Tuesday, 26 October 2010

My Brother's List of Links About South African News

Every so often my brother sends me a list of links with news related to South Africa. I found the most recent list quite interesting.

The first was a rant by a News24 reader about more tolls roads and less press freedom. A columnist in News24's Finance section wrote about Black Economic Empowerment and how it is changing; changing, we hope, for the better. In the past, BEE had been a nepotistic enrichment of a select group of black people, that benefit the average previously disadvantaged South African very little. A new system is dearly required. Brian Dames, the CEO of Eskom, South Africa's chief electricity supplier announced that there is bound to be more blackouts and electricity shortages next year. The good news is that South Africa unveiled plans to build the world's largest solar power plant, which may start contributing to the power grid by then end of 2012. Finally, MeerKAT, the radio telescope consisting of 64 Gregorian offset antennae is currently being build in the Karoo, and will be one of the world's most powerful radio telescopes. Scientists from everywhere are already standing in line to book research time on it, even though completion is most likely only going to be in about five years.

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