1610 km/h in the Kalahari - A SA-UK partnership
Mr Nguvuyo Gugushe, Rand Merchant Bank, Ms Rosey Seima, Making Incredible Change, Mr Martin Reynold, Deputy High Commissioner of UK, Ms Judith Macgregor, High Commissioner of UK, Mr James Duddrigde, UK Minister for Africa and Mr Robert Brozin, Founder and CEO of Nando's
The BloodHound simulator for the car that will attempt the land speed record in South Africa was on display at an event hosted by the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor on Tuesday 9 September, to celebrate the South African and UK partnerships.
With the focus on youth development and creating future leaders, Dave Rowley, the Education Director at the Bloodhound SCC Engineering Adventure is tasked with creating excitement and fun around the science and mathematics of the project in the hope of inspiring young learners.
A guest attempts to break the landspeed record in the BloodHound SCC simulator
According to Rowley the flattest place on the earth to attempt this new land speed record of 1610 km/h was found at Hakskeen Pan in the north west corner of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province in the Kalahari. A flat, hard surface over 19km long and 5km wide with access to amenities and ideal weather conditions was chosen to attempt the record.
Present at the event was the UK Minister for Africa Mr James Duddrigde who was in South Africa as part of the celebration of Future Leaders. During his visit, the R140 million a year UK –SA Newton Fund, which will bring together contributions from both sides to support science, technology and innovation, was announced.
Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo of DIRCO meeting with Rt Hon James Duddridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom. Also pictured is British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor. Photo: Dirco
Rt. Hon. Duddridge also met with International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo to review bilateral relations, with a specific focus on supporting the economic priorities of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP). The meeting also served to discuss a number of African issues that are on the international agenda, including the most recent developments in the Southern African region.
Also present at the event were guests from the government, business, academic, arts and sports sectors. This 20:20 vision is a celebration of young leaders in South Africa and part of a range of events to celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom in South Africa and 20 partnerships for the future.