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  • SANAE IV August 2019 Newsletter now available

    SANAE IV August 2019 Newsletter now available

    In this edition: Meet the RADAR Engineer from SANSA (South African National Space Agency), Travis Duck. Learn all about the HF radar, neutron monitors, cosmic radiation and more…   Click here to download/view the SANAE IV Newsletter, August 2019 Edition. Click here to view all the SANAE newsletters available on … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Attention SCAR scientific community

    Attention SCAR scientific community

    Ant-ICON Science and Implementation Plan Dear Colleagues, At the end of July, Mecha and I traveled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria to participate in the SCAR Programme Planning Group Leaders Meeting, and present the draft Ant-ICON Science and Implementation Plan to the SCAR Executive Committee. Both meeting were extremely useful, particularly with … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Antarctica – SANSA Volunteer Positions – Applications open

    Antarctica – SANSA Volunteer Positions – Applications open

      Find out more here: https://www.sansa.org.za/2019/09/09/3-volunteer-positions-for-the-take-over-trip-to-antarctica/Read More »
  • 4th International sub-Antarctic Forum – registration opening soon

    4th International sub-Antarctic Forum – registration opening soon

    The 4th International sub-Antarctic Forum will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on 29-30 July 2020. Save the date in your calendars, and please feel free to circulate this information with your colleagues. It will be a short forum over 2 days with opportunity abstract submission for short presentations on research, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SA Agulhas II departs on 2019 relief voyage to Gough Island

    SA Agulhas II departs on 2019 relief voyage to Gough Island

    The S.A. Agulhas II departed from the Port of Cape Town at around 10pm, 02 September 2019 and will return on 07 October 2019. Click here to view the voyage schedule. Who is onboard: The 65th Gough Island overwintering team – this team will be joined by the Gough64 field … Continue reading →Read More »
  • New website for the South African Antarctic Club (SAAC)

    New website for the South African Antarctic Club (SAAC)

    The Committee for the 2019/20 year has established a new SAAC website which went public on 29 July 2019. The new website address is https://sa-antarctic-club.weebly.com . Current and prospective new members can contact the SAAC through the Contacts Form provided on the website. Want to become a member of SAAC? … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE IV July 2019 Newsletter now available

    SANAE IV July 2019 Newsletter now available

    In this edition: Read more about the: Mechanical Engineer and Technical Team Leader of S58; wastewater treatment works at SANAE; recreational activities at the base: Karaoke evenings at the South African National Antarctic Expedition station and more; weather statistics of June 2019. Click here to download/view the SANAE IV Newsletter, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Women’s Month 2019

    Women’s Month 2019

    August is a very special month for women in South Africa and this said we would like to salute women within the South African National Antarctic Programme. SANAP is filled with strong women in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. The programme also consist of a number of brave women … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Mbali Mbonambi

    Marion76 team member birthday – Mbali Mbonambi

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 08 August 2019.Read More »
  • Sound & Vibration research currently onboard the S.A. Agulhas II

    Sound & Vibration research currently onboard the S.A. Agulhas II

    It is the last week of the SCALExperiment Winter Cruise of 2019. Here’s what the engineers of Stellenbosch University are currently doing onboard the S.A. Agulhas II. During the SCALE Voyyage to Antarctica, the Sound and Vibration Group has been conducting full scale measurements using accelerometers placed on the S.A. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • West Indian Ocean Governance and Exchange Network (WIOGEN)

    West Indian Ocean Governance and Exchange Network (WIOGEN)

    Dear all The West Indian Ocean Governance and Exchange Network (WIOGEN) is one of the MeerWissen initiatives and was launched earlier this month. WIOGEN is an opportunity to produce joint publications through the science exchanges, be involved in a science to policy event, training schools and virtual learning. The network activities … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Why is the Maties TracEx-group currently on the SCALExperiment Winter Cruise of 2019?

    Why is the Maties TracEx-group currently on the SCALExperiment Winter Cruise of 2019?

