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Square Kilometre Array construction project creates jobs

The construction of the groundbreaking Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has created a total of 7,284 direct and indirect jobs. The majority of those who have benefited in the form of jobs, bursaries and technical training come from the small neighbouring communities of Carnarvon, Williston, Van Wyksvlei, Brandvlei, Vosburg, Loxton and Calvinia.

The socio-economic developments resulting from the SKA will be in the spotlight as Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and the media undertake a visit to Carnarvon in the Northern Cape this week. Carnarvon is where the SKA - the world’s largest radio telescope - is being built. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is currently building the MeerKAT telescope, the SA precursor to the larger international SKA.

To date, R134m has been spent on local suppliers for the construction of the projects, DST director for astronomy, Takalani Nemaungani, indicated. SKA SA has established a technical training centre located at its support base in Klerefontein, outside Carnarvon.

Source: SA Labour News



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