ArchivePhoto GalleryS.A.Agulhas IITristan da Cunha

The Tristan da Cunha Archipelago consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha, the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands and Gough Islands. Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha. However, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan because of accessibility difficulties and rough seas. Despite this, Tristão […]

ArchiveEnvironmentGough Island

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manage a station on Gough Island as on  Marion Island  and Antarctica. By leasing the land on which the station was built from the United Kingdom government, the South African Weather Service has maintained a continuous presence on the island ever since.  Situated 2 600 km south-west of […]

ArchivePrince Edward Islands

At 2160 km south of Cape Town, the Prince Edward  Islands are the southernmost part of South Africa. The Prince Edward Islands consist of Marion Island  and Prince Edward Island (46°36’S, 37°57’E). Prince Edward Island, 19 km to the north-east of Marion, has an area of about 45 km2 and its highest peak is 672 […]

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South Africa maintains a Station on Marion Island. This station is managed and administered by DEFF. Marion Island lies at 46°S, 37°E in the Southern Indian Ocean, 2160 km from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour.  The older of the two bases has been there since January 1948, erected  after South Africa annexed and occupied the […]

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The southern and Northern Lights always attract photographers. The featured image is a beautiful omega formation of the Aurora Phenomena across the sky taken by Morgan O”Kenney(SANAE47) in 2008. South Africa’s overwintering teams are able to experience this natural phenomenon during Wintertime at SANAE (South Africa National Antarctic Expedition) IV Station on Antarctica. The station […]

AntarcticLegacyOutreach

Expand the Knowledge of our Children. Day 2 takes our younger generation on a short journey to learn more about the Antarctic region and South Africa’s involvement. On Saturdays ALSA will try and expand our kidz knowledge of the world around them. ALSA compiled a activity booklet. This booklet can be used for different age groups. […]

AntarcticaLegacySANAEScience

South Africans’ journey through lockdown for COVID-19 starts today and ALSA will retrieve a few items from the Legacy Archive and post these on the ALSA website and, Facebook. ALSA hopes this will provide a few minutes of entertainment  during this crisis. Our first article is the film produced for the National Research Foundation with […]

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Meteorology at South African National Antarctic Programme stations. World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and […]

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What would you do if you have to spend more than a year in an isolated place?  Overwinterers at SANAE and on Marion and Gough Island tried their hand at writing poems.  On World Poetry day I had a look at the poems that were preserved on the digital archive of the Antarctic Legacy of […]

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Vrye Weekblad was at the Woordfees at Stellenbosch University,  Ria Olivier, Principal Investigator of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa met with a friend of ALSA Hanlie Gouws. (see video insert below) Hanlie published an extract of the diary of the first South African team in Antarctica last year in Vrye Weekblad with the 69th Anniversary […]