Posts tagged as Naledi Pandor

DST to focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan

  Shortly after her appointment as Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor  called a media briefing to  outline  her plans on how her department will focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan. Top priorities are skills development, knowledge-generation and -exploitation (R&D/innovation). The minister said that following her appointment she met with the […]

SA awarded lion’s share of the Square Kilometre Array

The independent square kilometre array (SKA) site advisory committee, or SSAC, has identified Africa as the preferred site for what is touted as possibly the largest scientific instrument ever envisaged by humankind. One of the three receiver components will be built in Australia with two more in Africa. South Africa, together with its partner countries […]

SA gets lion’s share of the SKA, but what’s the future of fracking in the Karoo?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT After nine years of sweat and tears by the South African and Australian SKA site bid teams, the independent SKA Site Advisory Committee (SSAC), composed of world-renowned experts, carried out an objective technical and scientific assessment of the sites in South Africa and Australia, and by consensus identified Africa […]

SKA and IBM to explore space using data analytics

Dr. Jasper Horrell in the Meerkat control room. SKA and IBM are developing a next generation big data analytics platform with self-tuning and self-learning capabilities to better analyse large volumes of radio astronomy data. The proposed software may help automate the process of analysing antenna-collected data, allowing astronomers to more effectively observe objects in space. […]