SA Agulhas II to depart for Antarctica

02 December 2015


The Department of Environmental Affairs’ in collaboration with the Department of Public Works will bid farewell to the  SA Agulhas II embarking on her fourth logistical /scientific voyage to “Antarctica - the white Continent” on Thursday 03 December 2015.

The Deputy Minister of Public Works Mr Jeremy Cronin will deliver the keynote address.

Aboard the ship will be a host of researchers and participants from Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Public Works, the South African Weather Service and various tertiary institutions.

This Antarctic season promises to be very exciting as it is the first year of the planned three year refurbishment project of the 18 year old SANAE IV base undertaken by National department of Public Works with the aid of an external contractor. The refurbishment project will be combined with both the scientific and the logistics programs. This would mean that the activities will be increased tremendously from the usual.

The annual relief voyage also creates opportunity to conduct Southern Ocean Research. Studies on the Ocean and Antarctic continent have produced numerous research papers and publications, the results of which have been applied internationally in areas of Geology, Zoology, Meteorology, Space Weather, and Engineering.

South Africa has close collaborations with many International counterparts for the sharing of data and ultimately contributing to the body of knowledge. The analysis performed from this data pool helps us to understand the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems.

Members of the media are invited to cover the farewell ceremony, and will have an opportunity for photos and interviews.

Details of the farewell ceremony are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 03 December 2015

Time: 10:00

Sailing time: 2pm

Venue: East Pier Quay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


To RSVP, contact:

Sivuyile Ngaba

Cell: 071 403 5294



Tshego Letshwiti

Cell: 076 307 9634


For media enquiries, contact:

Tracey Fared

Cell: 082 888 9125