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Pandor praises SA's achievements

Minister Naledi Pandor spoke at the launch of the SKA and astronomy book.

Minister Naledi Pandor spoke at the launch of the SKA and astronomy book.

JOHANNESBURG - Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Thursday added her voice to those celebrating South Africa's latest medal at the Olympics.

The men's lightweights Lawrence Ndlovu, Mathew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson rowed their way to the top spot in the men's lightweight four on Thursday.

Speaking at the launch of a Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and radio astronomy book called "Searching African Skies", Pandor compared science to winning medals, saying it must inspire the nation.

"Three gold medals, incredible! Who would have thought?"

"Everybody was saying 'why are they trying for 12? They'll never do it.'

"Three gold is fantastic."

South Africa beat Australia in hosting the lion's share of the SKA which will be the world's most powerful radio telescope.