Daily Archives: July 14, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA INAUGURATES WORLD’S MOST SENSITIVE TELESCOPE

PRETORIA– The launch of the MeerKAT, the world’s most sensitive telescope, will place South Africa at the cutting edge of scientific research, says Deputy President David Mabuza says.

Speaking to journalists shortly after unveiling the 64th dish of the MeerKAT array on Friday, he said the unveiling of the now completed star of the Karoo is very significant, as it will help not only South Africa but other countries conducting research to help them innovate, invent and tackle the challenges facing their respective regions.

The MeerKAT has, with its recent observation of the centre of the galaxy, joined the global league of astronomical research.

This is a very significant project that sets the country on a path towards development. It is not South Africa alone that will benefit. All the countries that came today to contribute are going to benefit. In terms of science and research, South Africa will be on a good footing, Mabuza said.

While the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) optical telescope is located in Sutherland, also in Northern Cape Province, in order to obtain images through the area’s dark skies, the MeerKAT detects gravitational waves to get images even through matter and dust, and at any time of the day.

The MeerKAT is the precursor of the Square Kilometre Array international astronomical project which upon its completion will consist of an array of antennas in South Africa and other member countries, principally Australia, another country with wide open unpopulated areas.

A largely South African project that was designed and built locally, the MeerKAT will be integrated into the first phase of the international SKA Phase One mid-frequency array.

The Deputy President said the completion of the MeerKAT is the first step in the right direction. Science and technology will always be on the cutting edge of our moving forward, so there can’t be any development, any innovation, [without] research,” he noted.

Everything starts from research, then you innovate and move forward as a country. This is a good platform to enable us to study and learn of lot of things and in the process, we can invent new technologies that can be used by generations to come.

Speaking later at the official launch event, Mabuza said the launch of the MeerKAT is a source of pride for the continent. He commended the SKA project office for ensuring that the project was completed within the projected budget of R3.2 billion.

Local scientists have already described the telescope near Carnarvon in the Karoo, the inland, semi-arid and sparsely part of the country, as the most sensitive and possibly � in terms of its capabilities � the best in the world.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA INAUGURATES WORLD’S MOST SENSITIVE TELESCOPE

PRETORIA– The launch of the MeerKAT, the world’s most sensitive telescope, will place South Africa at the cutting edge of scientific research, says Deputy President David Mabuza says.

Speaking to journalists shortly after unveiling the 64th dish of the MeerKAT array on Friday, he said the unveiling of the now completed star of the Karoo is very significant, as it will help not only South Africa but other countries conducting research to help them innovate, invent and tackle the challenges facing their respective regions.

The MeerKAT has, with its recent observation of the centre of the galaxy, joined the global league of astronomical research.

This is a very significant project that sets the country on a path towards development. It is not South Africa alone that will benefit. All the countries that came today to contribute are going to benefit. In terms of science and research, South Africa will be on a good footing, Mabuza said.

While the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) optical telescope is located in Sutherland, also in Northern Cape Province, in order to obtain images through the area’s dark skies, the MeerKAT detects gravitational waves to get images even through matter and dust, and at any time of the day.

The MeerKAT is the precursor of the Square Kilometre Array international astronomical project which upon its completion will consist of an array of antennas in South Africa and other member countries, principally Australia, another country with wide open unpopulated areas.

A largely South African project that was designed and built locally, the MeerKAT will be integrated into the first phase of the international SKA Phase One mid-frequency array.

The Deputy President said the completion of the MeerKAT is the first step in the right direction. Science and technology will always be on the cutting edge of our moving forward, so there can’t be any development, any innovation, [without] research,” he noted.

Everything starts from research, then you innovate and move forward as a country. This is a good platform to enable us to study and learn of lot of things and in the process, we can invent new technologies that can be used by generations to come.

Speaking later at the official launch event, Mabuza said the launch of the MeerKAT is a source of pride for the continent. He commended the SKA project office for ensuring that the project was completed within the projected budget of R3.2 billion.

Local scientists have already described the telescope near Carnarvon in the Karoo, the inland, semi-arid and sparsely part of the country, as the most sensitive and possibly � in terms of its capabilities � the best in the world.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

LESS CASES OF COUNTERFEIT MONEY REPORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

PRETORIA– The number of cases of counterfeit South African banknotes being reported has continued to decline over the past five years, says South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago.

Addressing the launch of the Nelson Mandela commemorative banknotes and five-Rand circulation coins here Friday, Kganyago said South African banknotes and coins are among the most secure internationally.

The security features embedded in our banknotes and coins represent the most innovative advances in global design and technology, he said.

The commemorative banknotes and the five-Rand circulation coin have come into circulation from Friday, just five days ahead of the national commemoration of Madiba’s 100th year of birth.

The Reserve Bank did not incur additional costs when producing the commemorative banknotes, said the governor. We simply printed the same number of notes that we would have printed in a year and we dedicated over four million of those notes to the centenary, Kganyago said.

The Reserve Bank also launched a mobile application as a platform to create greater public awareness of the security, technical and design features of the country’s banknotes. The app features interesting details on the life and times of Tata Madiba aligned to the commemorative banknotes, Kganyago said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

RAMAPHOSA IN UAE ON FINAL LEG OF THREE-NATION TOUR

ABU DHABI– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the third and final leg of a tour which had earlier taken him to Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

President Ramaphosa arrived here Friday at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE.

South Africa and the UAE have maintained sound bilateral and commercial relations since formal diplomatic ties were first established in 1994.

The year 2018 is a significant year in the history of both countries, as it marks the centenary celebrations in honour of the founding fathers of the two nations, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Madiba, the late President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The relationship between the two countries has a strong economic focus, with the UAE being South Africa’s main export market within the Gulf region and many South African companies are benefiting from opportunities in the UAE in various sectors.

A sharp increase has been witnessed over the last six years in total trade between South Africa and the UAE, with figures escalating from 6.0 billion Rand (about 451 million US dollars) in 2011 to 38.2 billion Rand in 2017, a positive trajectory of the potential for enhancing trade between the two countries.

The UAE will be an important partner for South Africa in achieving the goal of attracting more investments into the country. President Ramaphosa used the opportunity of the State visit in the UAE to invite business and government delegations from the UAE to the Investment Summit to be held later this year.

He returned to South Africa later Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Cyril Ramaphosa visits United Arab Emirates

State Visit of the President of South Africa to the UAE

At the invitation of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa paid a State visit to the UAE on 13 July, 2018. President Ramaphosa’s first visit to the UAE marked the beginning of a new chapter in the long standing relations between South Africa and the UAE, and constitutes a step in further enriching the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.

On arrival in Abu Dhabi on 13 July, President Ramaphosa was accorded a ceremonial reception and was received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. President Ramaphosa also met with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

On the centennial of the birth of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Nahyan, founder and first President of the UAE, and H.E. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, the leaders of the UAE and South Africa pledged to open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

To this end, the leadership of the two countries reaffirmed their deep commitment to further consolidate their strong bilateral relations across a variety of fields, including trade, transport, infrastructure development, tourism, mining, investment, and cultural cooperation.

To support these efforts, a business forum was held between the UAE and South Africa, hosted by His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy.

The UAE announced its plans to invest USD 10 billion in key sectors of South Africa’s economy, such as tourism and mining among others, to support the sustainable development of the country.

The UAE further welcomed South Africa’s positive role in supporting peace and stability on the African continent and the two sides pledged to work closely together in order to promote peace, stability, prosperity, and tolerance in Africa and the Middle East.

Source: Government of South Africa