heritageHistoryLegacyMarion Island

23 Years ago on 18 March 2011 the new base opened at Marion Island.

On 18 March 2011 the new base at Marion Island was officially opened in a ceremony on the island. 

The official opening took place on the evening of the 18th, commencing with the National Anthem.  Following a welcome, a technical background talk was given by Fred Johnston, Cape Town Regional Manager of the National Department of Public Works (NDPW; which body built the base).  Dr Monde Mayekiso, Deputy Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs (at the time) then made an acceptance speech, after which the then Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu spoke.  A plaque marking the official opening was then unveiled by the Deputy Minister.

Although the new base was officially opened , work on it was still required and so the ship left behind a 25-member NDPW construction team under the leadership of Heine Smith which stayed until the annual relief voyage a month later. (image above taken during construction)

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