The SALT Collateral Benefits Programme (SCBP) was established during the construction of SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) and objectives of this programme were clearly directed at the benefits derived by society from building this large telescope. The current strategic proposal is based on modification of the previous strategies adopted by previous managers (Dr Nxomani and Mr Govender). It, however, takes into account the changes in context and also is aligned to the SAASTA , International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and the Department of Science and Technology Decadal strategy for astronomy development in South Africa.
To utilise the knowledge, technology and other available resources within the SAAO and similar institutions in order to facilitate education enhancement, science communication, socio-economic development and public engagement and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all people within reach.
Significant contribution to the realisation of the NRF vision: A prosperous South Africa and African continent steeped in a knowledge culture, free of widespread diseases and poverty, and proud contributors to the well-being of humanity.
Large science projects like the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) have the power to transform society through education, inspiration and capacity-building. The SALT Collateral Benefits Programme (SCBP) uses knowledge, technology, and other resources produced by SALT to improve quality of life through education, science engagement, and socio-economic development.
The SCBP focuses on four pillars to achieve these goals:
The SAAO is committed to astronomy education, communication and development. As part of this commitment, it offers an education and outreach programme to schools.
The Sutherland Community Development Centre (SCDC) is an SAAO initiative sponsored by the Department of Science and Innovation to translate SAAO’s scientific and technological work into benefit for communities in the Sutherland region. The SCDC aims to: