The Principal Investigators (PIs) of the accepted proposals originate from the following universities and observatories in South Africa: North-West University, Rhodes University, University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of South Africa, University of Pretoria, University of the Western Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, the South African Astronomical Observatory, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory.
The following post-graduate students are PIs of successful proposals: Mr Tariq Blecher, Miss Miriam Nyamai, Miss Lerato Sebokolodi, Miss Julia Healy, Mr Benjamin Hugo.
The projects selected today are expected to be observed with MeerKAT over the next several months.
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The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), a facility of the National Research Foundation, is responsible for managing all radio astronomy initiatives and facilities in South Africa, including the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in the Karoo, and the Geodesy and VLBI activities at the HartRAO facility. SARAO also coordinates the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) for the eight SKA partner countries in Africa, as well as South Africa’s contribution to the infrastructure and engineering planning for the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. To maximise the return on South Africa’s investment in radio astronomy, SARAO is managing programmes to create capacity in radio astronomy science.