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  • A widefield image showing the SKA Australia Survey Telescopes (image: SKA)

    First antennas for MeerKAT launched

    March 28, 2014 • Top StoriesComments Off on First antennas for MeerKAT launched

    The first of 64 antennas that will make up South Africa’s new radio telescope – MeerKAT – has been officially launched by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom. The Minister also officially opened the specialised...

  • South African president Jacob Zuma on Thursday night delivered his annual State of the Nation address (Image Credit: World Economic Forum)

    Jacob Zuma lauds SA’s tech sector

    February 14, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Jacob Zuma lauds SA’s tech sector

    South African president Jacob Zuma on Thursday night delivered his annual State of the Nation address, and while he focused on a broad range of issues and shortcomings in South Africa, he did take time to highlight the strides made in SA’s...

  • A widefield image showing the SKA Australia Survey Telescopes (image: SKA)

    SA’s Square Kilometre Array taking shape

    February 12, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on SA’s Square Kilometre Array taking shape

    The 64th and final foundation for the MeerKAT telescope antenna was poured yesterday (Tuesday) at South Africa’s SKA site in the Karoo. Close to 5 000 m3 of concrete and more than 570 tons of steel were used to construct the foundations over the last...

  • Seven Ghanaians arrived in South Africa last week to begin training on the independent operation and maintenance of radio telescopes in Africa. (Image source: SKA South Africa)

    Ghana first in line for SKA-training

    October 25, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Ghana first in line for SKA-training

    Seven Ghanaians arrived in South Africa last week to begin training on the independent operation and maintenance of radio telescopes in Africa. Using a miniature version of a radio telecsope, they will learn how to design, build, operate and maintain an...

  • What the SKA project is all about - establishing the country's radio astronomy profile. (Image source: Google/psychohistorian.org)

    Foundation laid for SKA’s first MeerKAT

    August 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Foundation laid for SKA’s first MeerKAT

    The concrete for the first MeerKAT antenna foundation was poured yesterday (Wednesday 14 August 2013) at South Africa’s SKA site in the Karoo. This is the first of 64 similar foundations that will be constructed for this telescope over the next nine...

  • SKA Pre-Construction Phase Request for Proposals released

    March 18, 2013 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on SKA Pre-Construction Phase Request for Proposals released

    The International SKA Organisation Project Office issued a request for proposals (RfP) on 12 March 2013 for the SKA Pre-Construction Phase. The RfP is an invitation for international consortia to bid for work packages to design the various components of the...

  • SKA: it’s a compromise

    May 25, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on SKA: it’s a compromise

    Months of speculation is over.  The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is to reside in both South Africa and Australia. SA, with backing from eight partners across the continent, was chosen the preferred site for the construction of two-thirds of...