Associate Director, Anita Loots, says the initial focus is the conversion at the Kutunse site in Ghana with its in-built component of technology and knowledge transfer towards capacity building. “We need to make sure that the first instrument works and works well. With this in mind, the first operational interferometer is likely to be SA-Ghana,” she added, stating that the Kutunse telescope should be functional (as a VLBI-capable system) by March 2017.
In Zambia, feasibility studies for converting the antenna at Mwembeshi are progressing well. The Kenyan conversion project at Longonot is also expected to make strides shortly.
Mauritius is unlocking their own funds for specific initiatives and is investing in a bursary programme and a small interferometer. Botswana is making funds available for activities in data processing