SKA split between SA and Australia/NZ
The coveted Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has been split between South Africa and Australia.
JOHANNESBURG - The coveted Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has been split between South Africa and Australia/New Zealand.
The SKA board says it decided on a dual site approach for the multi billion rand project.
South Africa competed against Australia for a chance to host an array of the world's most powerful radio telescopes.
The project has been described as the ‘experiment of the century’.
At its last meeting, the SKA Organisation had hinted at a win-win scenario.
It said both countries had invested too much time and money to simply walk away from the project.
The organisation then formed a small committee to investigate what it called a "more inclusive approach" to benefit both bidders.
Australia and South Africa were shortlisted to host the project some six years ago.
In 2011, Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said South Africa’s bid will help train young scientists from the African continent.
She said the world was starting to realise Africa’s potential.
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)