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SARAO has to date spent over R460m on Northern Cape local suppliers and contractors. In addition, R1.7m was spent on material sourced from suppliers in Carnarvon and surrounding communities. A further R1m was spent on the training of 351 people in Carnarvon and the surrounding areas. Moreover, 110 locals from the areas surrounding the MeerKAT project are employed at the site, and 72 students from these communities have received scholarships from SARAO since 2011. These exclude the sponsored computer labs at both Carnarvon Primary and High Schools, as well as a Community Knowledge Centre. The local primary school also provides internet services to the community. A summary of SARAO’s socio-economic

SARAO has to date spent over R460m on Northern Cape local suppliers and contractors. In addition, R1.7m was spent on material sourced from suppliers in Carnarvon and surrounding communities. impact in the Karoo, Northern Cape • More than R110-million was awarded to 16 SMEs nationally through a financial assistance programme. This has empowered local high-tech industry and institutions to acquire skills and expertise in advanced technologies in order to be able to compete for more

contracts during the SKA design and construction phases. R1-million spent on training of 351 people in Carnarvon and surrounding communities in the Northern Cape by major contractors. R1.7-million spent on material sourced from local Carnarvon and surrounding communities suppliers for the construction of the HERA telescope. Major infrastructure work involved the resurfacing of 80km of road to the site, the construction of 110 km of power lines, fibre rollout, buildings on site as well as the MeerKAT data centre. 72 – number of SKA further education and training funded

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