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 assistants forming part of Gough65.
- Scientists from South African Weather Service, University of Pretoria and Nelson Mandela University.
- Advanced party of the Gough Island Restoration Team led by Andrew Callender (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
- Team to deploy the new Gough Island emergency hut led by Dr Guy Preston.
- Team of the Department of Public Works.
- Logistics and coordinating team from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF).
- Passengers on their way to Tristan da Cunha.
- Read more here.
|Mr Errol Julies ||Communication/Electronics Engineer and Team Leader
|Mr Thendo Sikhwari ||Senior Meteorological Technician and Deputy Team Leader
|Ms Michelle Risi-Jones ||Field Assistant and Deputy Team Leader- Scientific
|Mr Dylan Seaton||Meteorological Technician
|Ms Siyasanga Mphehle||Meteorological Technician
|Mr Thabiso Maphumulo||Electrician
|Mr Bubele Nongwejana||Medical Orderly
|Mr Gilbert Kgang||Diesel Mechanic
|Mr Christopher Jones||Field Assistant
|Mr Alexis Osborne||Field Assistant
L-R: Bubele Nongwejana, Thabiso Maphumulo, Gilbert Kgang, Errol Julies, Thendo Sikhwari, Siyasanga Mphehle and Dylan Seaton.
Field assistants: Michelle Risi-Jones, Alexis Osborne and Christopher Jones. Photo Credit: Michelle Risi-Jones.
Meet the team leader and deputy team leader of Gough65
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 04 September 2019
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 you are interested in more information or if you would like to join the team, download this document – Gough Island Restoration Programme baiting team member application briefing.
Applicants need to fill out the application at the end of the document and email to email@example.com.
Note that the selection of the team is likely to be in September 2019, hence submit your application as soon as possible.
Feel free to contact Pete McClelland or Richard Switzer for further queries.
– Pete McClelland (baiting team) – firstname.lastname@example.org
– Richard Switzer (aviculture team) – Richard.Switzer@rspb.org.uk
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 31 May 2019
The next Gough Island Overwintering Expedition will depart from Cape Town in September 2019. This will be the 65th Gough Island overwintering team who will return to Cape Town in October 2020.
Positions currently advertised:
- Medical Orderly
- Diesel Mechanic
- Communications Engineer
- Senior Meteorological Technician
- Assistant Meteorological Assistant (2 posts)
If you are interested in applying to overwinter, please click here.
Please note that applications close between 04 and 14 March 2019.
Please download the PDF advert of the position you are interested in and follow the application instructions as set out in the advert.
Recent article (Afrikaans) about the Gough63 team (Click here).
Click here and here for more information on Gough Island (English).
Photo Credit: Tom Mc Sherry
Click here for more information.
Gough 63 returning after a year on Gough Island.
63rd Gough Island Overwintering team ready to leave the island. Photo received from: Michelle Risi
The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from Gough Island, yesterday afternoon.
The 64th Gough Island overwintering team will now do the honours of taking care of the South African weather station and the collection of various field and meteorological data.
We would like to wish the team a successful year on the island. May you prosper and achieve all the goals set for you during this take-over.
The S.A. Agulhas II is currently on her way to Tristan da Cunha, where a 48 hour stop-over will made to back-load cargo and passengers. The expected time of departure (ETD) at Tristan da Cunha is 06 October 2018 and the expected time of arrival (ETA) in Cape Town is 11 October 2018.
The 64th Gough Island Overwintering team excited to take over the responsibilities of managing and maintaining the Gough Base for the next 13 months. Photo credit: Michelle Risi
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 02 October 2018
All 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.
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 07 September 2018
The S.A. Agulhas II departing from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour with the 64th Gough Island Overwintering team on-board.
64th Gough Island Overwintering Team
|Xolani Nyawo||Communications Engineer - Team Leader
|Michelle Risi ||Birder - Deputy Team Leader
|Alexis Osborne ||Birder
|Catherine Mokotji Mbazwana||Medic
|Karabo Mokwena ||Meteorologist
|Innocent Mthetwa||Diesel Mechanic
|Patrick Hlongwane ||Electrician
|Click here to meet the team.||
Photo Credit: Michelle Risi (Gough64 Birder).
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 05 September 2018
Team training for the 64th Gough Island Overwintering Team commenced on the 13th of August and today the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) joined the training.
During this session the team received historical background (in the form of a timeline) on South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic (SANAE base), sub-Antarctic (Marion base), but most importantly Gough Island – where this team will depart to in 3 weeks’ time.
This team will now become part of South Africa’s Antarctic Legacy and we wish them all the best for their journey on the island.
Click here to download the Gough64 team training schedule.
Meet the 64th Gough Island Overwintering team:
Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 20 August 2018
The Gough Island Overwintering Team (Gough64 – 2018-2019) will be having team training from 13 to 31 August.
They will depart to Gough Island on 06 September 2018 at 14h00.