    Jean Loock and Johan Viljoen, Stellenbosch University doctoral candidates currently onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, gave some insight on why the TracEx -group is so interested in studying the Southern Ocean during winter and the particular interest in the seasonal sea-ice. “Phytoplankton are microorganisms that help regulate global climate through … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE IV June 2019 Newsletter now available

    SANAE IV June 2019 Newsletter now available

    In this edition: Meet the Team Medical Doctor, Salomé Odendaal Learn more about the medical facilities at the base The ins and outs about waste management here at SANAE IV What you want to know about cooking and a typical SANAE braai Weather summary for the month and more…   … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Tavis Dalton

    Marion76 team member birthday – Tavis Dalton

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 27 July 2019.Read More »
  • Current event: SCALE Winter Cruise 2019

    Current event: SCALE Winter Cruise 2019

    Cruise Date: 18 July 2019 until 12 August 2019. Do you want to know more about this year’s SCALE (Southern oCean seAsonal Experiment) Winter Cruise, which is multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, multi-national research conducted in the Southern Ocean? Click on the media brief below for more information: For more information on this … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Nita Pallett

    Marion76 team member birthday – Nita Pallett

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 23 July 2019.Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Lefa Morake

    Marion76 team member birthday – Lefa Morake

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 22 July 2019.Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Stefan Schoombie

    Marion76 team member birthday – Stefan Schoombie

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 19 July 2019.Read More »
  • The Annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

    The Annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

    South Africa’s permanent presence on the Antarctic continent commenced shortly after the Norwegians announced the evacuation of their Antarctic base, which was established for the International Geophysics Year (IGY), in the Dronning Maud Land region (approximately 4000 km south of Cape Town). This base was taken over by South Africa … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SEAmester IV – photos and more

    SEAmester IV – photos and more

    On the 1st of July 2019, 41 students from various universities across South Africa have set sail from the Port of Cape Town, onboard the S.A. Aghulus II, as part of the annual SEAmester course run by Prof Isabelle Ansorge from the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town. Assisting … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Samantha Schröder

    Marion76 team member birthday – Samantha Schröder

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 06 July 2019.Read More »
  • Departure: SA’s Class Afloat – SEAmester IV 2019

    Departure: SA’s Class Afloat – SEAmester IV 2019

    The 4th SEAmester cruise departed from the port of Cape Town on the 1st of July 2019. This year’s class consists of 41 students in total, including postgraduate students from all over South Africa and a few international students. During this 11 day cruise along the coast of South Africa, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Antarctica JOBS – APPLY NOW for SANAE 59

    Antarctica JOBS – APPLY NOW for SANAE 59

    Apply now to be part of the 59th South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) overwintering team! Positions available:  Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Wendy Maiwashe

    Marion76 team member birthday – Wendy Maiwashe

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 27 June 2019.Read More »
  • Mid-winter greetings from the three SANAP stations

    Mid-winter greetings from the three SANAP stations

    Happy mid-winter from our Antarctic station (SANAE), sub-Antarctic station (Marion Island) and Gough Island. Antarctica – where the 58th overwintering team will be celebrating mid-winter. Marion Island – where the 76th overwintering team will be celebrating mid-winter. Gough Island – where the 64th overwintering team will be celebrating mid-winter.Read More »
  • Mid-Winter greetings from DEA

    Mid-Winter greetings from DEA

    Mid-Winter is celebrated right across Antarctica by all the nations & stations.  It is the 0ldest tradition in Antarctica and refers to the Winter Solstice (or hibernal solstice).  It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Mid-winter – Antarctica

    Mid-winter – Antarctica

    Sent from Jacques Robbertze, team leader/diesel mechanic of the current SANAE overwintering team (S58), 20 June 2019.  Read More »
  • Marion76 team member birthday – Elena Reljic

    Marion76 team member birthday – Elena Reljic

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday.   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 18 June 2019.Read More »
  • SANAE58 team member birthday – Salomé Odendaal

    SANAE58 team member birthday – Salomé Odendaal

    Salomé is the 58th SANAE Overwintering team’s Medical Doctor. On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 14 June 2019.Read More »
  • SANAE IV May 2019 Newsletter now available

    SANAE IV May 2019 Newsletter now available

    In this Edition: – Get to know the SANAE58 deputy team leader, Mpati Boleme. – Learn more about the scientific work currently ongoing at SANAE IV – See what was the weather like during the month of May 2019. – Team gatherings – Learn some facts about Antarctica Click here … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Electrician needed – Gough Island 2019-2020

