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Birthday boy McGregor celebrates in style



Durban – Canoe Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor gave himself a perfect birthday present on Fridayevening when he romped home to a resounding victory in the McCarthy Toyota Durban Kingsmead Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series.


The series’ defending champ made light work of the choppy conditions as he cruised past the world class field that assembled for the popular weekend-starter at Addington Beach in Durban.

“Its nice to clock up a second win early on in the series,” said the Fenn/Team Jeep star. “All the big guns were here tonight so it was nice to be able to win with everyone here, especially on my birthday.”

“There wasn’t much assistance out there and, with there being no wind at all, it was really hot – almost like sitting in a heated room the whole way – so you just had to put your head down and work hard,” he added.


Sipho Luthuli cantered home having negotiated the tricky surf in the McCarthy Toyota Kingsmead Durban Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series.


Having pulled away on the very first leg of the 2 lap, 8km course, McGregor never looked back and soon he had a unassailable lead, leaving him to pick off the doubles crews in front of him one at a time.

A fast returning to fitness Matt Bouman (Epic Kayaks) did his level best to stay with McGregor however a lapse in determination midway through the clash saw him fall off the pace and then a packet getting stuck on his rudder late in the contest put pay to any hopes he had of maintaining the gap between himself and the uncatchable leader.

Grant van der Walt (Varsity College/Epic Kayaks) made his first appearance of the 2014 series and, off the back of his remarkable third place effort at last weekend’s N3TC Drak Challenge, again made the bottom step on the podium his own whilst Quinton Rutherford and Wade Krieger rounded out the top five.



Hank McGregor (Fenn/Team Jeep) destroyed the rest of the field en route to victory in the McCarthy Toyota Kingsmead Durban Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, giving himself the perfect birthday present in the process.


Series’ seasoned star Michelle Burn (Fenn/Team Jeep) once again claimed victory in the women’s race as she cruised home ahead of a strong women’s field bursting with talent and, astoundingly, was the fifth single across the line behind Rutherford.

Danica Bartho (Fenn/Bartho’s Fish Co.) made a welcome return to the series, claiming second, with Jenna Ward finishing third.

“It was so much out there this week,” said Burn. “I managed to get onto a nice wave early on and then picked up a couple of runs here and there but I just so enjoyed it the whole way.”

“I definitely am feeling a lot stronger now that we’re a couple of races into the series and I think Drak also really helped get my fitness back up there again,” added the 2014 Drak Challenge women’s third place finisher.

With the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon just around the corner, countless top contenders took advantage the surfski hit-out provided to spend some time in a boat as a pair.



Jenna Ward was one of a host of talented female paddlers to tackle in the McCarthy Toyota Kingsmead Durban Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, ultimately finishing third behind Michelle Burn and Danica Bartho.


Mark Mulder and Dave Chaplin claimed the doubles race victory with fellow Dusi combination Adam Nisbet and Len Jenkins finishing third and Simon van Gysen and Craig Turton sixth with Luke Nisbet and Anna Notten the first mixed double across the line.

Having been pleased with the race two record field last Friday, organisers were beaming from ear to ear with the strong crowd of over 210 paddlers that headed out on the warm waters of Durban’s bay whilst scores more lined the shoreline, cheering on their paddlers, playing in the sand or taking part in the free weekly Keiki bodyboarding clinic.

The Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, takes place at Marine SLC, Addington Beach at 17h30 on Friday 31 January. More info can be found


1.Hank McGregor 33.59
2.Matt Bouman 35.04
3.Grant van der Walt 36.10
4.Quinton Rutherford 37.07
5.Wade Krieger 37.45

1.Michelle Burn 37.15
2.Danica Bartho 43.16
3.Jenna Ward 44.40

Juniors Boys
1.Keagan Kok 42.28
2.Brett Wilken (U16) 43.44
3.Bailey de Fondaumiere (U16) 46.03

1.Mark Mulder/Dave Chaplin 34.17
2.Wayne Wilson/Shaun Dias 34.59
3.Adam Nisbet/Len Jenkins 35.06

Mixed Doubles
1.Luke Nisbet/Anna Notten 37.50
2.Ryan Atkins/Julie Cornelius 38.27
3.William Smith/Theresa Smith 41.36

1.Trent Baird/Sandile Shange 23.15
2.Sipho Luthuli 24.23
3.Gareth Hazell 24.37

1.Keegan Murugan/Tamryn 24.52
2.Geoffrey Speirs/Nic Tingle
3.Robert Strachan/Sally Strachan 27.10


Mark Mulder and Dave Chaplin enjoyed another pre-Dusi Canoe Marathon hit-out as they claimed victory in the doubles section of the McCarthy Toyota Kingsmead Durban Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series.

Photos: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

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I heart Market moves to Ballito’s Sugar Rush Park



In time for the Festive Season KZN’s much-loved I heart Market makes a new permanent home up the North Coast at popular family entertainment venue – Sugar Rush Park in Ballito – with the season dates confirmed for 3, 10, 17 December 2022 and 7 January 2023 from 08:30 to 14:00.

