The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will attend the 4th Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Ministerial Forum in Accra, Ghana, on 23 and 24 August 2017.

 

The main aim of the annual SKA African Ministerial Forum meetings is to provide political and strategic leadership on matters pertaining to the SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) and other relevant radio-astronomy initiatives.

 

Minister Pandor, as the chair of the African SKA Ministerial Forum, will deliver the opening remarks.  The Forum will be attended by science and technology ministers from the nine SKA African partner countries.

 

On Thursday, 24 August, the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will be the guest of honour at the launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory in Kuntunse.

 

Ghana is the first AVN partner country to complete the conversion of a communication antenna into a functioning radio telescope.

 

The 32-metre antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kuntuse will be integrated into the AVN in preparation for the second phase of construction of the SKA across the African continent.

 

The instrument has already demonstrated that it can operate as a single dish radio telescope and as part of global very long baseline interferometry network observations. The Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation collaborated with SKA South Africa and other stakeholders to make the satellite astronomy ready.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Veronica Mohapeloa

Deputy Director: Media Liaison at Department of Science and Technology

Phone: +27 83 400 5750

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Lunga Ngqengelele

Ministerial Spokesperson

Phone: +27 82 566 0446

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