    Electrician needed – Gough Island 2019-2020

    Call for all electricians, that consist of the minimum requirements for this position, to apply as soon as possible. Please click on the link below for more information regarding this position: Electrician – Gough (OC03.2019) DEADLINE: 24 June 2019  Please Contact Mr Willem Boshoff for more information – Telephone (021) … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Meteorological Technician position on Antarctica (Video)

    Meteorological Technician position on Antarctica (Video)

    The December 2019 – February 2021 positions for Antarctica will soon be advertised here. If you are interested in overwintering at the South African National Antarctic Expedition Station, SANAE IV, make sure you know all about the different positions available. Note that this position at SANAE IV is not permanent … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAP researcher travels to NYC to communicate science during oceans week

    SANAP researcher travels to NYC to communicate science during oceans week

    Katherine Hutchinson (Postdoctoral Researcher, Oceanography at L’Ocean University of Cape Town) was one of the 48 expedition members, part of the Weddell Sea Expedition of 2019. During this expedition scientists did the first ever sampling on the A68 ice berg, that broke off of Larsen C ice shelf in July … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion75 team photo and logo now uploaded

    Marion75 team photo and logo now uploaded

    The 75th Marion Island Overwintering team departed on 06 April 2018 (click here to read more) and returned to Cape Town on the 15th of May 2019 (VIDEO). Click on the link below and view their official team photo among the previous Marion Island overwintering teams. Also visit the Antarctic … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Gough Island Restoration Programme – do you want to be part of the team?

    Gough Island Restoration Programme – do you want to be part of the team?

    Physically hard working individuals and communications engineer needed!! The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) announced the availability of positions for the Gough Island Restoration Programme (GIRP). This programme is planned to commence in 2020 and aims to get rid of the bird-eating mice on Gough Island. If … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member –  Michelle Thompson

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Michelle Thompson

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Michelle Thompson (Field Assistant – Birder M75) a Happy Birthday today. This will be the last team member of M75 we wish happy birthday to, as this team returned back to … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE IV April 2019 Newsletter now available

    SANAE IV April 2019 Newsletter now available

    In this Edition: – Get to know the SANAE58 team leader, Jacques Robbertze – Have you ever heard of the ‘smelly’ and wondered how this ice melting system works? Click here to download The Edurance (SANAE IV Newsletter), March 2019 Edition. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 17 May … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Welcome home Marion75 and take-over personnel

    Welcome home Marion75 and take-over personnel

    The S.A. Agulhas II arrived in Cape Town yesterday, 15 May 2019, after being away for 34 days. The vessel returned with the 75th Marion Island overwintering team, all take-over scientists (land-and ship based) and take-over personnel. Marion75 departed last year on 06 April 2018 and they are now reunited … Continue reading →Read More »
  • UPDATE: S.A. Agulhas II moving to East Pier

    UPDATE: S.A. Agulhas II moving to East Pier

    All onboard the vessel has gone thorough customs. The tugboat has just arrived alongside the vessel, to assist her in shifting into East Pier where passengers will disembark.  Read More »
  • What is expected of a Diesel Mechanic on Antarctica (Video)

    What is expected of a Diesel Mechanic on Antarctica (Video)

    Have you ever considered working at the South African National Antarctic Expedition Station (SANAE IV)? Are you a South African citizen? Are you a Diesel Mechanic and want to know what is expected of you when you work on Antarctica? First of all note that any position at SANAE IV … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island return voyage – change in date

    Marion Island return voyage – change in date

    Expected Time of Arrival: 15 May 2019 (morning) Place: East Pier, Cape Town Harbour   Photo Credit: Ben van der Walt, 2018 Marion Island take-over voyage.    Read More »
  • Attention all early career scientists

    Attention all early career scientists

    The information below was sent through by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. SCAR Fellowship Scheme, partnerships and new opportunities in 2019 The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island take-over coming to an end

    Marion Island take-over coming to an end

    Time on the island is rapidly running out for all passengers returning to Cape Town, this includes everyone except the 76th Marion Island Overwintering Team. The take-over scientists are wrapping up field work and packing containers for back-loading  started at this research station. The first containers were transported to the … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Bongekile Kuhlase

