SKA announcement briefing

2012-05-25 07:18

The government will brief the media on the announcement about whether South Africa will host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

The SKA organisation met in the Netherlands last month and decided more time was needed to investigate how investments made by the candidates – Australia and South Africa – could be maximised.

At the time, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said she was disappointed that the announcement had been delayed.

Information leaked to the media in March suggested that the committee, which conducted its assessments earlier this year, had recommended the project be awarded to South Africa.

The five SKA member countries which will make the final decision are Canada, China, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

South Africa has partnered with Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia to host the 3?000 antennae that will make up the SKA – one of the world’s biggest science projects.

Half of these will be located in a five-kilometre diameter central region in the Karoo, while the rest will be spread up to 3?000 kilometres from this central concentration.

A win for South Africa will provide a huge boost for the country’s economy, especially in the construction, engineering, and IT sectors.

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