49th National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

20-24 March 2019

Cape Town International Convention Centre


Invitation from Congress Chair

Click here to download the FIRST INVITATION & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Click here to download the FINAL INVITATION & REGISTRATION

Dear Friends and Colleagues

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 49th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa to be held from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 March 2019 in Cape Town. This meeting will be held in the spacious and centrally located world class Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The CTICC is (from an organiser’s point of view!) disturbingly close to wonderful tourist attractions such as Table Mountain with its beautiful hiking paths and cable cars, and the Cape Town Waterfront, renowned for seafood restaurants and shops selling fascinating African wares.

What makes this OSSA Congress special is that it will take place one year before the 2020 World Ophthalmology Congress which will be held in the same venue. It promises to attract more of the international academia and trade than usual, as it presents an ideal opportunity for participants to scout the venue, accommodation, and the Mother City.

The organisers are busy assembling a faculty of respected speakers, both internationally and locally and we plan to present an opportunity to be informed of the latest advances in Ophthalmology, as well as to catch up with colleagues and friends from across the globe.

Have your receptionists diarise the date. Hope to see you there!

Chris Gouws
Congress Chair

CLICK HERE to download the Preliminary Programme.




The 2019 Congress will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

With its breathtaking scenery, immense cultural and nature heritage, and world-class conferencing and hotel facilities, Cape Town is one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. Known as the Mother City, this busy cosmopolitan hub, located in the Western Cape, is becoming increasingly celebrated on the conference and convention scene, both locally and internationally.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is located in the heart of the city. The convention centre has it all: it is accessible and highly-accommodating, and provides flexible facilities that will meet the needs of delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.


Invited international speakers

Dr. George A. (Jack) Cioffi

Dr. Cioffi is an internationally recognized glaucoma scientist and clinician and is the Edward S. Harkness Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Cioffi presently holds the Jean and Richard Deems Professorship at Columbia University and formerly held the Richard Chenoweth Chair of Ophthalmology at the Devers Eye Institute. He was also the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. He received his medical degree at the University of South Carolina, completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, and a fellowship in Research and Clinical Glaucoma at Devers Eye Institute under Dr. E. Michael Van Buskirk. More recently, he completed the inaugural Harvard Business School program in Managing Healthcare Delivery.

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Glaucoma, Dr. Cioffi is also the is the current Chairman of the Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco. He is a past President of the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology and has served as a member of the FDA Ophthalmology/Dermatology Advisory Committee for drug approval. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Medical Excellence and was selected by the Governor John Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Outcomes and Quality taskforce.

Dr. Cioffi has been supported with multiple grants from the National Eye Institute, continuously for 18 years, as well as several private foundation and industry grants. He has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and edited a book for non-ophthalmologists, The Devers Manual: Ophthalmology for the Healthcare Professional. He has received many awards throughout his career, including being selected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Vermont, being continuously included in The Best Doctors in America since 2002, a Senior Achievement Award in 2005 and Secretariat Award in 2012 both from the AAO, and the Innovators Award from the Glaucoma Research Foundation also in 2012. He has presented more than 100 invited lectures and visiting professorships at institutions around the world, including multiple named lectureships.

He has mentored more than 30 clinical and post-doctoral fellows over his career. These clinicians and scientists are now at academic institutions and in practices around the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Prof Stephen Kaye 

Prof Kaye is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Department of Eye and Vision Science at The University of Liverpool. He leads the Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Service and the Integrated Clinical Academic Training programme in Ophthalmology. He is Chair of The Bowman Club of Corneal Specialists, The Microbiology Ophthalmic Group and The Scholarships and Awards Committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has been Chair of The Ocular Tissue Advisory Group and The Audit and Research group of NHS Blood and Transplant. He leads research programmes on ocular infections and ocular surface reconstruction, and runs a competitive fellowship programme in Cornea. He has published extensively on Microbial Keratitis, Corneal Neovascularisation, Corneal Transplantation and Refractive outcomes. In 2018 he was awarded the National Institute of Health Research and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Researcher of the year.

