International Museum Day

International Museum Day

Free entrance to Iziko Museums of South Africa today, 18 May 2022.

Visit the Sentinels of the South Exhibition at Iziko Museum of South Africa, Cape Town.

This exhibition will give you insight into the history, discoveries, and current role of South Africa’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean exploration. Read more here.

Peek into Sentinels of the South Exhibition here! 

 

 

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 18 May 2022
Inaugural Lecture of SANAP PI, Prof Annie Bekker, on 12 May 2022

Inaugural Lecture of SANAP PI, Prof Annie Bekker, on 12 May 2022

Prof Annie Bekker is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University. She is Head of the Division for Mechanics and Director of the Sound and Vibration Research Group. She is the Principal Investigator of the NRF-SANAP-funded project, The Digital SA Agulhas II – Flagship for Vessel 4.0.
 
Prof Bekker is a specialist in vessel responses of the S.A. Agulhas II and she recently did research onboard the vessel, during the Endurance22 expedition.
 
Her lecture title is: What can we learn from the way a ship shudders on an icy wreck hunt.
For more info and a link to the LIVE event, click here.
 
Click here to join.
S.A. Agulhas II Image Credit: Ken Findlay.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 11 May 2022
News from Gough Island – the second issue of the G67 Bunting is out!

News from Gough Island – the second issue of the G67 Bunting is out!

News from Gough Island

The current overwintering team on Gough Island, Gough 67, compiled their second newsletter.

What will you find in this issue:

Click here to view or download this latest issue of The Bunting (Gough Island Newsletter). 

Do you want to have a look at some other newsletters from previous teams? Find it all here

 

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 10 May 2022

Today in history: the brand new S.A. Agulhas II arrives in Cape Town

Today in history: the brand new S.A. Agulhas II arrives in Cape Town

SA Agulhas II

On this day, 03 May 2012, the newly built South African vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II, arrived in the Port of Cape Town. The vessel was formally handed over to the Department of Environmental Affairs (currently Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment), in Finland on 04 April 2012 and left for South Africa the following day. Read more here

More about the vessel: This 134.2 m vessel was designed to carry out both scientific research and resupply South Africa’s research stations in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. See full vessel specification below. 

sa agulhas ii vessel specification

Click on the link below to read more about the S.A. Agulhas II and its predecessors.

Vessels

Watch this short documentary to learn more about the South African National Antarctic Programme and the building process of the South African polar research and supply vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II.

Read more about the vessel, with links to the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Archive – click here.

The Sound and Vibration Research Group, at The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University, work onboard the vessel when at sea to determine, amongst other things, the effects of ship vibration. This group was also on the recent ‘The Endurance22 Expedition‘ on the search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s sunken ship, The Endurance. The S.A. Agulhas II played a crucial part in this successful expedition. Read more here

The Endurance Newsletter – NEWS from SANAE61

The Endurance Newsletter – NEWS from SANAE61

The second SANAE61 newsletter is out!

SANAE 61 Newsletter

In this edition:

  • Get a quick catch-up from The Endurance (S61) editor, Maanda Mulaudzi
  • Get to know the team’s Senior Meteorological Technician, Eric Randall
    • Find out more about his work, how the Antarctic journey has been so far, and much more!
  • This team cooks together, they have dinner together, they also have fun together. For fun, they have in house-tournaments such as the Pool Table Championship and in every newsletter, the current “King of the pool table” will be announced! See below the current ‘king’.

Click here to view or download this issue!!

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 29 April 2022

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