Sky’s still the limit for SKA, but it’s gloomy on the ground

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Sky’s still the limit for SKA, but it’s gloomy on the ground

It’s a dream deferred for a Northern Cape town as an expected tourism boom gets a dose of the virus

Senior science reporter

Despite Covid-19, scientists are still confident SA will host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

But residents of the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon, who hoped for a tourism boom linked to the SKA, have had their dreams deferred.

Guest houses are empty, restaurants are barely clinging to life and workers who supply services to hospitality establishments are surviving on charity which is slowly drying up...

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