• Investing in the youth

    The SKA South Africa project seeks to encourage our best young people to pursue careers in science and technology, and to create expertise in cutting-edge technologies.

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  • Supporting community upliftment programmes

    The focused investment in social development in the region of the SKA SA site will ensure that neighbouring communities can fully benefit from the far-reaching astronomy project.

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  • Developing small to medium enterprises

    Local business has also been given a boost as SKA SA has partnered with Absa to fund 40 local contractors.

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  • Nurturing learners’ talent

    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.

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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.

Difference between a SEA and an EIA

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.

Recent Photographs

We have an extensive gallery of photographs about our outreach activities.