'SKA to change character of Africa'

An artists impression of SKA dishes, close up. Picture: ska.ac.za

JOHANNESBURG – the African continent will feel the benefits of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for five decades, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Friday.

She was speaking at a breakfast hosted by the New Age newspaper.

South Africa recently won the right to host the lion's share of what will become the world's most powerful radio telescope.

The minister said the SKA will change the very character of Africa.

“We mustn’t rely on others. We’ve got to become increasingly self-reliant and use our intellectual resources.”

Pandor added the SKA project will allow the continent to become a knowledge leader, instead of a mere observer.

She also spoke about the need for more women in academia and about expanding the science industry to absorb a growing number of graduates.