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Polar Week

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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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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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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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 […]

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International Archives day is celebrated on 9 June 2019: Designing the Archives in the 21st Century We would like to think that Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is putting people at the centre of our archive. ALSA is based on an on-going digital based archive at the Stellenbosch University. The ALSA archive aims to […]

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If your work is something that you look forward to, you are a very lucky human being. We have to attend conferences to tell other countries about South Africa’s Legacy in the Antarctic and to learn what other countries within the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) community are doing. It is a huge honour […]

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ALSA’s Principal Investigator, Ria Olivier, and co-investigator, Anché Louw, both now members of the South Africa National Committee for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), under Social Sciences and Humanities Standing Committee of SCAR. Please refer to this article for more information on the South African National Committee for SCAR. More on ALSA’s representation at […]

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Preserving and promoting the Antarctic legacy for the future generations of South Africa with an open access repository is the work of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) Project. It is a National Research Foundation-funded project that forms part of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP). It is based in the Department of […]

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Today we would like to applaud the female scientists within the South African National Antarctic Programme. May you act as mentors and leaders for years to come!   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 08 March 2018.

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South Africa is very proud to be part of this legacy!! South Africa’s permanent presence on the Antarctic Continent, Dronning Maud Land region (approximately 4000 km south of Cape Town) commenced in 1959, during the first South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE). South Africa’s presence in the sub-Antarctic dates back to 1947/1948, when Marion Island […]