SA has a lot to offer - Pandor

2011-10-03 21:18

Cape Town - South Africa has much to offer the world in terms of space science and technology, minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor has said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Cape Town, Pandor said that South Africa's development in space science is on course.

"So it is with a certain amount of national pride that I stand here today, in front of this international audience, and say that South Africa has a space programme that is not only about the pursuit of frontier research and knowledge as a goal in itself, but is also about developing all aspects of the space industry here at the tip of Africa for the benefit of the whole of Africa," she said.

The IAC brings together international researchers and professionals, including the US space agency Nasa to discuss issues related to space, the legal framework and technology.

SA has three objectives in dealing with space science, Pandor said.

Technological expertise

These include capturing a share of the global market for small and medium-sized satellite systems, improving decision-making by integrating ground-based and satellite-based systems and to develop applications for GPS and telecommunications services.

Pandor said that the country's technological expertise in satellite development was well-established.

The country is also engage in building the MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope) in the Northern Cape province which is a highly specialised undertaking that will link a number of radio telescopes.

This will serve as a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) for which SA is bidding in competition with Australia.

"In the field of satellite development, South Africa possesses some space facilities that are unique in Africa. These include a satellite assembly, test and integration facility, situated not far from here in Grabouw, and a launch facility situated at Arniston," Pandor said.

SA would also develop co-operation among countries in the region on issues related to space instrumentation.

"As you know, satellites don't stop at national boundaries, and they can be used by multiple states in co-operation to address issues of trans-frontier or regional interest.

"This is the inspiration for the African Resource Management [ARM] Constellation of satellites," Pandor said.

The ARM currently includes Algeria, Kenya, Nigeria and SA, and other countries are welcomes to join, said Pandor.

The IAC is being held in Africa for the first time and runs until October 7.

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  • africanwolf - 2011-10-03 21:32

    The parliament is full of Astronauts and UFO'S

      Vlooi - 2011-10-03 21:44

      And a black hole or two.

      Met - 2011-10-04 06:31

      There are dozens of black holes in "parliament". They are found between the two growths beside the head, generally mistaken for ears.

      chan chan - 2011-10-04 09:03

      the ANC is a black hole !! hahahaha

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-03 22:09

    Think Aus is getting this one -- if they had any sense. Pandor and the comrades wants 'commission' for being there

  • TamaraSays - 2011-10-03 22:56

    Lol! Anyone seen Space Chimps? Some of the ANCYL's leadership wouldn't look out of place... (and no, that's not a race reference - it's an IQ reference.)

      TamaraSays - 2011-10-03 23:17

      Or maybe she MEANT the space between their ears? Again, I am a stupidist. Equally prejudiced against idiocy from any race, creed, gender or religious belief.

      Coconut - 2011-10-04 08:02

      I have a Bachelor of Science degree with nearly two decades of work experience and I’m unemployed because of race policies such as AA. So many others like me have been forced to leave the country or make drastic career changes just to survive. How Minister Pandor can stand there with national pride and talk about the pursuits of frontier-research in the space industry is a complete mystery to me.

  • Vlooi - 2011-10-03 23:56

    Pandor, jump. That is about the closest this government will get to launching anything with the brainpower we have available after your stunt as Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009. Houghton, we have a problem.

  • pitbull - 2011-10-04 03:25

    As much as I admire the bid for the SKA, the South African Government are their own worst enemy in this case. If the ANC cannot control its members then I cannot see any hope for any foreign investment in South Africa. AND believe me when I say that the SKA is BIG investment.

  • ZAF Mike - 2011-10-04 03:48

    Science and technology?????? The science of stealing money and the technology to make money disappear from our pockets!!! I heard SA told the US that we are going to land on the sun. When they told SA it is impossible, we will burn to death, SA told the US that we have a plan, we will land at night!!! :P

  • herman.brummer - 2011-10-04 03:59

    I have to agree with the other comments, Anybody would choose Aus of SA, because of political stability, besides, our school kids are un-educated. Our kids can`t even read, never mind, do science, or math

  • WhiteLabel - 2011-10-04 04:42

    Do we now, Pandor? World leaders in crime, corruption, nepotism etc et al? Safe haven for disposed 'leaders' and international fugitives and war crimminals. Out of controll inflation, unemployment, sub standard education (you should know), poor services etc et al ad nasium. We have something to offer, do we?

  • Pekkie - 2011-10-04 07:34

    30% pass rate, Yeh sure if you live inside a comic book! What a joke!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 07:41

      Your choice of name is just SO offensive. As an Afrikaans speaking person I distanciate myself from such a denigrating image.

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 08:15

      daaivark you again, its my nickname, live with it!

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 09:01

      Yeh it was daaivarks cultral group that gave me the nickname as i had only black friends as a kid! Duchies! two-faced choose a culture and stick to it!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 10:29

      Please do not make assumptions about my character based on the wrongdoings of a group of people in the past. I am NOT them. Never have been and never will be. My comment showed my distaste for this (not knowing that you are black, as I think you now claim) really did nopt warrant that outburst. Quite the contrary. So fine, if you want to live in hatred for the rest of your life, please feel free.

