Earlier this year the former Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane signed an international treaty which will establish South Africa’s Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO) as an intergovernmental organisation.
According to Engineering News, this week while leading the South African delegation in China at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor signed a deal which paves the way for Beijing entities to partner in South Africa’s astronomy ventures, including the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).
“The Astronomy Institute of China is the one that has signed the agreement, and it’s a commitment to fully participate in the process of building this mega radio telescope,” said Pandor.
Furthermore Engineering News said that a memorandum of agreement was signed between the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC).
“What’s really important is for China to partner with South Africa and many other countries across the world in the SKA, we’re also going to see young people from South Africa coming to China for postgraduate studying in astronomy sciences, astrophysics, mathematics and engineering,” concluded Pandor.