Feature on South African Participation in World Solar Challenge to Air on Carte Blanche This Sunday

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Two South African solar car teams took part in this year’s World Solar Challenge in Australia this October, where the teams needed to complete a 3,022 km route through the outback, from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Adelaide in the South. The program will be aired on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 7pm on M-Net.

It was evident from the start of the World Solar Challenge that the teams from University of KwaZulu-Natal and North West University had come well prepared - their cars were in tip-top condition, running on sunshine. The University of KwaZulu-Natal lead the way for the South Africans through the Northern Territory, facing a few challenges along the way, such as road kill and outback bugs. The intense heat and dust storms didn’t make for an easy ride either!

North West University managed to pass 24 vehicles to drive into Adelaide in 11th place, followed by Blue Sky from Toronto, Canada and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 13th place. The teams were welcomed by Derek Watts from the Carte Blanche team and the red carpet was rolled out for them - the first teams from Africa to take part and complete the World Solar Challenge.

Last year in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge, despite encountering various difficulties, the University of KwaZulu-Natal took first place for the South Africans, with North West University coming shortly behind. Both teams still managed to repair their vehicles and complete the eight day route through South Africa.

Don't miss this week's episode of Carte Blanche at 7:00 pm, M-Net Channel 101. For more information, visit their official website on, or check out their social media pages at and


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