Johannesburg - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project will provide
work opportunities in the Northern Cape, the provincial government said
"This gigantic project has and will create both direct
and indirect opportunities for the people and businesses in the region
and province as a whole," said spokesman Monwabisi Nkompela.
This especially applied to the youth, who would get an
opportunity to pursue skills in the fields of science, engineering,
technology, and artisanry.
Nkompela said jobs would be created through projects
emerging from the SKA, such as an anticipated tourism boom, construction
of roads and other related projects.
"We need to further highlight that the greater part of
the telescope has been allocated to the South African site, due to the
ideal and excellent environmental conditions."
He said the Northern Cape had proved that it had the
potential to be an astronomy hub, where various scientific accolades
could be achieved.
"We have no doubt that the SKA [South Africa] team will
continue to amaze the science world on what it is capable of," Nkompela
The SKA board announced on Friday that South Africa would share the SKA location with Australia.
The SKA will be 50 times more sensitive than the
current most powerful radio telescopes. Scientists hope the SKA project
will provide answers about the universe, such as how it started and why
it is expanding.
Australia's core site will be the Mileura station, about 100 kilometres west of Meekathara in western Australia.
South Africa's main site will be outside Carnarvon in
the Karoo. Satellite dishes for the project will stretch across south
and east Africa.