NRF delegation conducts in-loco visit of HartRAO

A senior delegation of the National Research Foundation (NRF) visited the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng earlier this month to conduct an in-loco visit to the facility.

The delegation consisted of Kedirang Oagile, Group Executive: Corporate Services; Kelebogile Magano, Head: People and Culture; Hannes Greeff, Manager: Safety, Health, Environment and Risk; Suretha Jansen: Manager: Legal; and Nehawu representatives.

The visit which took place on Thursday, 23 May 2024, was similar to the visit which took place at the SKA site in the Karoo earlier this year. The inspection is related to a resolution reached at the National Collective Bargaining Form, which determined that management and labour relations are to conduct the visits to assess the feasibility and/or applicability of a rural/danger allowance.

The NRF delegation was received and welcomed by SARAO staff members Barney Msiza: Manager: Human Resources; Philip Mey: Functional Manager; Dr Roelf Botha: Manager: Geodesy; Lawrence Nzula: Site Service Supervisor; Tshepiso Seboge and Nothando Shabangu from SARAO Human Resources; Mogaba Seko and Fumani Shabalala: Nehawu representatives shop stewards; and Lufuno Mafhungo and Thabelo Maswime from SARAO Safety, Health, Environment and Quality.

After a short introductory meeting held by Oagile, the group was taken on the inspection led by Mey, who took them through the engineering workshop, to the 26-meter antenna and lastly, the VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS) antenna. Dr Botha showed the visitors one of the Geodesy offices, while Nzula took the visitors to the village where some of the SARAO employees reside, the parkhomes and the larger outside areas at HartRAO.

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