Furnace Tapping 2018 Conference

Date Sun 14 October 2018, 12:00
- Wed 17 October 2018, 20:00
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Skukuza, 1350, South Africa
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Resources Accompanying Persons Programme 26042018.pdf
Furnace Tapping Abstract List 26042018.pdf
Furnace Tapping Announcement & Reg form 08082018.pdf
Furnace Tapping programme 02102018.pdf
Sponsorship Opportunities Furnace Tapping 2018 190418.pdf
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Furnace Tapping 2014 was a first of its kind event. It focused on the challenges associated with the tapping of furnaces and on finding ways to address these challenges. South Africa, which produced 18 commodities at more than 75 sites applying smelter technology, was an ideal breeding ground for such an event. People gathered to share creative solutions to a problem shared by many, for which no miracle one-size-fits-all solution exists.

The SAIMM takes pride in announcing a follow-up conference, Furnace Tapping 2018, will be hosted in South Africa in October 2018. The high standard of technical papers compiled in the peer-reviewed proceedings of Furnace Tapping 2014 will be maintained.

The SAIMM envisage for Furnace Tapping 2018 further documentation of tapping practices by existing operators, more reviews of current operations, and descriptive case studies in which technologies available for tap-hole design, monitoring, closure, and maintenance were applied. Of special interest is, feedback on research conducted in the field.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact

Camielah Jardine
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Email: camielah@saimm.co.za



To provide an international forum for transfer of new knowledge on the design, maintenance, and operating practices surrounding the tapping of pyrometallurgical smelters, and to discuss methods and results of research in the field.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

For Furnace Tapping 2018, as the importance of tap-hole life-cycle management was highlighted during Furnace Tapping 2014, Kobus Sutherland, in his keynote address will discuss how the tap-hole life-cycle is managed at the five submerged arc furnaces (SAFs) producing silicomanganese at Transalloys. Prof Chris Pistorius will look at the downstream effect of tapping practices on product quality when he discuss the effect of slag carry-over on the production of clean steel.

Chris Pistorius

Prof. P.C. Pistorius
(Carnegie Mellon University)
The influence of slag carry-on production of clean steel.

Kobus Sutherland

JJ Sutherland
Tap-hole life cycle management in silicomanganese production - examples from Transalloys

Conference Topics

Conference Topics

Topics could include the following, all focused on the tapping of furnaces:

  1. Operational reviews
  2. Benchmark studies - commodity and/or smelting technology specific
  3. Tap-hole failure investigations
  4. Designing for the life-cycle of the tap-hole, more specifically tap-hole and tap floor designs including material selection, cooling, support aimed not only at construction and normal operation but also at emergency conditions and maintenance and repairs
  5. Application of modeling techniques in furnace tapping
  6. Selection and application of materials, equipment and instrumentation, including tap-hole opening and closing, measurement and control technologies  
  7. Safety, health, and environmental matters including management of fumes, emissions, and risk of explosions
  8. Country-specific legislation, standards, and guidelines applicable to furnace tapping
  9. Research conducted in the field of furnace tapping

Who should attend

Who should attend

The conference is aimed at delegates from the pyrometallurgical industry operating smelters or those who support them, and includes:

  • First line, middle, and senior management
  • Plant/production engineers
  • Process/development engineers
  • Refractory engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Safety practitioners
  • Researchers in the field.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Submitted papers will be considered for journal publication. Journal acceptance is subject to peer-review by the Conference Committee and SAIMM Publications Committee.

A selection of papers from the proceedings of Furnace Tapping 2018 will be published in a special edition of the Journal of the SAIMM in February 2019

Post Conference Technical Tours

Post Conference Technical Tours – 17 October 2018

Anglo American Polokwane Smelter, Polokwane – R1 000

Polokwane Smelter

Polokwane Smelter is one of three primary PGM concentrate smelting sites within the Anglo American Platinum Process flowsheet. The main asset at the smelter is the six-in-line electrode, rectangular electric furnace which operates at up to 68MW, and is the world’s largest PGM smelting furnace. Smelting of the nickel-copper-PGM concentrate in the furnace yields a base metal and PGM rich matte phase and a barren slag phase. The matte is tapped from one of the endwalls of the furnace through one of three specially designed matte tapholes on a batchwise basis into ladles. The matte is then cast and crushed and trucked to the converting plant in Rustenburg for further processing. Slag is tapped out the opposite endwall of the furnace through three slag tapholes on a near continuous basis. The slag is water granulated and conveyed to a slag stockpile. Drilling machines and clayguns are utilised on both the slag and matte sides.

