South Africa’s grand entrance in the field of science and technology takes place on Friday. This is when the MeerKAT – the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is launched.

The MeerKAT will be the world’s largest radio telescope of its kind until the SKA has been completed

The Karoo landscape has been transformed by the 64 radio telescopes adorning the landscape.

It’s South Africa’s science industry pride and joy and will usher in a new phase for scientists.

The next decade will see the construction of the SKA, together with Australia and a few African countries.

It’s expected to cost around 850-million euros.

The construction of the MeerKAT also saw rapid development in processing of big data, developments that are already assisting in general society.

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