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 11:35

      Daaivark get used to outbursts, you are an old fool, one just needs to read all the comments you make, you are a self opinionated old man who is probably regretting much of his life, this morning you jumped on the wagon and started with my screen name, why coz there was nothing else to complain about, i hate your type, full of themselves,old and cant do much to change it so instead you sit behind your pc and criticize all day, You think you are educated enough, I challenge anyone who reads this to go to all top stories on this site and see what a dumb duchie you are, Like i have said countless times, chose a culture and stick to it, In future if you don't want my outbursts then keep your opinions to yourself and your old friends in Kraaifontien at the home! You are Dutchman of sour proportions, poison to all you come into contact with, just move on old man, don't play where it gets rough, your bones might not be able to take the strain! Moron!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 12:46

      Thanks for that, Pekkie, have a nice life. I am rather amused and dumbfounded by the complete lack of reason or motive for this personal attack, but hey, it's your life. Live it as you wish. Just for detail, it's Kuilsriver. Are you coming around?

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 13:00

      And Pekkie, re picking one culture and sticking to it: How ridiculously limiting can you get? I was born into 2 cultures and grew up in what one hoped might become a multi-cultural South Africa. It is just dof to think in feudal one-tribe terms in an urban 21st Century.

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 13:01

      I now choose not to engage with you any further. I prefer dealing with reason.

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 13:41

      Thank God you finally give up, good ridden to Apartheid Rubbish! so long old man, stay off my posts and you might just have a better day! Go and deal with reason somewhere else, Personal attack you started and cant Finnish! Dutchmen!

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 13:43

      Oh and your IP address is on a server in Kraaifontien! ;)))))))

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 13:48

      I couldn't care less where my IP-address is, oh brilliant one, and if the fact that you have this (false) information is supposed to impress or intimidate, I'm sorry, but it fails. I'm not there. Have a pleasant afternoon.

      Pekkie - 2011-10-04 13:56

      I wouldn't waste a moment to intimidate a man who in one breath criticizes me on my post then asks why i have a out burst, you didn't come say hey excuse me pal, but isnt your screen name rather discriminating, no you didnt you condescending old fool, im not the only one who thinks you are trying to make up for something you screwed up in life, Word of advice, if you talk nice people will answer nice but i suppose your Apartheid upbringing doest allow for you to think that someone else might be offended by your condescending little rants here on news24, You disgust me in so many ways when you challenge people on here then back down as you don't have a spine! Rather cowardly, I have gone through so many comments on news24 and you seem to try make yourself feel important, you nothing more than a bitter old troll.

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 14:04

      Wow. You know, if you read the first two remarks I made you will see how really badly you misunderstood the whole thing. I honewstly can't see why you are ranting at my being a nasty dutchman (I'm South African) when my remark was (incorrectly as you pointed out and I conceded immediately!) aimed at people using the term "pekkie" in a derogatory manner. So really, you got it all wrong. Nevertheless I trust you now feel a whole lot better. I don't think I need to apologise, as I not once became personal. Not once. But suit yourself, OK.

      Peter - 2011-10-04 14:08

      Gee i have been following you two love birds all day, Sorry but i think Pekky is right, you started it daaivark. Pekky maybe its time to chill, don't let people who are DIFFERENT pull you down, chill brother.

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 14:15

      For which I apologised (albeit obliquely) in my second comment before the torrent rose. It is indeed regrettable. I was not just going to sit back and let the hurled seriouos insults just roll in though. Anyway, Let's try to be grown ups. Thanks Peter.

      Sauvignon-Blanc - 2011-10-04 14:32

      Pekkie I see what you mean, I too have followed this lovers quarrel and you seem to have hit the nail on the head, i have read it all again and see firstly daaivark threw the first punch and i can honestly say I cant see where he apologized, If i may try relax its not worth fighting with Trolls.

      Peter - 2011-10-04 14:36

      daaivark why are you thanking me? I agree with Pekky and Sauvignon, you a mean man! Ok guys lets take a break, breath, count to ten and enjoy the rest of the day. One love brothers!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 14:47

      OK I apologise for offending you at the outset of this unfortunate discussion. It seems to have been a misunderstanding on both of our parts. I'm sorry.

  • SKAAMBOER - 2011-10-04 08:02

    Yeah,your last holiday in good ol RSA!

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-04 09:39

    The SKA in SA has NO chance. The copper wiring will be removed in an eye-blink. Then, when nobody watches, the whole installation will be demolished and the materials used for the squatter settlements that follow.

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-04 09:51

    The only REAL thing, of any substance, that SA has to offer is it's geographical location, room and relatively clear and unpolluted atmosphere. SA's own space-technology is nothing spectacular -and even that has to be milked for propaganda purposes. Pandora blathers the ANC's self-congratulatory, vacuous big-talk.

      Barry M - 2011-10-04 14:23

      Careful - Pandora's "box" will up and at you!!!!

  • Barry M - 2011-10-04 14:17

    Has it now????? - That is why my kids couldn’t study to be doctors like they originally wanted too - because they were white and as such were denied an opportunity to study. This is why my kids studied alternative degrees and this is why they have opted to leave South Africa for places where they actually can study what they want and where they are guaranteed to get a job regardless of the colour of their skin. And this woman has the audacity to say SA has a lot to offer – these are the people that turn down a visa application from the Dali Lama – these are the people we answer to. These people have lost sight of what it is their forefathers fought and died for – they should hang their heads in shame!!!

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