The 7th Biennial International Group Theory Conference 2023 will be held at the North-West University's (NWU) Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa, Potchefstroom. The closest airport to the venue of the conference is Or Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg which is a 75-minute drive to the venue. We will provide transportation arrangements from the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to the conference venue. To ensure we can make the necessary arrangements, we kindly request you to send us your flight tickets by July 10th. This will allow us to plan and coordinate the transportation logistics efficiently.
Situated on the banks of the Mooirivier (which means 'beautiful river' in Afrikaans, one of the 11 official languages of South Africa) Potchefstroom, or Potch as the locals refer to it, is well known for being a academic town, that boasts a beautiful tree-lined scenery and a buzzing student community. Just off of campus you will experience the socialites dream, know as the Bult - a series of restaurants and local establishments that create an entertaining atmosphere for residents and visitors. Apart from the NWU and neighboring academic institutions housed in Potchefstroom, the city is also home to a strong farming community, the country’s largest chalk factory, one of the largest organ factories in South Africa, and a generous hospitality sector.
Potchefstroom was the first town north of the Vaal River and has a historical legacy that includes the largest oak tree avenue in the southern hemisphere and various national monuments like the old police station building, the Heimat building that can be found on the NWU's Potchefstroom Campus, the magistrate’s office, the old gunpowder house and various churches worth visiting. The Edwardian City Hall, together with that of Krugersdorp, is the oldest existing city hall north of the Vaal River.
With much to offer, we look forward to welcoming you to our city.
About the NWU
The NWU is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all three of our campuses. Our core activities, teaching-learning and research, are intertwined with community engagement and innovation in our eight faculties, most of which serve both distance and contact students.
The NWU offers more than just an education: we offer people a place in the world. Academically, students benefit from great choice and flexibility, enabling them to fulfill their potential and start preparing for their careers.
Through collaboration with other universities and institutions internationally, we are part of the global higher education community. Our internationalisation activities include student and staff exchange and cooperation in academic, research, cultural and sports matters.
As we like to say in our University Anthem: “where the willow trees grow and the thorn tree spreads its shade, there you will grow in knowledge…”
Specific locations on campus for the conference will be communicated to delegates closer to arrival.
Potchefstroom offers a variety of hotels and guest houses. For your convenience, please see a few options listed here below.
- NWU Sports Village (part of the NWU, with stunning views of the Mooirivier, close to campus)
- Acorn Lodge (home to the popular Sky Deck resturant and cocktail bar, close to campus)
- Road Lodge (on the premises of the Mooirivier Mall)
- Beesdam Guest House (with direct access to the NWU Potchefstroom Campus)
- Rob's Place (close to campus)
- Two Owls Guest House (close to campus)
- Lemon Tree Guest House (close to campus)
- The Feather Hill Boutique Hotel (a bit further from campus but situated on a beautiful premises)
- Grey Manor Guest House (close to campus)
- Kumkani Country Lodge (close to the Mooirivier Mall)
- The Willows Garden Hotel (close to Mooirivier mall with a view of the Potchefstroom Country Club)
- More options via Google
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
A fraudulent e-mail has been doing the rounds requesting participants to pay for accommodation before hand be paying an amount into provided banking details. This e-mail does not come from anyone associated with the conference. Please do not pay any money into the listed account or reply to the e-mail. all communication regarding the conference will be sent directly by a member of the LOC or via the conference e-mail address.