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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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The overwinteringteam at Marion Island keeping the fesitive mood. This started with preparing the base with Chirstmas decorations. It did not sop there. After Base Engineer, Patrick Hlongwane (right) prepared dinner for the team he blessed the team with amazing singing.   Marion77 also shared their interpretation #JeruslaemDanceChallenge as a reply to the call by […]

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Most people would like to celebrate Christmas and the festive season with loved one’s friend and family. At the South African National Antarctic Programme stations base in Antarctica, Marion Island and Gough Island this is not possible. They need to create their own space to take part in these festivities.           […]

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Ben Sciocatti passed away on 15 August and a service was held on Saturday 31 October 2020 by family and friends. Ben was known for the parrot Grietjie that he took with him to Marion Island. Listen to his interview with Ria Olivier in 2016 of how Grietjie became part of Marion22 and read article […]

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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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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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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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World Environment Day 2020

In Celebration of World Environment Day 2020 – 5 June 2020   The theme of this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 is Celebrate Biodiversity. We will be celebrating the scientific work done on the variety of plant and animal species, marine and terrestrial, within the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region over the past […]

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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. […]