On behalf of the SICOT Congress Organising Committee, I would like to invite you to the 38th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress from 30 November to 2 December 2017. Only for the third time on African soil, the meeting will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, at the most southern part of the continent.
Cape Town is the gateway to Africa and it was from here that Dr David Livingstone embarked on his explorations of the continent.
The city is a perennial favourite with visitors and locals alike. Overshadowed by the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers spectacular scenery and is a renowned food and wine capital. The New York Times voted Cape Town the world’s number one city to visit in 2014 and the UK’s Telegraph newspaper recently voted Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth consecutive year. Condé Nast Traveler magazine currently recognises Cape Town as the world’s number one food city.
Participants can expect modern infrastructure, a legacy of South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and opportunities to explore this compact city and its environs. Very few places offer the variety that Cape Town provides. One can enjoy a full day of the Congress and still have time to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Table Mountain. For those wishing to arrive early or extend their visit, Cape Town is directly connected to the Kruger National Park and Botswana for safaris as well as to Victoria Falls.
The academic programme promises to include world standard orthopaedics inclusive of lecture presentations and workshops for the more general orthopaedic surgeons as well as super-specialists. Internationally acclaimed invited speakers will ensure that trainees and experts will be up to date with the latest modern orthopaedic technology and evidence-based medicine.
Welcome to Cape Town!