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.
SANAE56 – back row 4th from the left.
SANAE42 – back row 3rd from the left.
M72 – back row 4th from the left.
M61 – back row 2nd from the left.
On behalf of ALSA and all involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme, we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 21 December 2018.
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 between these sessions Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) also had the opportunity to share the history of South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region with the new SANAE overwintering team (S58). This puts emphasis on the team’s responsibilities as South African Antarctic Ambassadors for the coming year. The team was also briefed about the importance of their photos, videos, narratives etc. which needs to be archived by the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa for future generations.
Anche Louw (ALSA) talking about the team’s responsibility towards the ALSA archive and the SANAP website.
Ria Olivier (ALSA) introducing the team to South Africa’s Antarctic Legacy.
Floid Chauke, DEA Deputy Director (Health and Safety), addressing the new SANAE team. Topics: SANAP Adventure Policy, fire emergency plan, search and rescue type of operations and cold weather training.
Further team training will include:
- Cold Weather Training
- Rope Work and Rescue Techniques
- Fire Fighting
- First Aid
- Team Development activities
- Dental Examination
- Clothing Fitment and issuing
- Occupational Health and Safety Talks
- Environmental Talks
- Pre-departure arrangements
- Protective Clothing
- Warehouse Procedures & packing of containers
- Asset Management
- Tasks & Projects
- A. Agulhas II – voyage to Antarctica
- Logistics and voyage information
- Stock take and Orders, Food Management
- Monthly and annual reports, Newsletter
- Team Leader & Management
- Employee Health and Wellness & Labour Relations Talk
Team training will be until the 30th of November, which will give the team a few days with family and friend before they depart to Antarctica on 6 December.
Click here to view the S.A Agulhas II Voyage Schedule.
Featured Image: L-R (Back): Anche Louw (ALSA), Mpati Boleme (SANSA VLF Engineer), Jufter Munyai (DEA Electrical Engineer), Marvin Rankuda (Senior Meteorological Technician), Bongisipho Kuali (DEA Mechanical Engineer), Ria Olivier (ALSA), Sanele Mkhize (DEA Diesel Mechanic); (Front) Travis Duck (SANSA Radar Engineer), Ewald Ferreira (Communications Engineer), Jacques Robbertze (DEA Diesel Mechanic).
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 13 November 2018
L-R (back): Zach Mogale (Meteorology Technician), Malesedi Ramotando (Meteorology Technician), Jaimie Cleeland (RSPB field assistant), Thabo Maroga (Electrician), Fabrice Le Bouard (Senior RSPB field assistant), Vukile Madlebetsha (Diesel Mechanic), Kate Lawrence (RSPB field assistant); (front) Tom Mc Sherry (Medic), Santjie Du Toit (Senior Meteorology Technician, Team Leader) and Peter Chuku (Communications Engineer, Deputy Team Leader).
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 the near future.
With the initiative of mainly two team members, Kate Lawrence and Jaimie Cleeland, the team compiled a book with all their favourite recipes used to fill their tummies during their time on the island (Click here to read more about this initiative).
We welcome the team back and we wish them well. We do hope to see you back in the near future.
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Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 15 October 2018
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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
The S.A. Agulhas II departing from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour with the 64th Gough Island Overwintering team on-board.
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 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 Africa, 30 May 2018
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 announcements of upcoming events.
Want to know more about South Africa’s research stations in the Antarctic region? Navigate to Stations. Here you can view photos, videos and a map of the chosen research station.
Want to see photo’s of previous overwintering teams? Navigate to Team structure and make sure you press the ‘team photos‘ icon.
Are you getting ready for an expedition and want to make sure you know what to pack and what not to pack? Navigate to Own Supplies, Prohibited Supplies or Issued Supplies (if you want to see what will be supplied by DEA). Another page highly recommended before an expedition is ‘Advice for Overwinterers‘.
Are you aware of the current or previous SANAP projects, funded by the National Research Foundation? See Current Research Projects or Previous Research Projects.
Are you interested in working on Antarctica, Marion or Gough Island. See Jobs, for all available overwintering positions.
Please do not hesitate to fill in the contact form or email directly for any queries.
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 18 May 2018.