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 Siyambonga Matshawule: Flying the UWC flag as a science ambassador

Siyambonga Matshawule: Flying the UWC flag as a science ambassador

Mr Siyambonga Matshawule was awarded an MSc with distinction by UWC  last year. In his thesis research he investigated the distribution of galaxies in the Universe in order to extract information about the history and evolution of the Universe. Siyambonga is currently employed at the South African SKA Project as a telescope operator. At the same time he is doing a part-time PhD through UWC. 

The SKA – Square Kilometre Array – is the world’s biggest astronomy telescope, and most of it is being built in South Africa. Recently, the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the SKA site near Carnarvon in the Karoo in order to inaugurate the 2nd of the 64 MeerKAT radio dishes. During his visit, Siyambonga gave a short presentation on the SKA (see below).

​Siyambonga explaining the SKA Project to the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and others at Carnarvon​

Siyambonga at the Grahamstown National Science Festival, inspiring school students about astronomy​

Siyambonga with his prize-winning poster on analyzing the distribution of galaxies, at the SA Institute of Physics conference in July 2013

Supervisor Prof Roy Maartens, one of our 3 A-rated researchers,  with PhD student Geoffrey Okeng’o (middle) and Siyambonga Matshawule (left), 2014​


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