The SKA South Africa Land Acquisition Programme is supporting legislation promulgated in terms of the National Research Foundation and the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act earlier.
In terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act an area has been identified as part of the core astronomy advantage area. This makes provision for the construction, maintenance and functioning of a radio astronomy research facility. It also aims to protect the site from radio frequency interference.
Land acquisition is aligned with the international determined design of the SKA radio telescope instrument. A working group consisting of the world’s foremost radio astronomy scientists under the auspices of the international SKA Organisation designed the instrument. This specific design will enable scientist to facilitate the best science and research in this field, now and in future.
The SKA South Africa Land Acquisition Programme is one of many projects that SKA South Africa is currently embarking on to make the SKA a reality. SKA South Africa supports and applies principles of good neighbourliness and trust. These principles are also being applied during the land acquisition process.