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The HEDSA Exco is proud to announce that the HEDSA Biennial Conference will be held on the 21 - 22 September 2023 at Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape under the theme “Equity for All: Where are we?” This HEDSA conference will focus on resource-rich engagements on the access, retention, and success of Deaf students and includes a focused speaker programme, panel discussions, group sessions and social networking events. The Conference aims to provide an opportunity to learn, engage and grow meaningful relationships. We welcome everyone to join our Conference.

There are several important issues and dates that we would like to bring to your attention:


HEDSA Conference Registration Form

We have extended the deadline until 11 September 2023, with payment due by 23 September 2023.

Registration Fees:

Conference registration fees include conference pack, morning/afternoon teas, lunch, cocktail and social evening on the 21st September 2023.

  • HEDSA Member: R3 500

  • Non-members R5 500 (which includes HEDSA membership fee to provide for voting rights)

  • Students: R2 000

  • Group bookings of 6 and more will get their HEDSA membership fee (R2 000) discounted for the institution. Kindly email for further queries in this regard.

You will receive an invoice once you have submitted your conference registration form . Please take note the reference number that will be reflected on your invoice must be reflected on all payments. Please note that the paid registration fee cannot be refunded if anyone is not able to participate in the conference.

Conference venue & accommodation

  • The HEDSA Conference will take place in Gqeberha at the Nelson Mandela University Auditorium.

  • Delegates are welcome to access the various hotels surrounding the conference venue. Please note that accommodation will not be reserved exclusively for the period of 21-22 September 2023 for HEDSA members.

  • Shuttle/Transport: Attendees registering for the conference can arrange for a shuttle/transport through their booked accommodation for the duration of the conference. The conference programme on Day 1 (21st September 2023) will commence at 10:00 to allow delegates to travel to the Eastern Cape the morning of the conference.

Conference attire:

The conference attire will be business casual.

Conference enquiries:

Please send your conference general queries to and payment queries to

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