Situated next to Collisheen Estate, Sugar Rush Park is a hive of family-friendly activities. It serves as an activity hub and the base for Holla Trails – a network of biking, running or walking trails that go through the sugar cane fields.

Sugar Rush Park, also has a restaurant -Food Fundi, a kids’ play area, mini-train, the Ndlondlo reptile park, The Jump Park, the Tree Trails obstacle course and Park Run every Saturday morning.

Anna Savage, the market’s owner /manager explains the move, “The I heart Market is a local business hub, and our business is based on the success of small business enterprises. We have an obligation to provide the best sales opportunity for our traders and at the same time create a relaxed, fun day out for everyone.”

“As a result, we have made a  bold decision to move to Ballito, as we needed to find a venue that could provide us with the security of a long-term lease, and a vibrant well-kept venue that has additional family-friendly activities that our customers can enjoy. We have found the perfect venue at Sugar Rush Park. We realize that this move is a big jump in terms of location and that it may be far for some of our regular customers. But we can guarantee a great day out to those who can travel north, and make  a day of it by taking advantage of the other activities available.”

The I heart Market has a reputation for supporting artisanal crafters, artists, and traders, offering fine, handmade goods that include jewellery, accessories, leather goods, ceramics, visual arts, décor, clothing, deli foods bakery goods including breads, pastries, cookies and cakes, and a delicious range of eat in foods. Echoing the market’s name, the goods on offer are made with love, dedication to the craft, and personal integrity.

“Sugar Rush Park is excited to welcome the I heart Market to our activity hub. Celebrating and supporting small creative local businesses is vital to the local economy and has a special role to play post covid.  We invite our customers and Ballito locals to support this initiative and enjoy the fine products.” Nick Jordan, partner at Sugar Rush.

According to Anna Savage, the market will continue to trade throughout the year on the first Saturday of every month. There is secure parking and entrance is free.

For more information, or to enquire about possible trading contact


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Best University in South Africa



Best University in South Africa According to Center for World University Rankings

The best university in South Africa for 2012-2022 was declared by The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). CWUR publishes the only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, and research performance without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Top 12 South African Universities

National Rank World Rank University Quality of Education Rank Alumni Employment Rank Research Performance Rank Overall Score
1 269 UCT 180 260 252 77.3
2 292 Wits 190 98 329 76.9
3 435 Stellies 187 455 74.9
4 483 UKZN 491 375 480 74.3
5 580 UP Tuks 778 548 73.3
6 674 UJ 1035 642 72.5
7 924 NWU 879 70.7
8 1163 UFS 1107 69.3
9 1239 UWC 1175 68.9
10 1313 Rhodes 375 900 1269 68.5
11 1416 UNISA 955 1351 68.1
12 1631 NMU 1279 1559 67.1

Center for World University Rankings Methodology

CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities:

  1. Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university’s size (25%)
  2. Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies relative to the university’s size (25%)
  3. Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
  4. Research Performance:
    1. Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers (10%)
    2. High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
    3. Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
    4. Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (10%)

Article shared from CWUR Website

Best University in South Africa’s Websites:

UCT – University of Cape Town

University Websites:

UCT – University of Cape Town
Wits – University of Witwatersrand
Stellies – Stellenbosch University
UKZN – University of KwaZulu-Natal
UP Tuks – University of Pretoria
UJ – University of Johannesburg
NWU – North-West University
UFS – University of Free State
UWC – University of Western Cape
Rhodes – Rhodes University
UNISA – University of South Africa
NMU – Nelson Mandela University

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Introducing Salta Sibaya



The Devmco Group have worked on their latest innovation that aims to transform the Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s landscape from normal to extraordinary with a never-before-seen seaside neighbourhood, Salta Sibaya, which proudly sits above Umdloti and forms part of the precinct holistic development plan.

Salta Sibaya will set the precedent for how South Africans will live in the future within a vibrant mixed-use development. The developers pushed the boundaries in providing a bespoke retail and commercial element that is within walking distance of homes. As the future home to Spar, Tops, Woolworths and Pump Track, Salta Sibaya will have a myriad of shopping experiences on its doorstep.

The new central business district, with a culmination of some of South Africa’s much-loved brands finding their home in the dynamic commercial sector.

“When we embarked on this project, our vision was to take the Sibaya lifestyle to the next level by creating a dynamic mixed-use development, where residents live moments away from their workplace allowing them to spend more time on life’s pleasures; braais with family, trail walks throughout the conservancy and estate while enjoying breath-taking views. Salta Sibaya gives you a variety of residential opportunities, with a choice of spacious, pet-friendly, freestanding coastal homes starting from R2.95 million, perfect for those who wish to semigrate to KZN,” shares Devmco Group Director, Charles Thompson.

Choose a double storey or single-story piece of land and build your coastal family home or invest in one of the turn-key home designs.
The homes range between 2-bedroom homes from R2 950 000, 3-bedroom homes from R3 300 000, and 4-bedroom homes from R3 900 000.

For more information, visit

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