It is billions of rand and years in the making, but once the Square Kilometre Array – most of which will be located in South Africa – is up and running, it will offer a clear hotline to the universe. The massive radio telescope installation will help scientists study the stars.
The internet wouldn't exist if it weren't for smart people at universities, but it also wouldn't be what it is today if it weren’t for savvy investors. Researchers and business need a good relationship for society to benefit – and research funding in South Africa is among the highest in the world.
In the underground noise, dust and darkness of South Africa's deep-level mines, efficient communication with the surface is essential for streamlined operations – and to save lives. A new innovation by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research does just that.
Four years ago, the head of Siemens made a commitment to Nelson Mandela – to build a school in the quiet rural village of his birth. That school, a state-of-the-art science and technology secondary institution, has now opened to great fanfare.
University of Cape Town’s Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, palaeobiologist, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, received the World Academy of Science (TWAS) sub-Saharan Africa regional prize for the Public Understanding and Popularisation of Science.
Tinkerer Michael Suttner's solar-powered Lightie has won him the inaugural FNB Ideas Can Help competition, an award granted to an innovation that meets a pressing need simply and cost-effectively, and can be grown to develop a small business.