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The 2019 International Open Access Week (21-27 October 2019) theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa is pleased to say that our digital archive is open for all  to use. The ALSA archive focuses on preserving South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region, including Marion Island, Gough […]

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Derivation of the word metkassie A ‘metkassie’ is a nickname long given to meteorological technicians at South Africa’s southern weather stations, including at Marion Island. In pre-plastic days, and with the original need for man-handling cargo ashore across a boulder beach prior to the cliff top cranes at Gunner’s Point, supplies came ashore on Marion […]

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This years South African Antarctic Club (SAAC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Midwinter celebratory lunch was once again held at the GEMS Village in Irene, Pretoria. This years event took place on Saturday 22 June 2019 and was attended by 10 members and some of their partners. This included welcome visits from Dr Heinz Rode […]

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A solstice can be defined in a number of ways but few really explain the mechanics of the phenomenon. Firstly, a solstice can be said to be either of the times each year when the sun is furthest from the equator. It is also the time when the sun is vertically above the Tropic of […]

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In a recent article on ALSA we mentioned that an archive is a by-product of human activity preserved in material to provide a direct window on past events.  ALSA wants to be the custodian for these artefacts that are housed at bases and in personal collections.  ALSA would like to become the memory of our […]

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International Archives day is celebrated on 9 June 2019: Designing the Archives in the 21st Century We would like to think that Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is putting people at the centre of our archive. ALSA is based on an on-going digital based archive at the Stellenbosch University. The ALSA archive aims to […]

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Memories from the past available through preservation – and we are once again reminded of this by the passing of SANAE 2 team member. ALSA receives many emails from previous team members of SANAE, Marion and Gough. These are mostly of members wanting to come in contact with past team members. The worldwide web and […]

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Collection of: Oliver Hansen Photos taken during SEAmester 2017 and Marion Island 2018 Take-Over Cruise Year: 2017 and 2018 Position: SEAmester 2017 – student; Marion Island 2018 Take-Over Cruise – BirdLife South Africa Volunteer Number of photos contributed: 239 View photos taken by Oliver: Click here Oliver also supplied photos taken by: (Click on the […]

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ALSA received the opportunity to visit the SANAE IV (South African National Antarctic Expedition) Station in the first two weeks of January. Anché and I left to accomplish the task of gathering as much information as possible of the current research station, as well as the rich history of South Africa’s involvement on the Antarctic […]

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A new collection category, MAPS, has been added to the digital repository/archive of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa. As from today all maps of earlier times as well as current times will be added to this category. The first few entries to this collection includes the the digital Maps of Antarctica, by Dr Geoffrey […]