Prof Frank Koch 

Prof Koch moved to the University Eye Clinic Frankfurt am Main in 1996 with the academic rank of Clinical professor (“C3-Professor life time position); Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Germany. Prof. Koch also played a key role in the stroke of brotherhood between German and European ophthalmology and ophthalmology in the United States by becoming co-founder of the European VitreoRetinal Society in 2001, where he was president until 2004. The scientific and clinical progress is also discussed at annual intervals in an international symposium launched in 1998 in the University Eye Clinics in Frankfurt and Marburg (VitreoRetinal Symposium, VRS - Frankfurt - Marburg).

His research activities include electron microscopic studies on the normal and pathologic morphology and physiology of the retina, the choroid and the vitreous, development and extensive experimental testing of new instruments for vitreous surgery, clinical studies on lens transparency changes after different vitreoretinal surgical manipulations as retinal re-attachment maneuvers in PVR, light toxicity in the eye, prophylaxis/treatment of  age related subretinal neovascular membranes (CNV) / macular edema in d.m./ vein occlusions: laser, PDT, rheopheresis, anti-VEGT, steroids, sustained drug delivery devices, development of evidenced based vitreoretinal training modules (EYESI®), and Lab analysis of VEGFs and interleucines / vitreous probes.

His main areas of surgical procedures are in the fields of microscopic vitreoretinal surgery (retinal detachment, bi-manual vitreous surgery, diaphanoscopy, LED technology), endoscopic vitreoretinal surgery (ECP, sheathotomy in branch vein occlusion, subretinal surgery), microsurgery of the anterior segment of the eye (cataract surgery, intraocular lenses and glaucoma implants), laser surgery (retinal breaks, diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration) and pharmaco-surgery for treatment of macula edema in different entities.



Prof Ken Nischal 

Prof Nischalis Chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Director of Pediatric Program Development at the UPMC Eye Center, Medical Director for Telemedicine Services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His focus is on evidence based protocol led clinical care with clinical outcome measures as a source of clinical research. His main areas of clinical research are Anterior Segment Developmental Anomalies Affecting the Cornea, Lens and Trabecular Meshwork. He has published widely in Pediatric Cataract, Glaucoma and Cornea and Craniofacial Anomalies. He has developed an ocular genetic service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and is Co-founder of WSPOS.  

Mr John Salmon 

Mr Salmon was an undergraduate at the University of Pretoria and undertook his ophthalmology training at the University of Witwatersrand. He was a Specialist Ophthalmologist at Groote Schuur Hospital for nine years before being appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Oxford Eye Hospital. He is presently the director of the glaucoma services in Oxford.  He is actively involved in teaching and in 2013 received an “Excellent Teacher” award from the University of Oxford. He has trained 25 Fellows in glaucoma. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and seven book chapters, mainly dealing with the subject of glaucoma. He is co-author of “Glaucoma” and will be the next author of “Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology”. He was awarded the Sam Cohen Gold medal in 2009, the Ida Mann Gold medal from the University of Oxford in 2015 and Gold Medals from the South African and Australian Glaucoma Societies.



Important dates

Deadline for abstracts:  1 September 2018

Acceptance of abstracts:  1 October 2018

Programme on Congress Website:  1 November 2018

Deadline for early bird registrations:  16 November 2018

Please reserve your hotel room before 15 January 2019


Pre-congress workshops

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

13:00 – 17:00   Genop Healthcare: 8th Heidelberg Users’ Workshop

Thursday, 21 March 2019

08:00 – 10:00   Genop Healthcare: Pentacam and Refractive Workshop

Preliminary Programme

Scientific Programme & Workshops

The entire Scientific Programme, as well as details regarding the workshops will be on the Congress website by 4 November 2018.

CLICK HERE to download the Programme at a Glance.

CLICK HERE to download the Preliminary Programme.

CPD Points


Discovery Health is facilitating the CPD process at this Conference.

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

No hard copy certificates will be available at the Conference. 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.


Call for abstracts

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

  • Only papers by Ophthalmologists, Registrars, Practice Managers & Administrators will be considered for presentations.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online before 1 September 2018. THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY FOR LATE ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS.
  • Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts by 1 October 2018. 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 1 September 2018 to

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: (There will be a poster session during lunch on the Saturday)


  • 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?
  • Maximum of 400 words excluding title in MS Word format.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • The Programme 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.
  • Papers will only be accepted on the understanding that the main author or a co-author will personally present the paper.
  • Co-authors must agree with the results stated and have consented to be included as authors.
  • All participants must disclose online 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.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the Organisers have received your abstract(s).

