HartRAO and SKA SA exhibited at the SA Agulhas II Open Day, which was held at the East Pier Quay, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 23 and 24 June 2017.
The SA Agulhas II is a state-of-the-art polar research and supply vessel, and plays a fundamental role in support of the country’s involvement in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands, carrying out research of national interest in the Southern Ocean. The Open Day gives the public an opportunity to explore the ship and the Department of Environmental Affairs’ work in the oceans and coastal environment. Visitors to the Open Day went on a guided tour of the vessel and enjoyed exhibitions and displays by different exhibitors, including HartRAO and SKA SA’s exhibition.
The team members that participated at the exhibition were Prof. Ludwig Combrinck and Marion West from HartRAO; and Mariet Venter, Anele Nzama and Mpho Mphego from SKA SA in Cape Town.
The team interacted with thousands of learners and members of the public who came to see the ship and to learn about different research programmes performed by South Africans on the islands.