MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa – reveals clearest view yet of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy
SARAO celebrates the successful completion of the SKA Telescope Manager Critical Design Review
The General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union to be hosted on African soil for the first time in 2024
SKA in South Africa was highlighted during the Chinese State visit – identified as vehicle for diplomacy and development
Minister Pandor opens new road to Losberg site, meets with residents of Carnarvon and surrounding communities
US Embassy members visit Losberg and Carnarvon
European Union delegation visits SARAO Cape Town office
First cohort of SARAO-sponsored Northern Cape matrics progressing well at university
2017 SARAO bursary beneficiaries progress to second year of tertiary studies
Students from African countries complete third HartRAO AVN training school
Public participation process underway for the development of the Park Management Plan for the new proposed National Park in the Karoo
MeerLICHT telescope inaugurated
SARAO hosts Minister Kubayi-Ngubane and members of Parliamentary Portfolio Committee at Losberg
SARAO hosts Community Information sessions in the Northern Cape
South Africa’s initialling of the SKA Convention and Protocol texts takes place in Rome, Italy
Astronomy in South Africa is profiled at the IAU GA 2018 in Vienna
SARAO staff member leads 2018 NRAO NINE Program
Dr Bernie Fanaroff acknowledged by National Research Foundation by Lifetime Achievement Award at NRF Awards 2018
HartRAO instrumental in the successful adoption of the Third realisation of International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF-3)
Chinese Vice Minister for Science and Technology visits SARAO offices
Ghana and South Africa celebrate first success of African network of telescopes
Joint media statement on the outcomes of the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Square Kilometre Array African Partner Countries
Breakthrough Listen to incorporate the MeerKAT array in its existing search for extraterrestrial signals and technosignatures
Servitude establishment program
Latest developments on the land acquisitions programme
SARAO Human Capital Development Programme – Creating excellence in radio astronomy
SARAO Tech News
MeerKAT radio telescope observes a rare burst of activity from an exotic star, demonstrating outstanding capabilities as a new instrument for scientific exploration
Ghana marks first spot on the AVN
Standing on the shoulders of giants: a South African’s contribution to global radio astronomy
HERA: Building to view the past
Across the Globe
SKA prototype dish assembled for the first time
First SKA-Low Prototype Station completed on site
SKA precursor upgrade makes telescope 10 times more powerful
Paving the way towards the SKA: astronomers detect signal from the first stars
Spain joins the SKA Organisation
New platform to showcase SKA’s major engineering progress
SKA treaty open for initialling
SARAO Science Engagement
RD9 Solutions: Introduction to Robotics
DST Mini Science Forum ignites conversations about big science
SARAO participates in Science Centre World Summit 2017
SARAO participates in third Science Forum South Africa
SARAO/SKA SA hosts DST Mini Science Forum in Northern Cape
Scifest Africa 2018
SARAO and Oculus announce partnership
SARAO wins Best Workshop prize at Scifest Africa 2018
NASA Electrical Engineer visits schools in Sutherland
SARAO participates in Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand
Participants graduate from Phase 1 of MAPPP NINE
SKA AVN MAPPP NINE Development Lab
MAPPP NINE expands to SKA AVN
IAU CAP 2018
SARAO participates in EuroScience Open Forum 2018 in Toulouse, France
National Science Week 2018
SARAO hosts 2018 SAASTA National Schools Debates Competition in the Northern Cape and North West
SARAO Big Data Africa School 2018 kicks off
Carnarvon High School teams through to National Competition of World Robot Olympiad 2018
SARAO Big Data Africa School 2018 ends on high note for African students
SARAO staffers shine at INCOSE SA 2018 conference
Five SARAO electrician trade artisan students attend media training in Carnarvon
SARAO Junior engineer wins Best Poster Presentation at UCT Engineering Research Expo
Dr Bonita de Swardt presents at plenary session at Grand Challenges Partners meeting in Kenya
SARAO bursary holder wins first prize in AT-RASC student paper competition
Dr Aletha de Witt elected to the IAU commission on astrometry
Dr Rob Adam inducted as a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering
SARAO bursary funded students selected for 2018/19 CSIRO scholarship
Junior Science Process Developer wins Thomson Reuters Award
Brendan Swarts – Electrician Artisan student
Morgan Daba – Electrician Artisan student
Marthinus Steyn – Telescope Operator
Griet Tobias – Housekeeper
Jan Mouers – General Worker
Mathakane Molewa – HERA Construction Supervisor
Malissa Pietersen – Procurement Officer (Site)
Lourencia Lyon – HERA General Worker
Peter van Wyngaarden – HERA General Worker
Bradwin Vermeulen – HERA General Worker
Tyrone Adams – HERA General Worker
Levurd Vaarland – HERA General Worker
R. Sean Oliphant – Mathematics teacher at Carnarvon High School
First cohort of SARAO-sponsored Northern Cape matrics progressing well at university
SARAO News #02 2018
The first cohort of Northern Cape matrics who are sponsored by SARAO for university studies, have completed their second year successfully.
