Conference 2016




The 11th SAPBA symposium to be held from March 8th – 10th, 2016, at Protea Hotel Stellenbosch. The Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is situated in the Stellenbosch Technopark, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, between award winning wine estates and internationally renowned golf courses and estates. On March 9th the symposium dinner will be hosted at the historical Nooitgedacht Estate.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of plant breeding a diverse group of distinguished international and national speakers have all ready been confirmed. Ranging from Dr Chikelu Mba, FAO: Leader, Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources, to James Patterson, MIT graduate and co-founder of Aerobotics. More information regarding plenary speakers will be made available on the SAPBA website, but I would also like to encourage groupings and/or institutions that would like to sponsor and/or nominate plenary speakers to contact the symposium secretariat.

Symposium Information

First Announcement
Preliminary Program
Third Announcement 


Workshop Announcement


Invited speakers

Contact Details:
International guest please note - For payment transfer information please contact Willem Botes:

SAPBA President:
Willem Botes
Phone: +27(0) 21 808 2637
Fax: +27(0) 21 808 3767

Accommodation and Transport

Conference venue (Protea Hotel Stellenbosch):

The following rates have been negotiated at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch1.:

  • R845.00 per person, per night in Sharing Standard Accommodation;
  • R995.00 per person, per night in Sharing Deluxe Accommodation;
  • R1390.00 per person, per night in Single Standard Accommodation; and
  • R1690.00 per person, per night in Single Deluxe Accommodation.

A block booking has been secured under the name of the SAPBA at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch (if not booked by 8 February 2016 it will be fully released). Reservations made after this date will be subject to normal rates and availability.

Please refer to the conference when making your reservations. The contact person for accommodation will be Anria Odendaal, Reservations Assistant Manager.

Please contact the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch directly for bookings:
Anria Odendaal
Reservations assistant manager
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch
Telephone (Front desk): +27-21-880-9500
Telephone (Direct): +27-21-880-9527

Alternative accommodation:
For alternative accommodation in Stellenbosch consult the following websites: Stellenbosch Travel, Lekkeslaap, and/or Stellenbosch Info.


Delegates not making use of their own transport and/or not wishing to hire a car at Cape Town International Airport can contact the following shuttle services in order to arrange transport:

A2B Tours
Ryan Mentoor
Cell: +27-83-414-8563

Bettina Shuttle
Telephone: +27-21-887-0702
Cell: +27-82-076-2958

Please note that the SAPBA will not be facilitating any accommodation and/or transport arrangements.

1. The rates include a Full English Breakfast and 14% VAT, but exclude the Tourism Levy of 1%.

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