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  • 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 »
  • 58th SANAE team departing next week

    58th SANAE team departing next week

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Happy birthday to SANAE58 team member – Sanele Mkhize

    Happy birthday to SANAE58 team member – Sanele Mkhize

    Sanele Mkhize is one of the Diesel Mechanics on the 58th SANAE Overwintering team. Today he can spend his birthday in Cape Town, while still bust with team training. His next birthday will be celebrated with his small team on the Antarctic continent. On behalf of ALSA and all involved … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Gough63 team photo now uploaded

    Gough63 team photo now uploaded

    The 63rd Gough Island Overwintering team departed on 07 September 2017 (click here to read more) and returned to Cape  Town on the 13th of October 2018 (Photo). Click on the link below and view their official team photo among the previous Gough Island overwintering teams. Gough Team Photos  Read More »
  • Blog post initiative by Gough64

    Blog post initiative by Gough64

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island October newsletter now available

    Marion Island October newsletter now available

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Meet the SANAE58 team

    Meet the SANAE58 team

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Call Announcement – Belmont Forum

    Call Announcement – Belmont Forum

                  The Belmont Forum, in collaboration with Future Earth and JPI Oceans, is launching a call for proposals on “Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability”. The call is aiming at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to innovate solutions to accelerate sustainable … Continue reading →Read More »
  • South African Delegates attending the 37th Annual CCAMLR Meeting

    South African Delegates attending the 37th Annual CCAMLR Meeting

    What is CCAMLR? Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources The role of CCAMLR? International relations with respect to Antarctica needs to be regulated and this is done means of the Antarctic Treaty and related agreements (referred to as the Antarctic Treaty System). The Convention on the CCAMLR … Continue reading →Read More »
  • 2019 SANAP Postgrad Positions

    2019 SANAP Postgrad Positions

    Completing an MSc or PhD within the South African National Antarctic Programme can be something out of the ordinary. Are you interested in the sub-Antarctic, Antarctic or the Southern Ocean? Keep an eye out for related postgrad positions here.   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Day 2 of the S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

    Day 2 of the S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

    Today is the second and last day of the S.A. Agulhas II Mini-Seminar, held in Stellenbosch. We aim to dig deeper into the technical side of things today, looking at: ice measurements and navigation, vibration and vessel motion. The proposed Polar Observatory as well as robotics and related topics will … Continue reading →Read More »
  • S.A. Agulhas II mini-seminar: Follow the course of the seminar

    S.A. Agulhas II mini-seminar: Follow the course of the seminar

    Event Details: Follow ALSA on social media (#DIGSAA2)   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 17 October 2018Read More »
  • Welcome home Gough 63

    Welcome home Gough 63

    The team that departed last year September has arrived in Cape Town on the 13th of October 2018. This team had a successful year on Gough Island with no serious issues and injuries. They disembarked the ship with high spirits and some even talking about returning to the island in … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion Island September Newsletter now available

    Marion Island September Newsletter now available

    The current Marion Island overwintering team (M75) wrote monthly newsletters since May 2018, when they were left behind on the island after the departure of the take-over crew and previous overwintering team. These newsletters are not just a great way for family and friends to stay connected with team members, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Weddell Sea Expedition planning meeting

    Weddell Sea Expedition planning meeting

    The Weddell Sea Expedition planning meeting is currently underway (9 & 10 October) at the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge, UK. South Africa should be extremely proud that our polar vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II, will be used for this voyage. A major part of this expedition will involve the search … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Need to plan ahead? Here is the S.A. Agulhas II Schedule

    Need to plan ahead? Here is the S.A. Agulhas II Schedule

    Click here to view the preliminary schedules for the S.A. Agulhas II, now until 2021. Please note that all departure times from Cape Town will be 14:00 (logistics Voyages only). All schedules are subject to change. Enquiries to be directed to N. Devanunthan –  021 4059482   Author: Anche Louw … Continue reading →Read More »
  • The 63rd Gough Island team on their way home

    The 63rd Gough Island team on their way home

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Passing of Ms Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs

    Passing of Ms Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs

    In memory of Ms Edna Molewa, who passed away on 22 September 2018, South Africa’s National flag at the SANAP research stations on Marion Island, Gough Island and Antarctica will be flown at halfmast. Please click here for memorial and funeral service dates.  Read More »
  • Event: S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

    Event: S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

    Click on the event for more details… S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminarRead More »
  • Celebrating SA’s Polar Heritage

    Celebrating SA’s Polar Heritage

    As South Africans we celebrate our Heritage during the month of September. Also, during the second last week of September all over the globe researchers celebrate ‘International Polar Week’. In 2017 Antarctic Legacy of South Africa came up with a slogan to combine the two celebrations: “Celebrating South Africa’s Polar … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Have you read the latest SANAE Newsletters?

    Have you read the latest SANAE Newsletters?

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • UPDATE: The S.A. Agulhas II has departed this morning

    UPDATE: The S.A. Agulhas II has departed this morning

    All passengers and crew on-board the S.A Agulhas II have gone through customs and the ship departed from Cape Town harbour mid-morning today, 07 September 2018. Destination: Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island. Please click here to view the original voyage schedule – dates might change due to late departure. … Continue reading →Read More »
  • UPDATE: Sailing time for the S.A. Agulhas II not finalised

    UPDATE: Sailing time for the S.A. Agulhas II not finalised

    The S.A. Agulhas II will not be leaving the harbour today. This sailing schedule will be amended as soon as we have more information.     Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 06 September 2018Read More »
  • Gough 64 departing tomorrow, 6 September 2018

    Gough 64 departing tomorrow, 6 September 2018

    Photo Credit: Michelle Risi (Gough64 Birder). Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 05 September 2018Read More »
  • Happy Women’s Month

