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Applications for 2x SANSA - Electronic Engineer for Antarctica 2014 posts are invited until 07 July2014
30 June 2014 from SANAP Headquarters
These posts are available in the 2014 SANAE Overwintering Team. 

The Closing Date for Applications is 7 July 2014.

To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in Antarctica, you can apply for these posts on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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Team photos for old Marion Island Teams have been updated.
30 June 2014 from SANAP Headquarters
Some older team photographs for Marion Island Overwintering teams have been found and between John Cooper and Richard Skinner, they have given as much information as possible.  There are names and/or photographs for MARION 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20.

Please go and have a look, and if you have any corrections or additional photos, we would appreciate your feedback.


Applications for overwintering posts are open.
27 June 2014 from SANAP Headquarters
To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in our most pristine environments,  you can apply for posts on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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Applications for GOUGH ISLAND and SANAE 2014 overwintering teams are invited until 18 April 2014
28 March 2014 from SANAP Headquarters
The posts for DEA 2014 Gough Island Overwintering Team Members are open.  The Closing Date for Applications is 18 April 2014.

To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in this most pristine environment, of Gough Island or in Antarctica, you can apply for this post on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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Applications for MARION ISLAND 2014 overwintering Cook post is invited until 07 March 2014
04 March 2014 from SANAP Headquarters
There is a post available for a cook for the 2014 Marion Island Overwintering Team.  The Closing Date for Applications is 7 March 2014.

To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in this most pristine environment, of Marion Island, you can apply for this post on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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Applications for MARION ISLAND 2014 overwintering posts are invited until 23 December 2013
12 December 2013 from SANAP Headquarters
There are posts available for the Base Engineer, Communication Engineer, Diesel Mechanic, Environmental Officer and SANSA Science Support Electronic Engineer  for the 2013 Marion Island Overwintering Team.  The Closing Date for Applications is 23 December 2013.

To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in this most pristine environment, Antarctica, you can apply for these post on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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The SA Agulhas II has departed on the Annual Relief Voyage to Antarctica on Thursday, 28 November 2013
28 November 2013 from SANAP Headquarters
The SA Agulhas II has departed on the annual relief voyage to re-supply our Antarctic base and take the SANAE 53 overwintering team to the base where they will spend the next 14 months. 

The Agulhas is expected to return on 13 February 2014 with the SANAE 52 Team lead by Adam Zieba.  The DCO for the voyage is Jeremy Pietersen.

You can track the SA Agulhas II on her voyage by following this link.


Applications for SANAE Diesel Mechanics Posts still open
8 October 2013 from SANAP Headquarters
The closing date for vacancies for the Diesel Mechanics at SANAE for the expedition that departs for Antarctica in December 2013 has just been extended to 11 October 2013.

To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in this most pristine environment, Antarctica, you can apply for these post on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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The S.A. Agulhas II to return on 9 October 2013 from Gough Island
7 October 2013 fromSANAP Headquarters
The S.A. Agulhas will return from the annual Gough Relief voyage, having also picked up passengers from Tristan da Cunha, at 08:00 on Wednesday, 8 October 2013.



Applications for SANAE Technical Support Personnel Posts open
27 September 2013 from Sanap Headquarters
The vacancies for the Technical Support personnel at SANAE for the expedition that departs for Antarctica in December 2013 has just been advertised, and the closing date is 4 October 2013. To be a part of this exiting opportunity of working and living in this most pristine environment, Antarctica, you can apply for these post on our Jobs page.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

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»SA Agulhas II departs on her Maiden Voyage
3 May 2012. from Sanap Headquarters
The new Polar Research Vessel, SA Agulhas II, arrived in Cape Town today with quite a ceremony with tugboat water cannons blazing in a guard of honour and a two gun sallute. For more information on the SA Agulhas II, visit this page. To see images and video footage of the arrival of the SA Agulhas II visit this page.


»SA Agulhas II departs on her Maiden Voyage
6 April 2012. from Sanap Headquarters
The new Polar Research Vessel, SA Agulhas II, has left Finland on 6 April 2012 on her Maiden voyage to Cape Town. She will arrive in Cape Town on 3 May 2012. For more information on the SA Agulhas II, visit this page.


»SA Agulhas II is handed over to Department of Environmental Affairs
4 April 2012. from Sanap Headquarters
On 4 April 2012, following successful ice and sea trials and finishing of outfitting details, the SA Agulhas II, South Africa newest and modern research and supply ship, was officially handed-over to the Department of Environmental Affairs during a commissioning ceremony on board the ship at STX shipyard, Rauma Finland. link to full article on government website.


 

Our Mission.....

The mission of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) is to increase understanding of the natural environment and life in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean through appropriate science and technology.

This is necessary in order to optimize present and preserve future options for South Africa in the region and to enhance predictive capability in areas of relevance nationally and internationally, and will also ensure that South Africa remains party to informed decision-making on matters of national interest.

South Africa maintains bases at Antarctica as well as on Marion and Gough Islands managed and administered by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

At the Antarctic base, SANAE IV, the field of research is varied. There are programmes which provide for upper air research (e.g. cosmic rays) and others again which cover the earth sciences (e.g. geology). The base is situated at 71° 40' S 2° 51' W.

At Gough Island (40° 21' S 9° 52' W) meteorological observations are made. Marion Island (46° 52' S 37° 51' E), was at first purely a meteorological station. Research programmes are currently also being undertaken in the fields of oceanography, biology and geology.

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