Sacci praises SAs SKA success

Sacci says the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project will put Africa on the map.

An artists impression of the SKA antennae. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has joined a long list of groups in praising the country for its successful Square Kilometre Array (SKA) bid.

On Friday, the SKA organisation announced that the project will be split between South Africa and Australia/New Zealand.

The project will see the construction of world's most powerful telescope.

SKA has been described as a turning point for the African continent.

Sacci's Peggy Drodskie said winning the lion's share of the project is good news for South Africa.

"It should be very positive for the country, particularly where there are skills transferred."

She said it will help strengthen relations with partnering countries.

"It definitely has the potential to put Africa on the map as a continent that has technological expertise."

With the bidding process over, scientists and engineers will now focus on designing and building the telescope.