LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN:
We look forward to welcoming you to Sun City in the North West province for our annual SAOA congress – Sun City always promises to be a social and well attended congress and although we have continued with the 4 day congress there is time enough for an interesting and varied academic programme as well as the opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues and to make new ones.
On the doorstep of Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park which covers 55 000 hectares and is the fourth largest Game Reserve in Southern Africa. The malaria-free Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. An abundance of wild life can be seen in this diverse bushveld terrain. The Park is home to lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa’s “Big Five”.
We welcome and encourage Accompanying persons and families. The Accompanying persons’ committee is arranging a varied programme of tours and entertainment. The academic programme includes three Instructional Courses and specialty days arranged by the SAOA in conjunction with the Knee Society (SAKS), the Shoulder and Elbow Society (SASES) and the Trauma Society. We are excited and honoured to work with these Societies. The idea is to allocate the free papers appropriately to the specialty day, but there will be ample time for free papers on other topics as well. As has become the tradition, trade workshops will be part of the programme. Please submit abstracts for free papers and posters to be presented at the congress. Abstracts maybe submitted online at http://www.saoa.org.za before Friday 29 April 2011.
The traditional Golf Tournament will be held at the Lost City Golf course on the Sunday prior to the congress.
The invited guest speakers for the Instructional courses are as follows:
Dr Anthony Romeo and Dr Anders Ekelund (Shoulders)
Dr David Helfet (Trauma)
Dr Robert LaPrade (Knees)
Jan de Vos
Congress Committee Chairman 2011