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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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The NRF SANAP project, ‘Antarctica, Africa and the Arts’, hosted a workshop from 23 to 25 May at Cape Agulhas National Park, with a focus on Africa’s relationship to its south-facing coastlines from the perspective of the arts and humanities. The workshop brought scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines together with creative practitioners, […]

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Dr Mariëtte Wheeler, who has overwintered twice on Marion Island as an ornithological field assistant, organised an Earth Day 2022 event at Protea Heights Academy (PHA), where she currently teaches Life and Marine Sciences. The event was focused on creating Ocean Awareness among the learners and teachers. ALSA was invited to attend and exhibit at […]

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On 18 March 2011 the new base at Marion Island was officially opened in a ceremony on the island.  The new base was built over a number of years adjacent to the old base. A special voyage of the S.A. Agulhas was laid on to take invited guests, including university researchers and media, south for […]

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WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 2022(1)

WWD 2022 Theme: “Recovering key species within ecosystems” The invasive mice on Marion Island and Gough Island have devastating effects on seabirds that breed in the sub-Antarctic, affecting the ecosystems on these islands. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has kicked off the Gough Island Restoration programme in the austral summer of […]

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Anche Louw, ALSA’s Co-Investigator and Communicator, has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Further Education and Training Teaching (PGCE), at Stellenbosch University in 2021, which will be incorporated in the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s (ALSA) activities. This 1-year certificate requires students to do a two-week observation, at a school of their choice, […]

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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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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 […]