South Africa's new radio telescope reveals giant outbursts from binary star system
16 May 2013 - The first scientific paper based on observations performed with South Africa's new KAT-7 radio telescope, has been accepted for publication by the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society. This is a significant milestone for South Africa's SKA project.
Ground-breaking science and spectacular cosmic images from the PAPER instrument in the Karoo
10 May 2013 - Scientific studies done with the "PAPER" array, one of the world-class scientific instruments in South Africa's Karoo Radio Astronomy Reserve, is producing ground-breaking science and spectacular cosmic images, resulting in several important articles in top astronomy journals.
SKA Organisation Headquarters opening ceremony paves the way forward for the world's largest radio telescope
7 May 2013 - Less than a year after the decision to site the revolutionary Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in both Southern Africa and Australia, the SKA Organisation has opened its new international headquarters.
Dr Bernie Fanaroff receives South Africa's highest honour
27 April 2013 - Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Project Director of the SKA South Africa Project, was bestowed with the Order of Mapungubwe: Silver by the South African State President. This is South Africa's highest honour, awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement. Dr Fanaroff was recognised for his contribution to astronomy and dedication in raising South Africa's international stature as a world-class research destination, particularly in securing the majority of the SKA project for Africa.
SA's SKA bid leader receives country's highest honour
22 April 2013 - Doctor Bernie Fanaroff's nomination to receive a National Order has been accepted by President Jacob Zuma. Dr Fanaroff, who led South Africa's bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, will be awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver in recognition of his contribution to astronomy and dedication in raising South Africa's international stature as a world-class research destination.
SKA South Africa encourages participation in the Square Kilometre Array engineering design
2 April 2013 - South African industry and institutions with appropriate existing expertise may be eligible for financial assistance on a shared cost, shared risk basis towards participation in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Pre-Construction Phase.
New radio telescope in SA will also shed new light on the earliest moments of the universe: C-BASS South commissioning at Hartebeesthoek
27 March 2013 - In the week that saw the release of the first results from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, astronomers at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg are working on a new radio telescope that will also shed new light on the very earliest moments of universe.
SKA on stage in Uganda
24 March 2013 - Prof Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at the SKA South Africa Project, is sharing the stage with scientists from CERN, NASA and many other research institutions around the world at the BBC's first-ever "Festival of Science" in Africa. The event, from 24 - 28 March 2013, will be hosted at Freedom Square in the grounds of the University of Makerere in Kampala, Uganda.
SKA SA bursar wins South Africa's first Famelab competition
22 March 2013 - A PhD student from Cape Town and bursary holder of the SKA SA project, Michelle Knights, walked away with the first prize in South Africa's first FameLab competition - a competition where young scientists compete to see who is able to present the most captivating talk on their science in just three minutes.
SKA Pre Construction Phase Request for Proposals released
15 March 2013 - 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 SKA, such as antennas, receivers, signal processing systems, data transport and high performance computers.
Big Bang meets big data: South Africa joins ASTRON and IBM to build the foundation for a new era of computing
11 March 2013 - 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 exascale computer systems aimed at developing advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the SKA, which is one of the most ambitious science projects ever undertaken.
Visions for science capacity building in Africa through radio astronomy
11 March 2013 - On 6 and 7 March, the African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) discussed its vision for the future of radio astronomy cooperation between Africa and Europe in the framework of a major science conference in the European Parliament.
Germany joins the SKA Organisation
20 December 2012 - The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre
Array (SKA) Organisation has approved Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of
Education and Research (BMBF), as the tenth member of the organisation to participate in
the detailed design of the SKA telescope.
Honorary doctorates at Stellenbosch University
14 December 2012 - Ms Gill Marcus, Prof Lionel Henry Opie and Dr Bernard Lewis (Bernie) Fanaroff received honorary doctorates from the University of Stellenbosch on Friday, 14 December 2012.
Memorial lecture honours legacy of Steve Rawlings
30 November 2012 - The inaugural Steve Rawlings Memorial Lecture was held at the 7th SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference in Stellenbosch on Thursday 29 November 2012.
Young, vibrant South Africans are the SKA's backbone
28 November 2012 - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) team consists mostly of young South African scientists and engineers. "It is a demonstration of what South Africans are capable off," said Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Project Director of the SKA. Fanaroff was invited to deliver the annual distinguished John Orr Memorial Lecture at Wits University on Wednesday night, 27 November 2012. His lecture was entitled The SKA - a Science and Engineering Challenge and Opportunity.
