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It’s SA vs Australia as SKA decision date nears

The fourth of April this year is a red-letter day on SA’s investment calendar. It is the date on which international board members of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will meet to decide whether the core site for the giant instrument will be built in SA or in Australia. Science & technology director-general

SA makes astronomical advances

In a bus jouncing through arid Karoo hills, Prof Justin Jonas patiently tried to explain some of the theories and tenets of our universe — the Big Bang, the expansion of our universe and what we know of other things such as dark energy. “The latest Nobel prize in physics was basically for confirming that there is

Africa pitches new promised land for astronomers

Africa, the birthplace of the human species, has long been a magnet for archaeologists. Now SA wants to draw leading astrophysicists to the continent as well with the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that would be able to look back to the infancy of the universe

SA to soldier on with telescope project

The government will soldier on with a multibillion-rand Karoo telescope that will allow astronomers to see billions of years back in time, regardless of what happens with a bid to build the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Deputy science & technology minister Derek Hanekom says the R1,1bn MeerKAT

MeerKAT radio telescope a step closer

An international panel of experts has declared that the MeerKAT radio telescope being built by the SA team preparing SA’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has passed its “preliminary design review” with “distinction”. MeerKAT is a 64-dish radio telescope

SKA concerns over Shell’s Karoo gas plans

Oil giant Shell’s plans to prospect for shale gas in the Karoo could affect SA’s bid to build the world’s biggest radio telescope, MPs heard on Wednesday. Science and technology deputy director-general Val Munsami said

SA could reap R1,9bn/year from SKA

SA’s bid to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), could bring the country as much as €200m (R1,9bn) a year. This according to an inter-ministerial committee, which is leading SA’s bid for the project.

Duncan McLeod
Flog Infraco

State-owned Broadband Infraco, created by government to bring down national telecommunications costs, is finally launching commercial services next week. But the company’s mandate has already

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