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Inauguration of MeerLICHT Telescope

A new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

MeerLICHT, which means “more light” in Dutch, is an optical telescope that will simultaneously scan the Southern Skies together with MeerKAT. This creates a truly unique combination where astronomers will always be studying stars and galaxies in two parts of the spectrum at the same time.

SARAO and SAEON sign Environmental Management Plan for SKA

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which are National Research Facilities managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), signed a three-year Memorandum of Agreement to implement the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the SKA project in South Africa. 

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NMISA to provide accurate time reference signals to SKA's MeerKAT

SKA South Africa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) to upgrade the time reference from ~5000 ns to cutting edge accuracy of ~4 ns – by a factor of over 1000. Timing accuracy of a few nanoseconds (ns) is necessary to do sensitive measurements as is required in astronomy (a nanosecond is a billionth of a second).

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SKA Director, Dr Bernie Fanaroff, to retire

Pending retirement of Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Director of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Project, and appointment of Dr Rob Adam as director designate

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, MP, wishes to announce the retirement of Dr Bernie Fanaroff from the SKA Project Office at the end of 2015.

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Strengthening and Funding STI for Africa

As side-events to the seminal US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, the leadership of the US National Academies, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York co-hosted leaders from the African science academies, national research foundations and their partners.

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