• 2019 State of the Nations Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

    “…..Today, we choose to be a nation that is reaching into the future. In doing so, we are building on a platform of extraordinary scientific achievement. The successful construction in the Northern Cape of the MeerKAT telescope, the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, and the development of the Square Kilometre Array has enabled South Africa to develop capabilities in areas such as space observation, advanced engineering and supercomputing. These skills and capabilities are being used to build HERA, a radio telescope designed to detect, for the first time, the distinctive radio signal from the very first stars and galaxies that formed early in the life of the universe. This is not merely about advancing human understanding of the origins of the universe – it is about responding to the challenges that face South Africans now and into the future. It is about developing the technology and the capabilities that will build a dynamic and competitive economy that creates decent, sustainable jobs. It is about enhanced food security, better disease management, and cheaper, cleaner and more efficient energy. It is about smart human settlements and social development solutions built around people’s needs and preferences.
    It is about smarter, more responsive, more effective governance…..”

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  • SARAO celebrates the successful completion of the SKA Telescope Manager Critical Design Review

    The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) celebrates after the SKA Telescope Manager Critical Design Review has been completed.

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  • French consortium joins SKA Organisation

    SKA in South Africa was highlighted during the Chinese State Visit – identified as vehicle for diplomacy and development.

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  • SKA in South Africa was highlighted during the Chinese State Visit

    Radio astronomy in South Africa featured prominently when the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, hosted the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, on a State Visit to South Africa.

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  • MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa – reveals clearest view yet of centre of the Milky Way

    Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza, today officially inaugurated the MeerKAT radio telescope. After a decade in design and construction, this project of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has now begun science operations.

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  • 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.

SARAO joins the Ceph Foundation to Advance Open Source Storage

More than 30 members join new Ceph Foundation to manage the massive growth in data and information generated from cloud, container and Artificial Intelligence applications.

Breakthrough Listen to incorporate the MeerKAT array in its existing search for extraterrestrial signals and technosignatures

Breakthrough Listen, the global initiative to seek signs of intelligent life in the universe – announced today at the International Astronautical Congress the commencement of a major new program with the MeerKAT telescope in partnership with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO).

Science and Technology Committee congratulates Dr Bernie Fanaroff on receiving the 2018 National Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Parliament, Saturday, 29 September 2018 – The Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology congratulates Dr Bernie Fanaroff on being awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Research Foundation.

HartRAO instrumental in the successful adoption of the Third Realisation of International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF-3).

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, through its Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Gauteng, has been instrumental in the adoption of the Third realisation of the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF-3), adopted at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly held in Vienna, Austria last month.

The General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, to be hosted on African soil for the first time in 2024

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) today announced the 32nd General Assembly of the IAU in 2024 will be hosted by Cape Town, South Africa. This will be the first time in the 105 year history of the IAU that the General Assembly will be held on the African continent. The award recognises the incredible strides that African astronomy has taken in recent years.