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Bongekile Kuhlase

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Bongekile Kuhlase (Botanical Field Assistant of M75) a Happy Birthday today. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 04 May 2019Read More »
  • Announcement: 4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic

    Announcement: 4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic

    Date: 29 – 30 July 2020 “Come and discuss the challenges facing the sub-Antarctic in a changing world and share ideas for the future”. Sessions include: climate conservation biosecurity geoscience tourism fishing heritage connectivity management challenges. Website: Click here. Follow subant2020 on Twitter!Read More »
  • SCAR Structural Review Survey

    SCAR Structural Review Survey

    Communication via the South Africa National Committee for SCAR Chair – Professor Bettine van Vuuren. Dear SANAP community, Below an email from the SCAR Secretariat – It was decided that the SCAR structures be reviewed (at the meeting in Davos, 2018), and following from that, a survey was put together. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • UPDATE: SCAR Open Science Conference 2020

    UPDATE: SCAR Open Science Conference 2020

    The information below was sent through by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Secretariat. . Preparations are well underway for the 2020 SCAR meetings and Open Science Conference to be held in Hobart, Australia in July-August 2020. The COMNAP Annual General Meeting will run concurrently with SCAR and the organisers … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAP students graduating

    SANAP students graduating

    Congratulations to Daniela Monsanto and Mthoko Twala, two SANAP students completing their Masters degrees, both with cum laude, within the field of biology. Daniela completed her degree at the University of Johannesburg, under the supervision of Prof Bettine van Vuuren. This Masters was part of the SANAP project: Biocomplexity: Understanding … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAP Project News: SOCCO Gliders Home

    SANAP Project News: SOCCO Gliders Home

    Our Wave Gliders have arrived back from the Southern Ocean.  Last Friday 5th April we picked up our second carbon Waveglider WG027 a few tens of metres from the breakwater in Granger Bay at the end of an exciting but problem free transit of 1500km from the Sub-Antarctic Zone (43oS … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island March 2019 newsletter now available

    Marion Island March 2019 newsletter now available

    Greetings from the M75 team to all our friends and families! Where have the days gone?! March, our last full month alone on Marion, has flown by! For many of the field assistants, the work has slowed down substantially as the final tasks are being ticked off. For others, there … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion76 and take-over personnel about to depart from East Pier

    Marion76 and take-over personnel about to depart from East Pier

    Meet the Marion Island Overwintering team here. See below some photos of the departure, more detail regarding the take-over to follow. Videos Meet the M76 Team Leader Meet the M76 Deputy Team Leader Meet the M76 Science Team Leader   All photos and videos taken by Ria Olivier, Antarctic Legacy … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE IV March 2019 Newsletters now available

    SANAE IV March 2019 Newsletters now available

    Download the first newsletter of the 58th SANAE Overwintering team! In this Edition: – Meet the team – They have a Motto!! – See who sponsored the team with some extra (nice to have items) for their expedition. Click here to download The Edurance (SANAE IV Newsletter), March 2019 Edition. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Melford Mnengisa

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Melford Mnengisa

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Melford Mnengisa (Medical Orderly of M75) a Happy Birthday today. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 05 April 2019Read More »
  • Antarctic Earth Scientists take note…

    Antarctic Earth Scientists take note…

    SCAR Event Announcement XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences The abstract submission deadline for the XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences has been extended to 21 April 2019. Please go to the event website (click here) for more information.  Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member –  Sechaba Nyaku

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Sechaba Nyaku

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Sechaba Nyaku (Senior Meteorological Technician of M75) a Happy Birthday today. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 29 March 2019Read More »
  • S.A. Agulhas II Voyage Schedule

    S.A. Agulhas II Voyage Schedule

    Interested in the South African Research and Supply Vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II 2019 Voyage Schedule? Click here.Read More »
  • Meet Marion76 (2019/2020 overwintering team)

    Meet Marion76 (2019/2020 overwintering team)

    The 76th Marion Island Overwintering team training started during the second week of March and will end Friday, 29 March. The team training is intended to give the team a good background of the South African National Antarctic Programme and the history of South Africa’s involvement in the Southern Ocean. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island February 2019 newsletter now available

