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Space scientists to coordinate respirator project

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The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has mandated the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) to manage the national effort required for the local design, development, production and procurement of respiratory ventilators to support the government’s response to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

SARAO has been mandated to manage the National Ventilator Project based on the experience it gained in the development of complex systems for the MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the world’s largest Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.

In an effort to meet the anticipated demand for critical medical equipment such as ventilators, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition is inviting companies and experts to express their interest in the design, development, production and procurement of ventilators in South Africa.

The invitation provides an opportunity for experts and companies to register their interest regarding the goods and services they offer that may be relevant to the National Ventilator Project. Once the specifications are finalised, interested parties will be invited to make a representation of their proposed solutions and the extent to which they would meet the specification.

Interested parties can register online on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSU6c4IpkQbmI-VsoMI_lytNxzI5Vy_ymCxYYC28r7YaetTg/viewform

Experts interested in providing technical support to the project can register on:

https://forms.gle/5CgrisJHJLpLuJG58

Some questions have been asked why SARAO and not the CSIR which has industrialisation, electronic and mechanical experience? The DTI is expected to  clarify their decision at a media briefing on Tuesday.

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