And so the year 2017 has come to an end! This has been a great year for ALSA, here are some of the highlights of 2017:   Anché Louw & Ria Olivier, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 18 December 2017.

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NRF SANAP SYMPOSIUM 2018 Participant Information Background:  The 5th SANAP Symposium will be hosted in Hermanus by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) from 13 to 16 August 2018. SANAP funds, administered by CPUT, will support certain travel expenses and up to three night’s accommodation for […]

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Henry Valentine has been selected as one of two recipients of the inaugural COMNAP (Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs) Chairman’s Medal, in recognition of his work as COMNAP MNAP and as Director of the South African National Antarctic Program over many years. This award was announced at the first plenary session of the […]


Every year on the 1st of December we celebrate Antarctica Day to commemorate the agreement of the Antarctic Treaty. Why is this day so special for all involved (including South Africans) in the Antarctic region? It was decided that Antarctica “shall forever be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or […]

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The S.A. Agulhas II will be on route to South Africa’s Antarctic station – SANAE IV, on the 7th of December 2017. Join us at East Pier (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Harbour) where we will be waving off the new overwintering team (SANAE 57), take-over scientists and the maintenance team. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of […]


Peter Ryan in his natural habitat: an uninhabited seabird island in the South Atlantic, photograph by Norman Glass Professor Peter Geoffrey Ryan, since 2014 Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at South Africa’s University of Cape Town has been inducted into UCT’s prestigious College of Fellows at a ceremony and dinner held […]


It is with great pleasure to announce that the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa project has received a South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) Grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for the period of January 2018 to December 2020. South Africans have played a considerable role in conducting scientific research in the Antarctic region. […]

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Yet another successful voyage into the sub-Antarctic waters. Yesterday, 11 October 2017, the Gough 62 Overwintering Team (see table below) returned safely from Gough Island. They left behind their medic, Tom McSherry, who will be replaced in January 2018. The welcoming ceremony was opened with a prayer by the chaplain of the take-over voyage, Sybrandt […]

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Collection of: Anché Louw (Müller) Overwinter Team: Marion 70 (M70) Overwinter Job Description: Field Assistant (Stellenbosch University – Botanist) Take-overs: 2011 and 2016 Number of photos in the collection: 254 Keywords for this collection include: Fieldwork, parties, base life, field huts, landscapes, team members, hut food, Christmas and many more. How to get to this […]


South Africa National Heritage month is celebrated during September and with International Polar week falling in the same month, ALSA came up with a perfect “celebration slogan”: Celebrating South Africa’s Polar Heritage. ALSA will be celebrating South Africa’s Polar Heritage in collaboration with the JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch University and Iziko Museum of South Africa, […]