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MeerKAT gets $13m boost from Germany

South Africa's Department of Science and Technology has received R150 million (US$13.4m) from Germany's Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy to install radio receivers for the MeerKAT project.

The funding, announced on 2 December, will also be used to research pulsars, which are rapidly rotating neutron stars that emit regular radio waves, the SKA Africa said in a statement.

South Africa’s science minister, Naledi Pandor, said: “Thanks to our partnership with Max Planck, the MeerKAT’s ability to perform transformational science for the benefit of global knowledge production will be considerably boosted.” 

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