In 2003, Cabinet approved the transfer of the scientific research functions of SANAP from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) to the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA, previously DEAT) however retained responsibility for all logistics and infrastructure.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) became the agency responsible for grant making on behalf of the DST.  SANAP slips neatly into the NRF’s vision of bringing knowledge to life, especially its aim of a prosperous South Africa and African continent both steeped in a knowledge culture and proud contributors to the well-being of humanity.

South Africa maintains bases at Antarctica as well as on Marion and Gough Islands managed and administered by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

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