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Coffee lovers will know there’s coffee and then there’s coffee. In many of the newlsetters, written by Gough Island, SANAE and Marion Island overwintering team members, the mentioning of coffee occur. Coffee brings team members together, whether it’s breakfast time, tea time or late night shifts. During the packing process, before the departure of Gough […]

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At its most recent meeting held in Brazil this May the international Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) agreed to initiate a World Albatross Day to aid in giving greater visibility to the conservation crisis that continues to face albatrosses and petrels.  The inaugural World Albatross Day is set to be celebrated […]

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2019 Heritage Month/Polar Week (23-29 September) APECS South Africa and ALSA presents 2020 calendars and a series of postcards, designed by APECS SA with the winning photos of the APECS SA Photo Competition launched during the March Polar Week. Photos were entered into the following categories: data, fieldwork, landscape and wildlife – within the Antarctic […]

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text by the University of Venda   Azwinndini Justice Ramunasi was born on the 13th of June 1974 at Magwedzha clinic in Ha Dumasi, Limpopo. He was the second born of Mr Bernard Ramunasi and the late Mrs Reineth Ramunasi, who passed away in 4 December 2017. He lived at Ha Budeli since he was […]

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There are five official gateway cities to Antarctica from where ships and aircrafts travel to and from Antarctica. These cities are: Hobart (Australia), Punta Arenas (Chile), Christchurch (New Zealand), Ushuaia (Argentina) and Cape Town (South Africa). Currently a project called ‘Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons’ are studying the ‘relationship of three key Antarctic gateway […]

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Past and present members of the South African National Antarctic Programme community will be saddened to learn of the passing of Niek Gremmen on 11 August at the age of 71. Nicolaas Johannes Marie (Niek) Gremmen was born in Schijndel in the Netherlands (13 July 1948), making his home in Diever in that country (where […]

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This years South African Antarctic Club (SAAC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Midwinter celebratory lunch was once again held at the GEMS Village in Irene, Pretoria. This years event took place on Saturday 22 June 2019 and was attended by 10 members and some of their partners. This included welcome visits from Dr Heinz Rode […]

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A solstice can be defined in a number of ways but few really explain the mechanics of the phenomenon. Firstly, a solstice can be said to be either of the times each year when the sun is furthest from the equator. It is also the time when the sun is vertically above the Tropic of […]

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In a recent article on ALSA we mentioned that an archive is a by-product of human activity preserved in material to provide a direct window on past events.  ALSA wants to be the custodian for these artefacts that are housed at bases and in personal collections.  ALSA would like to become the memory of our […]