Sep 27, 2012
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Seven locally-built and two internationally-constructed solar-powered vehicles, as well as four other vehicles, known as the technology fleet, such as hybrid- and electric-powered vehicles, travelled over 5 000 km throughout South Africa over an 11-day period.
Local teams included first time entrant Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Johannesburg, competing against two-time Solar champions, Japan-based Tokai University, as well as former Tokai driver Kenjiro Shinozuka, with his own team.
The other competing academic institutions, besides others, were the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Tshwane University of Technology, the University of Witwatersrand and the North West University.
Race director Winstone Jordaan, NMMU team leader Matthew Fish and UJ mechanical engineer Nickey Janse van Rensburg tell us more:
Race director Winstone Jordaan
UJ mechanical engineer Nickey Janse van Rensburg
NMMU team leader Matthew Fish
Shannon de Ryhove:
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has committed State-owned Companies Transnet and Eskom to playing their part in raising the long-term competitiveness of South Africa’s automotive industry and has also promised to facilitate near-term deals that will alleviate constraints to further growth and investment, including the divisive issue of port charges.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba
Enduring structural inequality, a remnant of the apartheid State, has continued to present the most marginalised of South African society with a major barrier to entry into the micro- enterprise and informal sectors.
Adviser in The Presidency Kate Philip
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