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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 […]

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23rd April is the United Nations World Book and Copyright day. The message for the year 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic is as follows: “Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, we can open ourselves to others despite distance. We can travel thanks to imagination. From April 1st to 23rd, UNESCO […]

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South Africa’s geographical position at the southern tip of Africa has been a major factor determining its natural and human history as much as its climate past, present and future. The last 4 days of the 21- Day Journey will be an image exploration of sea, ice, bird, mammals and plants.         […]

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“They say food warms hearts. That seems pretty important on a small speck of an island in the middle of the vast South Atlantic Ocean”. Form Gough recipe Booklet “A big part of this year was sharing the preparation of the team meals. Some of us had never really done any cooking. Some were enthusiastic […]

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Communication is a crucial element of survival when you are based at one of the SANAP stations for more than a year. Previous there was no internet and communication was only by telex and radio. In the modern ear there are new options such as email, WhatsApp and more. BUT this will only be possible […]

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The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manage a station on Gough Island as on  Marion Island  and Antarctica. By leasing the land on which the station was built from the United Kingdom government, the South African Weather Service has maintained a continuous presence on the island ever since.  Situated 2 600 km south-west of […]

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Meteorology at South African National Antarctic Programme stations. World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and […]

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Coffee lovers will know there’s coffee and then there’s coffee. In many of the newlsetters, written by Gough Island, SANAE and Marion Island overwintering team members, the mentioning of coffee occur. Coffee brings team members together, whether it’s breakfast time, tea time or late night shifts. During the packing process, before the departure of Gough […]

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ALSA would like to wish you a very happy birthday on Gough Island.             Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 22 May 2019.