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On 9 October each year World Post Day is celebrated, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The […]

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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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On July 28 annually, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society.   “Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of manking” – Gifford Pinchot.” This year we highlight the conservation of the  Prince Edward Islands. ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION ACT 73 […]

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MidWinter greetings to all South Africans involved in the South African National Antarctic Programme. Especially Happy MidWinter to current and past overwintering team members. Our best wishes to all other Antarctic countries A  video is available on YouTube. A very special message is included in the video made by one of first expedition overwintering team […]

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The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) celebrates  with the  Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) the First Wold Albatross Day on 19 June 2020. Over the years many Overwinter team members and Takeover Personnel have taken photo’s of Albatrosses. On the ALSA digital repository you will find  ore than 500 images […]

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On World Oceans Day we celebrate the research done in the Southern Ocean within the South African National Antarctic Program(SANAP). South Africa has a comparative geographic advantage for conducting research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It is the closest African nation to the Austral Polar region, separated from the continent of Antarctica by approximately […]

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The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020 is “Our solutions are in nature” As the global community is called to re-examine its relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our health, water, […]

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International Museum Day is celebrated on 18 May. In 2020 we  are celebrating the Sentinels of the South exhibit at Iziko museum in Cape Town that opened in December 2019. The Ecosystems of Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic islands, such as South Africa’s Prince Edward Islands, are exceptionally important to understand our planet and its future. […]

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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 […]