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50th National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

Durban International Convention Centre South Africa

Masterclasses: 10 March 2021

Congress: 11 – 13 March 2021

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Invitation from the Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues

On behalf of the Kwazulu-Natal Branch of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, I take great pleasure in inviting you to the 50th anniversary congress of the Society to be held in Durban in 2021.

This is a tremendous milestone! We have entered an unprecedented era in the world and the field of Ophthalmology, with numerous congresses and meetings having been cancelled in 2020 including the loss of WOC in Cape Town.

There will be a full programme for Ophthalmologists and parallel programmes for Optometrists, Ophthalmic Assistants, Ophthalmic Nurses and Hospital & Practice Managers and Administrators. We will also host pre-congress masterclasses.

While academia is our top priority, the social programme promises great entertainment and an opportunity to reconnect with old friends from around South Africa and the world.

Durban is the gateway to the Zulu Kingdom and the surf capital of South Africa. Hopefully the sun will shine on the “new normal” which will be our future. Through these dark days, we must remain positive and keep planning. So, send through your abstracts and fill in the diary for our 50th celebration in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a memorable congress.

Kind regards

Pierre Wasserman
Congress Chair

 

Brochures / Downloads

Durban International Convention Centre
Click here to see the promo video.

The beautiful City of Durban is one of the richest in cultural diversity in South Africa. With many different people groups residing here it is a real reflection of the rainbow nation that South Africa is. With a population of about 3,7 million people in the metropolitan region, it is also the second most populated city in South Africa. Numerous beaches and iconic attractions all along the coast make it one of the greatest tourist attractions in South Africa to local holiday makers and international visitors.

With world class facilities, leisure activities and prime accommodation Durban, is more than able to host a wide variety of events and people and make every visitor feel refreshed and rejuvenated as they share in the wonderful legacy that Durban is leaving on the African continent.

A focal point of Durban’s business district, the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) is a functional space in an aesthetic environment. Centrally located and just half an hour from the airport, the Durban ICC is minutes from hotels and beaches. Palm trees form a welcoming avenue while at the entrance to the centre three baobabs, Africa’s tree giants, bid a regal greeting.

The Durban ICC is one of the most advanced congress facilities in the world. The facility boasts the largest area of column free, flat floor, multi-purpose space in Africa coupled with state-of-the-art technology.

Website: http://www.icc.co.za


 

Further Information & Important Dates

Deadline for early bird registrations:         12 November 2020

Block bookings expire at hotels                15 January 2021

Enquiries

Organisational & administrative aspects
Exhibitions & sponsorships

RK Communication
Rhyno Kriek            General
Heyns du Preez      Sponsorships & Exhibitions
Amelia Koch           Registration

Tel.:                          Domestic calls:         051 436 7733
                                 International calls:    + 27 51 436 7733

E-mail:                     ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za
Fax:                          086 60 60 555

OSSA matters & membership
Please click here to apply for OSSA membership.

National Secretariat
Sharon Beening
Tel:               012 347 0048
E-mail:         info@ossa.co.za
Website:      https://www.ossa.co.za/

Postal address:
Turners House
38 Jonsson Lane
Durban
4000

Only enquiries relating to the contents of the academic programmes

CONGRESS CHAIR

Dr Pierre Wassermann
Tel:     031 582 5251
E-mail:    pierre@umhlangaeye.com

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS PROGRAMME

Dr Linda Visser
Tel:     031 260 4292
E-mail:    visser@ukzn.ac.za

Dr Matt Young
Tel:     031 261 9090
E-mail:    matt@durbanretina.co.za

Dr Anthony Zaborowski
Tel:         031 201 8423
E-mail:    anthony@ophthalmic-surgeon.co.za

SASPOS PROGRAMME

Dr Claire Cullin
E-mail:    ccullen1611@gmail.com
Dr Chris Tinley
E-mail:    christopher.tinley@uct.ac.za

RETINA MASTERCLASS

Dr Linda Visser
Tel:     031 260 4292
E-mail:    visser@ukzn.ac.za

CORNEA MASTERCLASS

Dr Cor van Zyl
E-mail:    corvzyl@gmail.com

 

YOUNG OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

Dr Sanushka Moodley
Tel:     082 469 8582
E-mail:    drsanushkam@gmail.com

MANAGERS & ADMINISTRATORS PROGRAMME

Dr Johann Serfontein
Tel:         011 340 9000
E-mail:    operationsmanager@ossa.co.za