Neven Matthews Steel, Witbank – R1 000

Should you choose to attend this tour, not only will you have a guided tour of the mills where you will get to see the interesting process of lance production from coil state to the final product, but for those more adventurous souls amongst you there will be the exciting opportunity for delegates to don a furnace suit and engage in some hands on lancing by cutting in steel blocks, in a safe, controlled environment.


Neven Matthews (Pty) Ltd. is a steel tube producer serving the Pyro-metallurgical, power generation and the structural steel markets in South and Southern Africa.
A family business, founded by Neven Matthews in 1972, the company has grown to such an extent that it is now a major player in the hot rolled steel tube industry in South and Southern Africa
The following specialised products are manufactured by our company at our works located in the Mpumalanga Province.
Oxylance®,  used in the production process of ferroalloys, steel, copper and platinum, and for opening tap holes and scrap cutting, this product is available in sizes ranging from 08NB (13.6mm OD)  to 20NB (26.9mm OD)and in standard lengths of between 2.3 and 9 meters.                                                                                               

Wirepak®, thermic lances are also available. These are used for cutting aluminium, copper, concrete, slag, ferrous and non ferrous metals and for underwater cutting. Sizes available are from 08NB (13.6mm OD) to15NB (21.4mm OD) Standard lengths are 2; 3; and 4 meters.

A range of brass couplings, seals, connectors and other ancillary equipment is available to suit all our products.

Electric Resistance Welded structural steel tube is also manufactured in sizes ranging from 15.88 mm to 95 mm round and 15.88 mm to 75 mm square. Structural sizes can be rolled to lengths of 6.0, 6.4 or the standard 7.2 meters fencing lengths.  Special lengths can be rolled on request.     

Our management systems are  SABS / ISO 9001 (2008) certified.   

Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying Persons Programme

Download: Accompanying Persons Programme 26042018.pdf

15 October
Delegates can choose from the following Tours
Skyway Trails (Hazyview) R495.00 per person  + Elephant Sanctuary R625.00 per person
Sudwala Caves R95.00 per person + Chimp Eden R200.00 per person
Blyde River Boat Ride R150.00 per person + Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre R155.00 per person

Please note an additional transport fee of R335 per person will apply

To book on this tour please contact:
Sarah Carmichael on tours@vulatours.co.za +27 (0) 13 741 2238
16 October
Panorama Route Tour R1770 per person including lunch

To book on this tour please contact:
Sertorio Mshothola on sertorio@ntwananotours.com + 27 (0) 82 970 9188
Khensani Mshothola on khensani@ntwananotours.com +27 (0) 79 754 9543
Other Activities to do at the Kruger National Park
Sunset/Sunrise Drive
Full Day Game Drive
Night Drive
Visit AM Spar

To book on these activities, please contact
Nosipho Mkize on nosipho.mkhize@sanparks.org +27 (0) 13 735 4332/4165
Norshel Sibiya on norshel.sibiya@sanparks.org +27 (0) 13 735 4332/4165
IMPORTANT: It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes, sun block, hat, binoculars, camera, light clothing with light rain protection in case needed.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees

Early registration fees (Before 20 July 2018)

Author – R4 400
SAIMM Members – R7 040
Non Members – R9 680
Students/Retired Members – R4 400

Registration fees (after 20 July 2018)

Author – R4 400
SAIMM Members – R8 800
Non Members – R11 000
Students/Retired Members – R4 400

Technical Tours

Anglo American Polokwane Smelter, Polokwane – R1 000

Neven Matthews Steel, Witbank – R1 000

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2019, for attending this event

Registration Fees:
1) Registration fee does not include accommodation.
2) Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees before the date of the event.
3) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event.

Conference Venue


Did you know?

The surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 miles²
(19,633 km²)

furnace venue

About the venue

  • The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.
  • James Stevenson-Hamilton (born in 1867) was appointed the park’s first warden on 1 July 1902.
  • On 31 May 1926 the National Parks Act was proclaimed and with it the merging of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves into the Kruger National Park.
  • The first motorists entered the park in 1927 for a fee of one pound.
  • Many accounts of the park’s early days can be found in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library.
  • There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger National Park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.
  • There is ample evidence that prehistoric man – Homo erectus roamed the area between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago
  • Cultural artifacts of Stone Age man have been found for the period 100 000 to 30 000 years ago.
  • More than 300 archaeological sites of Stone Age man have been found
  • Evidence of Bushman Folk (San) and Iron Age people from about 1500 years ago is also in great evidence.
  • There are also many historical tales of the presence of Nguni people and European explorers and settlers in the Kruger area.
  • There are significant archaeological ruins at Thulamela and Masorini
  • There are numerous examples of San Art scattered throughout the park

Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.
The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Please note:
As of late September 2017 we have noticed an increase in the amount of Malaria diagnoses in Kruger National Park. We therefore advise all travellers to cover themselves by taking chemoprophylaxis whilst visiting the Park. Your family physician will be able to advise you on the most suitable medication.

The risk of contracting malaria is often a concern when visiting the Kruger National Park. The Kruger is one of the two South African National Parks that are situated in malaria risk areas. The other park is Mapungubwe National Park. It is important to note that the risk of malaria in both of these parks is usually low, even in the summer months.

Malaria is mosquito borne disease transmitted exclusively through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The highest risk period is between November and April - the end of the summer rainy season. Following the bite of an infected mosquito, an individual may remain asymptomatic for 12 – 35 days, depending on the species of malaria. This is known as the incubation period.

Malaria should be suspected in patients with any unexplained fever after visiting an area where malaria is endemic. The symptoms of malaria include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach problems – These can include:
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Belly pain
    • Diarrhoea
    • Skin that looks yellow – This is called "jaundice"
    • Cough
    • Fast heart rate or breathing

When malaria becomes severe, it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Dark or bloody urine

Most types of mosquito that are encountered will not carry the malaria parasite and if an individual is bitten it does not mean that they will contract malaria.

The risk of malaria can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites. Mosquitoes most often bite between dusk and dawn. People are advised to stay indoors during this period, or cover exposed skin with light clothing or insect repellents. Remember to spray one’s ankles. Burning anti-mosquito coils and ensuring netted screens are kept closed will significantly reduce your risk for contracting insect bites. All of the accommodation available in Kruger is fitted with netted screens.

Malaria prophylactic drugs can be taken that will further decrease the chances of contracting malaria. It is a difficult decision whether or not to take malaria prophylactics when visiting the Kruger National Park. The risk of contracting malaria needs to be weighed up against the side effects of the malaria prophylactic medication, and all the drugs available have various side effects. The choice of the appropriate drug that an individual should use is a decision that should be made in consultation with a medical doctor. There are three types of malaria prophylactic medications available for the strains of malaria occurring in South Africa, namely Doxycycline, Atovaquone/Proguanil and Mefloquine.

It is also important to know that taking malaria prophylaxis does not guarantee that an individual will not contract malaria, it decreases the risk of contracting the disease. Malaria should be excluded in anyone who presents with unexplained fever within 12 to 35 days after entering a malaria area. A blood test is the most accurate, although rapid tests are available that are also very accurate.



furnace accomodationWhere to stay

Delegates can book accommodation at the Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. For booking, please quote booking code: R5917456

For accommodation bookings please contact:
Tel. (012) 426 - 5111

Delegates should not book accommodation through the San Parks website

Skukuza Camp is the capital of Kruger National Park. It is the biggest camp and includes facilities such as a shop, ATM, internet cafe, restaurant, library, fuel station and more.
A magnificent 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course
Riverside walks, wilderness hikes and game drives
Accommodation and lodging ranges from luxury to standard
Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Rest Camp and the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity.
Lions are frequently spotted along this route. At night, look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum.

Skukuza Accommodation and lodging:

  • Safari Tents
  • Guest Houses
  • Sites for camping or caravans
  • Semi Luxury Riverside Bungalows
  • Family Cottages and Guest Cottages

Skukuza Camp Overview:
Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is a popular rest camp situated in the heart of Big Five territory and is easily accessed by road and by air. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park features a variety of accommodation options such as camp sites, 21 furnished safari tents, semi luxury bungalows, cottages and 4 guesthouses.

The myriad of birds and wild game in the area is easily spotted by going on bush walks and game drives. Wildlife documentaries are shown in an outdoor amphitheater. There is a magnificent 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course available for golf enthusiasts on their Kruger Park safari holiday. Read more about Golfing in Kruger at Skukuza Golf Course.

