South African National Antarctic Program

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The task of the South African National Antarctic Program (SANAP) is to conduct research on the natural environment and ecology of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean . The headquarters are located in Cape Town , directly in the port area of ​​the inner-city district of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront .


South Africa would like to secure and keep open its presence in the region and future opportunities for action in the area. As a direct neighbor of the region, South Africa would like to be involved in the international information and decision-making processes regarding the area.


South Africa has research stations on the Marion Island , the Gough Island and the Antarctic continent , which until 2003 Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEA & T) were operated and managed, and since then the Department of Science and Technology (DST) assumed are.

The Antarctic research station SANAE IV conducts radiation research and earth sciences and above all geological research.

SANAP has meteorological stations on Gough Island and on Zavodovski (both in the South Atlantic) . On Marion Island ( Indian Ocean ), originally a meteorological station, SANAP now also conducts research on oceanography , biology and geology .

Web links

Commons : South African National Antarctic Programs  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. SANAP: About SANAP. Key roleplayers ..... . on (English)

Coordinates: 33 ° 54 ′ 4.5 ″  S , 18 ° 25 ′ 29.5 ″  E