Volunteer

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED

Types of volunteers:

Scrutineer Expert:
This role will typically be fulfilled by an expert in the field associated with the specific scrutineering station which could include: electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, fabrication etc.
 

Scrutineer Assistant:
This role will typically be fulfilled by a person who is not necessarily a field expert but rather assists with the tasks of the scrutineer. 
 

Observer:
This role will typically be fulfilled by any person; this person has to have some general knowledge of solar car events.  The observer travels with the participating teams on the road to serve as the eyes and ears of the event for the officials and management team. 
 

Control Stop Assistant:
This role will typically be fulfilled by any person; this person will need to assist the control stop manager with his/her tasks.
 

Town Ambassador:
This role will typically be fulfilled by any person living in the town that is travelled through during the event.  They will serve as the contact link between the organizers and the town authorities.  Town ambassadors are expected to liaise with the town authorities and residents as instructed by the management team.
 

Town Volunteer:
This role will typically be fulfilled by any person living in the town that is travelled through during the event.  They will serve as assistants to the town ambassador as well as all operational activities related to the event that involves their specific town. 
 

 

Name and Surname: Leandro Nicolás Brizzio

Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer

Country: Argentina

Leandro Nicolás Brizzio is a 28-year-old student in electromechanical engineering at the National University of Central Buenos Aires.

Brizzio is also an advisor on electromobility issues to state agencies and promoter of sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Solar challenge background

Brizzio has been working in the laboratories of the faculty of engineering for five-years now, developing technologies applied in electric cars, achieving his own battery management system and conducting telemetry developments. These are tested on the institution’s solar car named ‘Pampa Solar ’, which won the award for the best use of solar materials and the best use of lithium battery at the Atacama Solar Challenge in 2012.

He was an observer and scrutineer assistant for the Atacama Solar Challenge in 2018.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Brizzio is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge to get a new experience of solar challenges away from home.

“The Sasol Solar Challenge is a great opportunity to learn about new cultures, make new friends, and learn about new technologies developed by teams from around the world,” he said.

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Brizzio will be a scrutineer expert and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge, and is looking forward to visiting different towns with the solar car teams.

“I hope to learn new skills and knowledge during the event, and to also form new collaborations with the teams,” he said.

 

 

 

Name and Surname: Maria Paszkiewicz
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: Poland

Maria Paszkiewicz is a 29-year-old PhD student in physics (optics and photonics) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. She has a master’s degree in physics and mechanical engineering with the same university, and she studied a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the Lodz University of Technology in Poland and a second bachelor’s degree in physics at University of Lodz in Poland.

During her master's degree studies, she spent half a year in Hongkong doing a research internship in developing micro electro-mechanical systems. Now, in her everyday life, she mostly write programs in Matlab and Python to solve problems in optics and photonics.

Solar challenge background

Maria was a member of the Lodz Solar Team - a team of students that built the first Polish solar car ‘Eagle One’, which competed in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. Maria was responsible for the braking system of the car and financial management.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Maria wants to join the Sasol Solar Challenge to be, again, a part of the community which develops solar-powered cars.

“I also look forward to the adventure while travelling with the teams through different towns in South Africa,” she said. “I am a big fan of the idea of solar challenges so I want to support them as much as I can.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Maria will be the scrutineer expert and an observer in the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge. This will be the first time she provides these services. However, she hopes to learn as much as possible to enhance her skills and knowledge of solar cars and solar car events.

“I want to learn more about the new technologies applied in solar cars and the new regulations applied in designing and building solar cars,” she said. “This will be the first time I visit South Africa, therefore, this experience is also an opportunity for me to learn about the diverse cultures in South  Africa.”

Name and Surname: Saien Rugdeo
Role: Scrutineer Assistant, Observer
Country: South Africa

Saien Rugdeo is a 30-year-old graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He is working for SKF (translating to Swedish Bearing Factory) South Africa.

Rugdeo currently manages the commercial activities of the company in the Gauteng and North West provinces as well as being responsible for business and market intelligence activities for the South African Region.

Solar challenge background

Rugdeo was part of the University of Kwazulu-Natal Solar Car Team which competed in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge. The team also competed in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia and was one of two teams from South Africa to enter and complete the challenge.

In 2018, the company that Rugdeo works for, SKF South Africa, was one of the sponsors of the Sasol Solar Challenge. This gave him an opportunity to travel with the event from Gauteng to Western Cape, giving advice to the teams where necessary and also demonstrating the technologies of SKF to the event attendees along the challenge route.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Rugdeo is re-joining the Sasol Solar Challenge to share his knowledge and experience he gained from previous solar challenges and from the mobility sector.