OPTOMETRISTS PROGRAMME

Dr Brian Gundry
Tel:          031 261 9090
E-mail:    briangundry@gmail.com

Dr Viresh Dullabh
Tel:          093 324 8522
E-mail:    vdullabh@gmail.com

OPHTHALMIC ASSISTANTS PROGRAMME

Dr Dharmesh Parbhoo
Tel:          031 207 1427
E-mail:    parbhood@gmail.com

Dr Aritha du Bruyn
Tel:          031 268 5700
E-mail:    aritha2@gmail.com

OPHTHALMIC NURSES PROGRAMME

Dr Jyothi Srikewal
Tel:          031 207 3470
E-mail:    jyothi@jyothisrikewal.co.za

Dr Nozipho Xulu
Tel:          031 309 1577
E-mail:    nozipho.xulu@yahoo.com

OSSA Matters & Membership

Please click here to apply for OSSA membership.

National Secretariat
Sharon Beening
Tel:               012 347 0048
E-mail:         info@ossa.co.za
Website:      https://www.ossa.co.za/

Postal address:    
Turners House
38 Jonsson Lane
Durban
4000

Invited International Speakers

 

Institution, City & Country

 

Fields of expertise

Prof Steve Arshinoff

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Cataract & refractive surgery, ophthalmic viscosurgical devices, phaco machine design, intracameral antibiotics, Immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery, delivering eye care to remote communities.

Prof Harminder Dua

University of Nottingham, UK

 

Cornea & ocular surface disease

Prof Ferenc Kuhn

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, USA

 

Ocular trauma and vitreoretinal diseases

Prof Robert La Roche

Department of Ophthalmology &
Visual Sciences
, Dalhousie University, Canada

 

Paediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus & amblyopia

Prof Adnan Tufail

University College London &
Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

 

Medical retina & cataract surgery in the context of medical retina patients

Mr David Verity

Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

 

Adnexal, plastic & reconstructive surgery (eyelid, lacrimal, orbit and socket disorders)


 

Scientific Programme, Masterclasses & Workshops

The entire Scientific Programme, as well as details regarding the masterclasses and workshops, will be on the Congress website by
15 October 2020.

Programme at a glance - OSSA Congress 2021.pdf

OSSA Congress 2021 - Preliminary Programme - Update 4 – mailed on 2020 08 31

Masterclasses

The final programme of the masterclasses will be available on this page by 15 October 2020.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Registration fees:
Fee / masterclass:                                  R900
Attendance of both masterclasses:        R1 400
Refreshments and lunch included

 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

09:00   Registration
10:00   Masterclass 1: Retinal imaging

Our panel of experts will be led by our guest speaker, Prof Adnan Tufail from the University College London & Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

  • How to interpret OCT, autofluorescence and OCT-A images
  • Recent developments in artificial intelligence and retinal imaging
  • Novel imaging features of diabetic retinopathy

13:30   Lunch

 

14:15   Masterclass 2 with Prof Harminder Dua (University of Nottingham,UK): Common corneal conditions.

This masterclass, organised by CorneaSA and led by a worldrenowned corneal specialist, is a must for anyone who deals with corneal disease (yes, even retinal surgeons whose only ‘requirement’ of the cornea is that it must be clear so as to allow a good view of the retina!).

The masterclass will, among other topics, cover:

  • Basic principles and techniques like performing scrapes and perfecting suturing skills.
  • Advice on dealing with common corneal conundrums like persistent, bothersome vessels. 

17:30   Adjourn

Registrar Awards

Click here to download the Abstract Submission Form (Please pay special attention to point 4.)

OSSA Registrar Award for best ORAL PRESENTATION
A session will be held during the congress for the presentation of oral papers by registrars.

The presenter of the best oral presentation will be awarded the Registrar Award to attend an international ophthalmology congress, if the sponsorship to the value of R 40 000 has been secured from a sponsor.

OSSA Registrar Award for best POSTER PRESENTATION
A poster session will be held during the Saturday lunch break in the exhibition hall for the adjudication of posters by registrars.

The presenter of the best poster presentation will be awarded the Registrar Award to attend an international ophthalmology congress, if the sponsorship to the value of R 23 000 has been secured from a sponsor.

Call for Abstracts

Click here to download all the applicable documents.

