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Midwinter 2022

We would like to wish our teams on Antarctica, Marion Island, and Gough Island a happy midwinter. You can find the current teams’ Midwinter greeting cards here: SANAE 61 Marion 79 Gough 67 View some previous midwinter cards here: SANAE Marion Island Gough Island Did you/will you be celebrating midwinter with some old team members? […]

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WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 2022(1)

WWD 2022 Theme: “Recovering key species within ecosystems” The invasive mice on Marion Island and Gough Island have devastating effects on seabirds that breed in the sub-Antarctic, affecting the ecosystems on these islands. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has kicked off the Gough Island Restoration programme in the austral summer of […]

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Personnel at SANAE IV (South African National Antarctic Expedition Station), on Marion Island, and on Gough Island wish everyone a happy festive season. Previous team members, friends and family of current team members, and the other Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations also wish the South African teams a Merry Christmas.   See below some messages written […]

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To all overwintering teams, take-over personnel currently at or on the way to the Antarctic station (SANAE IV), all crew, research and support personnel onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, and to all our international colleagues… May you have a happy festive season, even though far away from home!   You are invited to click on […]

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Midwinter on the 21st of June is the main celebration of the year in Antarctica on most national bases. It comes in the middle of winter on the shortest day of the year outside the Antarctic Circle and at the pivot point of the period of continuous darkness inside the Antarctic Circle. Midwinter is the […]

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The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Archive want to build a comprehensive digital archive as possible. There will always be gaps where images and documents have been lost. Below we thank John Woodhull to share his memories and images with ALSA. These images will be added to the archive and therefore his involvement will now […]

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“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” International Museum Day 2021: “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine” Today we highlight the marine mammal exhibition at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth  and the connection to the sub-Antarctic seals. “The Port Elizabeth Museum […]

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Every year at Christmaas overwintering team send Christmas wishes to station of other countries. This year the teams share their wishes with all in South Africa as well. SANAE 59 Marion 77 Gough66 Wishes from South Africa to all of you at our SANAP stations: “APECSSA would like to send Season’s Greetings to the overwintering […]

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In the last 6 years Christopher (Chris)  Jones and Michelle (Risi) Jones have spent more than 90% of their time on remote islands. “Our involvement in SANAP had a somewhat serendipitous beginning, starting in 2014 we worked on Gough Island for 13 months. Following soon after we decided we needed warm weather for a bit, […]

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South Africa’s National Women’s Day In the 60 years since the events of 1956, the phrase has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.  This day is celebrated to; Empowers Women, Raises Awareness An article by Morgan Seag writes a brief history of Women in Polar Research.  A Timeline of women in Antarctica […]