Skills, jobs, and social issues – these are on the agenda for South Africa's space industry. It is pouring resources into building a pipeline of space scientists, and is using its facilities to help understand climate issues. Co-operation with other nations, such as China, is key.
The sixth episode of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part television series, which airs on SABC 2 on Sunday 20 July at 9pm, features pioneering South Africans who are Playing their Part by pushing the boundaries of technology, the environment and space.
Nelson Mandela taught us not to let our circumstances stop us from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, is to become the first black astronaut.
Nelson Mandela taught the world plenty of things; notably, don't let your circumstances stop you from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, he is to be the first black astronaut.
Foreign journalists touring South Africa's centres of innovation excellence were given an inside look at the country's Square Kilometre Array project, an international effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, two-thirds of which are being built right here.
It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.