SENSEI ROBERTO TRAVAGLINI, 6° DAN - ASA CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR
6 – 9 December 2012
IMPORTANT GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Dear Aikido student - for your convenience, it is important that you read the following general information on attending the Seminar and visiting South Africa.
Any general queries or question you might have can be directed to:
Tel: +27(0)83 463 4187
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This Seminar will be conducted annually by Sensei Roberto Travaglini (6° Dan), ASA Chief Technical Advisor. Travaglini Sensei was officially appointed by Hombu Dojo (Tokyo, Japan) and Shihan Yoji Fujimoto (8° Dan), former Technical Director of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® . Travaglin Sensei was one of the lead students of Fujimoto Shihan. To view the Seminar Official Poster, please click here: National Seminar Poster 2012
Accommodation will be available in guesthouses on the Laborie Estate and also in close proximity of the estate (5 minutes walking distance). Special rates have been agreed with Laborie management, but please note that only limited places are available on the estate.
Please indicate your accommodation preference during your on-line registration to ensure your place. The period of stay before and after the seminar will also be arranged on your request.
2. COSTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa’s currency is the rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents. On average the R/€ exchange rate is 10:1 (might vary given market conditions). There is no black market. The coins are one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and R1, R2 and R5.
The notes are R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. The best currencies to bring are US dollars, euros or British pounds in a mixture of travellers cheques and cash, plus a Visa or MasterCard for withdrawing money from ATMs.
There are ATMs in all cities in South Africa, most of which give cash advances against cards belonging to the Cirrus network.
Credit cards are widely accepted in South Africa, especially MasterCard and Visa. Nedbank is an official Visa agent, and Standard Bank is a MasterCard agent – both have branches across the country.
Budgeting for your trip
Travelling in South Africa is not as cheap as in many less-developed African countries. However, it usually works out to be less expensive than travelling in Europe or North America, and the quality of facilities and infrastructure is generally high. Among the best deals are national parks and reserves, which offer excellent and accessible wildlife-watching at significantly less cost than you would pay in parts of East Africa.
The most recent indication on flight costs from Europe (1st week August 2012) are in the range €850 - €1000 (Milano/Bologna - Cape Town - Milano/Bologna) and €930 - €1050 (Moscow - Cape Town - Moscow). The earlier your ticket is booked the better!
At the budget level, it’s quite possible to get by on about R250 (€25) per day with a bit of effort, by camping or staying in hostels or self-catering accommodation, and using public transport.
For midrange travel – where the best value and most choice are found in South Africa – plan on about R450 (€45) per person per day; more if you hire a vehicle and less if you stay in self-catering places (many of which are quite comfortable).
Life in the luxury lane starts at about R1400 (€140) per person per day.
The attached document shows the typical costs (in Euro) of living in South Africa which can be used as planning guide.
3. FEES AND PAYMENT
The early bird registration deadline is 01 October 2012. Register for the Seminar with Roberto Travaglini Sensei here. Early bird Seminar fees are as follows:
- ASA members: R650
- International students: €65
- Other affiliations (SA): R1000
- Day fee: R400.
Please indicate your attendance option during on-line registration. Various secure payments options are available during registration, including EFT bank options, PayPal, American Express, Mastercard and VISA.
Note that during registration payment amounts are shown in Euro’s or Rands. This enables international students to directly pay in € via PAYPAL during on-line registration. Where only Euro’s are shown for payment, South African students should multiply by ten (10) to determine the South African Rand value. Please reference your payment with your name and confirmation number you will receive by email following registration, and indicate “ASA Seminar”. After the early bird registration deadline, normal registration fees will apply (+15%).
Electronic transfer and bank payments for the Seminar can be made to the following bank account:
AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA
ABSA Bank, Paarl – South Africa
Account number: 92 2147 6312
Branch number 632005
Swift code: absazajj
4. INVITATION LETTER (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)
The South African Embassy in your country/city might require a Letter of Invitation to visit South Africa.
It is important that you provide the following information during registration directly in the provided fields (for international students only):
- Physical address of the South African Embassy you are dealing with in your city
- Period you plan to visit South Africa
- Full names and surname
- Citizenship (which country)
- Place and date of birth
- Passport number
- Issuing authority
- Place of issue
- Date of issue
- Expiration Date:
You will receive an official signed invitation letter within 24 hours to your email address.
To view or download the Final Seminar Programme, please click here: Final seminar Programme 2012
Please register immediately. It is important that students register for the seminar on-line. This will facilitate the Seminar planning. The registration process will take ± 5 minutes to complete, assuring you of a place at the Seminar. Please click here to complete your registration.
ASA members please use the member's login and log in with your username and password provided to you during approval of your annual ASA membership registration. Other registrants to create a username and password specific to this seminar that you can use to access or edit your registration .
All registrants who wish to change/edit their existing registration records should log in on the member's login section with their created username and password. Select the menu item "Registration Records" which will appear under the "EVENTS" menu item on the menu bar at the top of your screen. Follow further editing instructions.
SOCIAL EVENING/DINNER WITH TRAVAGLINI SENSEI
On the Saturday evening (19:00 - ) a social dinner with Travaglini Sensei (South African style) will be held. Please indicate during your registration if you will be attending. Cost for the dinner will be R100 (€10). Please indicate your attendance and also if you will be accompanied by a partner
8. TOURISM INFORMATION
Things to do while in Cape Town
This will depend on your preferences, but could include safari’s, wine tasting tours, Cape Point and Peninsula tours, hop on-hop off tour buses, helicopter views of Cape Town, paragliding, shark cage diving etc.
General tourism information and tips
Every student will receive a free commemorative t-shirt of this special event, the first Seminar with Travaglini Sensei on South African soil. Please indicate your t-shirt size during your on-line registration.
10. TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
Students and visitors who do not have their own transport will be collected from the airport. Please indicate this requirement during your on-line registration and provide your flight details.
The Seminar will be hosted at the Laborie Wine Estate, arguably the most picturesque wine estate in South Africa. The Laborie Wine Farm is nestled in the fertile Paarl valley, with the beautiful Paarl rock as background.
A visit to Laborie affords you the opportunity to discover the Cape as it once was. Laborie has been producing fine wines since 1698 and more than 300 years on, is one of the oldest operational wine farms in South Africa.
Laborie produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines, an array of award-winning wines, an estate brandy and a unique fortified Pinotage dessert wine.
With the Seminar hosted at Laborie, attending students will not only have the best aikido experience ever in South Africa, but will also celebrate the continuance of Fujimoto Sensei’s legacy in classic style and ambience. Come and enjoy with your loved one!
For more information on this pristine location, visit www.laboriewines.co.za
12. VISA INFORMATION FOR VISITORS TO SOUTH AFRICA
In most countries you will be required to visit your nearest South African Embassy to make arrangements for a Visa application. Below some information that will assist you.
Visa application form
Countries exempted from SA visum application
To download this document click on the following link: ASA December Seminar Information
If differences exist between the information on this webpage and the downloadable document, this webpage should be deemed as more recent and correct.