Disabled Visitor facilities:
The reception area is accessible with drop curves providing access from the parking area to the buildings, which include the reception office, a bank, a post office and public toilets (including a barrier free toilet) amongst others. The auto-bank is up a step and is thus inaccessible for wheelchair users. The camp's shop, restaurant and cafeteria are all designed to be all easily accessed in a wheelchair, as is movement along the camp's perimeter fence adjacent to and overlooking the Sabie River.

Skukuza Rest Camp has several attractions such as a museum hut, the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library, an information centre and an auditorium. Only the library is inaccessible. Wheelchair users will need to be pulled up the stairs to access this facility. The camp has 8, 2-bed huts with barrier free facilities (6 with showers and 2 with baths). There is an accessible 6-bedded cottage with bath and shower facilities.


Skukuza Rest Camp has 2 restaurants including the Selati Station Grillhouse. Selati offers a full a la carte breakfast everyday from 7:30am to 10:30am.
Restaurant trading hours:
Weekdays: 6:00am - 22:30pm
Weekends: 12 - 3pm and 6pm- 22:30pm

Selati Station Grillhouse

For Reservations

Tel: +27 (0)13 735 5658
Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6002
E-mail: wsknp-selati@cgps.co.za

The airport is a rudimentary one. The airport staff assists passengers off the plane via airline wheelchairs and down a mobile ramp. No barrier free toilets existed at the time of writing although access to the toilets is easily managed.

Stevenson Hamilton Memorial:
This is a get-out point with a path to a memorial plaque. The path passes over and between boulders and is not accessible to a person in a wheelchair.

Nkuhlu is a picnic site where a ramp has been specially constructed to allow wheelchair users the opportunity to descend from the parking lot down to the pathway adjacent the river's edge. There has been no adaptation of any of the other facilities and no barrier free toilets exist at the time of writing.

Kruger Tablets:
Another get-out point where a memorial plaque has been embedded in rock. Reaching the plaque in a wheelchair requires assistance and such visitors are better off reading the plaque through binoculars.

Skukuza Rest Camp Facilities:

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Public Telephone
  • Bank
  • Car Hire
  • Car Wash
  • 2 x Restaurants
  • Auditorium and Conference Facilities
  • Internet Café
  • Delicatessen
  • Communal ablutions
  • 2 swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only)
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • TVs (limited DSTV) available in family bungalows only
  • DSTV (limited channels) available in Luxury Units only
  • Day Visitors Picnic (located 4km outside the camp) with own swimming pool
  • Cellphone reception
  • Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located approximately 5km outside camp)

A Brief History of Skukuza
The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park.

The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts - very well-known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River and is home to some interesting birds and amazing plant life.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Portia Shabangu Road, Kruger National Park
+27 (0) 13 735 5671
Directions to Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Directions from Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport
Follow N4 from Witbank straight to Nelspruit.
Follow R40 to White River and then on to Hazyview.
At Hazyview, turn right at the second 4-way stop, into Paul Kruger Road.
Follow the road for 43km, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate will be on the left hand side, Kruger Gate entrance directly in front.
For other alternative accommodation – please refer to the link below:

Delegates are advised to book alternative accommodation (as recommended on the SAIMM website) way in advance as places get fully booked around the summer time.

Drinking Water
Although the tap water is safe to drink, delegates are advised to have plenty of bottled water for safety reasons and also because of the heat. Bottled water is provided in all rooms and available to purchase at all shops in the Kruger National Park

Sun exposure

  • Minimise sun exposure between 11am-3pm. Wear a hat
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun
  • Use sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, paying attention to face, nose, ears and shoulders


How to get there

Many visitors to Kruger are self-drive visitors. At the same time however many people (particularly internationals) chose to fly to the park’s periphery and then hire a vehicle.

There are daily flights to the Kruger Park operating from Johannesburg to the recently reopened Skukuza Airport, Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Airport and the Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) located between Nelspruit and White River. Daily flights also operate to Skukuza from Cape Town. KMIA also receives daily flights from Durban and Cape Town, and there is also a flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit.

Please note:
No private aircraft may land at Skukuza Airport without prior permission from the Skukuza Airport Management Company acting on behalf of the Park Director. To obtain this, a Skukuza landing permission and indemnification form must be sent via email to skukuza@flyairlink.com.