    Marion Island February 2019 newsletter now available

    Greetings to the friends, families and followers of the M75 team! And so goes the second month of the not-so-new-anymore year. It has been another wonderful month on this incredible island! The Christmas trees (correction: one of the Christmas trees) have just been packed away and the base is visibly … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Polar Week 2019

    Polar Week 2019

    As a community doing Polar research we take part in the APECS* International Polar Week of March 2019 to promote international polar research. *APECS: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists   This year the March Polar Week runs from the 17th until the 23rd of March 2019.   What is … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member (Cook) –  Jabulani Thabede

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member (Cook) – Jabulani Thabede

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Jabulani Thabede (Cook of  M75) a Happy Birthday today. This is the first overwintering team with a full-time cook on the team. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 18 March … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Welcome home S.A. Agulhas II

    Welcome home S.A. Agulhas II

    Welcome to Cape Town SANAE57 team, take-over personnel, Weddell Sea Expedition crew, Department of Public Works personnel and Nolitha Construction (responsible for the refurbishments of the SANAE IV base), the Ultimate Helicopter Crew and the S.A. Agulhas II’s Captain and Crew. The 57th South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) team … Continue reading →Read More »
  • New South Africa National Committee for SCAR

    New South Africa National Committee for SCAR

    South Africa has been involved in Antarctic research since the geophysical year of 1957. The first 10 years of South Africa’s science and research in the Antarctic is highlighted in an article by  DG Kingwell, at that stage the secretary of the South African Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SASCAR). … Continue reading →Read More »
  • ETA of the S.A. Agulhas II – 15 March 2019

    ETA of the S.A. Agulhas II – 15 March 2019

    The S.A. Agulhas II is currently on her way home, after being in the Antarctica waters for 3 months. Onboard is the returning 57th SANAE (South African National Antarctic Expedition) overwintering team, 2018/2019 SANAE take-over personnel, Weddell Sea Expedition members and ship based scientists of different South African universities. Expected … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE57 Team – meet the Comms Engineer (Video)

    SANAE57 Team – meet the Comms Engineer (Video)

    Following up on this article: SANAE57 Team -currently on their way home Meet the Communications Engineer of the 57th South African National Antarctic Expedition Team – Hloni Rakoteli. This is not the first time Hloni heads home on the S.A Agulhas II from an overwintering expedition, his first expedition was … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Dakalo Gangashe

    Happy Birthday to Marion75 Team member – Dakalo Gangashe

    On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish Dakalo Gangashe (Base Engineer of M75) a Happy Birthday today. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 11 March 2019Read More »
  • Current Cruise: Glider deployment, data collection and retrieval

    Current Cruise: Glider deployment, data collection and retrieval

    The S.A. Agulhas II is now on its homeward journey having finished all logistical and scientific work at SANAE and in the Weddell Sea (track the ship here). The work is not yet over for all aboard, however. Scientists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Council of Scientific … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAP Project News: SOCCO (follow-up)

    SANAP Project News: SOCCO (follow-up)

    SOSCEX-Storm II Experiment Wave Gliders heading to Cape Town from the Antarctic waters Following up on the story of the our Liquid Robotics Wavegliders returning home to Cape Town from the Southern Ocean (click here) we have now completed the first half of the journey. Waveglider WG052 will arrive at its … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE57 Team -currently on their way home (Video)

    SANAE57 Team -currently on their way home (Video)

    The SANAE57 (57th SANAE Overwintering) Team is currently onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, heading home after 14months on Antarctica. ALSA was privileged to catch up with the team during take-over (in January) at SANAE IV, the fourth South African National Antarctic Expedition Station. Each member of SANAE57 was introduced in … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE58 team member birthday – Jufter Munyai

    SANAE58 team member birthday – Jufter Munyai

    Jufter Munyai is the 58th SANAE Overwintering team’s Electrical Engineer. On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. Click here… Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 05 March 2019.Read More »
  • Currently on the S.A. Agulhas II – Sea Ice Observations

    Currently on the S.A. Agulhas II – Sea Ice Observations

    Sea Ice Observations currently conducted onboard the S.A. Agulhas II by Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town. As the S.A. Agulhas II is currently returning from the Weddell Sea Expedition and the SANAE IV take-over voyage (current position about S 61°12′ E 000°00′), scientist onboard the vessel are still … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Antarctica 2018/2019 take-over video series – Meet the ECO