“This experience will help me keep up with the evolving technologies developed by the teams,” he said. “Additionally, solar challenges are significant events to be part of. As a solar car team alumni it’s great to give back with my time and skills to the solar car teams, especially first time participants in the solar challenge.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Rugdeo will be a scrutineer assistant and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“I have shadowed these roles in previous events, and I’m excited to be finally performing the activities outlined for both roles,” he said.

 

Name and Surname: Giulia Favetti (Lia)
Role: Scrutineer Assistant, Observer
Country: Italy

Giulia Favetti (known as Lia) is a 35-year-old solar challenge enthusiast. She is also an editor of an online magazine, which focuses on sustainable mobility.

Solar challenge background

Lia participated in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as an observer. In 2020, she joined the European Solar Challenge as a scrutineer assistant.

“The one thing that makes me participate in solar challenges is the passion and enthusiasm I have for solar cars,” she said. “I love the creativity and the commitment these solar car teams have in designing and building the solar cars and the batteries. The innovations are just fascinating, and it’s great to see different people from different countries driven by the same goal to shape the future of mobility come together.”

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Lia is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of her passion for solar/electric cars and traveling.

“I love travelling the world and meeting new people, so why not join the Sasol Solar Challenge and travel with the solar cars?”, she said. “I am friendly and with a good mood almost every day, especially during sunny days. I am precise and attentive to details, I like helping others and share experiences and memories with people from around the world, therefore the Sasol Solar Challenge is a perfect fit for me to do what I enjoy while learning about the new technologies developed by the solar car teams.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Lia will be a scrutineer assistant and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge and looks forward to meeting the solar car teams.

“I look forward to all the adventure - learning new skills and meeting new people,” she said.

Name and Surname: Ivan Strydom
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: South Africa

Ivan Strydom is a 29-year-old commercial pilot student at Fly Ventures Africa based at Wonderboom

National Airport. He worked for two-years as an information technology technical consultant for Oasis Water – where he discovered the Sasol Solar Challenge.

Strydom obtained his private pilot license in 2018 and currently working towards obtaining his commercial pilot license by the end of 2022.

Solar challenge background

Oasis Water was the sponsor of the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge and Strydom participated in the event as an observer and had the opportunity to travel with the solar car teams from Gauteng to the Western Cape. He also carried out duties of a control-stop assistant.

He also participated in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge as a scrutineer assistant and observer.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Strydom is re-joining the Sasol Solar Challenges because of his passion for traveling, learning new things and developing new skills.

“I enjoy traveling, meeting new people from across the globe and participating in new, exciting and challenging activities - all whilst learning new skills in different fields including technical, medical and management fields,” he said. “The Sasol Solar Challenge is a remarkable opportunity that provides all of this and more.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Strydom will be a scrutineer expert and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“I hope to use my skills and experience acquired from past Sasol Solar Challenges to provide efficient services in both roles,” he said.

 

Name and Surname: Nakedi Legodi
Role: Scrutineer Assistant, Observer
Country: South Africa

Nakedi Legodi is a 28-year-old mechanical engineering student at the University of South Africa. She has a Diploma in Boilermaking with Lephalale TVET College.

Legodi participated in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists a multiple times during her high school years. Among other projects, she showcased a magnetic car, a project which focused on energy, motion and theoretical physics and was aimed at solving the collision of vehicles on the road using magnetic forces. Legodi was awarded a silver and gold medals for the project.

Solar challenge background

The 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge will be Legodi’s first-ever solar challenge to participate in and she is looking forward to interacting with like-minded scholars and exchange ideas about the future of mobility in the country and globally.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Legodi is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge to learn more about solar cars and renewable energy.

“I would like to extent my knowledge of solar cars and renewable energy – learn more about solar panels, batteries, solar energy, the designing and building of a solar car and the innovations incorporated in the cars,” she said.

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Legodi will be a scrutineer assistant and observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“This is an opportunity for me to experience hands-on learning and expand my knowledge of the solar car industry and the automotive sector at large, and the renewable energy sector,” she said. “I look forward to meeting the solar car teams and travelling with them from Johannesburg to Cape Town.”

 

Name and Surname: Francis Mpazi Nturanabo
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: Uganda/South Africa

Francis Nturanabo is a 57-year-old engineer specialising in engineering design, manufacturing, materials, energy and environment (particularly clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, conservation and safe use, and environmental preservation). He holds a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Makerere University, Uganda.