Airlink's scheduled air services to Skukuza airport:

From: To: Departure Time:
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) Skukuza Airport 10:00
Cape Town International Airport Skukuza Airport 10:35
Skukuza Airport Cape Town International Airport 11:20
Skukuza Airport OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) 13:20

Visit www.skukuzaairport.com for additional information.

Bus shuttle
Private Connections (a private company) operates this shuttle service between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Kruger National Park. The contact details are:

Heather Dornan
Office Tel.: 00 27 (0) 13 750 2435
Cell: 00 27 (0) 72 245 4677
E-mail: heather@pctours.co.za

The trip takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. It is recommended that the shuttle should be booked with Heather.

Car Hire
Car hire at KMIA, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports and at Skukuza Camp itself or from all major towns in South Africa. South African National Parks endorses Avis Car Rental. You can also email them at avisskukuza@avis.co.za

A number of coach tours are available of varying degrees of luxury. Transport companies, often in conjunction with tour operators/travel agents, facilitate these.

Entrance Gates
There are nine entrance gates to Kruger, delegates for Furnace Tapping Conference kindly please note to use the Paul Kruger Gate, accessible through Skukuza Road

Late Entry
Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.
Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R500,00 per vehicle.

Internal Road Network
Tourist roads in the park are either tarred, or good gravel roads; speed limit: 50 km/h on tarred roads, 40 km/h on gravel roads and 20 km/h in restcamps. An average speed of 30 km/h on tourist roads is recommended for maximum safety and game-viewing enjoyment.

Vehicle Restrictions
Motorcycles and vehicles with an axle load exceeding 8000 kg are not permitted. Caravan and trailers as well as coaches and buses are restricted to the tar roads. Open vehicles are permitted only if the driver is in possession of a valid permit and such vehicles have a covered canopy so that human shapes do not break the shape of the vehicle. Such permits are available at Skukuza on 013 735 4000 and inquire after open vehicle permits.

Gate Registration & Indemnity Form
Kruger National Park Gate Registration & Indemnity Form (PDF)


VISAS - General information about South African Visas

Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.

A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed at a South African embassy, mission or consulate and that the consular officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.

The visa will allow you to travel to a South African port of entry where an immigration official will then determine if you are allowed to enter South Africa and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visas were issued.

On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor's permit. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading "conditions" on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated.

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case and you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.

Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well as this is updated annually. The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.

Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.

Foreigners with long term status (work permits/permit residence) in the neighbouring countries who transit the Republic to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa, provided they are in possession of proof of their status.

South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:

  • visits to family or friends and also for tourism purposes
  • business purposes
  • spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit
  • children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits
  • fiancée/ fiancé to join his or her partner with the intension of marrying within 90 days
  • study purposes (max stay 3-months)
  • charitable or voluntary activities
  • research
  • conferences
  • to work in the production of an movie or show (i.e. in the entertainment industry)
  • for medical purposes (max stay 3-months)
  • sport events

Documents required to apply for a visa

  • A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit
  • Your passport must have at least TWO unused page for entry / departure endorsements
  • A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)
  • Payment of the prescribed fee
  • A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
  • Two colour passport photographs
  • A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air
  • If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents
    • Proof of guardianship or custody or
    • Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor
  • Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:
    • Bank statements
    • Salary advances
    • Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa
    • Bursary
    • Medical cover or
    • Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)

Requirements for entering South Africa

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:

  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
  • At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
  • A valid visa, if required
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Don't forget that there are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid.
For Customs requirements, click here: http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx    
For Agricultural requirements, click here: http://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/Services/Imports


Fees for the issuance of a visitor’s visa in terms of section 11(1) of the Immigration Act shall be collected in respect of passport / travel document holders of the following foreign countries when travelling on an ordinary passport (visa fees are not levied for diplomatic and official/service passport holders).  Please note that countries marked with an asterisk are only subject to visa fees if the intended visit exceeds thirty (30) days:

