http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.20Change: -0.02
R/$ = 10.69Change: -0.05
Au 1274.90 $/ozChange: -18.24
Pt 1420.50 $/ozChange: -7.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 09, 2012

SKA benefits rolling in – DST official

Back
Amsterdam|Johannesburg|Pretoria|Africa|PROJECT|System|Africa|Australia|Brazil|China|India|Russia|South Africa|Schiphol Airport|Sci-Bono Centre|Square Kilometre Array|University Of Pretoria|Infrastructure|John Womersley|Thomas Auf
|Africa|PROJECT|System|Africa|||Infrastructure|
amsterdam|johannesburg|pretoria|africa-company|project|system|africa|australia-country|brazil|china|india|russia|south-africa|schiphol-airport|sci-bono-centre|square-kilometre-array-facility|university-of-pretoria-facility|infrastructure|john-womersley|thomas-auf



A number of benefits are materialising from the selection of South Africa as the major location for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, a government official said in Pretoria on Sunday.

“These spin-offs are in the area of human capital development. There have been new bursaries, a number of them, that have been introduced into the system (towards the study of astronomy),” Department of Science and Technology deputy director-general Thomas Auf der Heyde said.

“The SKA team can show how international students are taking up these bursaries, coming to work in South Africa. These are huge human capital developments that accrued from our investments in astronomy.”

He told delegates at an astronomy summit hosted at the University of Pretoria that South Africa's selection had also raised awareness of science amongst the country's population.

“Its unbelievable how many people have understood the principle of what the SKA competition was all about. They understood that it was really important and it had to do with astronomy, science and technology.

“I have been told about the enormous interest from schools who want to understand more about astronomy. Facilities like the Sci-Bono centre in Johannesburg are finding a huge upsurge in the interest in science.”

In May, SKA board chairman John Womersley announced at a press conference at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, that South Africa would share the SKA project with Australia.

Auf der Heyde said the major hurdle to South Africa's technological advancement was the lack of skilled workers.

“It is obvious to me that the key bottleneck in the more effective use of the infrastructure is not that we don't have enough scientists, we don't have enough artisans, engineers and technicians to enable [us] to adapt the instruments from time to time.

“Now with 2500 radio telescopes to be build from 2016 until 2034 we have got a need for vocational artisan training in the country that is unprecedented. We have a strong rationale to ensure that the human capital development takes place.”

Auf der Heyde said the SKA project in South Africa had received much support from structures like the African Union Commission, the European Union and the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

“I can tell you that strategically and politically, this is a very significant achievement. The South African political machinery has understood the political importance of this."

Edited by: Sapa
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Science and Technology News
Phumulo Masualle and Naledi Pandor
Updated 3 hours ago The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected...
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 2 hours 46 minutes ago Construction, mining, development and engineering group Basil Read on Thursday announced that it expected a loss a share for the six months ended June 30, of between 131.18c and 160.33c, compared with the 198.28c earnings a share in the prior corresponding period....
Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago JSE-listed Group Five on Thursday said it had secured a three-year R4-billion engineering, procurement and construction contract for the design and build of a 350 MW gas- and oil-fired combined cycle power plant in Ghana. Ghana-based Cenpower Generation would issue...
Phumulo Masualle and Naledi Pandor
Updated 3 hours ago The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement surface that, for the upgrading of unpaved roads to paved roads, is more durable than many other pavement alternatives...
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that...
The repositioning of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M Seta) and its business processes will ensure improved performance in reaching strategic targets and in providing customer service.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks