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Broken ribs and boats on Day One of Dusi 2014

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Dusi Bridge – On an absolute scorcher of a day the Dusi Canoe Marathon dished out its fair share of drama as one of the top contenders broke their boat early in the race but the drama unfolded further down the field as a broken rib, a few broken boats and a bunch of foreigners all made their way to the finish at Dusi Bridge after Day one of the gruelling three-day adventure from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

In the heat of the Valley of a Thousand Hills the already difficult task of making the trip to Dusi Bridge was made even more difficult for paddling partners Jay Jenkins and Ian Oliver when Jenkins received a blow from a tailing boat in the ribs which apparently has led to a fracture of his ribs.

Mission Rapid is always a popular place for spectators to watch the action and on Day One of the 2014 race that also applied with a large number of spectators gathering on the side of the bank to see the drama unfold.

Mission Rapid is always a popular place for spectators to watch the action and on Day One of the 2014 race that also applied with a large number of spectators gathering on the side of the bank to see the drama unfold.

“There is always quite a lot of congestion at Mussons Weir,” said a painful Jenkins. “There were some guys swimming at the bottom when we went down and as we got down guys came behind us and I caught the nose of the boat in the ribs and I knew from then that there was something really wrong.”

Jenkins and Oliver made it to the finish with Jenkin’s being assisted from the boat and unable to carry the boat out of the water but getting to the finish of day one was an achievement in itself after paddling a further 33 kilometres with broken ribs.

Breakages are a common occurrence in river paddling and today saw one of the title contending crews see their chances of a top podium spot slip away when Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa broke their boat at the Witness Weir in Pietermaritzburg.

In temperatures that pushed the mercury through the roof on Day One of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon a number of the crews resorted to walking on the gruelling portages that make this race so unique.

In temperatures that pushed the mercury through the roof on Day One of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon a number of the crews resorted to walking on the gruelling portages that make this race so unique.

For the rest of the field boat breakages are far more frequent and Duncan James and Andrew Molver found out at N3 Highway rapid where they hit a log on the way down and copped a blow from a following boat causing damage to their front cockpit.

“It was a pretty long day out there on the river!” James said. “After we broke it got pretty tough for us in the heat but we glad we managed to get here in the end!”

James was very philosophical and understood who was responsible for their mishap but was quick to point out that tomorrow is another day and they will be back out there having as much fun as they possibly could.

“We will have a look at the damage and get our repairs done this evening and get back out there tomorrow for what should be another great day of racing!”

“I will take full responsibility for what happened out there and it’s great that Andrew (Molver) is so understanding!” he said jokingly.

Richard Whitton (front) and Robert McInerney power their way up the Cabbage Tree portage on a hot, gruelling Day One of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Richard Whitton (front) and Robert McInerney power their way up the Cabbage Tree portage on a hot, gruelling Day One of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Traditionally the Dusi does not cater very well to K3’s but out of the few brave tripods that have decided to paddle in the race this year the trio of Lean Pretorius, Kevin Kubheka and Marius Mellet came up trumps on day one.

“We scraped quite a lot coming down today but that’s what we expected,” Pretorius said. “We had a few seat issues and the portages were tough but we are glad that we managed to get to the finish in such a big boat with such little preparation.”

The three have been training together for a while and Pretorius and Mellet had entered into the Dusi this year in a K2 but at the last minute decided to change their minds.

“This was a very late decision I must say! Paddling a K2 would have been a lot easier but it has been a lot of fun and we are pretty glad that we decided to go with the K3,” Mellet added happily.

The man who has completed the most Dusi Canoe Marathon’s completed his 40th consecutive day one of the Dusi and Graeme “Gudgie” Dixon echoed the sentiments of a lot of paddlers when asked about the heat.

“I have done a lot of these races and today was very, very hot! It was seriously out their which made the portages difficult and myself and Sarah (daughter) decided that we were just going to walk them and try and reserve ourselves for tomorrow which is going to be tough.

“It is always great to see the finish line!” a relieved Dixon said.

With some relatively low water on Day One of the Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 the going was tough for some but being in the water was exactly where the crews wanted to be as opposed to the long, arduous portages.

With some relatively low water on Day One of the Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 the going was tough for some but being in the water was exactly where the crews wanted to be as opposed to the long, arduous portages.

National radio and sports personality Sias du Plessis was another man chuffed to see the finish line but was grateful to partner Deon Bruss for getting him through his third day one of his short Dusi career.

“On the portages it felt doubly hot I won’t lie!” Du Plessis mentioned. “Out of the three that I have done this has to be by far the hottest I have experienced but I’ve really got to thank Deon for being an absolute legend again – despite some dodgy driving,” Du Plessis said tongue firmly in cheek.

Bruss called on all of his knowledge of the river when the pair got to the Devil’s Cauldron as they snuck down a side shoot that Bruss hadn’t used in 10 years.

“Deon really showed his age when we got to the Devil’s Cauldron and took a little sneak after there was quite a bit of traffic but when you have done this race so often you learn these things,” Du Plessis concluded.

More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

Photo’s by: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

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I heart Market moves to Ballito’s Sugar Rush Park

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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 info@iheartmkt.com

 

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Best University in South Africa

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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

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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 www.saltasibaya.co.za

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