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It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 2021 Annual Congress of the Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA), which will take place in the Cape Town from 12 to 15th March 2021, and which coincides with the opening of the new Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cape Town, the first and only such institute in Africa.

The local organising committee has been working hard to put together an exceptional program which includes international leaders in the fields of functional neurology, demyelinating central nervous system diseases, stroke, infectious neurology and movement disorders. There will be two pre-congress workshops dealing with, respectively, movement disorders and immunosuppression and next generation sequencing of neurological conditions, and a post-congress workshop on sleep medicine is also being planned.

This year, the annual general meeting of NASA will be of particular interest to our members in private practice as the NASA Private Practice Committee will be providing feedback on our Association’s negotiations with funders, procedure coding and developments relating to the recently tabled National Health Insurance Act. As always, the 2021 NASA congress will provide the perfect opportunity for networking with local, African and international colleagues.

March is also the best time to visit Cape Town as the temperature is pleasant, the southeasterly winds of summer have typically died down and the winter rains have not begun. The Lord Charles in Somerset West, which is the venue for the congress,is situated in the Cape Winelands in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains and is surrounded by many historic wine estates including Vergeleggen, Lourensford, Morgenster and Meerlust. It is less than 30 minutes drive from both Cape Town international airport and the university town of Stellenbosch.

The NASA 2021 Organising Committee is confident that you will find the scientific program and interaction with colleagues not only useful but also enjoyable.

Lawrence Tucker FCP PhD
Organising Committee

Jeannine Heckmann FCP PhD
Scientific Committee