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I-MeerKAT Ithola Obekungaziwa eMkhathini

UMSHINI wokucwaninga izinkanyezi ozoba omkhulu kunayo yonke emhlabeni uvulwe ngokomthetho esifundazweni se-Northern Cape ngoMgqibelo odlule. Lomshini wakhiwa abacwaningi nonjiniyela bakhona la eNingizimu Afrika. Ukuvulwa kwalomshini kuhambisane nomcimbi obukade unalabo bezindaba kanye nongqongqoshe abaningi. Lomshini osebenzisa amagagasi omsakazo ukucwaninga umkhathi uzoba nezindishi ezingama-64 kodwa okwamanje zisawu-16. Izindishi lezi zibukeka ziphinde zisebenze njengalezi ezitholakala ezindlini ezinenhlanhla yokuba…

The “Offset Gregorian” type antenna stands among 15 others that form part of the current configuration of the MeerKAT telescope. Photo: Sibusiso Biyela.

MeerKAT Puts South Africa on the Map

  TOP government officials bore witness to the launch of what is on its way to being the most powerful telescope in the world. The weekend saw the unveiling of 16 new antennas at the SKA site near Carnarvon with amazing science to boot. The MeerKAT team, in conjunction with the Department of Science and…

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Between science and society: Northern Cape communities struggle with the telescope in their backyards

“Will the SKA affect pregnancies in the area?” The question comes in Afrikaans, in a rough voice belonging to someone who has lived a much longer, harder life than this middle-aged man appears to have lived. We’re in Vanwyksvlei, in the Northern Cape. Outside the last light is draining from the timeless Hantam Karoo landscape.…

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South African science is making its mark – but still has a way to go

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. South Africa is fortunate to boast excellence in a large number…

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Government links innovators and business

Government is trying to close the gap between innovation and businesses, with the introduction of the “innovation bridge”. Tuesday marks day one of South Africa’s first “innovation bridge” in Pretoria, a Department of Science and Technology event to match-make innovators with business. While a lot of innovation and research & development (R&D) takes place in South…

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SA, UK spearhead R500-million fund for joint scientific research

Scientific partnerships are about “finding things that matter to both our societies”, Professor Robin Grimes, chief scientific adviser in the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told the Mail & Guardian ahead of the launch of the Newton Fund. Both the UK and South Africa have pledged R500-million over the next four years to the Newton…