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This is a signal event for the country, continent and the world in general.The scope for immense accumulation of new and probably astonishing evidence on cosmological underpinnings of our universe, are far too important not to be investigated . It seems to me that it is virtually impossible to predict the scale and depth of knowledge arising from this endeavour. All life is a risk of varying probabilities and this massive programme is no different. I fully understand the serious concerns individuals have about SKA, however the sheer size and profound implications of this study , on balance would justify the risks taken. My sincere message of unstinted support to the SKA programme
Totally with you Hoosen. Science is important and all the relevant risks/costs have been taken into account. There is a distinct hint of political wingery on the part of the detractors, who are digging up all the “complexities.” The disadvantaged will remain disadvantaged, but at least some of them stand to benefit by educational opportunities, one or two children now at school in Carnarvon may wind up, who knows, as leading cosmologists? As for the tired old trotting out of the whites stealing the land from the blacks, and the legacy of apartheid, yes partially true, only partially. Who were the “resident” farmers, and where is the evidence? There were certainly nomadic Khoi (and before that, stone-age hunter-gatherers). The white farmers are descended from the Afrikaner burgers at the Cape, who ironically enough, were trekking away from British colonial occupiers of the ‘Cape Colony’. The best scenario for the poor and previously disadvantaged is the success and economic growth of South Africa, which is at present in the balance. SET could contribute to that significantly.
The story of South Africa is to some degree written into that small town.
I was so fascinated by it that in 2014 a novel about it — A Trojan Affair-The SKA at Carnarvon (soon to be a film).
Everything I wrote into that plot seems to be unfolding as if it were a prophesy. Uncanny how this article reads like a promo for the book
Don’t fully agree about all land taken from blacks. Much of the land in 16oo was unoccupied except the hunting race named khoi who were nomads moving with mostly the springbuck and ostrich
..for meat. They also lived from roots of a certain tree . Dug for water in certain areas where there were no rivers. The actual black tribes came in the latter 1700″s from far north mud Africa. The first to cross Limpopo river that settled in Sibasa was in 1770″s Already there were white trekkers far north of the Tvl. My great grandfather parents bought a farm from a prince in Transkei in the Late 1800 and paid with horses and sheep as the prince dis not now what money was.