TSHWANE, SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 29 — South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor has officially started the Sasol Solar Challenge in Tshwane. The race by solar-powered vehicles began in Pretoria and will end in Cape Town.
Local and International teams will showcase the endurance of their solar cars on the streets of South Africa for the eight days which the race will take.
Speaking at the event in Tshwane, in Gauteng Province Sunday, Pandor said the solar challenge formed part of the South African solar renewable energies experiment and South Africa was investing in the development of solar technology.
“As you know in our energy plan, solar plays a very big part. What these teams of racing engineers do is actually see whether they can create a solar powered car which will last the distance between Pretoria and Cape Town” said Pandor.
Ten cars are expected to race, involving 300 individuals in different teams. Pandor said the project also encouraged young people to work in teams.