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Pending retirement of Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Director of the SKA South Africa Project, and appointment of Dr Rob Adam as director designate

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, MP, announced yesterday the retirement of Dr Bernie Fanaroff from the SKA Project Office at the end of 2015.

He will be remain as director until then, and as strategic advisor for the SKA South Africa Project from 1 January 2016 to December 2017. This will allow Dr Fanaroff to provide ongoing strategic guidance to the SKA Project.

"Dr Fanaroff has received numerous accolades for his diligent work and exceptional leadership in driving the SKA project in South Africa, including honorary doctorates from several South African universities, and the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013," said Minister Pandor.

“Dr Fanaroff has received numerous accolades for his diligent work and exceptional leadership in driving the SKA project in South Africa, including honorary doctorates from several South African universities, and the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013,” said Minister Pandor.

The Minister also announced the appointment of Dr Rob Adam as Director Designate for the SKA South Africa Project from 1 April to 31 December 2015, and after that as Director for a period of five years.

Dr Adam is currently Group Executive: Nuclear at the Aveng Group. Before that, he served as CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) from 2006 to 2012, and as Director-General of Science and Technology from 1999 to 2006.

More about this news on the SKA South Africa website and on the Department of Science and Technology website