following on from the welcome of our Congress chair, Prof Martin Smith, I would like to welcome you to the trainee's component of the congress.

This is the first time that there will be a dedicated trainee's programme. There will be three themed breakfast seminars: pancreatic controversies; liver controversies and biliary controversies. All three will be interactive, and chaired by a world renowned authority in that field. There will also be trainee specific sessions during the parallel run Association for South African Surgeons congress, including trauma and vascular topics.

We are negotiating a trainee congress hotel with discounted rates for verified trainees, as well as an after congress entertainment programme.

This trainee's component is being organised by the South African Society for Surgeons in Training (SASSiT), and we would be delighted if you would take part.

See you in Cape Town,

Martin Brand