[FPSPACE] latest South African budget

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Fri May 19 11:09:04 EDT 2017

Dear Zeger,

   all state depts have been cut across the board due to a budget &
financial squeeze. I hope my country pulls out of this in a few years. Such
funds as are available for space have been earmarked for the Square
Kilometre Array, which enjoys absolute priority over everything else.  This
is getting ZAR 800 million this year, to compete the 64 dishes of Meerkat.
We still wait for the overseas northern partners to pay up their share.....

yours in hope,  Keith.

On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Zeger Nuyens <dokter.nuyens at telenet.be>

> Keith Gottschalk wrote:
> The latest South African budget for 2017-18 granted the South African
>> Space Agency ZAR 131 million. That leaves little after paying salaries  :(
> Sad news indeed.
> Are you telling us the South African space effort is drying up faster than
> the Kalahari desert?
> Isn't there one tiny bit of hope?
> Zeger


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