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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 […]

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Name Surname Project Short Title Institution Prof Alakendra Roychoudhury Distribution and Speciation of Bioactive Trace Elements in Southern Ocean US Dr Susanne Fietz Shifts in phytoplankton and microbial community composition and functional diversity related to trace metal cycling in the Southern Ocean US Dr Azwianewi Makhado Bottom-up and top-down control of seabirds of the Southern […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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  Henriëtte Swart, Acting Senior Director, JS Gericke Library accepts an Antarctic book from Patrick Morant A donation of books received recently by the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa from Patrick Morant was handed over to the JS Gericke Library at Stellenbosch University in a small function on Wednesday last week.  This is the second collection […]

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The first and main aim of our project is to preserve South Africa’s rich involvement in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. In order to fulfil this never-ending task we collect and store the stories, memories, photographs and other documents pertaining to South Africans in the Antarctic and on the sub-Antarctic islands since the turn of […]