  • Aden
  • Afghanistan (Transitional Islamic State of)
  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus (Sovereign base area of)
  • Albania (Republic of)
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra (Principality of)
  • Angola (Republic of)
  • Anguilla
  • Armenia (Republic of)
  • Aruba
  • Ascension
  • Azerbaijan (Republic of)
  • Australia
  • Austria (Republic of)
  • Bahamas (The Commonwealth of the)
  • Bahrain (The Kingdom of)
  • Belarus (Republic of)
  • Belau (Palau) Republic of)
  • Belgium
  • Belize*
  • Byelorussia
  • Benin (Dahomey) (Republic of)*
  • Bhutan (Kingdom of)
  • Bosnia/Herzegovina
  • Bouvet Islands
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei Darassalam
  • Bulgaria (Republic of)
  • Burkina Faso (Republic of)
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Burundi (Republic of)
  • Cambodia (Kampuchea) (Kingdom of)
  • Cameroon (Republic)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Comoros (Union of)
  • Congo (Democratic Republic of)
  • Cote D’lvoire (Republic of)
  • Croatia (Republic of)
  • Cuba (Republic of)
  • Denmark (Kingdom of)
  • Dahomey (Benin) (Republic of Benin)
  • Diego Garcia
  • Djibouti (Republic of)
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ducie & Oeno Islands
  • Eastern Caribbean
  • El Salvador (Republic of)
  • Ellice Island (Tuvalu)
  • Equatorial Guinea*
  • Eritrea (State of)
  • Estonia (Republic of)
  • Ethiopia (The Federal Democratic Republic of)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji Islands (Republic of the)
  • Finland (Republic of)
  • France (Republic of)
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon (Republic of)*
  • Gambia (The)
  • Georgia (Republic of)
  • Germany (Federal Republic of)
  • Ghana (Republic of)
  • Gibraltar
  • Gilbert Island (Kiribati)
  • Greece (Hellenic Republic of)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala (Republic of)
  • Guinea (Republic of)
  • Guinea-Bissau (Republic of)
  • Haiti (Republic of)
  • Henderson
  • Holy See
  • Honduras (Republic of)
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)*
  • Iceland (Republic of)
  • Indonesia (Republic of)
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Iraq (Republic of)
  • Italy (Republic of)
  • Ivory Coast (Republic of Còte D’Ivoire)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kampuchea (Cambodia) (Kingdom of)
  • Kazakhstan (Republic of)
  • Kenya (Republic of)*
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kiribati (Gilbert Island)
  • Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of/North)
  • Korea (|Republic of/South)*
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Laos (People’s Democratic Republic)
  • Latvia (Republic of)
  • Lebanon (Republic of)
  • Liberia
  • Libya (Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
  • Lithuania (Republic of)
  • Luxemburg (Grand Duchy of)
  • Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)
  • Madagascar (Republic of)
  • Malaysia (Federation of)*
  • Mali (Republic of)
  • Martinique
  • Marshall Islands (Republic of)
  • Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova (Republic of)
  • Monaco (Principality of)
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco (Kingdom of)
  • Mozambique (Republic of)
  • Myanmar (Burma) (The Union of)
  • Naura (Republic of)
  • Nepal (Kingdom of)
  • Netherlands (The Royal)
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria (Republic of)
  • Northern Marianas
  • Norway
  • Oman (Sultanate of)
  • Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)
  • Palau (Belau) (Republic of)
  • Panama (Republic of)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines (Republic of the)*
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland (Republic of)
  • Portugal (Republic of)
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar (State of)
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation (except private guests of Embassy or Consular staff)
  • Rwanda (Republic of)
  • Samoa (The Independent State of)
  • San Marino (Republic of)
  • Sao Tome & Principe (Democratic Republic of)
  • Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
  • Serbia & Montenegro
  • Sierra Leone (Republic of)
  • Singapore (Republic of)
  • Slovenia (Republic of)
  • Somalia
  • Spain (Kingdom of)
  • Sri Lanka (Democratic Socialist Republic of)
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • Sudan (Republic of the)
  • Suriname (Republic of)
  • Syrian (Arab Republic)
  • Tajikistan (Republic of)
  • Tanzania (United Republic of)
  • Thailand (Kingdom of)*
  • Togo (Republic of)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (Republic of)
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • Tunisia (Republic of)
  • Turkey (Republic of)*
  • Turkmenistan (Republic of)
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)
  • Uganda (Republic of)
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan (Republic of)
  • Vanuatu (Republic of)
  • Vatican City (Holy S ee)
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Vietnam (Socialist Republic of)
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen (Republic of)

updated - 2016-07-20


Please note that children travelling to the Republic of South Africa require additional documentation as stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs. Details can be found in the following PDF Downloadable documents issued by the Department of Home Affairs.



Camielah Jardine
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Email: camielah@saimm.co.za