closure and lucky draws

 


Cancellation Policy:

Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to:  harryvh@transportsig.com or fax at: 086 530 6431. 

 

How to become a sponsor and get great exposure:
Download the Transport Forum Sponsorship Agreement from “Sponsorship Documentation” available under “Downloads” on the Transport Forum’s website: http://www.transportsig.com

 

Transport SIG Background:
The state-owned arivia.kom established a Transport Forum in 2005 with the main goal of enhancing the transport process in South Africa.  This necessitated the establishment of a Transport Special Interest Group within the organisation to address challenges with participants who are passionate about the transport sector. At the end of 2009, arivia.kom was acquired by T-Systems SA (Pty)Ltd who now acts as the Platinum Sponsor of the Transport Forum. 


Kind regards

 

Harry van Huyssteen

Custodian: Transport Forum

Fax: 086 530 6431

Mobile: 082 654 6736

www.transportsig.com

 

 

 


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INVITATION TO ECSA 2018 ENGINEERING GOLF DAY & AWARDS DINNER: 1 November 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 28 September 2018 17:56

ECSA registered members are invited to attend the ECSA 2018 Engineering Golf Day & Awards Dinner on 1 November 2018. Attendance for both events is free of charge.

Included in this invitation with our compliments:

Green Fees

Awesome Goodie Bag

Grab & Go Lunch

Non-alcoholic refreshments during the day

Directions to Modderfontein Golf Club: GPS Co-Ordinates 26.1023° S, 28.1640° E

To register please click on the below links:

RSVP for Golf Day

 

Included in this invitation with our compliments:

Dinner and wine on the table

 A limited choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Directions to Emperor's Palace:
GPS Co-Ordinates S: 26° 08' 55.10", E: 28° 13' 20.17"

RSVP for Awards Dinner

 

 


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SAIMechE John Orr Lecture: Towards Sustainable Road Freight: 13 September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:57

SAIMechE hosts the very prestigious "John Orr Memorial Lecture” each year in conjunction with Wits University to commemorate the achievements of Professor John Orr in engineering education in South Africa.

The 2018 John Orr Memorial Lecture is titled “Towards Sustainable Road Freight”, and be delivered by Prof David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University on 13 September 2018 (Thursday) at 17h15 for 18h00 at Wits University, Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (prev. Senate House), East Campus, Braamfontein.

For more information refer to the attachment. 


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John Orr Lecture Notice 2018.pdf 925.5K 28 Aug 18 15:57

Invite: The 4th Industrial Revolution and SET, industry, society, and education, 11-13 September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 13:21

 

 

The 4th Industrial Revolution and SET, industry, society, and education

11-13 September 2018, Cape Town Stadium
#4IRsciZA

 

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a Discussion Forum on ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and science, engineering and technology (SET), industry, society, and education’. The event will be held from 11-13 September 2018 in partnership with the South African Innovation Summit (NSTF member). It is full day on 11 September and the afternoons of 12 and 13 September.

 

 

 

Join the conversation about our future.

Click here to RSVP

 

 

There are now powerful technologies that make life easier and enable human achievements previously thought to be impossible. Fundamental changes are anticipated for everything – such as industries, economies, jobs, transport, skills, and education. The negative implications are also substantial – from job losses as a result of high-level skills demand to new legislation and changes to education and training.
 
To adapt to this changing world and to make use of opportunities, people from all sectors of society need to collaborate for comprehensive – and shared – approaches. Scientists and engineers are crucial in the world of 4IR. Research is more critical than ever. Governments cannot on their own effect the necessary changes.
 
South Africa seems underprepared for the 4IR. It is not taking sufficient advantage of 4IR opportunities for establishing businesses and industries, despite its strong scientific base and innovative people. It also suffers from a severe backlog with the school education system and high-level skills.
 

Event objectives:

·         Platform to present and assess to what extent government policy takes account of challenges and opportunities of 4IR

·         Platform for researchers to present their research, thinking, and the innovation needed for 4IR

·         Opportunity to interact, find information, and make your voice heard

·         To reflect on the implications of 4IR for SET, industry, and education
 

Envisaged outcomes:

·         Collating recommendations for government, which will be publicised and sent to the relevant authorities

·         Identifying what issues need further discussion and determining possible follow-up actions

 1.Special NSTF discounts for the SA Innovation Summit: All SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) delegates with tickets attend the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum free of charge. To get 30% discount!, register NOW for the SAIS with the unique NSTF promo code: 2018NSTF

 2.Registrations for the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum only: Those that want to register for the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum but not participate in the SA Innovation Summit are welcome. The following registration procedures apply:

·         NSTF members have free access to the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum, even if not registered for the SA Innovation Summit.

·         Non-members pay R2000 registration fee excl VAT.
 

