• SKA SA and San Council of SA signs MoU

    Square Kilometre Array South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the San Council of South Africa on 16 May 2017 in Cape Town.

  • New road to Losberg site

    Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, opened the new road from Carnarvon to the SKA Losberg site on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

  • MeerKAT makes debut scientific contribution

    An unprecedented international collaboration of telescopes has led to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars.

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  • 64th MeerKAT antenna dish lifted onto pedestal

    In October 2017, the last of the 64 MeerKAT dishes were lifted onto its pedestal, a major milestone for Square Kilometre Array South Africa.

  • HERA attracts more funding

    The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) radio telescope was awarded a grant to the value of $5.8 million, equivalent to approximately R75 million.

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The SKA will be the largest radio telescope ever built and will produce science that changes our understanding of the universe. The SKA will be collocated in Australia and in Africa. In Africa the SKA will be built in South Africa and eight other African Countries. SKA South Africa (SKA SA) is responsible for the construction of the SKA in South Africa.

SKA prototype dish assembled for the first time

The first fully assembled SKA dish was unveiled today at a ceremony in Shijiazhuang, China, by the Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, in the presence of representatives from the countries involved and the SKA Organisation. The dish is one of two final prototypes that will be tested ahead of production of an early array.

MeerKAT construction recognised by industry at 2017 Logistics Achiever Awards

The MeerKAT radio telescope, currently being built by Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA), was recognised by the construction industry last week when it was presented with a Special Platinum Award at the 2017 Logistics Achiever Awards.

SARAO and SAEON sign MoA to implement Integrated Environmental Management Plan

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and the South African Environmental Observation Network, which are National Research Facilities managed by the National Research Foundation, signed a three-year Memorandum of Agreement to implement the Integrated Environmental Management Plan for the SKA project in South Africa.

More to explore

SKA South Africa has a number of exciting resources to explore on our website.

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Questions & answers

Find out everything you wanted to know about the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope – or SKA – which will be the world’s biggest telescope – and one of the biggest scientific projects – ever!

Bursaries and Fellowships

The SKA SA is pleased to announce provisional awards for the Square Kilometre Array Project Bursary Programme for 2018 in the following categories:

Undergraduate and Honours Bursaries
Undergraduate Block Grant Bursaries
Masters Bursaries
National Diploma Bursaries
Doctoral Bursaries
Postdoctoral Fellowships

Recent Photographs

We have an extensive gallery of photographs and videos for you to view about MeerKAT, KAT-7, HERA, the Karoo site and more.