Before starting the submission process please carefully read the criteria and conditions below:

  • Only papers by Ophthalmologists and Registrars will be considered for presentations.
  • Inclusion of abstracts into the programme of abstracts require full payment of registration fees for the congress.
  • Abstracts should be submitted before 8 September 2020. There is no possibility for late abstract submissions.
  • If you have not received acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract within 4 working days, please e-mail the organisers again.
  • Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts by 9 October 2020. Confirmation will also be given as to whether it will be an oral or a poster presentation.
  • Withdrawal of an abstract: In case you want to withdraw your abstract after submission, please send an e-mail before 9 October 2020 to ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za
  • All expenses such as registration, travel and accommodation associated with the presentation of an abstract remain the responsibility of the presenter.
  • Click here to download the Abstract Submission Form

Two options:

  1. Oral presentation: 10 minutes for presentation (Discussion will take place at the end of the session).
  2. Poster presentation (There will be a poster session during lunch on Friday in the exhibition hall.)

Guidelines:

  • Only ophthalmologists & registrars in ophthalmology are invited to submit abstracts for consideration and inclusion in the Ophthalmologists programme.
  • Authors must state whether they wish their presentation to be considered as oral OR poster presentation or whether they would be prepared to do a poster presentation if their oral presentation cannot be accommodated. Please refer to the Abstract Submission Form.
  • Abstracts should not exceed an A4 page and have a maximum of 400 words excluding title in MS Word Format.
  • The Academic Committee will make every effort to accommodate all qualified abstracts within the programme. Final determination of the type of presentation to be given and placement within the program will be the responsibility of the Programme Committee.
  • Language: Abstracts must be written and presented in English. Careful typing and proofreading are essential. A programme like Grammarly could be helpful https://www.grammarly.com/.
    If accepted, the abstract will be published as submitted. Errors, misspellings, incorrect hyphenation, and deviations from the use of correct English will be glaringly apparent in the published abstract. Once the abstract is submitted, changes, corrections or rewording will not be possible.
  • Images, tables and graphs: Images are not permitted, as they do not reproduce well. Brief and clear tables or graphs are accepted (maximum of 1 page). If the tables / graphs submitted exceed 1 page, those exceeding the limit will be excluded from publication.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used without definition. Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and placed in parentheses after the first use of the word or phrase.
  • Papers will only be accepted on the understanding that the main author or a co-author will personally present the paper.
  • Supplemental materials are not required, but you may provide information sheets to fellow attendees.
  • Co-authors must agree with the results stated and have consented to be included as authors.
  • All participants must disclose any significant financial interest or other relationships they may have with the manufacturers of commercial products discussed in their presentations, panel or written materials.
  • OSSA will take it for granted that good clinical practice is observed in the conduct of all research. This applies especially to clinical studies involving patients and patient care and includes the understanding that the appropriate Ethics committee approval has been secured.
  • The Congress Organisers & OSSA accept no responsibility for copyright infringements.
  • Acceptance and presentation of oral presentations and posters require full payment of registration fees for the Congress.
  • Registrars who want to be considered for the registrar award, must clearly indicate this on their abstract submission form and the form must be accompanied by a letter from their academic Head of Department confirming that they are registrars or have qualified within the last two years and the research being presented was commenced during their registrar time.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the Organisers have received your abstract.

Structure of abstract:

TITLE:

  • Centre the TITLE in capital letters at the top of the page - use Arial font type (BOLD) and 14 font size.
  • Authors should be listed by surname, followed by initials and affiliation (upper & lower case) – underlining the presenting author’s name.
    DO NOT include degrees, titles, institutional appointments or addresses. Do not use abbreviations.

Example:

A PROSPECTIVE COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN THE
SIMPLE CONJUNCTIVAL CLOSURE AND THE ROTATIONAL CONJUNCTIVAL FLAP TECHNIQUES FOR PTERYGIUM SURGERY

Eksteen PJ, Stulting AA & Nel M
University of the Free State

BODY (Arial, 14 font size)

OBJECTIVES: State the main question / objective of the study / hypothesis tested

DESIGN & METHOD: Briefly describe the design of the study and how it was conducted, indicating sampling and inclusion criteria, sample size, treatment, duration of observations, etc.

RESULTS: Present the main results with an indication of variability (e.g. SD) and precision of comparison (e.g. 95% confidential intervals) where appropriate.

CONCLUSION: Limit the conclusion to those findings that are directly supported by the results. Implications and generalisations may be outlined briefly. Do not leave open lines between sections and do not indent headings. Headings should be underlined.

