SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Business Plan and Budget

A Business Plan for the implementation of the SALT Collateral Benefits Plan will be produced annually. This plan will set the goals, objectives and performance measures for the next year. The plan, its progress and performance will be monitored by the NRF Executive. The person with overall responsibility for the plan and its implementation will be the Director SAAO.

The full budget of the SALT CBP will comprise contributions from SAAO, NRF, SALT and additional private sector contributions. A proposed annual budget (at 1999/2000 price levels) is itemised below with funds contributed from the SAAO, the NRF and SALT. This budget will be revised on an annual basis as part of the Business Plan.

ANNUAL BUDGET


SAAO (R000)

NRF (R000)

SALT (R000)

SALT Industrial Empowerment
(this will be funded by industry and as a SALT project cost)

-

-

-

SALT Educational Empowerment
-travel/subsistence for visits to HBIs

-

-

40

-SAAO summer school

40

-

-

-SAAO postgraduate programme

120

-

-

-selective SALT research grants to HBIs

-

120

-

-professorship at HBU (only funded for 5 years, then HBU has to support it)

-

200

-

-SALT Collateral Benefits Plan Workshop

-

150

-

-SALT Science/Instrumentation Workshop

60

-

-

Public Outreach and Direct Educational Benefits
-media events

-

-

20

-educational video (one-off)

[50]*

-

-

-fixed video camera (one off)

-

-

[20]*

-photography

-

-

10

-educational resources

15

-

-

-SALT models/displays

15

-

-

-training of teachers/learners

35

-

-

-Starbus project

40

-

-

-Star Date radio programme (professional voice)

20

-

-

Science Education Visitor Centres
-development of plans to enable fund-raising (one-off)

[50]*

-

-

SALT as an African Facility
-travel/subsistence within Africa

-

-

40

Total Cost -annual

345

470

110

-fixed one-offs

100

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20

* The figures in square brackets are one-off payments and not annual costs.

Note that none of the above figures include staff costs. For the SALT public outreach, direct educational benefits and the development of the Science Education Visitor Centres alone, the SAAO staff effort (which is not part of the SALT Project Team) is estimated at 5.0 person years I annum amounting to R750k per annum.