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Friday, June 7, 2013

Pyramids North, Telescopes South...

South African scientists, with government backing, are working on a project to recycle disused telecommunications dishes spread out over a number of African countries in order to create an African network of radio telescopes.

In June last year, the board of the African Renaissance Fund, which is located in South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation, approved R120-million in funding for the initial work to construct a network of radio telescopes in Africa's nine Square Kilometre Array (SKA) partner countries.

The Department of Science and Technology has been working with its counterparts in South Africa's eight SKA partner countries - Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia - since 2009 on ways to fund an African-owned network of radio telescopes.

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