So, who is South Africa’s new Minister of Science and Technology?

South Africa’s new Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, likes things to be done on time. She’s solution-driven and prefers preparing properly for briefings and other commitments by working through all necessary documentation herself. She likes things to be in order and believes in accountability. And she hates being rushed and being given last-minute jobs. “I…

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…

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…

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.…

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…