    Antarctica 2018/2019 take-over video series – Meet the ECO

    It was lovely meeting up with Mpho at SANAE. We’ve spent a take-over together on Marion Island in 2016, after her year on the island as the Environmental Control Officer (ECO) for M72 (2015-2016). Upon return from her year on Marion Island, there was an opening for an ECO on … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island January 2019 newsletter now available

    Marion Island January 2019 newsletter now available

    Greetings to the friends, families and followers of the M75 team! Greetings from our sub-antarctic paradise! The first month of this new year has come and gone much too quickly. The decorations stayed up long after the festive season ended and the M75 team took as long as possible to … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Islander taking 2nd place in Young Science Communicators Competition

    Marion Islander taking 2nd place in Young Science Communicators Competition

    This competition, initiative of SAASTA (the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement), is a great way of encouraging young scientists in developing skills to communicate science to the broader public. Doing this in your mother tongue can be a difficult task as not all scientific words can be … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE Take-Over – Meet the DCO

    SANAE Take-Over – Meet the DCO

    This is the first of many video’s taken by the team of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, while visiting the SANAE IV station during this current take-over (2018/2019). This series of videos will be posted over the next few months (See playlist on Facebook here: SEASON 1: Antarctica Take-Over 2018/2019) … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Meet the Meteorological observer on the S.A. Agulhas II

    Meet the Meteorological observer on the S.A. Agulhas II

    Click on the video video to meet Thapi. She is the meteorological observer of the South African Weather Service (SAWS), currently in the Southern Ocean on-board the S.A. Agulhas II. Check out how she releases a weather balloon and what data is gained from this operation.   Anché Louw, Antarctic … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Event: Lecture by Prof Steven Chown at UP and SU

    Event: Lecture by Prof Steven Chown at UP and SU

    University of Pretoria Event: Stellenbosch University Event:  Read More »
  • SEAmester 2019 Applications now open

    SEAmester 2019 Applications now open

    Call for student and lecturer applications Applications are now open for LECTURER and STUDENT participation on the 2019 SEAmester-South Africa’ Class Afloat Programme. The Department of Science and Technology requires platforms to “attract young researchers to the region and retain them by exciting their interest in aspects of global change”. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAP Project News: SOCCO

    SANAP Project News: SOCCO

    SOCCO: Southern Ocean Carbon & Climate Observatory SANAP Project name: How storm characteristics in the Southern Ocean influence inter annual variability of CO2 fluxes This summer SOCCO conducted the second SOSCEX-Storm glider-based experiment in the Southern Ocean as part of its 3 year science plan. We deployed two carbon wave … Continue reading →Read More »
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    Website Error

    SANAP Website . Please note that there are currently some issues on the SANAP website – please be patient in this regard. Thank youRead More »
  • Passing of Prof David Walton

    Passing of Prof David Walton

    This was indeed sad news for me to hear of the passing of Prof David Walton. He was an extremely productive scientist and very active in a number of Antarctic related matters. SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) acknowledged his contribution by awarding him the SCAR Medal. I’ve met David … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Current Search for Endurance Called Off

    Current Search for Endurance Called Off

    Official Communication from the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 on 14 February 2019   Following pioneering Antarctic scientific research, Expedition reaches wreck site, but deteriorating weather and ice conditions force searchers to abandon quest for now.   The Weddell Sea Expedition, which conducted a highly successful multi-disciplinary scientific research programme in … Continue reading →Read More »
  • The S.A. Agulhas II visits King George Island

    The S.A. Agulhas II visits King George Island

    During the first week of February 2019 the S.A. Agulhas II, which is currently chartered for the Weddell Sea Expedition, made a stop at King George Island. This island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands. This stopover was necessitated by the need for extra mechanical and electronic parts … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Gough Island Overwintering JOBS

    Gough Island Overwintering JOBS

    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 Electrician Diesel Mechanic Communications Engineer Senior Meteorological Technician Assistant Meteorological Assistant (2 posts) … Continue reading →Read More »
  • South African scientists on the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019

    South African scientists on the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019

