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Pandor to spend R2bn on research

Naledi Pandor said almost R2 billion of her department's budget would go towards research projects.

SKA satellites in Karoo
Naledi Pandor,Derek Hanekom,SKA board,Department of Science and Technology
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CAPE TOWN - Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday said almost R2 billion of her department's budget would go towards research projects.

Pandor told a media briefing at Parliament earlier that her department would receive R4.96 billion for the 2012/13 financial year.

She said the km² array radio telescope bid remained an important focus of her department.

The SKA board will meeting next week to consider the report of the scientific working group, established in April.

Pandor said there should be a decision on which country gets the bid by the end of June.

If the decision is not made, the minister said she would throw her toys out of the cot.

South Africa is up against Australia in the bid to host the R20 billion project.

The site of the project will be in the Karoo.

Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom said the delay in decision making has been frustrating, but he remains confident the country will meet all the requirements.

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