The five students, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol, Anver Adams and Bradley Bosman, have all progressed to their third year of studies at tertiary institutions around the country.
Janethon de Klerk (21) says that her second year of studies was nothing but hard work, challenging and required tenacity.
“This was my most challenging year ever, but there were wonderful moments as well. I learned from my mistakes and failures, and knowing that others believe in me, gave me hope to persevere. The highlight of my year was when I was nominated as a prospective Golden Key member by the University. The nomination was unexpected, but a testament to my hard work. It proved to me that children from the Karoo are capable of so much more,” says Janethon.
Janethon is studying towards a BSc degree in Computer Science and Chemistry at the University of the Free State and hopes to qualify as a computer scientist in a few years.
“I am very excited about this year, but with trepidation. My most important motto is: life goes on, if you lie down, you will stay behind,” concludes Janethon.
Kyle Henderson is 21 years old and is studying towards a BSc degree in Physics and Computer Science at the North West University.
“My second year at university was one of the most challenging and taught me some hard lessons, both as an aspiring scientist and as a person. Sometimes you have to work hard, but you don’t always get the desired result,” says Kyle.
He says that he had to make some adjustments and achieved good results in quantum physics and special relativity. He plans on furthering his studies with a postgraduate qualification next year.
“The most important lesson that I learned was that you have to continue giving your best, plan early and be aware of your weak points and capitalise on your strengths. Keep believing in yourself and do not get left behind when you experience difficulty,” says Kyle.
“I am very positive about this year and I am looking forward to delivering my best. My future plans have changed slightly, but I am motivated enough to further my studies to take me as far as possible,” he concludes.
“Last year was tough with many challenges, but I am happy with my good examination results – I achieved above 60% in all my modules in the second semester,” says Cedwill Abdol.
He says that the most important lesson that he has learned was never to postpone when it comes to tests and assignments. “I am also excited to learn new things this year and look forward to continuing my studies,” says Cedwill.
He is 19 years old and studying towards a BSc degree in Physics and Chemistry at the University of the Free State.
Bradley Bosman (19) says that he although he fared well in the examinations, he feels that he could have done better.
“My second year was stressful and challenging, but I am excited to go back for my third year of studies. I would like to complete my studies and return to Carnarvon to help my people to educate themselves,” he says.
“University is not only about you as a student, it is also about the many people out there helping you with advice and motivation,” Bradley concludes.
Bradley is studying towards a BSc degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of the Free State.
Anver Adams is 20 years old and is studying towards a BSc degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of the Western Cape.
“I was much more at ease during my second year because I have adjusted well to life as a university student. I had to put in some hard work because the volume of work increased drastically, but I know that it takes me closer to obtaining my degree,” says Anver.
“To be successful you need to enjoy what you are doing and be prepared to work hard and go the extra mile. A good support system also makes a huge difference. I am looking forward to my third year of studies and still hope to become an astrophysicist one day,” says Anver.
Big Data Attendees at the one-day work session which was held on 11 July 2017 at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation in Ghana to kick off the High Performance Computing training programme in Ghana.
Members of the nine SKA African partner countries concluded the Fourth Ministerial Meeting on the SKA in Accra, Ghana by signing a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on radio astronomy.
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor watches on as the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory.
The launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory was covered 119 times in the media between 23 and 25 August 2017:
In Ghana: 24 times
In South Africa: 36 times
In other African countries: 8 times
Internationally: 51 times
The value of these placements is R6 983 234.17.
Last Updated on November 19, 2018