SKA (Square Kilometre Array) African partner ministers from nine countries will gather on Friday to discuss advances which have been made in radio astronomy.
702's John Robbie spoke to Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, about the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
We're well on track, we will have over 20 dishes up by the end of July this year and we're on track to have the 64 Meerkat ready by end of 2017.— Naledi Pandor, science and technology minister
This will be the largest radio telescope in the world. It's the first large science infrastructure build South Africa's ever had the opportunity to participate in.— Naledi Pandor, science and technology minister
It's a global project, it's an opportunity for human capital development for African engineers.— Naledi Pandor, science and technology
Big data analysis, big data collection are a major part of the project and there are opportunities there as well.— Naledi Pandor