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The following is a selection of links to online information published by the media in 2013.

Reaching for the SKA
The Teacher, November 2013
South Africa will become a mecca of scientific research, improving job opportunites.

Low-power transmitters bring SABC to Karoo
The New Age, 3 October 2013
Due to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which needs to be kept sterile from radio signal interference, several communities will now be able to view SABC television channels.

Eerste fondament vir MeerKAT al gegiet
Die Burger, 16 August 2013
Om 'n fondament te gooi vir die grootste teleskoop-skottels ter wêreld kan nie met huisbou vergelyk word nie.

Wiele begin draai vir MeerKAT
Volksblad, 16 August 2013
Die eerste tree vir die bou van MeerKAT, die voorganger van die SKA, is gegee toe die sement vir die eerste nuwe antenna gegooi is.

First MeerKAT telescope foundation laid, 15 August 2013
The concrete for the first MeerKAT antenna foundation was poured at South Africa's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in the Northern Cape on Wednesday.

First MeerKAT radio telescope antenna foundation laid
Engineering News, 15 August 2013
The concrete foundation for the first of 64 dishes for South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array was laid on Wednesday. The MeerKAT is the successor to the recently-built and now operational seven dish KAT-7 radio telescope array and a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the major part of which will be sited in South Africa. KAT-7 and MeerKAT are programmes of SKA South Africa (SKA SA).

All systems go for KAT-7 telescope
IOL, 2 August 2013
The KAT-7 radio telescope that is a technology demonstrator for the massive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to follow over the next decade and more, is now a fully operational scientific instrument in its own right.

SA backs Namibia's bid for Cherenkov Telescope Array
Business Day, 2 August 2013
South African scientists stand to benefit if Namibia wins the bid to host the southern portion of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the Department of Science and Technology's head of international co-operation and resources, Thomas Auf der Heyde, says.

Star power gives Karoo new life
Sunday Times, 28 July 2013
It is a long drive to get to what will soon be the fastest internet connection in the country. And that is after first flying to the nearest airport.

Dishes, jobs, bursaries - and a big clear sky
Sunday Times, 28 July 2013
Tracy Cheetham is one of 41 women working on the Square Kilometre Array (SWKA) radio telescope.

Holy petaflops! SA students are supercomputing champions
Mail&Guardian, 20 June 2013
South Africa has won an international student supercomputing competition, beating world leaders China and the United States.

Son of SKA chalks up galactic first
IOL, 20 May 2013
Radio astronomers associated with the huge Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project are purring after the publication of the first scientific results from the relatively tiny KAT-7 pathfinder instrument.

Radio astronomy publication a milestone for SA
Business Day, 17 May 2013
Astronomers working on the KAT-7 radio telescope have published their first scientific paper, a milestone that is as much about proving the device is up to scratch as it is about doing cutting-edge science.

South Africa's new radio telescope reveals giant outbursts from binary star system, 16 May 2013
An international team of astronomers have reported the first scientific results from the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) in South Africa, the pathfinder radio telescope for the $3 billion global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Karoo Array Telescope First Results: Giant Outbursts From Binary Star System Circinus X-1
Science 2.0, 16 May 2013
The Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) in South Africa, the pathfinder radio telescope for the $3 billion global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, has released its first results.

SA telescope captures giant star flares, 16 May 2013
In a significant milestone for South Africa's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the first scientific paper based on observations using the KAT-7 demonstrator radio telescope has been accepted for publication by the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society.

KAT-7 observation scores publication
News24, 16 May 2013
The first scientific paper based on observations from the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal.

The KAT is purring: SA's new radio telescope starts delivering quality science
Engineering News, 16 May 2013
South Africa's first radio telescope array, the seven-dish KAT-7 located in the Karoo, which was originally intended to be mainly an engineering prototype for the much larger MeerKAT array, has now established itself as an effective scientific instrument.

SKA SA test telescope reveals binary star system
Mail & Guardian, 16 May 2013
South Africa's test telescope reveals secrets of a binary star system and proves the country is able to deliver first-class scientific instruments.

What if Africa were to become the hub for global science?
BBC News, 26 March 2013
At first sight, it seems unlikely - a continent most associated with war and famine producing globally significant scientific research. However, in many ways, the groundwork is there - knowledge, ingenuity, willingness to learn and adapt, coupled with the rapid expansion of digital technology. All of this is really allowing Africa to play a major part in global scientific collaborations.

Once upon a starry night: The story (so far) of the Square Kilometre Array
FINWEEK, 14 February 2013
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will eventually become the most sensitive radio telescope ever built, able to survey the heavens more than 10 000 times faster than current technologies.

SKA-terrein-bodbestuurder Adrian Tiplady
Rapport Uitskieter, 3 February 2013
Hy is een van die groot rolspelers in Suid-Afrika se suksesvolle bod om die grootste deel van die SKA-teleskoop te huisves, maar dit was so byna-byna of hy't eerder voor 'n simfonie-orkes gestaan.

SKA to give competitive advantage to SA
Business Day, 21 January 2013
In technology, radio astronomy is still running off the success of the 1980s, says Rhodes University's new Square Kilometre Array (SKA) research chairman, Oleg Smirnov.