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June 2015
In this issue
Dr Bernie Fanaroff: moving ahead
China-SA astronomy workshop
MeerKAT panel manufacturing
BRICS countries working group
New UK home for SKAO
Ethernet switches and cables
Newton Fund for training
International pulsar workshop
Deputy President Ramaphosa visits core site
Cisco supports SKA
African partner countries in ministerial meeting
Third-generation imaging (3GC)
MeerKAT update
Meet Professor Justin Jonas
Meet Nkululeko Qwabe
SKA at SciFest Africa & more

Foreword by Dr Bernie Fanaroff: moving ahead
The international SKA Organisation (SKAO) has taken crucial steps forward and is now well on track to build the world's largest telescope. SKAO will build 133 dishes at Losberg in the Karoo – all of them 15m diameter. Read on

China-SA astronomy workshop
A workshop for Chinese-South Africa collaboration in astronomy was held in March. Both countries are developing virtual observatories and have interests in astronomical outreach and education. Read on

Manufacturing facility opens in Johannesburg
The facility that will manufacture sub-reflectors for the MeerKAT was opened by the Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, in Germiston in April. Read on

SA to convene astronomy working group of BRICS countries
South Africa's Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, recently returned from the second BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting in Brazil. Read on

New SKA Organisation HQ
The members of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) decided in April to commence negotiations with the UK government to locate the permanent headquarters of the SKA project at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank site. Read on

Ethernet switches and cables
Leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services, Mellanox Technologies, via local partner Eclipse Holdings, have been appointed as supplier of ethernet switches and optical cables. Read on

Newton Fund awards SKA South Africa funding for training
The UK government's Newton Fund Africa has granted funding for the development of the Africa Astronomy Training Programme (ATP), an intervention of SKA South Africa. Read on

First international pulsar workshop
SKA South Africa hosted a workshop on pulsars at their offices in CapeTown in April, to bring together local pulsar communities and international researchers to discuss pulsar science using South African telescopes. Read on

Cyril Ramaphosa visits the SKA
South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the SKA South Africa core site at Carnarvon in February. Ramaphosa praised the SKA for the benefits it is delivering to the African continent. Read on

Big data comes a long way
South Africa's Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, launched a partnership at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in March, establishing the Centre for Broadband Communication. Read on

Ministerial meeting of SKA African partner countries
Major strides towards the establishment of an African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network (AVN) were made at the second annual SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting in Pretoria in March. Read on

3rd generation calibration
A radio interferometer does not directly observe an image of the sky like an optical telescope. Instead, it measures "visibilities" or Fourier components, which requires complicated maths to render into images. Read on

MeerKAT on track
A year after the inauguration of the first MeerKAT antenna, the third and fourth antennas are now in place – right on schedule. It now moves into a phase where the installation rate of antennas will be increased. Read on

Meet SKA's Professor Justin Jonas
In the mid-1960s, a seven-year old boy named Justin Jonas, who hailed from the East End of London came to South Africa with his parents. The family moved to Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Read on

Meet Software Engineer, Nkululeko Qwabe
"I was born in the small town of Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal. I completed school at Ikusasalethu High School and had to take a gap year due to lack of funding for my tertiary studies. I later got a bursary to do my BSc. Read on

SKA at SciFest Africa & more
SciFest Africa is South Africa's national science festival. Based in Grahamstown, the event is the biggest of its kind in the country. This year's Scifest Africa celebrated the International Year of Light. Read on