By Ashok Ramsarup :: Young South African motoring editor Brenwin Naidu has powered his way as an adjudicator to the esteemed World Car Awards competition based in Canada.
27-year-old Naidu, who hails from the port city of Durban, is currently the section editor for the Sowetan Motoring and Sunday Times Lifestyle Motoring titles and is a familiar face as a contributor to Ignition GT, which is a flagship television magazine programme that is featured on DSTV Channel 189.
The Gauteng-based editor joins the judging panel, including highly respected automotive journalists Hannes Oosthuizen (Cars.co.za), Charleen Clarke (freelancer) and Lerato Matebese (Driven).
Naidu describes his entry to the jury panel as a significant breakthrough in representing South Africa on the world stage. He said: “This path has never crossed my mind not even a dream, but I always wanted to be on the top and this is a true honour.
“My family members, late uncles Aldrin and Morgan were journalists, including my dad Edwin, all were involved in the media, and their teachings influenced me tremendously. I am also grateful to every industry mentor and leader that have been supporting me on my motoring journey.
“I will have a humungous task as an adjudicator on the world map, taking into account the with electrification and autonomous driving technologies proliferating through most vehicle segments,” Naidu commented.
Naidu said that the modern automobile was more sophisticated in the 21st century and this was challenging as he looks forward to seeing what the field of contenders for World Car of the Year looked like as the judging process unfolds in the coming months.
The official launch of the 2021 World Car Awards will take place via a virtual ceremony next month as a result of lockdown in many countries around the world. In September 2020 to January 2021, has been earmarked for the testing and scoring process, ultimately culminating in the World Car Finals in February. This will be followed by the announcement of the Top Three in the World in March 2021.
The World Car Competition which was inaugurated in 2003, is a non-profit organization established to acknowledge and celebrate new standards across the spectrum of new passenger motor vehicles – with the overall World Car of the Year title being the most coveted in the suite of accolades.
Denis Droppa, Group Motoring Editor at Arena Holdings and Editor-In-Chief of Business Day Motor News has lauded the selection of Brenwin Naidu as a World Car Awards juror. Droppa said: “Naidu’s deep automotive knowledge and his passion for motoring journalism has made him an asset to this world body as it puts South Africa in a unique position on the global stage.”
Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa