NRF/SARAO PEP/20/2020-21

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Land Surveying Services in Support of the establishment of the SKA Radio Telescope in the Karoo

BID Reference: NRF/SARAO PEP/20/2020-21

Date has been extended to: 16 October 2020 11:00 am

Compulsory Briefing Session: Due to risks associated with Covid-19, a virtual briefing session will take place via Zoom for this tender on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 11.00AM. Bidders who would like to register for the virtual briefing session must do so by sending an email to Anwuli Okecha (; not later than 16.00PM, 21 September 2020 with “Reg Virtual Briefing Session NRF/SARAO PEP/20/2020-21” in the Subject line.

Only bidders who attended the compulsory briefing session may submit additional queries, if any, pertaining to the contents of the document to Anwuli Okecha ( and Alice Pienaar-Marais ( Responses to queries will be addressed in the form of bid clarification letters and sent to all bidders that attended the compulsory briefing session.

Bid Submission: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS must be sent to - Bids must be submitted in two separate folders, one with the compliance and technical response, and the second with the financial response. Folders must be titled with the bidding entity name and folder title.
Note: The financial response must be password protected and the password emailed to Please see attached as Annexure I - Electronic Bid Submission for Bidders v1a for assistance in this regard.

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The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) embarked on a land acquisition programme during 2015 to 2017 to acquire identified portions of land to enable the construction and protection of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Radio Telescope. South Africa, in collaboration with Australia, were jointly awarded the SKA in 2012.

SARAO has secured 40 portions of land as part of the SKA land acquisition programme. This equates to 135 245 hectares of land which forms part of the NRF-owned land where 80% of the SKA Radio Telescope will be established.

The properties are distributed over 3 municipal areas. The majority of the properties fall within the Kareeberg and Karoo Hoogland Municipal jurisdiction and the remainder fall in the Hantam Municipality. SARAO is currently undertaking a process to rezone the NRF-owned land to enable the construction and operation of the SKA Radio Telescope. The NRF-owned land was declared a National Park on 27 March 2020, by the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries.

Due to the strategic nature of the SKA Observatory, the SKA Site Complex has been declared as a National Key Point in terms of the National Key Points Act (Act 102 of 1980). SARAO has taken the decision not to consolidate the acquired properties. It is however important to ensure that the boundaries of the NRF-owned land be verified and confirmed, considering that some of these properties were surveyed as far back as in the late 1800s.

The SKA Radio Telescope also requires land servitudes to accommodate 3 spiral arms which extend up to 120km baselines from the SKA Core area. It is estimated that an approximately 1 200 hectares will be required to establish the required infrastructure in the spiral arms based on the proposed SKA detailed engineering designs.


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