Welcome to Durban, South Africa:



Durban, South Africa, a city of sun, fun and sea proudly awaits you. Situated on the warm East Coast, Durban is one of South Africa's premier cities. Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning 'bay') is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest city in the country. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The Golden Mile, developed as a welcoming tourist destination in the 1970s, as well as Durban at large, provide ample tourist attractions, particularly for people on holiday.

Your hosts the International Society of Dermatology (ISD) and the Dermatology Society of South Africa (DSSA) proudly welcomes you to the 3rd Continental Congress of the ISD and the 65th National Congress of the DSSA

We hope you can join us to enjoy our hospitality and to experience what Africa offers. We invite you to interact with colleagues from Africa and the rest of the world and enjoy the scientific programme encompassing all fields of dermatology. We are putting together an interesting programme with some of the leading dermatologists in the world.

We are also fortunate to have the members of the International Psoriasis Council participating in "Meet the experts' sessions. We intend to develop an array of activities that will allow participants the opportunity to interact and network with colleagues from Europe and around the world.

The congress will be held at one of the biggest convention centres in South Africa The Durban International Convention Centre that boasts modern technology and facilities. The Gala Dinner with unique cultural programme will be held in one of the most exciting venues in the city, offering a once in a lifetime experience. Accomodation at affordable prices will be available around the convention center with shuttle buses to and from selected Hotels

We are planning an exciting social programme a once in a lifetime experience.
For those of you who may want to explore Durban and South Africa after the congress, exclusive and five star rated game tours and safaris to view the BIG FIVE ( lion, buffalo, elephant rhino and the leopard) will be on offer .

Whilst in our beautiful South African country why not travel around the beautiful Cape Town city which is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain which has been adjudged one of the 7 natural wonders of the world  and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation(Unesco) world heritage sites of South Africa include Greater St Lucia wetlands, cape floral kingdom, cradle of humankind, Robben island (where our first Democratically elected president and Nobel Peace prize winner Nelson Mandela was incacerated for 27yrs) and Drakensberg park.

On behalf of the local and international organising committee of the congress, we are delighted to welcome you to the inspiring city of Durban, and our beloved country, South Africa, in October, 2012.

We sincerely hope you can join us to make this congress an exciting and memorable one!