On behalf of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP), the SAIP council would like to congratulate Dr Rob Adam and his entire team at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) on the official launch of the MeerKAT radio telescope in Carnarvon, Northern Cape, the country’s precursor to the mid frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
The SAIP notes with delight that physicists and astronomers from within its membership are actively involved in MeerKAT and SKA science. Results from MeerKAT related projects are already being presented at various research conferences and schools organised under the auspices of the SAIP, contributing to the collective Human Capital Development and Knowledge Generation in science in South Africa and globally.
The SAIP would like to give a vote of thanks to the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for its vision, dedication and contribution to building world class physics and astronomy infrastructure in South Africa.
The MeerKAT telescope will have a transformational impact. It will unlock the elusive mysteries of the African sky to inspire the next generation of South African physicists and astronomers. It will foster greater international collaborations between South African, African and International astronomers and physicists. And it will nurture a burgeoning industry in data science.
Finally, the SAIP wishes the entire SARAO team and the MeerKAT research community tremendous success, great science and ground-breaking discoveries from the MeerKAT radio telescope and the SKA.
Prof. Patrick Woudt
President: South African Institute of Physics