• NRF|SARAO Congratulates Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Consortium on First Image of Black Hole.

    The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) congratulates the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Consortium on capturing the first image of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy Messier 87.

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  • Another milestone towards the construction of the SKA Radio Telescope in South Africa

    The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has welcomed the adoption of the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for phase one of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in South Africa.

    On Friday, 22 March 2019 the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, gazetted the adoption of the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Square Kilometre Array Phase 1 Mid-Frequency Array (SKA1_MID) in South Africa.

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  • Founding members sign SKA Observatory Treaty

    South Africa joins countries in signing treaty on the establishment of the SKAO as an intergovernmental legal entity

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  • Statement by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology

    Minister Kubayi-Ngubane applauds SKA team for completion of key infrastructure designs.
    South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, congratulates the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) team of engineers for the successful completion of all essential infrastructure designs required for the first phase of the project to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope.

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  • 2019 State of the Nations Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

    “…..Today, we choose to be a nation that is reaching into the future. In doing so, we are building on a platform of extraordinary scientific achievement. The successful construction in the Northern Cape of the MeerKAT telescope, the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, and the development of the Square Kilometre Array has enabled South Africa to develop capabilities in areas such as space observation, advanced engineering and supercomputing. These skills and capabilities are being used to build HERA, a radio telescope designed to detect, for the first time, the distinctive radio signal from the very first stars and galaxies that formed early in the life of the universe. This is not merely about advancing human understanding of the origins of the universe – it is about responding to the challenges that face South Africans now and into the future. It is about developing the technology and the capabilities that will build a dynamic and competitive economy that creates decent, sustainable jobs. It is about enhanced food security, better disease management, and cheaper, cleaner and more efficient energy. It is about smart human settlements and social development solutions built around people’s needs and preferences.
    It is about smarter, more responsive, more effective governance…..”

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  • SARAO celebrates the successful completion of the SKA Telescope Manager Critical Design Review

    The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) celebrates after the SKA Telescope Manager Critical Design Review has been completed.

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  • French consortium joins SKA Organisation

    SKA in South Africa was highlighted during the Chinese State Visit – identified as vehicle for diplomacy and development.

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  • SKA in South Africa was highlighted during the Chinese State Visit

    Radio astronomy in South Africa featured prominently when the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, hosted the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, on a State Visit to South Africa.

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  • MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa – reveals clearest view yet of centre of the Milky Way

    Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza, today officially inaugurated the MeerKAT radio telescope. After a decade in design and construction, this project of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has now begun science operations.

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  • SKA SA and San Council of SA signs MoU

    Square Kilometre Array South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the San Council of South Africa on 16 May 2017 in Cape Town.

  • New road to Losberg site

    Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, opened the new road from Carnarvon to the SKA Losberg site on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

  • MeerKAT makes debut scientific contribution

    An unprecedented international collaboration of telescopes has led to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars.

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  • 64th MeerKAT antenna dish lifted onto pedestal

    In October 2017, the last of the 64 MeerKAT dishes were lifted onto its pedestal, a major milestone for Square Kilometre Array South Africa.

  • HERA attracts more funding

    The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) radio telescope was awarded a grant to the value of $5.8 million, equivalent to approximately R75 million.

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The SKA will be the largest radio telescope ever built and will produce science that changes our understanding of the universe. The SKA will be collocated in Australia and in Africa. In Africa the SKA will be built in South Africa and eight other African Countries. SKA South Africa (SKA SA) is responsible for the construction of the SKA in South Africa.

NRF|SARAO Congratulates Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Consortium on First Image of Black Hole

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) congratulates the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Consortium on capturing the first image of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy Messier 87.

Another milestone towards the construction of the SKA radio telescope in South Africa

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has welcomed the adoption of the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for phase one of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in South Africa.

South Africa joins countries in signing treaty on the establishment of the SKAO as an intergovernmental legal entity

Countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project have come together in Rome, Italy for the signature of the international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organisation that will oversee the delivery of the world’s largest radio telescope.

Statement by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology

South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, congratulates the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) team of engineers for the successful completion of all essential infrastructure designs required for the first phase of the project to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope.

SARAO joins the Ceph Foundation to Advance Open Source Storage

More than 30 members join new Ceph Foundation to manage the massive growth in data and information generated from cloud, container and Artificial Intelligence applications.