Guidelines for the preparation of posters:

  • Click here to download a suggested poster template from the website. It is NOT compulsory to use this template.
  • Our suggestion would be to make an A0 (118.9 cm x 84.1cm) poster (Portrait style). As this a standard size it is also more cost efficient when printing and laminating the poster.
  • All posters should be laminated if they need to be used after the congress again. Unlaminated posters might get damaged when being removed from the poster boards. (Do not mount abstracts on heavy board - this does not hang properly.)
  • Please bring your poster to the congress office upon registration. The organisers are responsible for pasting your poster to the poster boards with double sided tape.
  • Posters will be displayed from the Thursday morning till Saturday lunch time. It is the responsibility of the presenter to remove his / her poster(s) during/after lunch on Saturday, 13 March.

Presenters will be required to stand at their posters from the start of lunchtime on Friday, 12 March 2021 for a Q&A session.

  • Please indicate the title of the presentation and its authors.
  • Use block lettering for other portions of your presentation to add emphasis and easy readability.
  • Keep illustrative material simple in using charts, graphs, drawings and pictures. Remember that illustrations must be viewed from 1 to 2 meters.
  • Make captions brief, levels few and both clear.
  • Make posters as self-explanatory as possible.
  • Do not be overly ornate or artsy (this distracts from impact of your information).
  • Do not make posters elaborate or costly, although it is necessary for posters to be made professionally.

Poster font sizes

  • Text on the poster must be readable from a distance of 1 to 2 meters.
  • The following font sizes work well:
  • Titles:         72+
  • Sub-titles:   54+
  • Text            30+
  • Sub-text     20+
  • The actual font used can affect the appropriate font size: keep to a standard sans-serif font such as Arial, Helvetica or Trebuchet.

Social functions

Wednesday, 10 March, 18:30

Young Ophthalmologists Symposium
(For Registrars & Ophthalmologists in their first five years post-graduation)

Venue:         Hall 3C
Dress:          Casual
Cost:            Free of charge

Thursday, 11 March, 18:00

Meet & Greet

Venue:         Exhibition Hall
Dress:          Casual
Cost:            Free of charge for all registered delegates. R250 for additional guests

Friday, 12 March, 19:00 for 19:30

OSSA Banquet (Limited seating)

Venue:         Durban ICC
Dress:          Black Tie / Day suit / Traditional
Cost:            R380 for all delegates and additional guests

 


 

Registration


 

Registration procedure

  • To assist the organisers, delegates are requested to register online BEFORE 13 November 2020 in order to qualify for the early bird registration fee. You are still welcome to register after this date.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the organisers have received your registration form. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail from the organisers within 10 working days.
  • Registrations for the Congress can only be confirmed by e-mail once full payment has been received.
  • All speakers are required to register.

Important request to companies sponsoring delegates:         
Please let us have the delegate’s personal e-mail address and other contact information.

 

Preferred option

Option 2

Step 1

Register ONLINE at https://ossa2021.co.za/registration

Step 1

COMPLETE registration form. Please print in BLOCK LETTERS

Click here to download a registration form in Microsoft Office Word or PDF format.

Step 2

E-MAIL / FAX proof of payment
(if applicable) to
ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za / 086 60 60 555

Step 2

E-MAIL / FAX both pages of your registration form, as well as proof of payment (if applicable) to
ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za /

086 60 60 555
Please ensure that you send us both sides of your registration form.

Step 3

Ensure that you receive a confirmation via e-mail from the organisers within 10 working days.

Step 3

Ensure that you receive a confirmation via e-mail from the organisers within 10 working days.

  1. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received your registration.
  2. Please take note that we DO NOT accept government orders.

 

Payment options

PREFERRED method of payment:

EFT / bank deposit

Standard Bank (Menlyn)

Branch code: 012345

Account number: 012 1500 53

Swift code: SBZAZAJJ (for international transfers)

Account name: OSSA Congress

Reference: Your name and surname as it appears on the registration form.

Please e-mail / fax proof of payment to ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za / 086 60 60 555

ALTERNATIVE method of payment:

If you encounter difficulty or cannot make an EFT or direct bank deposit, please download the CREDIT CARD AUTHORISATION FORM from the link above or contact the congress organisers at ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za


PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept Diners or American Express Cards.

This account number is the same as the 2019 Congress account number

Cancellation policy

Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A 20% administration fee will be deducted before 15 January 2021 and a 40% fee thereafter. No refunds after 26 February 2021.

