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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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Marine Sciences is a new subject in the FET phase (Grade 10 to Grade 12), offered at a handful of South African public schools. One of the previous Marion Island overwintering team members (ornithological field assistant of the 61st and 70th Marion Island overwintering teams – M61 Team Photo and M70 Team Photo) and recipient […]

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4 January 1948 – Lieutenant-Commander John Fairbairn clambers ashore on Prince Edward Island and claims it for South Africa. Following the occupation of Marion Island on 29 December 1947, Lieutenant-Commander John Fairbairn, Captain of the frigate H.M.S.A.S. Transvaal, is landed by “crayfish dinghy” after being towed by the ship’s motor boat into Cave Bay on […]

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On 29 December 1947 the H.M.S.A.S. Transvaal makes a landing at Marion Island. Lieutenant-Commander John Fairbairn (o/c H.M.S.A.S. Transvaal) and Petty Officer Steward Henry Schott go ashore on Boulder Beach, Marion Island from the ship’s motor boat at 11h32 on 29 December 1947. After building a small rock cairn with a metal Union of South […]

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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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The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa is saddened to report the recent passing of Theo van Wyk, one of the team members of SANAE 1. Theo van Wyk was the youngest member of SANAE 1 and has been appointed as a meteorologist.  He was a scientific assistant in mechanical engineering at the Council for Scientific […]

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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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This past Sunday, the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa(ALSA) celebrated World Heritage Day but on the same day, a fire started on Table Mountain and spread towards the University of Cape Town(UCT). Several buildings were damaged and a devasting loss is that of some of the special collections of UCT Libraries. “This is indeed a […]

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A partnership between the NGO BirdLife South Africa, the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and the Mouse-Free Marion Non-Profit Company is working towards the eradication of introduced House Mice on Marion Island.  The Mouse-Free Marion Project is raising funds to eradicate the albatross-killing mice in the winter of 2023, as described […]

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The overall aim of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) project is to preserve the legacy of South Africa’s Involvement in the Antarctic region through photographic, written, oral and other published and unpublished records in a public accessible repository (digital) archive to ensure that South Africa’s involvement in Antarctica, at the Prince Edward Islands, […]