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Celebrating your birthday on Antarctica is always a special occasion. Christopher Gray celebrated his birthday on 27 January, with team members and take-over personnel. Christopher is the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) VLF and RADAR Engineer of the 60th South African National Antarctic Expedition Station (SANAE IV) Overwintering team (2021).   Christopher has been […]

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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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     SANAE IV station in Antarctica lies at 71°S, 2°W – 4280 km from East Pier in Cape Town Harbour. SANAE IV base is built at Vesleskarvet, 220 km due South of SANAE III. South Africa occupies a base, SANAE IV, about 200 Km inland and 850 m above sea level on a nunatak […]

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South Africans’ journey through lockdown for COVID-19 starts today and ALSA will retrieve a few items from the Legacy Archive and post these on the ALSA website and, Facebook. ALSA hopes this will provide a few minutes of entertainment  during this crisis. Our first article is the film produced for the National Research Foundation with […]

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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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Miss Nicola Wilmot is Geography teacher at Sacred Heart College, who did her postgraduate studies through the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) and visited the South African National Antarctic Expedition station (SANAE IV) during the 2016/2017 summer take-over. She has a passion for the Antarctic Continent and likes to inspire the youth at her […]

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Derivation of the word metkassie A ‘metkassie’ is a nickname long given to meteorological technicians at South Africa’s southern weather stations, including at Marion Island. In pre-plastic days, and with the original need for man-handling cargo ashore across a boulder beach prior to the cliff top cranes at Gunner’s Point, supplies came ashore on Marion […]

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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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A solstice can be defined in a number of ways but few really explain the mechanics of the phenomenon. Firstly, a solstice can be said to be either of the times each year when the sun is furthest from the equator. It is also the time when the sun is vertically above the Tropic of […]