Fee entitlements

(Two-day programmes for optometrists, assistants, nurses, practice managers & administrators included)

  • Congress sessions for specific days as indicated in the programme for each group (Masterclasses excluded)
  • Meet & Greet
  • Trade exhibition, lunches & refreshments during breaks
  • OSSA Banquet excluded

Registration fees 

 

EARLY BIRD
Register AND pay

UNTIL 12 Nov 2020

STANDARD FEE
Register AND pay

FROM 13 Nov 2020

LATE FEE
Register AND pay

FROM 26 Feb 2021

15% VAT Included

Entire duration

Specific days

Entire duration

Specific days

Entire duration

Specific days

MEMBERS (Please refer to “Membership” below)

Ophthalmologist in private practice or
part-time private practice

R6 850

R2 840 / d

R7 770

R3 410 / d

R8 820

R3 880 / d

Ophthalmologist in full-time government employment with no private practice

R5 050

R2 400 / d

R5 880

R 2 730 / d

R6 830

R2 940 / d

Associate member: Optometrist /
Doctor from any other discipline

R5 510

R2 500 / d

R6 600

R2 800 / d

R7 200

R3 100 / d

Registrar

R2 860

R1 260 / d

R3 410

R1 520 / d

R3 890

R1 790 / d

*Honorary life member

0

0

0

0

0

0

* Honorary life member: Must be 65 years and older and should also be a retired member.

 

NON-MEMBERS (Please refer to “Membership” below)

Ophthalmologist in private practice or
part-time private practice

R11 550

R4 830 / d

R12 130

R5 350 / d

R12 600

R5 880 / d

Ophthalmologist in full-time government employment with no private practice

R9 080

R3 670 / d

R10 030

R4 460 / d

R11 900

R5 040 / d

Ophthalmologist from Africa
(Excluding South Africa)

R5 900

R2 570 / d

R6 830

R2 950 / d

R7 200

R3 410 / d

Ophthalmologist from abroad

R9 080

R3 670 / d

R10 030

R4 460 / d

R11 900

R5 040 / d

Optometrist in private practice or part-time private practice /
Doctor from any other discipline

R5 670

R2 360 / d

R6 250

R2 730 / d

R6 830

R2 940 / d

Medical officer in Ophthalmology / Registrar / Practice Manager & Administrator / Ophthalmic Assistant / Ophthalmic Nurse / Optometrist in full-time government employment / Orthoptist / Ocularist / Community Field Worker

R3 410

R1 520 / d

R3 890

R1 790 / d

R4 360

R1990 / d

Full-time optometry student

R2 500

R1 000 / d

R3 000

R1 200 / d

R3 500

R1 400 / d

 

**ADDITIONAL TRADE DELEGATES (2 free trade delegates per stand)

R4 950

R2 200 / d

R5 500

R2 470 / d

R6 050

R2 840 / d

 

RETINA MASTERCLASS

R900

-

R1 000

-

R1 100

-

CORNEA MASTERCLASS

R900

-

R1 000

-

R1 100

-

BOTH MASTERCLASSES

R1 400

-

R1 600

 

R1 800

 


** Please note that ONLY trade delegates / representatives in the service of companies participating in the Trade Exhibition OR involved as sponsors will be allowed to attend the congress.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS: The Meet & Greet is free of charge for delegates registered for the ENTIRE Academic Congress - two-day programmes included (R250 / person for additional guests).

OSSA Banquet excluded: R 380 for all registered delegates and additional guests (Trade delegates included.) Limited seating available.

Young Ophthalmologists Symposium
(Wednesday, 10 March)

Free of charge. For registrars & Ophthalmologists in their first five years post-graduation.

Meet & Greet
(Thursday, 11 March)

Free of charge for all delegates registered for entire congress
R250 / person for additional guests

OSSA Banquet (Friday, 12 March)

R380 / person (All delegates and guests) Limited seating

 

You are personally responsible for full payment of these fees
if your institution or company does not pay them.

 

Membership

  • OSSA member: Delegate who is a member of OSSA and whose 2021 fees are paid up.
  • Non-member: Delegate who is not a registered member of OSSA or a member whose 2021 fees are not paid up.
  • If you register as a member and your fees are not paid up for the year 2021, the registrations manager will correct your registration amount and charge you accordingly.
  • Should you wish to become a Member of OSSA, please apply online: https://members.ossa.co.za/auth/preregister

Registration fees

 

EARLY BIRD
Register AND pay

UNTIL 12 Nov 2020

STANDARD FEE
Register AND pay

FROM 13 Nov 2020

LATE FEE
Register AND pay

FROM 26 Feb 2021

15% VAT Included

Entire duration

Specific days

Entire duration

Specific days

Entire duration

Specific days

MEMBERS (Please refer to “Membership” below)

Ophthalmologist in private practice or
part-time private practice

R6 850

R2 840 / d

R7 770

R3 410 / d

R8 820

R3 880 / d

Ophthalmologist in full-time government employment with no private practice

R5 050

R2 400 / d

R5 880

R 2 730 / d

R6 830

R2 940 / d

Associate member: Optometrist /
Doctor from any other discipline

R5 510

R2 500 / d

R6 600

R2 800 / d

R7 200

R3 100 / d

Registrar

R2 860

R1 260 / d

R3 410

R1 520 / d

R3 890

R1 790 / d

*Honorary life member

0

0

0

0

0

0

* Honorary life member: Must be 65 years and older and should also be a retired member.

 

NON-MEMBERS (Please refer to “Membership” below)

Ophthalmologist in private practice or
part-time private practice

R11 550

R4 830 / d

R12 130

R5 350 / d

R12 600

R5 880 / d

Ophthalmologist in full-time government employment with no private practice

R9 080

R3 670 / d

R10 030

R4 460 / d

R11 900

R5 040 / d

Ophthalmologist from Africa
(Excluding South Africa)

R5 900

R2 570 / d

R6 830

R2 950 / d

R7 200

R3 410 / d

Ophthalmologist from abroad

R9 080

R3 670 / d

R10 030

R4 460 / d

R11 900

R5 040 / d

Optometrist in private practice or part-time private practice /
Doctor from any other discipline

R5 670

R2 360 / d

R6 250

R2 730 / d

R6 830

R2 940 / d

Medical officer in Ophthalmology / Registrar / Practice Manager & Administrator / Ophthalmic Assistant / Ophthalmic Nurse / Optometrist in full-time government employment / Orthoptist / Ocularist / Community Field Worker

R3 410

R1 520 / d

R3 890

R1 790 / d

R4 360

R1990 / d

Full-time optometry student

R2 500

R1 000 / d

R3 000

R1 200 / d

R3 500

R1 400 / d

 

**ADDITIONAL TRADE DELEGATES (2 free trade delegates per stand)

R4 950

R2 200 / d

R5 500

R2 470 / d

R6 050

R2 840 / d

 

RETINA MASTERCLASS

R900

-

R1 000

-

R1 100

-

CORNEA MASTERCLASS

R900

-

R1 000

-

R1 100

-

BOTH MASTERCLASSES

R1 400

-

R1 600

 

R1 800

 


** Please note that ONLY trade delegates / representatives in the service of companies participating in the Trade Exhibition OR involved as sponsors will be allowed to attend the congress.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS: The Meet & Greet is free of charge for delegates registered for the ENTIRE Academic Congress - two-day programmes included (R250 / person for additional guests).

OSSA Banquet excluded: R 380 for all registered delegates and additional guests (Trade delegates included.) Limited seating available.

Young Ophthalmologists Symposium (Wednesday, 10 March)

Free of charge. For registrars & Ophthalmologists in their first five years post-graduation.

Meet & Greet (Thursday, 11 March)

Free of charge for all delegates registered for entire congress
R250 / person for additional guests

OSSA Banquet (Friday, 12 March)

R380 / person (All delegates and guests) Limited seating

 

You are personally responsible for full payment of these fees
if your institution or company does not pay them.

Membership

  • OSSA member: Delegate who is a member of OSSA and whose 2021 fees are paid up.
  • Non-member: Delegate who is not a registered member of OSSA or a member whose 2021 fees are not paid up.
  • If you register as a member and your fees are not paid up for the year 2021, the registrations manager will correct your registration amount and charge you accordingly.
  • Should you wish to become a Member of OSSA, please apply online: https://members.ossa.co.za/auth/preregister

Payment options

PREFERRED method of payment:

EFT / bank deposit

Standard Bank (Menlyn)

Branch code: 012345

Account number: 012 1500 53

Swift code: SBZAZAJJ (for international transfers)

Account name: OSSA Congress

Reference: Your name and surname as it appears on the registration form.

Please e-mail / fax proof of payment to ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za / 086 60 60 555

ALTERNATIVE method of payment:

If you encounter difficulty or cannot make an EFT or direct bank deposit, please download the CREDIT CARD AUTHORISATION FORM from the link above or contact the congress organisers at ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za


PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept Diners or American Express Cards.

