This website has been live for the past month!

Today, one month ago, the new SANAP website went live after almost a year of planning and designing.

Where it all started:

In the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Plan of 2014-2024 (Skelton 2014) under section five: Constraints, the following was identified:

1.5.4. Communications:

“The SANAP website, as the first point of entry for web-based searches should also be managed by a dedicated staff member, and should be kept topical and up to date. This should form part of an overall infrastructure strategy”.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Plan of 2014-2024 underpins and informed the Marine and Antarctic Research Plan along with a Marine Research Plan for the same period. These are guiding documents that direct our research agenda in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.  

The South African National Antarctic Programme (South Africa’s National Antarctic Scientific Programme) is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and implemented by the National Research Foundation (NRF) (Fig. 1). The SANAP programme’s logistic and environmental aspects are managed by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), situated at the East Pier of the Cape Town Harbour – where the S.A. Agulhas II docks when home.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) addressed the recommendation in section 1.5.4 by appointing the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa to manage the SANAP website and ensure that the information therein is kept up to date.

The SANAP website now has a brand new look and will be the the first point of entry for web-based searches, nationally and internationally.

Figure 1: SANAP within the governmental structure of South Africa.

Welcome to the new SANAP Platform

See below a few useful aspects of our website

This is your gateway to the South African National Antarctic Programme.

On the Home page, the latest news will be published and older news articles will be located in the News page, where you can also view the calendar for the announcements of upcoming events.


Want to know more about South Africa’s research stations in the Antarctic region? Navigate to Stations. Here you can view photos, videos and a map of the chosen research station.


Want to see photo’s of previous overwintering teams? Navigate to Team structure and make sure you press the ‘team photos‘ icon.

Are you getting ready for an expedition and want to make sure you know what to pack and what not to pack? Navigate to Own Supplies, Prohibited Supplies or Issued Supplies (if you want to see what will be supplied by DEA). Another page highly recommended before an expedition is ‘Advice for Overwinterers‘.


Are you aware of the current or previous SANAP projects, funded by the National Research Foundation? See Current Research Projects or Previous Research Projects.


Are you interested in working on Antarctica, Marion or Gough Island. See Jobs, for all available overwintering positions.

Please do not hesitate to fill in the contact form or email directly for any queries.

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 18 May 2018.