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Considering this rapidly evolving environment and the government’s guidelines for mass gatherings, the below events may be postponed. If the current restrictions continue for an indefinite period, or if additional restrictions are implemented, it may be necessary to cancel the event altogether.We continue to monitor the latest guidelines from our government and the WHO and remain committed to keeping you informed as developments unfold.
In light of the current status around Covid-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming VET100 Twin Centenaries congress, scheduled for 30 June – 2 July at Onderstepoort. This was a tough call to make and while it is disappointing to make this change, it is important that we minimize the risk to the health and safety of our speakers, sponsors, attendees and all involved. There is however good news…
We are happy to announce that we have incorporated the VET100 Congress programme with the 11th Biennial SA Veterinary Congress taking place from 1-4 June 2021 at Emperors Palace. The biennial congress attracts 450+ delegates and the full VET100 programme will be running as a parallel track at this congress. We will also be offering the wet labs/skills training sessions on the 4th of June, at Onderstepoort.
All registrations that are paid up will be transferred to next year’s congress (1-3 June), including the wet lab(s) if booked for, which will take place on the 4th of June. If you however would like to cancel your registration, we will be able to refund you in full. For all registrations that are not yet paid and would like to be transferred to the 2021 congress, we will honour the registration rate if full payment is received by 30 May 2020. Payment not received by this date will automatically be cancelled.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend the congress next year.
Join us as we commemorate our glorious journey of 100 years of the SA Veterinary Association and 100 years of veterinary education in South Africa in 2021.
Dear SASVEPM Members,
The challenging situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted thorough consultations with our partners and supporters to decide the way-forward regarding SASVEPM 2020 Congress. Considering the current information, trends and projections and always cognisant of the guidelines from the Department of Health, we considered the risk of infection and spread of the virus, lock-down measures, restriction on gatherings, travel ban, financial constraints and pressure on re-scheduling priorities during this trying times.
In view of the above, the SASVEPM Executive Committee (EXCO) has decided to postpone the 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress to 2021. The EXCO’s decision considered keeping the name as “2020 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress” and maintaining our original theme “Creative animal health solutions for sustainable economic growth”.
This is to furthermore serve as a reminder of how the Veterinary Epidemiology and One Health Community came together to respond to the devastating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult times that South Africa, SADC, Africa and the globe had to face in 2020. Although it was a tough decision to postpone our congress, we are also pleased to announce that our guest speakers, Prof. Mark Rweyemamu, Prof. Mary-Louise Penrith & Prof. Folorunso Oludayo, have been confirmed for 2021 and will share their experience with us at the 2020 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress next year. Furthermore, we are also planning to invite a prominent scholar to speak to our members on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and the lesson learned from the pandemic.
The Congress will be held at the same venue (Warmbaths Forever Resort in Bela-Bela, Limpopo) from 25-27 August 2021.
Our dedicated members, who submitted abstracts, will be consulted on maintaining their abstracts for the new congress dates; however, a second call for abstracts and registration will be resumed later in the year.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be offering our members epidemiology capacity building training programmes by implementing the SASVEPM Epidemiology Training Plan for 2020/2021. The plan aims to provide training to SASVEPM members and increase the epidemiology knowledge base within the society. We will be conducting three online training sessions in 2020 and two hands-on contact sessions in 2021. SASVEPM members will be contacted in due time on procedures for enrollment in these training activities. The detailed approved training plan can be access through this link <click here>.
We are very optimistic and believe by working together during these devastating times, we will achieve a milestone of containing, controlling and curbing further spread of the virus, and we believe that with the One Health Approach we will prevail.
The EXCO will keep updating you on all new developments and we are looking forward to welcoming you in our training programmes and celebrating the control of COVID-19 pandemic together in Bela-Bela in August 2021.
Thank you for your support and patience as we move through this challenging time.
Keep well and stay COVID-19 free.
Dr Nelson Matekwe
The Free State & Northern Cape Branch of SAVA Congress will be postponed to August 2021.
We will communicate the online conference, scheduled for Saturday 29 August soon.
Dear Fellow Parasitologists,
In the midst of a global pandemic, it is impossible to predict with any certainty when the epidemic will have run its course, as it is affecting different regions of the world at different times.
With that in mind, the ICPOW 2020 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has made the decision to postpone the 4th International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW) that was scheduled for 6-9 September 2020 to September 2021.
The decision to postpone ICPOW was a difficult one, as we know how much the Parasitology community values the opportunity to meet, network and discuss important parasitological issues. The LOC is also concerned about the adverse economic impact of the crisis on all members and stakeholders. These considerations have led to the conclusion that it would be unwise to plan an international event at all this year.
We are very hopeful that we can return to the usual meeting schedule in 2021 and host the 4th ICPOW from 5-8 September 2021, at the same venue in the Kruger National Park. These arrangements are also relevant to the 49th annual conference of the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) that would have been held jointly with ICPOW.
First of all, thank you to all that have submitted abstracts. We will open a new call for abstracts during October 2020. If you have submitted an abstract for the 2020 congress, you are welcome to resubmit the same abstract, an updated abstract or a new abstract for the 2021 Congress. None of the submitted abstracts will be carried over to 2021, you will have to resubmit.
Registrations & Accommodation
All registrations for the 2020 congress, that are paid up will be transferred to next year’s congress. If you, however, would like to cancel your registration, we will be able to refund you in full less any banking fees incurred. For all registrations that are not yet paid and would like to be transferred to the 2021 congress, we will honour the current registration fee if full payment is received by 30 June 2020. Payment not received by this date will automatically be cancelled, and you can re-register for the 2021 congress once the registrations open up. Updated registration fees for the 2021 congress will be communicated in due time. Accommodation fees paid can also be refunded, less processing fees as the 2021 rates will be higher. You are welcome to contact the secretariat in the event that you would like to transfer your booking to 2021 and settle the difference in rates next year.
We thank you for your interest in the meeting and look forward to seeing you in South Africa in 2021.
Please take care,
Prof. Sonja Matthee
President of PARSA
LOC – Sonja Matthee, Heike Lutermann & Iva Prïkrylova
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The Executive Committee of the Oranje Vaal Branch of SAVA has decided to postpone it’s congress to April 2021. New dates will be communicated soon.
The AOAC SSA Section Annual Meeting has been postponed to 2-4 March 2021. More information will be shared shortly.
Please look out for an update on a series of webinars that we will be hosting from July – November 2020.
This workshop has been postponed. New dates to be announced soon.