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|Bloodhound's supersonic quest|
|Deputy Minister visits SAASTA|
|SAASTA Highlights Report|
|SAASTA takes science to Beijing|
|Natural Science Olympiad|
|Community media pilot project|
|Crystallography kits for schools|
|PUB celebrates 10 years of biotech|
|Reaching visually impaired learners|
|School debate finals|
|Science communication workshops|
|KAT-7 seen as design highlight|
|Meet Nithaya Chetty|
|Eskom Expo 2014|
|SKA SA exhibits at BRICS EXPO|
|Algoa Bay Hope Spot launched|
|Inspiring environmental scientists|
|In the news|
|It's a fact!|
KAT-7 seen as design highlight
The exhibit captured how traces of South Africa's indigenous past and global connections have shaped innovation and transformation. The exhibit ended at the end of November 2014.
KAT and MeerKAT
The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, currently being built some 90 km outside the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon, is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1. The SKA project is an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, and will be located in Africa and Australia.
MeerKAT will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array is completed around 2024.
The telescope was originally known as the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) that would consist of 20 receptors. When the South African government increased the budget to allow the building of 64 receptors, the team re-named it "MeerKAT" – i.e. "more of KAT". The Meerkat (scientific name Suricata suricatta) is also a much beloved small mammal that lives in the Karoo region.
For more information on the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, visit www.wdccapetown2014.com.