This account number is the same as the 2019 Congress account number

Fee entitlements

(Two-day programmes for optometrists, assistants, nurses, practice managers & administrators included)

  • Congress sessions for specific days as indicated in the programme for each group (Masterclasses excluded)
  • Meet & Greet
  • Trade exhibition, lunches & refreshments during breaks
  • OSSA Banquet excluded

Cancellation policy

Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A 20% administration fee will be deducted before 15 January 2021 and a 40% fee thereafter. No refunds after 26 February 2021.

Accommodation Arrangements

You are responsible for your own accommodation arrangements and payment. We urge you to book NOW!

We have secured group accommodation at the following three hotels:
The Hilton Durban, Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel & Garden Court Marine Parade

These rooms will be reserved for congress delegates until 15 January 2021 and will be available on a first-come, first serve-basis.

  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Check-in time: 15:00 (An early check-in, if required, may be requested and will be prioritised. This is, however, not guaranteed.)
  • Check-out time: 10:00
  • The accommodation establishment’s cancellation policy will apply.
  • Delegates need to follow the links on the congress website under the accommodation tab in order to book their rooms.
  • Daily shuttle service between the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel, the Garden Court Marine Parade and the Durban ICC:
    • In time for the first sessions in the morning and back after the last sessions.
    • To and from the social functions
    • If you plan to stay at any other hotel or guest house, you have to make provision for your own daily transport to and from the congress venue.

Hilton Durban Hotel

Distance from Durban ICC:          Next to the Durban ICC

Reservation code:                         GOSSA

Rates:                                              King Executive Room:
                                                    Single:       R2 500  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                    Double:     R2 700 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

                                                         King Deluxe Room:
                                                    Single:       R2 250  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                    Double:     R2 450 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

                                                         King Guest Room:
                                                    Single:       R2 050  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                    Double:     R2 250 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

                                                         Twin Guest Room:
                                                    Single:       R1 950  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                    Double:     R2 150 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

Star grading:                                  5 Star
Wi-Fi:                                               Free
Parking:                                          R95 per day
Contact person:                             Tracy Davidson
Tel:                                                    011 322 1888
E-mail:                                             Tracy.Davidson@Hilton.com
How to make a reservation:           Please click here to book your room.   
Website:                                          https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/durhitw-hilton-durban/                                                   

 


Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel

Distance from Durban ICC:          1.9 km from the Durban ICC

Reservation number:                    1417700

Rates:                                              Single:       R1 641 – R2 036  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                         Double:     R1 823 – R2 431 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

Star grading:                                  4 Star
Wi-Fi:                                               Free
Parking:                                          R60 per day
Contact person:                             Sayeshni Pillay
Tel:                                                   061 587 5794 / 031 362 1487
E-mail:                                             Sayeshni.pillay@tsogosun.com
                                                         Durban.groupreservations@tsogosun.com
How to make a reservation:          Please click here to book your room.
Website:                                          Click here to visit the website
                                                       

 


Garden Court Marine Parade

Distance from Durban ICC:          1.3 km from the Durban ICC

Reservation number:                    1417701

Rates:                                              Single:       R1 343 (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)
                                                         Double:     R1 500 for both guests  (Breakfast, 15% VAT & 1% tourism levy included)

Star grading:                                  3 Star
Wi-Fi:                                               Free|
Parking:                                          R50 per day
Contact person:                             Sayeshni Pillay
Tel:                                                   061 587 5794 / 031 362 1487
E-mail:                                             Sayeshni.pillay@tsogosun.com
                                                         Durban.groupreservations@tsogosun.com
How to make a reservation:          Please click here to book your room.
Website:                                          Click here to visit the website

 


Please reserve your room before
15 January 2021

You are responsible for your own accommodation arrangements.

Travel Arrangements, Shuttle Service & Car Rental

  • You are responsible for your own travel arrangements.
  • There will not be a shuttle service provided from the King Shaka International Airport to the Durban ICC. We would like to recommend that you make use of Uber or of one of the other shuttle services.

Shuttle from the Durban ICC to Durban International Airport:

  • Date:                           Saturday, 13 March 2021
  • Departure times:         15:30 & 16:45
  • Fee:                            R200
  • Duration:                     40 minutes
  • If the date and times above do not suite your needs, we would like to recommend that you make use of a private shuttle, taxi or Uber as mentioned below.

Daily shuttle service between the Garden Court Marine Parade, Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel and the Durban ICC:

  • In time for the first sessions in the morning and back after the last sessions.
  • To and from the social functions.
  • If you plan to stay at any other hotel or guest house, you have to make provision for your own daily transport to and from the congress venue.

