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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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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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To all overwintering teams, take-over personnel currently at or on the way to the Antarctic station (SANAE IV), all crew, research and support personnel onboard the S.A. Agulhas II, and to all our international colleagues… May you have a happy festive season, even though far away from home!   You are invited to click on […]

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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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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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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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South Africa is a maritime nation, surrounded on all but its northern boundaries by the sea. Its geographical position at the southern tip of Africa has been a major factor determining its natural and human history as much as its climate past, present and future.                     […]

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South Africa maintains a Station on Marion Island. This station is managed and administered by DEFF. Marion Island lies at 46°S, 37°E in the Southern Indian Ocean, 2160 km from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour.  The older of the two bases has been there since January 1948, erected  after South Africa annexed and occupied the […]

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This story bring together science and passion.. Stephen Peel of the Shackleton Brewing Company was on Seamester 2016. (Video available on Antarctic Legacy of South Africa digital  Archive) SEAmester introduces marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students. Its long‐term vision is aimed at building capacity within the marine sciences by co‐ordinating cross‐disciplinary research […]

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The South African Antarctic and sub-Antarctic community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prof Denzil Miller on 30 November 2019.  Denzil was instrumental in the formulation of policy matters related to the South National Antarctic Programme.   Denzil’s illustrious career was marked by many great accomplishments. Read some of his contributions to South […]