Structure of Abstract:


·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.



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


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.


Registrar awards

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

PLEASE NOTE: Only registrars of any South African university qualify for the below registrar awards.

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 35 000 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 20 000 has been secured from a sponsor



Registration Registration will open in August 2018

You will receive the Final Invitation & Registration Form during August 2018.

The Final Invitation and on-line registration facility will be available on the Congress website during August 2018.

Registration procedure

Important request to companies sponsoring delegates:

Please let us have the delegate’s personal e-mail address and other contact information.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: To encourage delegates to register online, we will be giving R 200 discount if registered online. The “SPECIFIC DAYS” registrations will receive a R 100 discount per day registered.

Preferred option

Alternative option

Step 1

Register ONLINE at
here to register ONLINE (ONLY FROM AUGUST 2018)

Step 1

COMPLETE registration form. Please print in BLOCK LETTERS

Click here to download a registration form in Microsoft Office Word Format
or click 
here to download a registration form in Adobe PDF Format

Step 2

E-MAIL / FAX proof of payment
(if applicable) to / 086 60 60 555

Step 2

E-MAIL / FAX both pages of your registration form, as well as proof of payment (if applicable) to / 086 60 60 555
Please ensure that you send us both sides of your registration form.

Step 3

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

Step 3

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

Payment options 


Direct bank deposit / EFT (Please do not mail any cheques to us)

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 / 086 60 60 555

This account number is the same as the 2018 Congress account number.


If you encounter difficulty or cannot make an EFT or direct bank deposit, please CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A CREDIT CARD AUTHORISATION FORM 


Contact the congress organisers at 

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

Cancellation policy

Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A 20% administration fee will be deducted before 13 January 2019 and a 40% fee thereafter. No refunds after 28 February 2019.




Fee entitlements

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

  • Congress sessions for specific days as indicated in the programme for each group 
  • Workshops
  • Meet & greet
  • Trade exhibition, lunches & refreshments during breaks 
  • OSSA Banquet excluded: R 450 for all registered delegates and additional guests (Trade delegates included) Limited seating available.
  • Registration will open in August 2018

Registration fees

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: To encourage delegates to register online, we will be giving R 200 discount if registered online. The “SPECIFIC DAYS” registrations will receive a R 100 discount per day registered.

Register AND pay
UNTIL 16 Nov 2018 
Register AND pay
FROM 17 Nov 2018
Register AND pay
FROM 3 March 2019
15% VAT Included
Entire duration
*Specific days
Entire duration
*Specific days
Entire duration
*Specific days
Ophthalmologist   in private practice or part-time private practice
R 6 500
R 2 700 / d
R 7 400
R 3 250 / d
R 8 400
R 3 700 / d
Ophthalmologist   in full-time government employment with no private practice
R 4 800
R 1 250 / d
R 5 600
R 2 600 / d
R6 500
R 2 800 / d
Associate   member: Optometrist / Doctor from any other discipline
R 5 400
R 2 250 / d
R 5 950
R 2 600 / d
R 6 500
R 2 800 / d
R 2 550
R 1 200 / d
R 3 250
R 1 450 / d
R 3 700
R 1 700 / d
Honorary life member 
R 0
R 0
R 0
R 0
R 0
R 0
Ophthalmologist from Africa (Excluding South Africa)
R 4 900
R 2 100 / d
R 5 700
R 2 500 / d
R 6 500
R 2 800 / d
Ophthalmologist in private practice or part-time private practice 
R 11 000
R 4 600 / d
R 11 550
R 5 100 / d
R 12 000
R 5 600 / d
Ophthalmologist in full-time government employment with no private practice 
R 8 650
R 3 500 / d
R 9 550
R 4 250 / d
R 11 350
R 4 800 / d
Ophthalmologist from abroad
R 6 700
R 2 700 / d
R 7 850
R 3 350 / d
R 9 150
R 4 150 / d
Optometrist / Doctor from any other discipline 
R 5 250
R 2 450 / d
R 6 500
R 2 800 / d
R 6 850
R 3 250 / d
Medical officer in Ophthalmology / Registrar / Practice Manager & Administrator /   Ophthalmic Assistant / Ophthalmic Nurse /
Optometrist in full-time govern-ment employment / Orthoptist / Ocularist /   Community Field Worker / Optometric student

R 3 250
R 1 450 / d
R 3 700
R 1 700 / d
R 4 150
R 1 900 / d
R 4 700
R 2 100 / d
R 5 250
R 2 350 / d
R 5 750
R 2 700 / d

** 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. 


The Meet & Greet is free of charge for delegates registered for the ENTIRE Academic Congress - two-day programmes included.

