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Teen Girls to Create Africa’s First Private Satellite

Tammy Petersen | News 24   in 
June 17, 2015

Cape Town – Africa’s first private satellite will be launched in 2016.

But scientists and engineers will not be behind this bold move – it is being powered by a group of South African high school girls.

Pupils from across Cape Town on Youth Day attended the launch of the ambitious project, run by the Meta Economic Development Organization (Medo).

A shortage of technical skills required for building businesses motivated the company to launch a science, technology, engineering and maths focused program, explained Medo CEO Judi Sandrock.

“The intention of this programme is not to be a once-off. It is to be the start of at least a decade-long drive to inspire young people to enter the science and technical fields,” she said.

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