The triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality continues to weigh heavily on the country development as well as that of the Continent, in spite of widespread progress by Governments. But strategic partnership initiatives has been recognized to be instrumental in tackling these challenges.
SKA South Africa and Agri SA today signed an agreement that commits both organisations to jointly ensure that local communities of the Karoo benefit from the SKA project.
In anticipation of the impacts that the construction of the SKA radio telescope will have on the environment and local communities in the Karoo, SKA SA is partnering with civil society organisations to ensure that these impacts remain positive. Today an agreement was entered into between SKA SA and Agri SA.
beta Pictoris, the second brightest start in the constellation Pictor and the SAAO team working on the bRing project
The second brightest star, beta Pictoris in the constellation Pictor, which is located 63,4 light years from the solar system will be robotically observed for 200 days at the SA Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, Northern Cape. With a luminosity that is equal to the Sun, the beta Pictoris caught the attention of astronomers after its brightness diminished in 1981. According to astronomers, there must have been a huge object passing in front of the star, when the giant planet Pictoris b, was discovered in 2008.
The Minister Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor was honoured by theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) yesterday, with the prestigious 2016 award for Science Diplomacy. With over 120 000 members, the AAAS is the world's largest scientific society.
The Earth Observations Indaba has been postponed to 10 April 2017. It will take place at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens.
The purpose of the Indaba will be to engage the community to understand various roles and mandates of organisations and institutions in the EO domain, the challenges to deliver on their respective mandates, the approaches that might be pursued to enhance collaboration and partnerships and the development of a value proposition for EO in South Africa.
Hundreds of learners in Sutherland, Northern Cape, will now have access to practical science lessons following the handover of mobile of laboratories to two schools in the area yesterday.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, is to be honoured for her role in science diplomacy in Boston, United States on Friday, 17 February 2017.