OSSA Banquet excluded: R 450 for all registered delegates and additional guests (Trade delegates included.)  Limited seating available.

Meet & Greet (21 March) 

Free of charge for all delegates registered for entire congress
R 350 / person for additional guests

Young Ophthalmologists Syposium (22 March)
Free of charge for registrars & Ophthalmologists in their first five years post graduation. 

OSSA Banquet (23 March)

R 450 / person (All delegates and guests)  Limited seating

You are personally responsible for full payment of these fees in the event that your institution or company does not pay them.

Click here to download a registration form in Microsoft Office Word Format (78 KB)
Click here to download a registration form in Adobe PDF Format (177 KB) 


Click here to register ONLINE


* OSSA Member: Delegate who is a member of OSSA and whose 2019 fees are paid up. 

* Non-Member: Delegate who is not a registered member of OSSA or a member whose 2019 fees are not paid up. 

If you register as a member and your fees are not paid up for the year 2019, the registrations manager will correct your registration amount and charge you accordingly. 

Should you wish to become a Member of OSSA, please contact the OSSA secretary to request a membership form via the website


Accommodation arrangements

We urge you to book NOW!

We have secured group accommodation at the following four hotels: 
The Westin, Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl.

These rooms will be reserved for congress delegates until 15 January 2019 and will be available on a first-come, first serve-basis.

  • Rates include breakfast & 15% VAT, but exclude incidental expenses & 1% tourism levy.
  • 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.

The Westin Cape Town   

Distance from CTICC:                      Opposite the CTICC (Direct connection with the CTICC)
Reservation number:                       1397101
Contact person:                               Victoria Bailey
Tel:                                                     021 412 8805
Star grading:                                     5 Star


            Single:                                    R 3 531.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)
            Double (for both guests)        R 3 881.00  (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)

How to make a reservation:            
                                                           Please click here to book your room on the Westin Hotel Website.

Southern Sun The Cullinan

Distance from Venue:                      Opposite the CTICC (250m)
Reservation number:                       3882644
Contact person:                               Nicole McKay
Tel:                                                     021 492 0404
Fax:                                                    021 488 5798
Star grading:                                     4 Star
           Single                                     R 3 180.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)
            Double (for both guests)     R 3 480.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)

How to make a reservation:             
                                                           Please click here to book your room on the Tsogo Sun Website. (PREFERRED METHOD)
                                                           OR click here to download the reservation form

                                                          Please return the completed form to Nicole McKay: 
                                                          E-mail:   OR
                                                          Fax:        021 488 5798

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

Distance from Venue:                     850m
Reservation number:                      3882644
Contact person:                              Nicole McKay
Tel:                                                    021 492 0404
Fax:                                                   021 488 5798
Star grading:                                   4 Star
            Single                                   R 2 875.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)
            Double (for both guests)    R 3 180.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)

How to make a reservation:             
                                                           Please click here to book your room on the Tsogo Sun Website. (PREFERRED METHOD)
                                                           OR click here to download the reservation form

                                                          Please return the completed form to Nicole McKay: 
                                                          E-mail:   OR
                                                          Fax:        021 488 5798

Stay Easy Cape Town City Bowl

Distance from CTICC:                    1 km
Reservation number:                      3882644
Contact person:                              Nicole McKay
Tel:                                                    021 492 0404
Fax:                                                   021 488 5798
Star grading:                                   2 Star
            Single                                    R 1 510.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)
            Double (for both guests)     R 1 510.00 (Breakfast & 15% VAT included)

How to make a reservation:             
                                                           Please click here to book your room on the Tsogo Sun Website. (PREFERRED METHOD)
                                                           OR click here to download the reservation form

                                                          Please return the completed form to Nicole McKay: 
                                                          E-mail:   OR
                                                          Fax:        021 488 5798

Please reserve your room before
15 January 2019

You are responsible for your own accommodation arrangements.



