BEFORE THE EVENT
Teams are responsible for their own accommodation prior to the event. Please contact the event organisers for recommendations.
If teams require secure workspace to build their car or perform maintenance prior to the event, the organisers can be contacted for recommendations.
The organisers will not be responsible for the hiring cost of the work space.
During scrutineering, restaurant facilities will be made available for teams to buy food and drinks.
The event organisers will not be responsible for any logistical expenses for participating teams. Accommodation, meals and transport will be the sole responsibility of each team.
DURING THE EVENT
Daily accommodation is available to all teams. This will typically be camping space with restroom and restaurant facilities. The cost for camping will be paid by the event organisers and teams are strongly advised to utilize the pre-arranged accommodation.
Teams are responsible for their own breakfast and lunch arrangements. Teams will be able to buy lunch at the daily control stops. The teams will be notified well in advance should any of these arrangements change.
Organisers aim to supply dinner at all overnight stops. If no dinner arrangements are made, teams will be notified well in advance.
The prizegiving ceremony will be held in Stellenbosch the day after the conclusion of the challenge. Final arrangements will be provided to the teams well in advance. Please note that this is a closed event for participating teams, officials, management teams and pre-arranged media only. If this should change, teams will be notified well in advance.
EXCHANGE RATE AND CURRENCIES
Most international teams will benefit from the South African exchange rate. The Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa is therefore highly competitive, offering value for money in comparison to other events. The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). Please note that exchange rates fluctuate daily.
FLYING TO AND FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Over 70 international airlines fly into South Africa. For great prices and flight options visit www.travelstart.co.za. It’s a long haul from Europe (10 to 12 hours), Asia (12 to 17 hours) and the United States (15 hours or more). You’ll most likely fly directly into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS
As the preferred service provider to this prestigious event, SG Agility would like to offer all participants of the Sasol Solar Challenge a cost effective solution for their shipping and freight needs. Please contact them directly to benefit from their preferred pricing that they have set in place. All enquiries with regards to the Sasol Solar Challenge can be sent to: JNBFE@agility.com
The Sasol Solar Challenge will provide your team with a camping area each night where you will be safe and can get a good night’s sleep before the challenging day ahead.
CAMPING AND GEAR
The Sasol Solar Challenge has partnered with Cape Union Mart, a leading South African outdoor retailer, to bring you the best in camping gear and supplies.
WATER AND SANITATION
There will be toilet and shower facilities at each campsite.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety is a top priority of the Sasol Solar Challenge. The route from Pretoria to Stellenbosch is safe, and a third-party security company will assist us at all campsites and control stops. Once registered, you will receive a “Guide to South Africa” with tips and tricks to surviving the concrete jungles and open landscapes of South Africa.
RULES OF THE ROAD
South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road. Seatbelts are compulsory, and mobile phone use prohibited while driving. All speed limits in South Africa are in kilometres per hour. Generally, the speed limit for urban areas is 60km/h, secondary roads 100km/h and national highways 120km/h. Always keep an eye out for the designated speed limit, as these may vary depending on road conditions and law enforcement does take place along the roads. Remember, adhering to the speed limit is a Sasol Solar Challenge regulation!
You may use a valid driver’s license issued in your own country as long as it has a photograph, the signature of the holder, and is in English. For other languages, obtain an international driving license before you leave home. You should always have your driver’s license with you when you are driving, as you will be asked to produce it if you are pulled over by traffic police for any reason.
Oh, what beautiful roads we have in South Africa… just watch out for those potholes!
Potholes are depressions or hollows in a road surface. While driving down to Stellenbosch, you might see a drastic change in road conditions from town to town, which will require you to adapt your strategy.
The Sasol Solar Challenge works hard to assure the best road conditions possible, and we are in constant communication with town authorities to troubleshoot any changes to road quality on our carefully selected route that may occur before the start of the Challenge.
SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE
During the route from Pretoria to Stellenbosch, we travel through different climates. This means that on just this one event, you may feel colder, or hotter, on different days. We suggest packing accordingly. September is the start of Spring, but that may also mean heavy winds and cold mornings and nights. Again, Cape Union Mart comes to the rescue with their amazing range of outdoor clothing, for both warm and cold weather.
South African local time (Bravo or GMT+2), not to be confused with Zulu Time, is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Zulu Time (Z), and does not change throughout or in different parts of the country.