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  • Former Director of SKA-SA wins NRF Lifetime Award

    Former Director of SKA-SA wins NRF Lifetime Award

    September 26, 2018 • People, Southern AfricaComments Off on Former Director of SKA-SA wins NRF Lifetime Award

    Today, Dr. Bernard Fanaroff who led the effort for South Africa to win the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope ‘which will be world’s largest telescope’ and the design and construction MeerKAT radio telescope, was honoured with the...

  • Radio telescope presents biggest ever data challenge

    Radio telescope presents biggest ever data challenge

    September 5, 2018 • Southern AfricaComments Off on Radio telescope presents biggest ever data challenge

    “The MeerKAT telescope is the beginning of the creation of a data monster.” – Professor Russ Taylor, Director of IDIA At a recent Science Café held in Grahamstown, Director of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) Professor...

  • 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...

  • ICT Country Focus: South Africa

    December 11, 2013 • Features, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on ICT Country Focus: South Africa

    December 2013. As South Africans were forced to come to terms with the passing of former President Nelson Mandela, the significance of this event transcended the immediate implications of a South Africa without the famous global icon and statesman. It...

  • Intel propels rural areas into Information Age

    November 19, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Intel propels rural areas into Information Age

    As part of its collaboration with South Africa’s Square Kilometer Array (SKA), Intel South Africa has launched several community projects in the tiny Karoo town of Carnarvon to propel the surrounding communities into the Information Age. Intel is working...

  • 350 scientists, 18 nations, 100 insitutions – one revolutionary project

    November 4, 2013 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on 350 scientists, 18 nations, 100 insitutions – one revolutionary project

    The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project enters a new era and takes a major step towards the start of the construction of the world’s largest radio telescope, after the announcement today of the teams who will be responsible for its final design. In...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • South Africa: quest to find computer architecture to handle SKA data

    March 11, 2013 • Internet of Things, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on South Africa: quest to find computer architecture to handle SKA data

    Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa, a business unit of the country’s National Research Foundation is joining ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power...

  • Harnessing the value of big data, the Internet of Things for Africa

    March 4, 2013 • Internet of Things, Online & SocialComments Off on Harnessing the value of big data, the Internet of Things for Africa

    The bulk of data out there is mostly unstructured, very valuable and if big data is the new oil, then analytics is the refinery. The impact of the variety, volume and velocity of big data was brought into discussion at the Cisco Expo 2013 being held at Sun...

  • Africa will be ready for the SKA project – Dr Jasper Horrell

    August 28, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Africa will be ready for the SKA project – Dr Jasper Horrell

    The recent awarding of part of the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Project to South Africa is a boon for Africa and while the project will take a couple of years before it actually comes into effect, it is expected to create a lot of exciting opportunities...

  • Q&A: SKA’s Associate Director for Science and Engineering

    May 31, 2012 • Features, Top StoriesComments Off on Q&A: SKA’s Associate Director for Science and Engineering

    On 25 May 2012 the Members of the SKA Organisation announced that the SKA telescope would be split over Africa and Australia, with a major share of the telescope destined to be built in South Africa. Prof Justin Jonas, Associate Director: Science and...

  • Africa Day dawns on new, connected continent

    May 28, 2012 • FeaturesComments (1)

    Friday 25th May marked Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and almost fifty years later there is a growing awareness of how far Africa has come in technology innovation, application and use, and...

  • 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...

  • Old satellites boosting African IT

    March 15, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Old satellites boosting African IT

    Mike Gaylard, acting Managing Director of Hartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, believes networked radio telescopes could boost information technology infrastructure across the continent. In a public statement released yesterday, Gaylard said the...