MeerKAT & SKA
The Karoo Core Astronomy Advantage Area was declared on 20 August 2010, by the Minister of Science & Technology for the purposes of radio astronomy. The area consists of three pieces of farming land of 13 407 hectares in the Kareeberg and Karoo Hoogland Municipalities purchased by the National Research Foundation. The Karoo Core Astronomy Advantage Area will contain the MeerKAT radio telescope and the core planned Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope that will be used for the purposes of radio astronomy and related scientific endeavours.
The Department of Science & Technology has released draft regulations setting out the protection against detrimental radio frequency interference to be afforded to the MeerKAT Radio Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), should this be awarded to South Africa.
If you are involved in RF in the Karoo area (bounded roughly by Calvina, Upington, Beaufort West and De Aar) these should be of interest.
The drafts were open for comment until 6 March 2009.