The next Gough Island Overwintering Expedition will depart from Cape Town in September 2019. This will be the 65th Gough Island overwintering team who will return to Cape Town in October 2020.
Positions currently advertised:
- Medical Orderly
- Diesel Mechanic
- Communications Engineer
- Senior Meteorological Technician
- Assistant Meteorological Assistant (2 posts)
If you are interested in applying to overwinter, please click here.
Please note that applications close between 04 and 14 March 2019.
Please download the PDF advert of the position you are interested in and follow the application instructions as set out in the advert.
Recent article (Afrikaans) about the Gough63 team (Click here).
Click here and here for more information on Gough Island (English).
Photo Credit: Tom Mc Sherry
Greetings to the friends, families and followers of the M75 team!
The last month of 2018 was a memorable one! Starting the festivities early in the month with decorations, the excitement built up steadily to Christmas day and we had an amazing time! Movie marathons, fun teamwork in the kitchen, potjies, presents, a secret santa and more made for a jolly season indeed. Unfortunately no snow on Christmas but we enjoyed some great sunny and calm days instead, summer finally arrived!
The team hasn’t stopped working and, between all the celebrations, fieldworkers have been out and about with lots to be done as the breeding season continues. Everything is still running smoothly at base although there is a definite mindset shift in the team as takeover approaches.
We apologise for the delayed distribution but we hope you all enjoy our latest edition of the Wanderer (December 2018)! We wish everyone the best for the upcoming year and thank you once again for supporting us from afar!
the Wanderer Editing team
Click here to view all the Marion Island newsletters available on the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Archive.
Author: James Burns, 75th Marion Island Overwintering Team (Meteorological Observer), 05 February 2019 (received 12 January 2019)
Jacques Robbertze is one of the team’s two Diesel Mechanics. I believe that this job on Antarctica will truly be unlike any other job you’ve ever had. Good luck with the year ahead.
On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a happy second birthday within SANAP.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 29 January 2019.
On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday Marvin.
Marvin is the team’s Senior Meteorological Technician, sending daily weather data to the South African Weather Service.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 15 January 2019.
The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from the East Pier of Cape Town harbour on 6 December 2018. The ship then docked at customs, where passports of all passengers onboard were stamped. The ship officially left Cape Town 7 December 2018 en route Antarctica.
Track the S.A. Agulhas II here.
The S.A. Agulhas II departing from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour.
The 58th SANAE Overwintering Team.
Two postgrad students of the Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Departmenet at Stellenbosch University (James Matthee & Christof van Zijl) that will be testing the ship’s shaft line during this voyage.
Chef Chad Africa is ready for his 10th Antarctic expedition.
SANAE58 Team Logo.
Team members ready for their 14 month Antarctic Expedition.
Family and friends waiting on the quayside to wave goodbye. Some will retun in 3 months time, others will only return in 2020.
Team member of the 5th SANAE Team (1964), Guy Trevor Robertson, attended the ship’s departure. With him in the photo is Ria Olivier (ALSA), who will make sure Guy’s images, of his time in the Antarctic, gets archived.
Programme Director, Nishendra Devanunthan, coming down the gangway after some final checks onboard.
The voyage schedule is as follows:
||Annual relief voyage Cape Town to Antarctica (Penguin Bukta)
||Offloading, fuel pumping
||Weddell Sea Expedition
||Back-loading, fuel pumping
||Return to Cape Town (via SS Island if required)
Onboard the vessel is the 58th SANAE Overwintering team that will stay in and maintain South Africa’s Antarctic research station (SANAE IV), while gathering weather and space weather data for a period of 14 months.
The Weddell Sea Expedition will also form part of this voyage – click here for more information.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 13 December 2018
Mpati is currently employed within the South African National Antarctic Programme and today she can celebrate her birthday with friends and family at home. Her next birthday will be on the Antarctic Continent, as she is part of the 58th SANAE Overwintering team departing on 06 December 2018 and returning mid-February 2020.
On behalf of ALSA and all involved in SANAP – Happy Birthday Mpati.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Stellenbosch University, 01 December 2018.
The 58th South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) team is almost done with 3 weeks of training. As from tomorrow this team will be prepared for their 14 month expedition to South Africa’s Antarctic base, SANAE IV.
They will depart today in a week’s time, 06 December 2018, and return around middle February 2020.
Watch this video to learn more about Antarctica, South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic Continent and South Africa’s research vessel (S.A. Agulhas II) built by STX Finland.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 29 November 2018.
The Gough64 team members decided to take turns in writing blog posts, to update family and friends back home.
The first post was written by Cathy Mbazwana, Medic of Gough64.
This blog entry is about team member, Christopher Jones’s birthday party (Click here to read the blog). She also added the sea temperature and climate data for September and October 2018 to this blog post. It is great to hear that your team takes pride in planning and attending each other’s birthday parties. Your team dynamics definitely show positive signs for the year ahead.
Thanks for this great initiative Gough64.
We do still hope that the team decides to compile a newsletter in the coming months, but we are excited about this blog initiative and the stories your team will deliver.
Author: Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 20 November 2018
Greetings to all from our little island down south
We have had a great month here on Marion! October has been very productive for the field assistants and the huts have been experiencing a steady stream of visitors and some have been housing long term residents where there is lots to do nearby. Back at base all is running smoothly and we are all kept warm and well fed!
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Wanderer (October 2018) and that it gives you all a taste of our fantastic experience here!
Please click here to view all M75’s newsletters written so far.