Shuttle Service

Travel Arrangements / Shuttle Service

  • Please note that there will be no shuttle service between any of the above-mentioned hotels and the CTICC.
  • There will not be a shuttle service provided from the Cape Town International Airport to the CTICC. We would like to recommend that you make use of Uber or of one of the other shuttle services.
  • Shuttle from CTICC to Cape Town International Airport:
    There will only be one shuttle provided after the congress adjourns at 11:00 on Sunday, 24 March, back to the Cape Town International Airport at R 200 per person. Duration of the trip: Approximately 30 minutes
  • If this does not match your flight's departure time, we recommend making use of Uber or other taxi services as mentioned below.
  • Uber:
             Fee for a group of four people: More or less R 220 for the group
             Fee for a group of six people: More or less R 260 for the group

  • La Grange Taxi’s:
                         Cell:  082 377 5293 / 072 159 7275
  • Sport Shuttle:
                         Tel:   021 934 3477


Opportunities for Sponsorship / Exhibition

Please click here to download the Exhibitors Manual

Approximately 750 delegates (based on the 2017 and 2018 numbers, excluding the trade) are expected to attend the 2019 National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa in Cape Town. 

This Congress is the number one event on the 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 Chris Gouws, 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. 

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. 

Please click here for more information regarding Sponsorships & Exhibitions

Please click here for the Notice of Intention for Trade


Please complete the Notice of Intention for the Trade and return it by
e-mail OR fax to Rhyno Kriek.

Click here to download the INTENTION FORM

General Information

General Information

Annual General Meetings

Friday, 22 March 2019
OSSA AGM 16:30
OMG AGM 17:30

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

The Congress will be accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and registered for CPD points.


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


ZAR South African Rand.


Average temperatures: 16 – 29oC. Light jacket essential for the evenings.


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


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.


It is strongly suggested that all travellers check the latest visa requirements with the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate before travelling,
OR visit

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.


Social Functions

Thursday, 21 March, 18:00

Meet & Greet
Venue: Exhibition Hall, CTICC
Dress: Casual
Cost: Free of charge for all registered delegates. R 350 for additional guests.

Friday, 22 March, 18:00

Young Ophthalmologists Symposium
(For Registrars & Ophthalmologists in their first five years post graduation)
VenueRoom 2.6
Dress: Casual
Free of charge.

Saturday, 23 March, 19:00 for 19:30

OSSA Banquet (Limited seating)
Venue: Ballroom, CTICC
Dress: Black Tie / Day suit / Traditionall
Cost: R 450 for all registered delegates and additional guests.


Facilities & Activities

Please refer to the official Cape Town Tourism website for comprehensive information

For Day Tours, Car Hire, Safaris, Overland Tours and alternative accommodation (budget to luxury) please contact…

Chantal Young
Mobile:      084 200 2717
Tel:             021 424 0265


Organisational & administrative aspects; Exhibitions & Sponsorships:

RK Communication

Rhyno Kriek, Clayton Meise & Amelia Koch (Congress Organisers)
Tel:        051 436 7733 / 083 265 0 265
Fax:       086 60 60 555
Postal address:  PO Box 28694, Danhof, Bloemfontein, 9310, South Africa

OSSA matters & membership

Executive Office Manager 

Virosha Basdeo
Tel:        012 347 0048

Only enquiries relating to the contents of the academic programmes


Dr Chris Gouws
Tel:        051 522 2908


Prof Wayne Marais
Tel:        051 405 2151

Dr Linda Visser
Tel:        031 260 4480

Dr Petrus Gous
Tel:        012 343 8035


Dr Johan Eloff
Tel:        051 522 0237


Dr Michael Carter
Tel:        051 522 0002


Dr Retha Swart
Tel:        051 522 0002


Dr Oene Los
Tel:        051 502 1907

Dr Johann Serfontein
Tel:        011 340 9000


Dr Farouk Adamjee
Tel:        051 444 3611


Dr Japie Vos - Finances & Sponsors
Tel:        051 522 6758

Dr Karen Conradie - OSSA Banquet
Tel:        051 522 1790

Dr Jaco Maartens - Pre-congress Visit
Tel:        053 832 4912