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.
The NRF welcomes Dr Rob Adam as Project Director at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA SA), taking over the reins from Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who retired at the end of December 2015.
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).
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.
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.