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SA Enters Astronomy Institute

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SA has joined the international JIVE radio astronomy institute

A new partnership between Europe and SA has been forged through the international JIVE radio astronomy research institute.

This is according to the National Research Foundation (NRF), who officially announced South Africa’s entry into the international JIVE (Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry) radio astronomy institute on Sunday 13 May.

Dr Gansen Pillay, deputy CEO of the NRF, said SA’s entry into the institute marked a new level of partnership between South Africa and Europe in terms of science.

“It is expected to act as an additional mechanism in promoting the growth of science in South Africa, with developmental benefits well beyond the field of radio astronomy,” said Dr Pillay.

He added that South Africa’s data contributions to Europe through the Hartebeesthoek Observatory and newly-built radio astronomy facility in the Karoo were recognised by the institution.

“We are most excited that this collaboration will aid in promoting South Africa’s commitment to the science of astronomy and forge more international science relations,” he said.

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