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Northern Cape: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:34 am
In an important milestone for the Square Kilometre Array project, Ghana has successfully converted a redundant telecommunications antenna into a functioning radio telescope. The 32m converted telecommunications antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kutunse is now operational as a very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope, forming part of plans for the Square Kilometre Array.
Becca Blond, 7:00 pm
Although driving through most of the Northern Cape is a magnificent experience, there are many roads that take the province’s raw beauty to another level entirely. This sparsely populated region, bordering the cold Atlantic ocean on one side and the hot red sands of the Kalahari on another, is the perfect place to kick up some dust on an unpaved trail through fields of spring wildflowers or across ripples of crimson dunes. These Northern Cape drives let you do just that.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:57 am
Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power plan to invest $2.3 billion in renewable and conventional energy project in south Africa over the next five years, the company announced on Monday when it opened a solar plant it finance in the country. Mohammad Abunayyan, ACWA Power Chairman, said his company was not concerned about South Africa’s economic situation that could see it downgraded to junk by mid0-year by major credit agencies.
Lucy Corne, 8:00 pm
Perhaps not so obviously beautiful as the mountain-dotted Western Cape or the bucolic and verdant Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape is a striking land of wide open spaces and even wider skies, of otherworldly light and of cute and quirky towns (known as “dorps” locally) punctuating the long, straight, flat roads every couple of hundred kilometres. Here are eight that you mustn’t miss.
D.A. Barber, 2:11 pm AFKI Original
South Africa is on track to become one of the fastest-growing renewable energy markets in the world. The success of its solar power development has become a global model for how to attract renewable energy investors and developers. In 2012, renewable energy accounted for less than 1 percent of South Africa’s energy mix. This is forecast to grow to 12 percent by 2020 and electricity from solar is expected to be the cheapest energy source in South Africa. South Africa’s evolving experience illustrates to other regions that investment obstacles don’t seem to be a problem when the world’s leading solar manufacturers and developers are jostling for position.
Becca Blond, 11:02 am AFKI Original
Accessible only by four-by-four vehicles, the Richtersveld is South Africa’s final wild frontier and my favorite part of the province. It is a surreal desertscape of trippy looking trees, jagged ravines, sandy moonscapes and lava rocks, and it is huge, crossing borders into Namibia. Visit during wildflower season for a truly out-of-this-world experience. That’s when it becomes a psychedelic wonderland.
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