New Procedures for Plant and Animal Impact assessment published in Government Gazette

Procedures to be followed for the assessment and minimum criteria for reporting of identified environmental themes in terms of section 24(5)(a) and (h) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, when applying for Environmental authorisation

Barbara Dallas Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, give notice of her intention to prescribe protocols for the assessment and minimum report content requirements of environmental impacts for environmental themes for activities requiring environmental authorisation, as contained in the Schedule hereto. When the requirements of these protocols apply, the requirements of Appendix 6 of the Environmental impact Assessment Regulations, 2014, published under Government Notice No. R. 982 in Government Gazette 38282 of 04-December 2014, as amended, and promulgated under sections 24(5) and 44 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), are replaced by these requirements. Each protocol applies exclusively to the environmental theme identified within its scope. Multiple themes may apply, and assessments for these themes must be undertaken in accordance with the relevant protocol, or, where no specific protocol has been prescribed, in accordance with the requirements of the EIA Regulations, as amended.

Full Document available on the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa archive under resources

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or inputs to the Minister, within 30 days of publication of this Notice in the Gazette

Research and Research Funding opportunities 2020

Research and Research Funding opportunities 2020

2020 funding and research opportunities for scientists and researchers. See all the inks below and make 2020 count.

University of Johannesburg, South Africa: Postdoctoral fellowship in marine and/or sub-Antarctic island genomics. 

The Centre for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Johannesburg
( invites applications for a Global Excellenece and Stature (GES 4.0)
postdoctoral research fellowship. Full details

SCAR 2020 Symposium

SERCE will be offering grants to support travel and registration costs associated with attending SCAR2020. These will be up to $2,000 USD, and will be awarded to early-career researchers (ECRs) or researchers from countries with emerging Antarctic programs. An ECR is defined broadly as those researchers who have accumulated up to 7 years of research since completing their PhD (taking into account periods of part-time research or career breaks). link:


Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA)

Are you a talented and ambitious citizen of South Africa and want to study for a master’s degree in Sweden on a fully-funded scholarship? Find out if you can apply to the Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa. Read more at Swedish Institute
If you have any information of research opportunities, mail us at
SANAE 59 – Day of departure to SANAE IV, Antarctica.

SANAE 59 – Day of departure to SANAE IV, Antarctica.

SANAE 59 Logo

Over the past 60 years, South Africa has sent down an overwintering team to South Africa’s station in Antarctica. This event start early on for applications to be posted for the team and then a huge amount of work go into planning for the next overwinter and takeover period. After months of planning and preparation by different government departments and institutions, the day of departure arrives.

Early on, all the team members arrive. The crew of the S. A. Agulhas II get our South African vessel ready for departure. Takeover personnel, research teams, The Department of Public Works and other institutions arrive to make sure everything is loaded to carry out their tasks during the takeover period.

Misokuhle Bulayane, Mardené de Villiers, Thandiwe Gumede and Zach Mogale of SA Weather services

Back L-r: Thabang Tshupo, Bertus Roos, Andrew Kietzmann, Riaan Marx, Front:Thabo Thebe, Thato Mareme, Markus Viljoen. SANDF drivers team 2019/2020

Back L-r: Thabang Tshupo, Bertus Roos, Andrew Kietzmann, Riaan Marx, Front:Thabo Thebe, Thato Mareme, Markus Viljoen. SANDF drivers team 2019/2020

SANSA colleagues wishing the group farewell. Back (L-R): Anita Engelbrecht, Vhulahani Manukha, Ziyaad Isaacs, Pierre Retief, Jon Ward, Stephanus Schoeman, Thomas Chauque, River Yaffe, Johan O Kennedy Front (L-R): Keitumetse Molamu, Camilla Smyth, Abigail Meyer, Jean Van Zyl

Family members, colleagues  and friends come to say goodbye to their loved ones, who will be gone for more than a year.

