Talking science communication in Cape Town

Scientists and communicators from across the world and the across the scientific spectrum came together on the 28th of August when ScienceLink hosted their second SciCommunity event, at which scientists in Cape Town could meet, network and discuss science communication with the writer, public speaker and international science communicator, Alaina Levine.There are currently very few…

2017 SCIENCE BUDGET GOES UP, BUT THE MONEY BUYS LESS

Analysis On paper, South Africa’s science and technology budget continues to edge up. On Wednesday, finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his national budget to Parliament, sharing out the country’s R1.56-trillion. The department of science and technology’s budget’s looks set to continue to increase: From R7,44-billion in 2015-16, and R7,43-billion in 2016-17,  it will be hitting…

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.…

Die seun van Soweto en die ‘SKA-babas’

CARNARVON. – Min mense kan sê hulle is ’n teleskoop-operateur. Kabelo Montshiwa (29), wat in Soweto grootgeword het en nou in die Moederstad woon, kan egter met trots sê hy is een van die MeerKAT-teleskoop­operateurs. En al staan daar tans nog net vier van dié reuse-radioskottel­antennas op die Square Kilometre Array-terrein, 85 km van Carnarvon, sal…