The S.A. Agulhas II departed from East Pier, V&A Waterfront on her annual Gough Island relief voyage on Saturday, 20 August 2022. 

On the way to Gough Island, the vessel will stop at Tristan da Cunha, offloading Tristan passengers and cargo. This stopover will approximately be 60 hours. From here the vessel will depart to Gough Island. Passengers will disembark and cargo will be offloaded with helicopters. Scientific projects will commence. 

Onboard are the DFFE Logistics team, the 68th Gough Island Overwintering team (9 team members), the National Department of Public Works (NDPW) maintenance team, Helicopter crew, Scientific personnel, and Tristan passengers.


Logistics Team

Department of Forestry Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)
Directorate: Southern Oceans & Antarctic Support
Management, logistics and support for this voyage
Departmental Co-ordinator (DCO)Ms Nomzi Ndzandzeka
Assistant DCOMr Zukisa Kuse
Technical SectionMr Willem Boshoff
Medical Doctor Dr MC Taggart
Waste TechnicianMr Tatulo Fipaza

68th Gough Island Overwintering Team (Click here for profile pictures of the team members)

Medical Orderly/Team Leader Mr Joyfull Ntobeko Gaju
Diesel MechanicMr Sibusiso Maduna
Communications Engineer/
Deputy Team Leader
Mr Mayembe Kapenda
Electrical/Base EngineerMr Eddy Mfezeko Xaki
Senior Meteorology Technician Mr Philani Siyabonga Ngcobo
Assistant Meteorology Technician Mr Khuliso Collen Maphaha
Assistant Meteorology Technician Mr Mphumzi Brooklyn Zilindile
RSPB Field AssistantDr Lucy Dorman
RSPB Field Assistant Ms Rebekah Goodwill

National Department of Public Works Maintenance Team

Project Manager LeaderMr Takalani Mudau
Refrigeration Mechanical
& Deputy Leader
Mr William E Kriege
CarpenterMr A Petersen
CarpenterMr E Roberts
CarpenterMr ME Gazi
BricklayerMr MI Jantjies
PlumberMr M Maluka
PlumberMr MW Samsodien
PlumberMs N Sogoni
PainterMs B Nelani
Crane TechnicianMr James Page
Crane TechnicianMr L Pierce
MechanicalMr J Zeelie
MechanicalMr MLG Porta Nova
MechanicalMr B Mpengesi
MechanicalMr LN Thomas

Helicopter Crew 

Team Leader & EngineerMr Raymond van der Watt
Captain Mr Waldo Venter
Captain Mr Eugene Viljoen
First OfficerMr Mukapitendwa Khalushi
First OfficerMr Jason Abrey
EngineerMr Daniel Carstens
Engineer Engine/
Mr Warren Vogt
EngineerCrewmanMr Eduan Teich
EngineerCrewmanMr Jodi Brophy
Fire Fighter Mr Zakariah Johnson

Scientific fieldwork planned for the 2022 take-over

South African Weather Service (SAWS)
Atmosphere and Ocean Surface Research
Group LeaderMr. Julian Grace
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)
Monitor trends and changes in water quality, provide guidance and support
Group LeaderMs Silindokuhle Ndlela
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Gough Island Restoration Programme
Group LeaderDr Antjie Steinfurth
South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
Polar Space Weather Studies
Group LeaderMr Christopher Gray
University of Fort Hare
Landscape and climate interactions (LCI)
Group LeaderDr Elizabeth Rudolph


Featured Image: Gough Island station (Credit: Julius Klette). 
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 23 August 2022
© South African National Antarctic Programme • Managed and administered by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa • Photo Credits
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