The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, is awaiting a report from Prof JCW van Rooyen SC, who was tasked to conduct hearings on the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area(KCAAA).

The regulations aim to protect the declared KCAAA in the Northern Cape from any harmful radio frequency and electromagnetic interferences.


The Minister published a notice calling for public hearings in terms of the AGA Act in the Government Gazette on 20 August 2016. The hearings allowed interested or affected parties to make oral presentations or objections to the Minister. The oral presentations or objections were preceded by written representations received on the published regulations.


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is constructing the world’s large radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in the region. One of the most important requirements of the project, is to ensure that no harmful radio frequency and electromagnetic interferences with the activities of the telescope.


Public hearings were held in Pretoria on 13 October at the CSIR Convention Centre and in Carnarvon on 20 October in the SASSA hall. All presentations were made to Prof van Rooyen for his consideration, whether they were presented orally at the public hearings or not. Information on earlier meetings held by the Department with members of the community were also handed to him for consideration.


Once the Minister receives the report she will communicate her intentions on the draft regulations to all registered interested and affected parties. 


The Minister expresses her gratitude to all interested and affected parties that participated during these processes.


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.



Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director: Astronomy

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