The Publication “Die Wit Horison” was written in Afrikaans by Dr André le Roux van der Merwe, Medical Doctor of SANAE 1 – South Africa’s first Antarctic expedition of 1959-1961.  Until now, this has meant that the book has only been accessible to Afrikaans readers and not to wider national and international audiences. The text […]


Promoting South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic Region. Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) will be supplying flyers to all interested Universities for Open Days. These flyers are to be placed at the University Departments or Faculties stalls with a current involvement in the Antarctic Region (including Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic Regions […]


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 […]

AntarcticEventsNewsSouthern Ocean

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 […]

AntarcticaEventsS.A.Agulhas IISANAE

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 […]


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, […]

EventsGough IslandS.A.Agulhas IISub-AntarcticTeamsTraining

On Thursday, 07 September 2017, the ship will depart for Gough Island, where she will leave the new overwintering team. The new team went through a few weeks of team training, involving firefighting, cooking classes, team building etc. (see team activity photos below). The team is now fully prepared for their 13 months on this […]

EventsPrince Edward Islands

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) will be hosting a workshop to evaluate the means and methods of inclusion of the Prince Edward Island’s marine habitats and biodiversity into the 2018 National Biodiversity Assessment. This inclusion presents an opportunity to create an updated spatial understanding of marine biodiversity at the islands, and therefore an […]


ALSA was invited to attend the launch of “Antarctic cities and the global commons: rethinking the gateways” project, hosted by the Western Sydney University (Institute for Culture and Society). The launch was held in the Lord Mayor’s Court Room, Hobart Town Hall, Tasmania and lead by the deputy Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ron Christie. This […]