SKA a boost for the Karoo - Zuma

2012-10-09 15:33

Johannesburg - The Square Kilometre Array's (SKA) location in the Northern Cape will be a boost for the Karoo region, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"The location of the SKA site augurs well for government's plan to build the first university in the Northern Cape province," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"In its pursuance for excellence in the continent and worldwide, its location in the Karoo also augurs well for tourism in the region."

Zuma was talking during his visit to the SKA site in the Karoo town of Carnarvon.

He said government, through the department of science and technology, had identified investments in research, development, education and skills.

"The SKA project presents an opportunity to intensively recruit and train young South Africans to pursue careers in the field of science and technology.

"Since its inception in 2005, the South African SKA project's human capacity development programme has spent nearly R42m on capacity development in radio astronomy and the disciplines of engineering relevant to radio astronomy," said Zuma.

Government had also launched the SA Young Academy of Science last year to enhance the participation of young scientists in mainstream research and development and other key areas.

There were also plans to set up 26 science centres across the country, he said.

"The centres are vital to the development of human capital and in inculcating the culture of excellence within the field of science and technology.

"In this way we can build a promising future underpinned by a solid foundation of excellent science and technological innovation," said Zuma.

The president said he hoped the SKA project would open more opportunities and future development not only in the Northern Cape but in the country as a whole.

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-10-09 15:49

    photo of him looks like ET has landed

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-09 16:06

      What about when they going to start fracking and then destroy the karoo and later Ska as they greedy gits.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-09 16:43

      Christopher, you need to educate yourself about fracking. Why don't you start with the Govt Fracking Report July 2012 (because you clearly haven't) and then think about the whole irony of fracking vs SKA (not that they need compete with each other - both can be good for the Karoo and the country), which is this: a huge area of the beautiful desert covered with an array of 3000 X 15m diameter dishes, to do what, exactly, that will benefit the average person in the street?? This versus an industry that potentially promises huge fiscal rewards, thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly, energy for generations, and, if managed properly (after all the necessary research etc.), negligible influence and footprint (compare to SKA) to the surroundings. I'll wager there's not one unemployed person among you anti-fracking fanatics. Your emotionally clouded thinking is so selfish, and, I'm afraid to say, typical of the thinking from the priviledged ranks of green leafy suburbia ...

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-09 18:40

      getting ready to shove his thumb up his a$$?

      lsfreak - 2012-10-09 22:26

      Yo Eddie... Can you really say that there will be no lasting damage to the Karoo and is all those dollar's gonna stay in the country... Wait I think not, it'll be like the mines the money goes to the top and the people at the bottom suffer...

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-09 16:01

    how about we launch JZ into space, that'd be a boost for the whole country !

  • marcdefl - 2012-10-09 16:14

    Dear Mr President we dont need such a big telescope to see your homestead in Nkandla - in fact it can be seen from space = its bigger than the great wall of China - thanks to us taxpayers.

      Nkosinathi.Sibbs - 2012-10-09 16:25

      That is for future generation chief its like the highways that were built by aperthied government it still play a major role today long after the death of apertheid. Hate the man but applaude the work his government is doing

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-09 17:26

      Nkosinathi - the highways are arteries for economic growth. They open up transport for people to get to work and goods to be delivered...... what does nkandla do for the country? NOTHING!!!!!! wake up and get out of your tribal mind set - this is 2012 - the "chief" does not need such a fancy set up when they money is so so desperately needed else where in the country!

  • Krishna - 2012-10-09 16:15

    What if we has spent R238 million of tax payers money on the SKA project,and only R42 million on the presidential homestead-wouldnt that have been something to sing about? just saying...

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-09 16:21

    Its quite amazing how hated you are zuma. You an absolute pons and we wish you were dead! Love from your better half of South Africans. Pons!

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-09 16:30

    All reasonable advice has told Government that a university in Kimberley is a bad idea, yet they persist. Mind boggling! Also embarrassing for a guy with Grade 4 or 5(?) to talk about science, engineering and astronomy as if he's got the faintest idea what he's talking about.

  • gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-09 16:55

    Because of this SKA of you, now you are thinking of building university in NC, and IT Schools around the country. Still people are homeless, unemployed and this government of yours is coming with this SKA. I hate you!

      lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-10-09 17:48

      The government was already proposed of building university in Northern Cape and Mpumalanga,you dont know or you forget.

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