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The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s (ALSA) aim is to preserve and promote the legacy. Before the project started in 2009 many issues concerning the history, sociology, and influence of South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region lie largely frozen under a mountain of unsorted information, access. Since then the project made a large amount […]

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2020 World Maritime Day theme is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” With the connection of Antarctica, the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa highlights the vessels that crossed  the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. South Africa has a long maritime history and a long history as the Gateway to Antarctica via the Southern Ocean.  Today we […]

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Living heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity. The South African National Antarctic Programme is such a community within South Africa.                                        To celebrate our polar heritage on Heritage […]

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SCAR 2020 Online have a session on Antarctic Heritage: “2020 is the two hundredth anniversary of the first human interactions with the Antarctic continent. This session included presentations on all aspects of research and management related to the human heritage of Antarctic activity. The session was closely linked to those on Antarctic and Southern Ocean […]

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     Clothes is an essential item for visiting one of South Africa stations in Antarctica or on Marion and Gough Island. The clothes are protection against the harsh environment and over the years studies have been done to establish how people adapt to the climate. “The use of relatively sophisticated and often complicated, to […]

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The South African flag flies at the South Pole. The South Pole was first reached by a Norwegian explorer in 1911. A South African took the South African flag to the South Pole in 1958 as part of Sir Edmund Hillary’s team to cross the continent overland – a journey that took 99 days.  Antarctic Brochure […]

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Vrye Weekblad was at the Woordfees at Stellenbosch University,  Ria Olivier, Principal Investigator of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa met with a friend of ALSA Hanlie Gouws. (see video insert below) Hanlie published an extract of the diary of the first South African team in Antarctica last year in Vrye Weekblad with the 69th Anniversary […]

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The Antarctic Legacy Project began in 2008 with the end goal of creating a product that will be a “… comprehensive electronic source, and in some areas archive (including by necessity paper copy), of the material available for social science, law and humanities research within the South African National Antarctic Programme.”(From: Bringing South Africa’s Antarctic […]

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60 years ago South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) 1 left from Cape Town on the 3rd of December 1959 to only arrive on the 8th of January 1960 at Antarctic Ice Shelf. An article about the departure of SANAE 59 has just been posted on the SANAP website. After reading this article, compare that […]

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Representatives of 12 nations met regularly in Washington from mid-1958 until early 1959 to discuss the proposals and draft a treaty. On the 1st of December, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by government representatives of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the then USSR, the UK and the USA. […]