Author: James Burns, 75th Marion Island Overwintering Team (Meteorological Observer), 19 November 2018
The 58th South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) team training has kicked off yesterday, 12 November, onboard the S.A. Agulhas II.
Meet S58, our SANAP ambassadors who will spend just more than a year on the ice:
The first day of team training included a number of informational sessions. In between these sessions Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) also had the opportunity to share the history of South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region with the new SANAE overwintering team (S58). This puts emphasis on the team’s responsibilities as South African Antarctic Ambassadors for the coming year. The team was also briefed about the importance of their photos, videos, narratives etc. which needs to be archived by the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa for future generations.
Anche Louw (ALSA) talking about the team’s responsibility towards the ALSA archive and the SANAP website.
Ria Olivier (ALSA) introducing the team to South Africa’s Antarctic Legacy.
Floid Chauke, DEA Deputy Director (Health and Safety), addressing the new SANAE team. Topics: SANAP Adventure Policy, fire emergency plan, search and rescue type of operations and cold weather training.
Further team training will include:
- Cold Weather Training
- Rope Work and Rescue Techniques
- Fire Fighting
- First Aid
- Team Development activities
- Dental Examination
- Clothing Fitment and issuing
- Occupational Health and Safety Talks
- Environmental Talks
- Pre-departure arrangements
- Protective Clothing
- Warehouse Procedures & packing of containers
- Asset Management
- Tasks & Projects
- A. Agulhas II – voyage to Antarctica
- Logistics and voyage information
- Stock take and Orders, Food Management
- Monthly and annual reports, Newsletter
- Team Leader & Management
- Employee Health and Wellness & Labour Relations Talk
Team training will be until the 30th of November, which will give the team a few days with family and friend before they depart to Antarctica on 6 December.
Click here to view the S.A Agulhas II Voyage Schedule.
Featured Image: L-R (Back): Anche Louw (ALSA), Mpati Boleme (SANSA VLF Engineer), Jufter Munyai (DEA Electrical Engineer), Marvin Rankuda (Senior Meteorological Technician), Bongisipho Kuali (DEA Mechanical Engineer), Ria Olivier (ALSA), Sanele Mkhize (DEA Diesel Mechanic); (Front) Travis Duck (SANSA Radar Engineer), Ewald Ferreira (Communications Engineer), Jacques Robbertze (DEA Diesel Mechanic).
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 13 November 2018
63rd Gough Island Overwintering team ready to leave the island. Photo received from: Michelle Risi
The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from Gough Island, yesterday afternoon.
The 64th Gough Island overwintering team will now do the honours of taking care of the South African weather station and the collection of various field and meteorological data.
We would like to wish the team a successful year on the island. May you prosper and achieve all the goals set for you during this take-over.
The S.A. Agulhas II is currently on her way to Tristan da Cunha, where a 48 hour stop-over will made to back-load cargo and passengers. The expected time of departure (ETD) at Tristan da Cunha is 06 October 2018 and the expected time of arrival (ETA) in Cape Town is 11 October 2018.
The 64th Gough Island Overwintering team excited to take over the responsibilities of managing and maintaining the Gough Base for the next 13 months. Photo credit: Michelle Risi
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 02 October 2018
All available team newsletters now linked on the SANAP Website!
The 57th SANAE Overwintering team has already produced eight newsletters since their arrival at South Africa’s Antarctic research station (SANAE IV), last year December.
What you can expect from this team’s newsletters:
- The team’s preparation before their year on the ice? (December 2017 Issue).
- Meet the whole team and get to know the different team members in each newsletter.
- Learn more about the research conducted at SANAE IV.
- What exactly does North West University’s (NWU) Centre for Space Research (CSR) look at in Antarctica? (July 2018 Issue).
- Weather measurements for some months.
- Team sponsors are also mentioned at the back of each newsletter – on behalf of the team, thank you to all the sponsors. We truly hope that you will build a relationship with our overwinterers and support them annually.
For loads more interesting topics discussed by SANAE57 (Click here).
To see newsletters from previous SANAE teams as well as current and previous Marion Island and Gough Island Overwintering teams (Click here).
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 10 September 2018
64th Gough Island Overwintering Team
|Xolani Nyawo||Communications Engineer - Team Leader
|Michelle Risi ||Birder - Deputy Team Leader
|Alexis Osborne ||Birder
|Catherine Mokotji Mbazwana||Medic
|Karabo Mokwena ||Meteorologist
|Innocent Mthetwa||Diesel Mechanic
|Patrick Hlongwane ||Electrician
|Click here to meet the team.||
Photo Credit: Michelle Risi (Gough64 Birder).
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 05 September 2018
Team training for the 64th Gough Island Overwintering Team commenced on the 13th of August and today the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) joined the training.
During this session the team received historical background (in the form of a timeline) on South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic (SANAE base), sub-Antarctic (Marion base), but most importantly Gough Island – where this team will depart to in 3 weeks’ time.
This team will now become part of South Africa’s Antarctic Legacy and we wish them all the best for their journey on the island.
Click here to download the Gough64 team training schedule.
Meet the 64th Gough Island Overwintering team:
Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 20 August 2018
The 75th Marion Island Overwintering team has been alone on the island for 1 month. Watch this videos where Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s; Anché Louw interview Mr Mathibela Selepe, Chief Communications Officer, regarding the role of the team’s Communications Engineer, Bukelwa Mavis Lekhesa.
See here for a list of team members on the 75th Marion Island Overwintering team.