International flavour at annual SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference
28 November 2012 - The annual SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference isn't just about presentations and updates on research projects. It also provides a chance for old acquaintances from across the world to meet up again, for valuable networking and for friendships to be strengthened.
All set for the 7th SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference
26 November 2012 - The chance to network and the opportunity to listen to talks outside of their field of expertise are what three M.Ing students from the University of Cape Town are looking forward to the most while they attend their first ever SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference.
New Avenues for Robust EU-Africa Relations
15 November 2012 - On 15 November 2012, Members of the European Parliament launched the African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) Group as a further step on implementing the Written Declaration45/2011 on "Science Capacity Building in Africa: promoting European-African Radio Astronomy Partnerships".
Radio Astronomy: a driver for innovation in renewable energy
11 October 2012 - A workshop organised in Brussels on the 9th of October brought together radio astronomers, engineers and policy makers from the European Parliament and the European Commission to discuss how radio telescopes in remote areas can be supplied with green energy.
President Zuma visits SKA project in the Karoo to celebrate an African science success story
9 October 2012 - South Africa's President joined dignitaries, scientists, a large media contingent and members of the local community in the small town of Carnarvon to celebrate South Africa's successful bid to build the world's largest scientific instrument - the Square Kilometre Array - in Africa.
SKA Organisation appoints new Director General
5 September 2012 - The SKA Organisation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Philip Diamond as Director General of the SKA Organisation.
MeerKAT antenna contract will boost local industry
9 August 2012 - The contract for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the 64 MeerKAT antennas has been awarded to the South African company Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd.
Q & A - SKA site bid announcement
30 May 2012 - On 25 May 2012 the Members of the SKA Organisation announced that the SKA telescope would be split over Africa and Australia, with a majority share of the telescope destined to be built in South Africa. Prof Justin Jonas, Associate Director: Science and Engineering at SKA South Africa answers some FAQs regarding the outcome of the SKA site bid and the future of the SKA.
African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)
30 May 2012 - A workshop on funding opportunities for African-European radio astronomy partnerships brought together Members of the European Parliament, officials of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, as well as leading African and European radio astronomers and representatives of global industry, to discuss how to further develop cooperation in radio astronomy between Africa and Europe. The workshop took place days after the SKA Organisation decided that the South Africa, along with its eight SKA partner countries in Africa, will host the mid-frequency dish array and dense aperture array of the iconic SKA radio telescope. The fruitful meeting ended with an elaboration of next steps to establish a dedicated African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) vehicle to enhance cooperation.
Africa celebrates SKA bid outcome
28 May 2012 - Since the announcement that South Africa, along with its eight SKA partner countries in Africa, will host the entire mid-frequency dish array of the iconic SKA telescope congratulatory messages have been pouring in from around the globe praising the hard work of the South African SKA team and the unwavering support for Africa‚Äôs site bid from the South African government.
Square Kilometre Array Organisation site decision
25 May 2012 - After nine-years of work by the South African and Australian SKA site bid teams, the independent SKA Site Advisory Committee (SSAC), composed of world-renowned experts, carried out an objective technical and scientific assessment of the sites in South Africa and Australia, and identified by consensus Africa as the preferred site. However, in order to be inclusive, the SKA Organisation has agreed to consider constructing one of the three SKA receiver components in Australia. Two will be constructed in Africa.
Africa is ready to host the SKA - Minister Pandor
29 March 2012 - The process for the allocation of a preferred site to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope is reaching its conclusion. The anticipated date for a final decision is the 4th April, although this is likely to be delayed as the members of the SKA Organisation consider the final site decision.
Extra-galactic milestone for South Africa's KAT-7 telescope
14 March 2012 - South Africa's KAT-7 telescope, a seven-dish array which is a precursor to the much larger MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo and to the Square Kilometre Array, has reached another major milestone by observing the radio emission from the neutral hydrogen gas (HI) in a nearby galaxy.
Square Kilometre Array South Africa and IBM plan to explore space using data analytics
7 March 2012 - The Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) today announced it anticipates working with IBM (NYSE: IBM) with the goal of developing a next generation big data analytics platform with self-tuning and self-learning capabilities to better analyze large volumes of radio astronomy data.