SKA SA has used its Schools Programme to help to recruit qualified maths and science teachers, construct and equip a Cyberlab and science laboratories, provide role modelling and career guidance, and fund field trips and exchange programmes.
Artisan student on SKA SA bursary passes trade test to qualify as fitter and turner
Davan Hoorn, an FET student training to be a fitter and turner at the SKA SA site at Losberg, passed his trade test to qualify recently. He is currently studying on a SKA SA bursary in the final phase of his artisan training, which involves working in industry for a period of 18 to 24 months. This is part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.
Progress update on the planning and design of SKA1
The SKAO is moving towards finalising the detailed design of the SKA1 radio telescope which will culminate in Critical Design Reviews (CDR) for all the telescope products and associated infrastructure and power during the course of 2018. The detailed design is being undertaken by 9 Design Consortia from across the world.
In terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), two different but legally equivalent routes towards the authorisation of a project are possible. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) considers a project impact within a specific geographic area with fixed information on the project location and design. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a more flexible but nevertheless rigorous process more appropriate for a project such as the SKA_MD.
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates all national radio astronomy telescopes and programmes. Find out more