Uber

  • You can download the Uber App from the appropriate APP store.
  • Fee for one or two passengers: more or less R360.

Bidvest Car Rental

  • We also arranged special rates for the duration of the congress with Bidvest Car Rental.
  • Please click here to reserve your car: Bidvest Car Rental Reservation 
   
 


 
 
   

 

Intention Form

Click here to download the Intention Form
Please complete this form if it is your intention to attend the congress.
This is NOT a registration form.

Please complete this form as soon as possible and 
e-mail it to ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za or fax it to 086 60 60 555

CPD

Discovery Health is facilitating the CPD process at this congress.

Delegates will receive a username and password within 10 - 14 working days after the Congress via e-mail that will enable them to access and download the CPD certificate from the www.mycpd.co.za website.

No hard copy certificates will be available at the Congress. International delegates can request a certificate and will need to provide Discovery Health with their contact details.

Kindly ensure that your QR code is scanned twice daily, once during the morning and once during the afternoon sessions. Please note that all Ethics sessions will be scanned separately outside the presentation venue (upon exit) where the Ethics session is held.

For any queries please contact:
Aneekah Jansen
E-mail: AneekahJ@discovery.co.za / CPD@discovery.co.za
Tel:      021 527 1327

Tourism & Activities

Please refer to the official DurbanTourism website for comprehensive information - http://www.durban.gov.za/City_Services/BST_MU/Pages/Durban-Tourism.aspx

General Information

Annual General Meetings
Friday, 12 March 2021
OSSA AGM      16:00
OMG AGM        17:00

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points
The Congress will be accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and registered for CPD points.

Language
The official language of the Congress will be English. No simultaneous translation into any other language will be provided.

Currency
ZAR South African Rand.

Climate
Average temperatures: 16 – 29o C. Light jacket essential for the evenings.

Electricity
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 / 230 volts, AC 50 Hz.

Insurance
The Congress Organisers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of, or damage to, property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the Congress. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Visas
It is strongly recommended that all travellers check the latest visa requirements with the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate before travelling,      
OR click here or click here

The passports of all travellers entering South Africa must contain at least two clean (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought.
Travellers entering South Africa from countries where yellow fever is endemic are often required to present their yellow World Health Organisation (WHO) vaccination record or other proof of inoculation. If they are unable to do so, they must be inoculated at the airport in order to be permitted entry.

Special dietary requirements
Halaal & vegetarian: Please indicate your requirements on the registration form.
Kosher meals & other dietary preferences: Please contact the organisers in this regard.

Time zone
South Africa is GMT + 2 hours.

Opportunities for Sponsorship / Exhibition

Click here to download all the applicable documents.

Approximately 750 delegates (based on the 2018 and 2019 numbers, excluding the trade) are expected to attend the 2021 National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa in Durban.

This Congress is the number one event on the Ophthalmology calendar, with quality presentations and lectures by world-renowned keynote speakers supporting our mission -“prevention of blindness”.

A variety of opportunities remain for companies to promote themselves at this congress. The Organising Committee, chaired by Dr Malcolm Carey, has compiled a summary of these opportunities and invites interested companies to select the option best suited to their marketing strategies and product profile.

The participation of the trade is the backbone of a successful congress.    
We have great appreciation for your continued support of our congresses in the past.

The Organising Committee would be most grateful if your company would consider participating in this congress.

In the current budget-constrained environment the organisers would like to encourage participating exhibitors to carefully reconsider the use of expensive promotional displays in the exhibition area. A trend towards simplicity and relevance is considered more appropriate at this time. We think you will agree.

Please note that only trade delegates / representatives in the service of companies participating in the Trade Exhibition OR involved as sponsors will be allowed to attend the congress.

There are two free registrations included in the fee for one exhibition space (3 x 3m).

MAJOR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS will get the opportunity to choose their stands first coupled with a first come first served basis allocation of stand spaces.

 

Please complete the Sponsorship and Exhibition Agreement and return it by e-mail to Rhyno Kriek before 19 June 2020.           
It is your responsibility to ensure that the organisers have received your Sponsorship and Exhibition Agreement.

 


 

R K Communication

Rhyno Kriek General
Heyns du Preez Sponsorships & Exhibitions
Amelia Koch Registration

Tel.: Domestic calls: 051 436 7733
International calls: + 27 51 436 7733

E-mail: ossa2021@rkcommunication.co.za
Fax: 086 60 60 555


OSSA matters & membership

National Secretariat
Sharon Beening

Tel: 012 347 0048

E-mail: info@ossa.co.za

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