    Meet Dr Sarah Fawcett Dr Fawcett is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town. She is a P-rated scientist (National Research Foundation Rating), who is the Principal Investigator of a South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) project titled “A nitrogen cycle view of atmospheric … Continue reading →Read More »
  • ALSA visits SANAE IV

    ALSA visits SANAE IV

    ALSA had the opportunity to visit the SANAE IV (South African National Antarctic Expedition) Station in the first two weeks of January. We are very excited to get the new material on the SANAP website! Do you want to know more about this? Visit the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island December newsletter now available

    Marion Island December newsletter now available

    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, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE58 team member birthday – Bongisipho Kuali

    SANAE58 team member birthday – Bongisipho Kuali

    Bongisipho Kuali is the 58th SANAE Overwintering team’s Mechanical Engineer. On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. May you have a fantastic birthday in Antarctica! Click here… Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Meet the South Africans on the Weddell Sea Expedition, Antarctica

    Meet the South Africans on the Weddell Sea Expedition, Antarctica

    The international Weddell Sea Expedition to one of the most remote regions of Antarctica has entered its fifth week. The expedition reached the Larsen C Ice Shelf on 10 January 2019 and commenced sampling of the ocean (video coming soon), surrounding ice floes, bathymetry and seafloor sediment to better understand … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE58 team member birthday – Jacques Robbertze

    SANAE58 team member birthday – Jacques Robbertze

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy Birthday SANAE58 team member – Marvin Rankudu

    Happy Birthday SANAE58 team member – Marvin Rankudu

    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. Click here… Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE58 team member birthday – Ewald Ferreira

    SANAE58 team member birthday – Ewald Ferreira

    This will be Ewald’s 3rd birthday on Antarctica. He was also part of S42 and S56. Ewald has also overwintered twice on Marion Island, as part of M61 and M72. On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you … Continue reading →Read More »
  • VIDEO: SANAE58/Weddell Sea Expedition currently underway

    VIDEO: SANAE58/Weddell Sea Expedition currently underway

    Earlier this year Prof Annie Bekker of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, also director of the Sound and Vibration Research Group, organised and hosted the S.A. Agulhas II mini-seminar. This seminar covered the full scale measurement capabilities of the S.A Agulhas II and the measurements to be taken … Continue reading →Read More »
  • DEA Employee Graduates with another BTech

    DEA Employee Graduates with another BTech

    Every year students within the South African National Antarctic Programme graduates (click here), but this year it is not only students within the programme who graduated with a new degree. Errol Julies, Engineering Technician at the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) with a BTech (baccalaureus technologiae) Electrical Engineering background, graduated … Continue reading →Read More »
  • S.A. Agulhas II with SANAE58 onboard heading South

    S.A. Agulhas II with SANAE58 onboard heading South

    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. The voyage schedule is as follows: … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Attention Early Career Polar Scientists

    Attention Early Career Polar Scientists

    Click here for more information and also visit this link.Read More »
  • Marion Island November newsletter now available

    Marion Island November newsletter now available

    Greetings to the friends, families and followers of the M75 team! November has swept by in a whirlwind of activity! The elephant seal breeding season has come to an end with a record number of new born pups but there has been no time to rest for the sealers as … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Antarctica Season Launch 2018

    Antarctica Season Launch 2018

    The first three days of the South African Antarctica Season Launch consisted of Exhibitions by the Department of Environmental Affairs, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA), The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), The Port of Cape Town (Transnet Port Terminals), African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), the South African National Space … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Antarctica Day – 01 December 2018

    Antarctica Day – 01 December 2018

    – Commemorating the agreement of the Antarctic Treaty – On the 1st of December 1959, 12 Nations (including South Africa, the only African signatory) signed the Antarctic Treaty agreeing to 14 commands, including that Antarctica will be used for peaceful purposes only. Today, Antarctica is seen as “a natural reserve, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE58 Team member Birthday – Mpati Boleme

    SANAE58 Team member Birthday – Mpati Boleme

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Environmental Affairs to launch first South African Antarctica Season Week

    Environmental Affairs to launch first South African Antarctica Season Week

    Media Release by department of Environmental Affairs 29 November 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA), will be launching the first ever South African Antarctica Season Week on 03 December 2018 at the Cruise Terminal in the Port of Cape Town. … Continue reading →Read More »

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