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Pandor: SKA changes Africa character

2012-08-31 09:33

Johannesburg - South Africa as the major location for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope changes the character of Africa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said on Friday.

"Who comes to Africa to actually do their best research? People come here to examine us, to find out how poor we are, to look at diseases that we have, they never come here to say: 'I want to do Nobel science work'," she said.

"But they are gonna be coming to do that with the SKA. An absolutely different image of the continent. Not here to exploit our diamonds, our gold, our platinum but here to say I want to do iconic research on an iconic instrument... "

Pandor was speaking at a The New Age business breakfast in Sandton.

She said that her department would like to involve all countries on the African continent to become part of the astronomy sciences project.

She was excited at the potential of astronomy to be a valuable vehicle to encourage a greater interest in scientific careers among the youth.

Pandor said her department found that astronomy was proving to be an unrivalled instrument for science education in terms of the excitement it generates amongst the youth.

She said she was working with the department of basic education to ensure that schools in the rural areas have laboratories.

The treasury provided significant funding for the infrastructure for laboratories, she said.

"We will be supporting the department of basic education wherever we can... We work together in a number of areas that we have initiated," she said.

"The pipeline is important to us - so we will support where we can."

Pandor also took the time to praise women in science making a difference in the science industry.

Comments
  • don.mcarthur.7 - 2012-08-31 09:57

    "part of the astrology sciences project" Say what?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-31 11:42

      I really hope that is just an autocorrect, and not the minister's actual words.

      paulthebok - 2012-08-31 15:14

      @Meme Typical, only the Great Meme understands science, but wait you could explain it to us, but we wouldn't comprehend it, lol , your insults are a sign of you pseudo-intellectual bulling nature, you think so much of your self, CHOP!!

      jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2012-08-31 15:59

      How tireless our darling government is in serving big science. Maybe this will "shed new light" on some theory of science which was ironclad until it was actually examined, and yield never-before-seen headlines that misinterpret the actual scientific data before diverging wildly from the abstract of fundamentally flawed research. When they consider the heavens by the works of their hands, the skies about which they have set their rigid theories in place, what is another man that they would take account of him, the son of man, that they should think he may have the truth, and not they?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-31 17:11

      "Not here to exploit our diamonds, our gold, our platinum but here to say I want to do iconic research on an iconic instrument... " Been spending too much time with Julius the Woodwork champion?......

  • martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-31 10:28

    ermmmm no it doesnt change africas character, lets just hope the ska is not destroyed in a service delivery potest...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 10:46

      In the middle of the desert? Your negative attitude sucks

      raven.sqarr - 2012-08-31 14:42

      @wesley.bischoff - With fracking being pushed through under everyones noses, i'm sure the SKA will be rendered inoperable anyway. Nice clear desert sky, except for the the refinery in the background...

      simonfishley - 2012-08-31 16:15

      @raven.sqarr SKA are really not too phased by the threat of fracking since they do radio astronomy which isn't at all affected by dust in the sky.

  • ann.macfarlane - 2012-08-31 11:08

    "She said that her department would like to involve all countries on the African continent to become part of the astrology sciences project." Embarrassing.

      raven.sqarr - 2012-08-31 14:47

      @ MemeMan - Stop speaking out Uranus. The Capricorns around the moon will be visible with the naked eye tonight ;) Perhaps we should ask the minister whether she found out what causes lightning yet...

      paulthebok - 2012-08-31 15:15

      Damn Meme not only are you a atheist, you are also a rightwing RACIST !!

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-10-09 13:44

    fgg

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