Science and technology
More than two decades ago, Safari-1 was the first nuclear research reactor in the world to turn
its back on weapons grade fuel. Leading the Atoms for Peace charge, South Africa is the only
country to give up nuclear weapons in favour of science. Safari-1 turned 50 this month.
Phase One of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), with a budget of €650-million, comprises two
complementary world-class instruments – one in South Africa and one in Australia. The project to
build the world's largest telescope will deliver "exciting and transformational science", SKA says.
The Square Kilometre Array will contribute to Africa's efforts to build innovation-led,
knowledge-based economies, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. It fits into
African Union's Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and is developing a new
cohort of young scientists.
IBM plans to expand its global research network into South Africa by establishing a research lab in
Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The lab will focus on advancing big data, cloud computing
and mobile technologies.
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