Two major motoring events that were scheduled to take place in South Africa in 2021 have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Knysna Motor Show 2021
The organising committee of the Knysna Motor Show have decided to cancel the 2021 event, which was scheduled to take place on 2 May.
This is due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the past two months.
This decision follows the cancellation of the 2020 event for the same reason.
“The committee has now had the opportunity to fully evaluate whether to go ahead with the KMS in 2021 or cancel the event. We had to recognise all the uncertainties around Covid-19, and at what stage the vaccination of the public will reach herd immunity,” said the show’s chief organiser Peter Pretorius.
This led to the decision to cancel the event for the year, rather than postponing it.
The committee concludes that the decision was not an easy one, but that it was made in the best interest of the parties involved, and the public.
Sasol Solar Challenge 2021
The 2021 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) has been postponed until 2022.
This decision comes as South Africa and other countries are experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 infections, which would put the participants in the challenge at risk.
The event was scheduled to take place from 21-25 February 2021, following its first postponement in September of 2020.
A new track format near Delmas, Mpumalanga would have been used.
Participants of the event, including sponsors and organisers, have now agreed to focus on 2022.
The SSC consists of professional participation from teams who manufacture fully functional, roadworthy solar-powered cars.
These cars are then used to compete every two years by driving between Johannesburg and Cape Town for eight days, with host communities providing accommodation, pit stops, and hospitality.
New dates and event updates for the 2022 event will be announced on the SSC’s social media platforms and website.