An era is set to end in early 2012 with the retirement of the SA Agulhas, South Africa’s polar research and supply vessel, after more than 30 years of servicing the country’s three Southern Ocean and Antarctica research bases.
• SA scientist lauded for polar work
South Africa’s space weather centre, one of 13 in the world, has been opened in the Western Cape. There are hopes the facility will improve the country’s position in the global space sector and enable it to achieve its space-related ambitions.
• SA to take the final frontier
The World Wide Fund for Nature is auctioning the naming rights to a newly discovered South African iris, and will give the proceeds to its Table Mountain Fund, which supports conservation projects on Table Mountain and in the Western Cape province.
• SA marks Year of Biodiversity