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Pandor launches Science Week

Minister Naledi Pandor said she is encouraged by the growing number of people interested in science.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday she is astounded by how much interest is being generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

After a decade-long bid, South Africa won the right to host the lion's share of what will become the world's most powerful radio telescope.

Pandor launched Science Week at the weekend, which aims to encourage the youth to consider careers in the field.

Events and lectures are being held at around 150 venues in all nine provinces.

"The intention of Science Week is to enhance public awareness of science, technology and innovation in South Africa," said Pandor.

The minister said science in the country is booming with the SKA and South Africa's participation in the discovery of a Higgs-Like boson.

"We are astounded in the interest and that is exactly what we want to see."