Young Space Activities Overview in the South Africa
In 2011, South Africa hosted the 10th annual Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Cape Town, South Africa which brought together 130 delegates from 42 countries. At the time, a Space Suit Walk was also held around Cape Town city centre to raise local awareness of events such as the SGC and IAC, but also space activities in South Africa more generally. Since then, the South African NPoC’s, and local space enthusiasts, have continued to organise annual and one-off events to both provide networking opportunities for the local space professionals and students, as well as to raise awareness more generally though outreach activities. Ongoing events include:
- Since 2017, annual Yuri’s night quizzes have been held in April to commemorate the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin. This event has provided a fantastic way to get space enthusiasts together.
- Additionally, annual outreach events have also been organised during the World Space Week in October and these have included astronomy outreaches in rural KwaZulu-Natal to participating in the hosting of a Space Day which saw 300 learners from underprivileged schools treated to a full day of space related workshops and presentations in Stellenbosch to name but a few.
- Lastly, in 2019, a bimonthly (every two months) get together was started for students and space professionals in the Cape Town/ Stellenbosch area as a means of increasing networking opportunities.
If you have any ideas for other events/networking/ outreach opportunities, please let me know.