Antarctica: new frontier for South Africa’s ocean economy

During the Antarctica and Southern Ocean Workshop, South Africa looked into opportunities that the icy southern continent could provide for the ocean economy and the country’s international partners.

“As part of the future strategies, South Africa plans to co-operate with Norway to see how it can service countries that leave for Antarctica through the country,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs after the workshop, held on 3 November in Cape Town.

South Africa is also exploring the possibility of air corridor tourism activities such as snow skiing, ice skating and snow kite-boarding, as well as marine, animal, scenic and bird viewing in Antarctica to boost the nation’s ocean economic.

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Norway, the department said, had a wealth of experience in the ocean economy.

South Africa is ideally situated to act as a gateway to Antarctica for many countries that have a presence on the icy continent.