Get Ready for Open edX 2024!

Open edX
Conference

July 2–5, 2024

Hosted by 

Breaking Boundaries, Building Bridges:
accessible, effective, and relevant online learning
July 2-5 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa

Join us, along with global EdTech leaders, from Tuesday, July 2nd to Friday, July 5th, 2024 at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. Learn about innovative uses of the Open edX Platform, within a variety of business and higher education use cases, and discover the latest advancements in instructional design, course constellation and methods for operating and extending the Open edX platform.

Registration

Registration for the 2024 Open edX Conference is open!

Tickets are $199–$649.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Location

The conference will be on the campus of the Stellenbosch University.

Address:
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch Central
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Parking

Information to be posted soon! 

Southern Africa: Overland Travel Experiences 

Explorersafari.com offers a variety of overland tours and experiences that are perfect for travelers seeking adventure and exploration. Their tours cover a range of destinations, from the iconic Serengeti in Tanzania to the rugged landscapes of Namibia. 

Explorersafari.com’s overland tours are designed to provide a unique and immersive experience, with opportunities to engage with local communities and witness stunning wildlife in their natural habitats. They offer a range of accommodation options, including camping under the stars, lodges, and even treehouses. Additionally, their experienced guides provide informative and entertaining commentary, ensuring that travelers gain a deeper understanding of the regions they explore.

Explorersafari.com’s overland tours and experiences are perfect for those seeking a more authentic and adventurous way to discover the beauty of Africa. To book your overland experiences, please click here

To view or book overland tours, click here or email: [email protected]

Lauren is an experienced overland tours consultant and will gladly assist with any questions you might have.

Stellenbosch mountains

Local Experiences

Welcome to Stellenbosch, a place where the vibrant pulse of student life intertwines with the rich tapestry of history and culture that this town is renowned for. Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination. 

The scenic Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa and one of the most popular destinations for local and international visitors alike. 

As part of the Open edX pre and post tours and experiences you can look forward to cellar door experiences, award-winning wine estates, celebrated restaurants and Stellenbosch’s unique and enviable lifestyle. 

Stellenbosch is an ideal getaway year-round. The historic town center is a living museum with a vibrant street culture. Expect friendly locals, a host of lively events (from art, music and history to outdoor pursuits) and natural scenery to rival even our finest grape.

Kindly note that prices are subject to change and should be confirmed with the operator at the time of booking.

Stellenbosch mountain view

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. In which province is Stellenbosch?

Stellenbosch is located in the Western Cape Province in the southwestern part of South Africa. South Africa has 9 beautiful provinces. Cape Town is the provincial capital and also the legislative capital of South Africa

  1. What languages are spoken in Stellenbosch?

South Africa has 11 official languages. English, Xhosa and Afrikaans are widely spoken in Stellenbosch. Here some of the most common South African slang words to learn before your trip:

  • Eish: This is a Khoi San term and is used to express shock or surprise.

  • Haiybo: This is a Zulu word that means definitely not.

  • Howzit: A common greeting that’s used instead of hi, how are you.

  • Lekker: This is an Afrikaans word and means awesome, great, or good.

  • Now Now: This either means right now or as soon as possible.

  • Robot: South Africans call stoplights robots.

  • Shame: It’s not slang, but you’ll hear this word used when South Africans think something is really cute or if they are being sympathetic.

  • Zebra Crossing: A zebra crossing is the local term for pedestrian crossing.

 

  1. Do I need a visa for South Africa?

Click here for everything you need to know about South Africa’s entry requirements. Please note that visa applications can take up to 3 months, depending on the local consulate/embassy in your region.

https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/travel/category/what-you-need-to-know/here-s-what-you-need-to-know-about-visas

To locate your nearest embassy or consulate, please visit the Official Department of Home Affairs website: www.dha.gov.za

Should you require a visa invitation letter for your visa application, please email the Conference Hub at [email protected]. Please note that invitation letters for visas can only be processed once registration fees are settled in full.

 

  1. Can I rent a car in Cape Town or South Africa?

Most major car rental agencies are based at Cape Town International Airport, so you can book a vehicle as you arrive. It’s best to book your rental beforehand, especially if you’re traveling in the peak season to ensure your booking. Keep in mind that you will need a driver’s license that is valid in South Africa, or an international driver’s license.

 

  1. Is Stellenbosch safe?

Stellenbosch is a large university town in the cosmopolitan Western Cape. As such, we would advise travelers to exercise the same level of vigilance they would exercise when visiting any city in the world.

This includes ensuring you follow basic safety tips such as keeping emergency numbers on hand, avoiding carrying large sums of cash and keeping your valuables safe at all times. The overwhelming majority of visitors to Stellenbosch and the Western Cape, enjoyed a positive and memorable experience.

We want you to leave our beautiful region with nothing but with happy memories. To ensure a pleasurable trip, please keep in mind a few precautions that you can employ on all your travels across the world:

  • Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night

  • Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs

  • At night, park in a secure and well-lit area with street guards. Keep photocopies and all valuable documents in a safe place

 

  1. Can I use my mobile phone in South Africa?

South Africa has a well-developed communication infrastructure and offers national coverage for mobile calls and Wi-Fi coverage. Local sim cards can be purchased at the MTN stores, located at the Arrival Halls at Cape Town International Airport. Free Wi-Fi is available at some public spaces, hotels, shopping centres or restaurants.

 

  1. What is the currency in South Africa?

The Rand is the official currency unit in South Africa.

Currrency convertor: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

 

  1. Can I use my credit card in South Africa?

Most major international credit cards are accepted in South Africa, including Master and Visa. Although widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club sometimes may not be accepted. ATM’s are widespread and most will allow visitors to withdraw Rand directly from bank or credit cards.

 

  1. Can I use my credit card in South Africa?

Most major international credit cards are accepted in South Africa, including Master and Visa. Although widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club sometimes may not be accepted. ATM’s are widespread and most will allow visitors to withdraw Rand directly from bank or credit cards.

 

  1. What is the recommended percentage to tip waiters, drivers, hotel staff, etc?

Although most people employed in the service industry will receive a base salary, tips generally form the bulk of what they take home each day. If you’ve experienced excellent service, show your appreciation with a tip.

  1. What is the electricity supply in South Africa?

The South African Electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50HZ. Load shedding may occur during day or night times and a schedule will be available from your accommodation establishment. Most commonly, three-point plugs are used across South Africa. For more information on load shedding click here.

 

  1. How about duty free shopping?

All stores charge the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% levied on the purchase of most goods in South Africa. As a foreign visitor you may apply for a refund of the VAT you pay while in the country provided you apply before you depart.

Ensure that you receive your tax receipts for all purchases made. To claim your VAT refund, present all your tax receipts to the VAT administrator at your point of departure (airport).

Travel Guidelines and Visa Information

Travel to South Africa for foreign nationals may require a visitor visa. There are specific visas for purposes of entering South Africa. Please follow these instructions to determine whether or not you require a visa and contact the local South African embassy for any questions you may have. If you require a conference invitation letter, please contact the Open edX Community Manager, Eden Huthmacher at [email protected].

Sponsors

Sponsoring the Open edX Conference is your opportunity to get front and center of the most brilliant minds in online education today. Please contact the Open edX Community Manager, Eden Huthmacher, at [email protected].

Cornerstone Sponsor
Friends of Open edX
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