Francis has been involved in many projects in these areas as a lecturer, researcher and consultant.  He has undertaken a number of tasks and gained useful experience in product design, power generation (hydro, thermal, and renewable (biomass and solar)), biogas technology, gasification, improved charcoal production technologies and energy efficiency and conservation technologies. He also possesses considerable experience in manufacturing and production, general construction works and maintenance. Before joining university service as a lecturer, he had served in industry as power generation engineer for a power utility company in Uganda, as well as sales manager for caterpillar generators and earth-moving equipment.

As one of his recent tasks in renewable energy, Francis has served as a consultant for evaluating the Southern African Sustainable Energy Initiative (SASEI) project. He also helped develop curriculum for masters in environmental engineering at the Namibian University of Science and Technology.

Solar challenge background

The 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge will be Francis’ first-ever solar challenge. However, Francis participated in the design and production of a solar-powered car at Makerere University between 2010 and 2012 - by virtue of being an automotive engineering lecturer at the faculty of technology, Makerere University.

“My participation in the solar car project was at its inception stage. The project was aimed at harnessing local innovation and promoting green mobility by designing and manufacturing solar hybrid cars. The project has since transformed into a state enterprise known as Kiira Motors Corporation. Apart from electric hybrid cars, the enterprise is now producing solar-powered buses for urban mass transportation,” said Francis.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Francis is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge to contribute with his extensive skills and knowledge in the renewable energy sector, and also to be part of a community that supports sustainable development of the environment.

“I am always yearning for cleaner technologies for a sustainable and healthier environment. There is big potential for harnessing solar energy in transportation, thermal and electricity generation. Through research and development, solar power is destined to play a vital role in providing energy of the future,” said Francis. “It is everyone’s wish to be part of the team that participates in making this dream a reality.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Francis will be a scrutineer expert and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“It will be great to interact with the solar car teams who develop cutting-edge technologies within the renewable energy space. And I presume, the observer role will be spectacular,” he said.

 

Name and Surname: Likhwezi Mwezeni
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: South Africa

Likhwezi Mwezeni is a 27-year-old graduate from King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College. He is working as a lithium battery technician at Freedom Won.

Solar challenge background

The 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge will be Mwezeni’s first-ever solar challenge and he is looking forward to sharing and applying his knowledge of the renewable energy sector.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Mwezeni is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge to contribute to the world of renewable energy and STEM education.

I believe that the only way we can get people to embrace renewable energy and attract young people into the world of STEM is through initiatives like the Sasol Solar Challenge, which provides hands-on learning in different communities in the country. Therefore, my participation in the Sasol Solar Challenge is to contribute to sustainable development of the country and the entire continent,” said Mwezeni.

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Mwezeni will be a scrutineer expert and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“I look forward to learning about the different innovations that the solar car teams are bringing to the event. I’m also interested in learning more about the latest battery technologies, since this is my focus area,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Surname: Robert Kochhan
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: Australia/Germany

Robert Kochhan is an engineer and economist. He works for the Australian Road Research Board, with a focus on sustainable transportation including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and related future mobility solutions. He has a master and bachelor’s degree in engineering and commerce and a PhD in economics.

He has visited multiple countries in the world for study and work purposes, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

Solar challenge background

In 2017, Robert participated in his first Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as an observer volunteer.

After that, he joined Team Arrow, the Brisbane Solar Car Team (based in Australia), and he supported the team for their 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. At Team Arrow, Robert worked with the solar-PV working group and provided general team support.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Robert is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of his passion for sustainable mobility.

“My love for vehicle technology and my educational background, work experience and previous solar challenge experience fuelled my decision to join the Sasol Solar Challenge,” he said.

He added that, “I am most passionate about solar-PV technology as a means of renewable energy generation. It can be used on vehicles, buildings, fields, small-scale or large scale to contribute to our energy needs.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Robert will be a scrutineer expert and observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge and looks forward to meeting experts in solar and vehicle technology, learning more about the different cultures in South Africa and experiencing the beauty of the country.

“This will be my first trip to South Africa, and I’m hoping to visit the Cape of Good Hope in the Western Cape province after the Sasol Solar Challenge,” he said.

 

 

Name and Surname: Seyma Firat
Role: Scrutineer Expert, Observer
Country: Turkey

Seyma Firat is a 29-year-old industrial engineering graduate from Anadolu University, Turkey. She works for Skinvision (based in Amsterdam) as a software test engineer.

Solar challenge background

Seyma was part of the Anadolu University Solar Car Team which competed in the 2014 and 2016 Sasol Solar Challenges. However, in 2016 she was not part of the team, but participated in the event as a volunteer. She also participated in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge as an observer.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Seyma is re-joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of the challenging but adventurous format of the event, and for the opportunity to connect with people who share the same passion for solar cars.

