Antarctica Day 2021

Today, 62 years ago, 12 countries (including South Africa) signed the Antarctic Treaty. On the 1st...

The Wanderer new issue now available online

October newsletter now available online. Read about the activities of the overwintering team....

Marion Island Jobs open 2022-2023

Job opportunities available on Marion Island Overwintering Team - download the job description...

The Gough Bunting – September 2021

Final Newsletter from Gough 66 Overwintering team, Read in this issue Final Words from the team...

South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI): Feedback and start of the Preparatory Phase

South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI): Launch of the Preparatory Phase The SAPRI...

The 67th Gough Island Overwintering Team arrived at Gough Island

The 67th Gough Island overwintering team, all crew onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, and take-over...

SANAP Research Project – Ross Seals in a Changing Environment

Ross seal ecology, behaviour and physiology in a changing environment SANAP research project by...

Marion Island Newsletter – August 2021 edition now available!

Marion 78 wish to share some of our most memorable moments from the past two months in the August...

Marion 78 celebrates Spring!

Marion 78, our Overwintering team members at Marion Island celebrate Spring 2021. (Above(l-r:...

Science Month- SANAP projects: Avian scavengers as indicators of recovery of an island biota.

Ecosystem processes are changing worldwide, especially with the impacts of invasive species being...

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SANAE IV

The first South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) departed in 1959.

Gough Island

South Africa has been operating a weather station on Gough Island since 1956.

Marion Island

The Marion base is used mainly for environmental/biological research, and weather data collection.

S.A. Agulhas II

S.A. Agulhas II is a South African ice breaking polar supply and research ship owned by the DEA.

SANAE IV

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Operations.

Voyages to Antarctica, Marion Island and Gough Island take place annually to replenish supplies and exchange personnel.

Team Structure.

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The Voyage.

Living at the Station.

Locations of Operations.

Cape Town Gough Island Marion Island SANAE IV

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The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) consists of three stations, countless research projects, and a history of dedicated team members.

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Research.

As a biodiversity hotspot, scientific activities in Antarctica, the islands and the Southern Ocean have never been more exciting.

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The latest newsletters from SANAE, Marion Island and Gough Island. 

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The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manages three stations.

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Antarctica Day 2021

Antarctica Day 2021

Today, 62 years ago, 12 countries (including South Africa) signed the Antarctic Treaty. On the 1st of December 1959, Antarctica was set aside for peaceful and scientific...

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Marion Island Jobs open 2022-2023

Marion Island Jobs open 2022-2023

Job opportunities available on Marion Island Overwintering Team - download the job description below and complete a Z83 available on the website. Closing date for applications is...

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The Gough Bunting –  September 2021

The Gough Bunting – September 2021

Final Newsletter from Gough 66 Overwintering team, Read in this issue Final Words from the team leader: " Our 13 months on the island has been filled with a lot of adventure...

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