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  • 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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