“The Sasol Solar Challenge was my first international solar car event, and the moment I started participating, I knew I always wanted to be a part of it,” said Seyma. “Solar car challenges in general are a special experience, but the Sasol Solar Challenge brings it to another level – the opportunity to spend time and travel/camp with a lot of people that you share with the same passion. The route alone is enough reason to make you want to participate in the event, and I cannot express how amazing it is to reconnect with people, thanks to the Sasol Solar Challenge and of course the organisers of the event.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Seyma will be a scrutineer expert and an observer at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge.

“I look forward to applying my skills during the scrutineering process, and cannot wait to see all the innovations developed by the solar car teams,” she said. “The event is remarkable and as an observer watching the teams trying to make it to the finish line of each day, it gets you excited as if you’re the one competing.

Seyma added that, “I am hoping to catch up with the latest technologies in the field and meet up with my old friends.”

 

 

Name and Surname: Brunhilde Rossouw
Role: Town Ambassador (Winburg, Free State)
Country: South Africa

Brunhilde Rossouw is a councillor for Masilonyana Municipality. She is also a retired school teacher.

Rossouw has always been involved in career studies - acquainting learners with different career options and encouraging them to study further or develop their skills. She has also helped in organising multiple events in Winburg and surrounding communities. These include weddings and matric farewells.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Rossouw is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of her interests in initiatives which increase awareness of the environment, and also because of her passion for teaching and working with young people.

“I am very aware of environmental protection and very interested in the solar challenge bringing an enormous contribution towards this - an awareness to the community that solar cars are our future and will play an enormous role in protecting the environment,” she said. “I hope to learn more about possible careers during the event in order to assist learners in choosing the best subjects for the future, and also to be able to spread the awareness of alternative and sustainable energy to protect the environment.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Rossouw is the town ambassador of Winburg – she connects the Sasol Solar Challenge team with the relevant departments in the town and also liaises with residents.

“I look forward to seeing the community interact with the solar car teams and witness the power of STEM education through the technologies developed by the teams,” she said. “ Unemployment has greatly discouraged learners to further their studies. The future seems dark to many, perhaps there will be a ‘solar light’ on the horizon.”

 

 

 

Name and Surname: Das Meyer
Role: Town Ambassador (Western Cape)
Country: South Africa

Das Meyer is a business owner of Das Connexion, a company that specialises in meetings, incentives, conferences and events.

Das has been involved in many sporting events including motor sport, such as the Simola Hillclimb and the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Das is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of her passion for cars.

“I am passionate about technology and innovation and I love to challenge myself and explore areas that I haven’t been to before. The Sasol Solar Challenge ticks all those boxes of interest in me,” she said.

She added that, “I look forward to meeting and interacting with young people with creative minds, and witnessing their inventions and also learn more on how we can change the mobility sector to utilise renewable energy.”

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Das is a town ambassador in the Western Cape – she connects the Sasol Solar Challenge team with the relevant departments in her town and also liaises with residents.

“My skills in logistics and coordination will contribute greatly during the planning stages of the Sasol Solar Challenge as well as on the day when the event passes through the town,” said Das. “The town is proud to have hosted great events, we do it with pride and always offer all our support. It will be a privilege to have this great event pass through our town. And, I look forward to assisting with everything that the Sasol Solar Challenge team requires from my beautiful town.”

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Surname: Lizël Kimber
Role: Town Ambassador (Caledon, Western Cape)
Country: South Africa

Lizël Kimber is a Director and CEO of Beyond Black Mountain. The organisation strives to promote and advance tourism and conservation in the Caledon and the greater Theewaterskloof area by collaborating with like-minded organisations and individuals.

Why the Sasol Solar Challenge?

Kimber is joining the Sasol Solar Challenge because of her passion for conservation of natural resources.

“With a passion for conservation of our local natural and cultural heritage, I am excited about how the adoption of green energy can aid conservation efforts. With regards to the Sasol Solar Challenge, I am the local coordinator for the last control-stop, which will be in Caledon and I am very excited for the opportunity to represent a community which supports a greener future. This is a great event for our community and for the sharing of knowledge and experiences on alternative and sustainable energy,” she said.

Services to be provided at the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge

Kimber is the town ambassador of Caledon - she connects the Sasol Solar Challenge team with the relevant departments in the town and also liaises with residents.

“With the growing need for renewable energy, this is a great opportunity for Caledon to host the Sasol Solar Challenge and we would be pleased if the event could stop here again in the future – in order to educate more people from the community and surroundings about the importance of sustainable transportation,” she said.