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Africa news roundup: 21-27 February

SANSA seals potential long-term partnership with NASA, and more stories

The South African National Space Agency is to collaborate with the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration in deep space communications. Sansa said in a 19 February statement that the collaboration will involve technical and environmental research into the possibility of setting up a ground station in South Africa for “near-Earth and deep space exploration”. Marcus Watkins, director of the NASA management office, said long-term projects will depend on results. “This agreement will also provide educational opportunities for universities and their students, especially for those interested in space communications and navigation,” he added, in a statement.

USAID adds US$8m to East Africa’s locust fight 

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