 Delegate registration information


 Dates & times:
 Day 1: Tuesday 11 September (08:30 for 09:00-17:00 full day) – with lunch
 Day 2: Wednesday 12 September (13:30 for 14:00-17:00 half day) – lunch not included
 Day 3: Thursday 13 September (13:30 for 14:00-17:00 half day) – lunch not included

 Venue: Cape Town Stadium, main entrance, level 2, Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape

 Programme: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 

 RSVP: RSVP online your participation in the different events by no later than Wednesday 5 September 2018.  Terms and conditions apply.

 Parking: Opposite the stadium (walk over and enter through the main entrance)

 We invite you to join us for lunch on the first day. Please use the opportunity for further discussion and networking.
 

This event is FREE for all media, as well as the diplomatic corps and government

 

 

Outputs: As is usual for NSTF Discussion Forums, the following outputs will be produced and made available after the event:

·         A set of proceedings describing the presentations made and the audience discussions

·         Summary and recommendations capturing the outcomes

·         Media release lobbying the outcomes through the NSTF database (over 10,000 contacts)

·         Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations will be available

·         Video clips of presentations

·         Concept document

·         Reading list

·         Photographs
 

About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. This ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, professional societies (known as proSET) and civil society.


The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.
 
The NSTF is an independent platform and a voice for the SET community in South Africa.
 

Registration information***

Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested but as explained above and on the registration form (all fees are excluding VAT).  The registration fee where applicable includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch on Day 1 only.

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the
NSTF website.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the non-profit mission of the NSTF, as a collaborative consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF:
·         Provides information
·         Promotes SET and innovation
·         Hosts platforms for networking and debate on current SET issues
·         Engages with government on SET-related policy
 


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Science, Policy and Society - Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: 14 Aug 2018: Pretoria Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 10:25


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Wits University, Lean Healthcare Management: 10 - 14 September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 3 August 2018 14:09

Aims of the Course

The course aims to provide a foundation level understanding of Lean within a healthcare environment. It also aims to introduce students to basic Lean philosophy, terminology and tools. Students will be equipped with problem solving tools which will enable them to identify and analyse opportunities for improvement within a broad range of healthcare environments. The benefits and challenges of implementing Lean within a South African healthcare environment will also be discussed.

Course Content

We look at operations management in healthcare from a systems perspective, aiming to understand the context and challenges of this unique environment.  This course will refresh the context and background of Lean, leading into problem solving methods with particular emphasis on root cause analysis. We will equip you with skills aimed at taking good lean ideas and implementing them, and once implemented, to measure their impact and evaluate whether the goals were met.

Who Should Attend 

This course is aimed at operational staff and management in private and public healthcare. The course will also be valuable for key members of government and non-profit organisations and consultants to the healthcare industry.

For more information refer to the attachment. 


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Last updated Friday, 3 August 2018 12:09

Leadership Development Workshop: NMU

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 13:41

For more information and to register contact:

Dr Ann Lourens
HoD Industrial Engineering

Project Leader: wela
Department of Industrial Engineering

Summerstrand Campus North

Tel: +27 (0)41 5049124
Fax: +27 (0)41 5049246

Cell: 083 658 1084

 


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INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG 7 June 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 1 June 2018 20:04


 

I N V I T A T I O N to a S p e c i a l   I n t e r e s t   G r o u p event, Bus Rapid Transit, on Thursday 7 June 2018 in Johannesburg
   

Proudly hosted by:

University of Johannesburg's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Africa), or ITLS (Africa)

 

Venue: 

School of Tourism and Hospitality (Click here for map)
Bunting Road Campus
Auckland Park
Johannesburg
 
GPS coordinates: Latitude: -26.189144   Longitude: 28.016683 

 Cost:

Attendance is for free, but booking is essential

Click here for the website and to reserve your seat

Agenda:

12h00 - 13h00

REGISTRATION, LUNCH AND NETWORKING

 

13h00 – 13h15

Housekeeping

Harry van Huyssteen
Custodian
Transport Forum

13h15 – 13h40

Opening Address

Prof. Jackie Walters
Head: Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management
University of Johannesburg

13h40 – 14h05

DOT’s view on BRT

Mr. Ibrahim Seedat
Director: Public Transport Policies
Department of Transport

14h05 – 14h30

Future trajectories for BRT in South Africa

Prof. Christo Venter
Associate Professor
Centre for Transport Development/ Department of Civil Engineering
University of Pretoria

14h45 - 15h05

Reforms to the Integrated Public Transport Networks’ Plans and Budget

Mr. Michael Kihato
Public Transport Lead: Cities Support Programme
National Treasury

15h05 - 15h30

TBC

 

15h30 – 16h00

Panel Discussion

 

16h00 - 16h10

Closure and Lucky Draw (Winner must be present!)

 

Cancellation Policy:
Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to:  harryvh@transportsig.com or fax at: 086 530 6431.


 


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