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SA Agulhas returns team from Antarctica after 14-month mission

by City of Cape Town
on 22 Feb 2010
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The Over-wintering Team, also known as the Sanae 48 Team will return to South Africa on Tuesday, 23 February after 14 months in Antarctica. The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, will host an event on the quayside to mark their return aboard the SA Agulhas.

Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson and the Director of Antarctic & Islands, Henry Valentine will officiate.

Date: Tuesday 23 February

Time: Ship docks at 08:30, crew disembark at 09:00

Venue: Department of Environmental Affairs, East Pier Shed, East Pier Road (next to the heli-pad) Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

All media are welcome to attend.

A moment of silent prayer and meditation will be held in memory of Johann Jamneck, a young meteorologist who died tragically on 4 October 2009 at the South African Antarctic Station. Team members were practising the crevasse rescue technique when the accident occurred.

Jamneck left Cape Town on 23 December 2008 as a member of the Over-wintering Team. He spent a year on Marion Island in 2007 as the resident meteorologist and enjoyed it so much that he applied for the position of meteorologist on the Antarctic expedition. A graduate of the Northwest University, he was 25 years old.


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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 121/ 2010
22 FEBRUARY 2010


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COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN

MEDIA QUERIES:
MORNE CUPIDO
EXECUTIVE SUPPORT OFFICER TO THE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON
TEL: 021 400 4699 CELL: 083 233 2779

ZOLILE NQAYI
DIRECTOR: COMMUNICATIONS MARINE & COASTAL MANAGEMENT
CELL: 082 898 6483


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