    Happy Women’s Month

    May you be inspired by the women within South Africa’s Antarctic Programme. Women sitting here have been dreaming about a career in science and science related positions within the South African National Antarctic Programme.  These are all ordinary women, but due to ambition and extremely hard work they are, or … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) seeks AFRICAN members

    Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) seeks AFRICAN members

    The CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) seeks nominations for four new members (self-nominations are welcome). The panel is in particular need of nominees possessing expertise in: global climate/Earth-system modelling; open ocean measurements; sea ice remote sensing; sea-going chemical oceanography; The inclusion of representation from across the nations and regions … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Dr Gansen Pillay statement at 5th SANAP Symposium

    Dr Gansen Pillay statement at 5th SANAP Symposium

    FIFTH SANAP SYMPOSIUM : OPENING REMARKS (13 August 2018) Gansen Pillay PhD   DCEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)   Distinguished Participants It is a pleasure and privilege to provide some Opening Remarks on behalf of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of SA on the occasion of the … Continue reading →Read More »
  • 64th Gough Overwintering Team – Training

    64th Gough Overwintering Team – Training

    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), … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Last day of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Last day of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Today’s Programme: Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 16 August 2018Read More »
  • Who is currently presenting at the 5th SANAP Symposium?

    Who is currently presenting at the 5th SANAP Symposium?

    If you are interested in knowing who is currently presenting (and what their research is about) at the South African National Antarctic Programme Symposium (#SANAP2018), follow Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) on Social Media. Click on the preferred media.   Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 15 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Day 3 of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Day 3 of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Today’s Programme:   Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 15 August 2018  Read More »
  • Day 2 of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Day 2 of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Today’s Programme: Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 14 August 2018Read More »
  • First Day of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    First Day of the 5th SANAP Symposium

    The 5th biennial SANAP Symposium is organised by the Cape Penisula University (Kenneth Findlay) and South African National Space Agency (Michael Kosch). The symposium is held in Hermanus this year from tomorrow, 13 Augustus, until Thursday. During this week, 134 delegates will be attending the symposium. The symposium will provide delegates … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Public Lecture at the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Public Lecture at the 5th SANAP Symposium

    Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 07 August 2018.Read More »
  • SANAP Scientists creates visibility

    SANAP Scientists creates visibility

    Sub-Antarctic Landscape-Climate Interactions group Professor Werner Nel, Professor David W. Hedding, Liezl Rudolph and Sibusiso Sinuka are currently in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. They are learning more about the “Natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas: relief, soils, permafrost, glaciers, biota and life style of native ethnic groups in … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Do you have a poster at the SANAP Symposium?

    Do you have a poster at the SANAP Symposium?

    The 5th Biannual South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) Symposium will be held from 13 – 16 August 2018, in Hermanus (read more here). This year there will be a large number of 20 minute oral and digital poster presentations (in a 4 minute speed talk oral format). If you … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Are you the next South African SCAR Fellow?

    Are you the next South African SCAR Fellow?

    Application deadline for the 2018 SCAR Fellowships extended until 25 July 2018. Are you an emerging researcher? Then this is for you. “The SCAR Fellowship Programme is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD, to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or … Continue reading →Read More »
  • South Africa’s class afloat – SEAmester

    South Africa’s class afloat – SEAmester

    “It seems almost yesterday that I approached the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) to consider funding a Floating University that would be open to all University and Technikon postgraduate students” says Associate Professor and Head of Oceanography Isabelle Ansorge “and here we are … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SCAR and IASC Conference, Davos – Switzerland

    SCAR and IASC Conference, Davos – Switzerland

    It is the second day of the joint Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Conference in Davos, Switzerland. Out of the 18 South African attendees, 9 oral presentations and 12 poster presentations  will be delivered. Four more South Africans who started their scientific careers … Continue reading →Read More »
  • This website has been live for the past month!

    This website has been live for the past month!

    Today, one month ago, the new SANAP website went live after almost a year of planning and designing. Where it all started: In the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Plan of 2014-2024 (Skelton 2014) under section five: Constraints, the following was identified: 1.5.4. Communications: “The SANAP website, as the first … Continue reading →Read More »
  • 75th Marion Island overwintering team – Communications Officer

    75th Marion Island overwintering team – Communications Officer

    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 … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Marion 74 team photo now loaded

    Marion 74 team photo now loaded

    The 74th Marion Island Overwintering team departed on 06 April 2017 (Photo) and returned to Cape  Town on 07 May 2018 (Photo). Click on the link below and view their official team photo among the previous Marion Island overwintering teams. Marion Island Team Photos Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South … Continue reading →Read More »
  • S.A. Agulhas II Open Day

    S.A. Agulhas II Open Day

    The Department of Environmental Affairs invites you to bring your entire family to come and experience a fun-filled day at the SA Agulhas II Open Day: Date: 09 June 2018 Venue: Port of Durban Open 09h00 – Close 15h00 You and your family will have the unique opportunity of taking a tour … Continue reading →Read More »
  • SANAE 56 Team photo now loaded

    SANAE 56 Team photo now loaded

    The 56th SANAE Overwintering team departed in December 2016 (See ALSA article here) and returned to Cape  Town on 13 February 2018 (Photo). Click on the link below and view their official team photo among the previous SANAE overwintering teams. SANAE Team Photos Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, … Continue reading →Read More »
  • Bereavement Notice – Mr Bigboy Joseph

    Bereavement Notice – Mr Bigboy Joseph

  • Welcome to the new SANAP Platform

    Welcome to the new SANAP Platform

    See below a few useful aspects of our website This is your gateway to the South African National Antarctic Programme. On the Home page, the latest news will be published and older news articles will be located in the News page, where you can also view the calendar for the … Continue reading →Read More »

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