Leon George of Public Works saying goodbye to family as he will not be home during the festive season



Mariëtte Wheeler, Bruce Dyer, Linda Clokie, Heine Smith and Mardené de Villiers- Friends from the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa at departure of SA Agulhas

Dr Marnel Mouton of Stellenbosch University with her son Jandre Mouton part of the Sound and Vibration research group

Jandre Mouton, Karl Pferdekamper, Jaco Laas and Ben Steyn of the Sound & Vibration Research Group at Stellenbosch University ready to depart on the S.A. Agulhas II with them Prof Annie Bekker

Our friends from Iziko – Sentinels of the South exhibition Nkosingiphile Mazibuko
& Sesethu Coto

Alexander Oelofse with Family before departure


The overwinter team SANAE 59 is announced. A farewell speech for the team is given by Dr Judy Beaumont (Deputy-Director: Oceans and Coasts of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries). 

SANAE 59 Overwintering Team:

Zach, Thulani, Vhule, Taunyane, Pierre, Aby, Lodrick and John

Medical Doctor and Team Leader : Dr Abigail Paton
Electrical Engineer : Mr Lodrick Hlungwane
Mechanical Engineer : Mr Thulani Ngwaqa
Diesel Mechanic : Mr Taunyane Taunyane
Diesel Mechanic : Mr John Skeleti
Senior Meteorologist : Mr Zacharia Mogale
Engineer (SANSA) : Mr Pierre Retief
Engineer (SANSA) : Mr Vhulahani Manukha





The following personnel are on board the S.A. Agulhas II as part of the takeover team that are taking responsibility during take-over at the South Africa Station as well as on the journey down south:
Departmental Co-Ordinating Officer (DCO) Ms Kusi Ngxabani
Assistant DCO Mr Onke Nyanda
Administartor Officer Ms Zanele Ntobole
Technical Officer Mr Sibusiso Mhambi
Waste Technicians Mr Mazizi Salmani
Mr Tatulo Fiphaza
Chaplain Chaplain Samuel Britz
Master of the S.A. Agulhas II Captain Gavin Syndercombe

A last few good-byes and photos and a team photo conclude the activities.









The ship’s engines are running, the horn sounds and lastly the ladder is pulled up – off they go to be at sea for little more than a week until the ice shelf is reached.

We wish SANAE 59 a successful time at SANAE IV !

(more images available on Antarctic Legacy of South Africa archive)

Antarctic Season Launch –  December 2019

Antarctic Season Launch – December 2019

One of the ways Gateway nations have employed to generate an interest in Antarctica has been to hold an Antarctic launch or festival at the beginning of the Antarctic season (November to March).During the launch they celebrate their explorers, science, and remember those who perished in Antarctica endeavours. The Antarctica season in South Africa starts with the departure of S.A. Agulhas II during the first week of December. Since 2016 the Department of Environment Affairs has held seminars with the Norwegians over two days during this time. For 2019 a multilateral seminar was held over three days and the countries that leave for Antarctica from Cape Town plus China had been invited to participate.

The official opening session was addressed by Minister of Environment Forestry and Fisheries of South
Africa, Ambassador of Norway and Cape Town Port Manager. Other diplomats that attended the opening
session include Netherlands, Japan and Russia. South African stakeholders had exhibitions at the Cape
Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) over a period of four days. Dr Bemiasa of Madagascar
represented the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission sub-commission for Africa.

During the course of the multilateral seminar seven speakers from Norway, Germany, India and China
provided key note addresses and also acted as panelists. South Africans also provided some twenty one
presentations and also acted as panelists. The presentations covered Science, Polar heritage, Polar
logistics and Polar Gateways. The presentations were of a high standard and there was a healthy
exchange of ideas.

Dr Monde Mayekiso

A bilateral seminar was held with Norway 5th to 6th December. The bilateral discussions sought to identify areas of common interest and serve to deepen the relationship.

Dr Monde Mayekiso opened the Antarctic season exhibition on at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Exhibition includes stalls from DEFF, DPW, AMSOL, SANSA, and many more. The exhibition was attended by schools, the general public and attendees of the seminars and discussions. 

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Exhibit at the Antarctic Season Opening. The SANAE IV 360 footage on the new SANAP website has been launched during the exhibition. Dr Gilbert Siko (DSI) & Mr Nish Devanunthan (DEFF) visit the ALSA stall and Quintes Venter and Andrea Raubenheimer of FishGate.

Excelsior Secondary School learners and teachers with AMSOL and ALSA caps, DPW bags and ALSA principal investigator, Ria Olivier