Africa praise SKA bid outcome
The move to allow South Africa and eight of its partner African countries to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope has excited the continent infamously known for poverty, disease and civil conflicts. South Africa with Australia and New Zealand were declared successful bidders to host the world's biggest radio telescope ever built at a meeting held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“We have always said that we are ready to host the SKA, and the world has listened to us,” said Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister for science and technology.
Pandor commended the South African government, the local SKA team, partners across Africa, participating scientists and students for their contribution over the last nine years that helped to secure the majority of the SKA for Africa.