Construction of a specialised telescope building in Sutherland

The SAAO is looking to appoint a service provider to Construct a new building at the Sutherland Observatory to house a new infrared telescope called PRIME.

The tender document can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

NRF Bid invitation – NRFSAAO2018021 Prime Building

The drawings can be obtained from the link below:

Drawing Archive

A site inspection is scheduled for Wednesday, 15 January 2020 @ 11h00 @ the Sutherland Site in the Northern Cape.

The bid must be submitted before 11h00 on Monday, 31 January 2020. The closing date is erroneously advertised in the Government Gazzette as 13 December 2019, the correct date is 31 January 2020.

Bids can be submitted electronically to or physically deposited into the tender box at the SAAO site in Observatory, Observatory Road, Cape Town, 7925

Any queries can be directed to Grant Southey on