South Africa's new satellite - being manufactured locally - is set to be superior to its failed predecessor, and to address African challenges.
A decision whether to acquire a majority stake in the satellite company will only be made at the end of the month.
Launch delays and physical complications led to only one experimental payload being operated by the satellite.
SA is richer for the social benefit, intellectual property and experience gained from the second national satellite.
The satellite does not have the backup parts that most do, but the DST says none of the problems have been critical so far.
The Department of Science and Technology rejoices as its thee-year wait for the launch is finally over.
Bad weather delays the launch of SumbandilaSat yet again.
Sumbandila is the little satellite that just couldn't launch.
The launch is delayed for the third time this year and no new date has been set.
Administrative clashes delay national space initiatives for three years.
The launch of the satellite in March follows a two-year wait, says the DST.
Talks to launch SA's Sumbandilasat are set to resume.