Welcome to ALSA’s brand-new website!

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s website goes live today – the 1st of December – fittingly on international Antarctica Day.

What is ALSA?

The S.A. Agulhas II leaves Cape Town's Waterfront for Antarctica. Sydney Cullis
The S.A. Agulhas II leaves Cape Town’s Waterfront for Antarctica. Photograph by Sydney Cullis

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa is a National Research Foundation-funded project that forms part of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP).  ALSA aims to collect and archive electronically photographs and other items of interest relating to the history of South Africa’s involvement “down South” from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration (and before) right up to the present day.  It concentrates on past and present activities at South Africa’s three southern bases on Gough and Marion Islands and at SANAE IV at Vesleskarvet in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, as well as aboard SANAP’s Antarctic research and supply ship, the r.v. S.A. Agulhas II and in the Southern Ocean south of the African Continent.

The ALSA website

Antarctic Legacy of South Africa

The ALSA website will regularly publish news articles of interest on South Africa’s Antarctic legacy and will serve as an entry via a data portal to the ALSA archive of over 4000 photographs and documents, including oral interviews and their transcripts.  In the future it is planned to make available edited diaries of team members and popular and scientific literature not currently available online, as well as selected texts translated from other languages – with a start already made with Afrikaans and Norwegian.

The Learning Zone

alsa-kidsareaA section of the website aims to aid both learners and teachers with information suitable for school and tertiary-level projects.

Facebook and Twitter

As well as this website, ALSA also operates a Facebook Group, currently with nearly 500 participants, where members can post their pictures, comment on the postings of others, answer queries, find team mates and ask for information.  In addition the website will soon be linked to an ALSA Facebook Page and to Twitter as an easy way of receiving news articles.

John Cooper, Principal Investigator, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 01 December 2015


The feature photo is of the SANAE 2 team of 1961



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