SA should be proud of SKA - Zuma

In a powerful show of political support, President Jacob Zuma visited the site of the SKA project.

President Jacob Zuma visits the SKA sites in the Karoo. Picture: GCIS.

KAROO - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said South Africa is now a global player in the field of science with its lion's share in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Earlier, the president flew to the Karoo in the Northern Cape to visit the site, four months after the country was awarded the right to host a large part of the project.

The SKA will become the world's most powerful telescope.

Zuma did not hide his amazement at how much science will be done in a desolate place.

"I never thought development could take place in the middle of nowhere."

He said local residents and South Africans have a lot to be proud of.

"We have made it as a country in terms of really participating in studying and understanding the universe."

Zuma's visit was a powerful show of political support at a time when agreements are being forged over the financing and running of the SKA project.