Blue Lagoon – The final curtain came down on the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon amidst a frenzy of celebrations after Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi were the first to the finish line at Blue Lagoon in Durban in front of thousands of supporters, friends and family to round out a near perfect performance by the pair over the three exhausting days of racing in the Msundusi and Mngeni River valleys.
With nearly nine minutes in the bag overnight, many expected the leaders to back off slightly on the third and final stage and play it safe however the impressive pair instead hammered the final nail into the coffin early in the day and then pushed themselves to a personal record time over the treacherous Burma Road portage before experiencing the thrill of crossing the finish line in front of Blue Lagoon’s lined banks.
“The whole journey has been amazing! I’m super chuffed – especially with our discipline over this last year – and it’s a really special feeling to have won!” said an elated Birkett. “It almost feels like this is the first Dusi I’ve ever won because of the whole change in start procedure here on day three and the finish is a really amazing experience!”
“At last! This is a dream come true for me! I’m so very, very happy! I can’ event express how happy I am today!” added a beaming Zondi.
The unforgiving heat of day one and two continued into the third and final stage however, as predicted ahead of the race by many, the pair relied on their remarkable strength and character as they took on the tough Burma Road portage.
“We went up and over Burma even quicker than we did in our time trial two weeks ago,” said EuroSteel’s Birkett.
“Sbonelo timed it for us but when we put in at the bottom and he said 25 minutes and 20 seconds I thought I hadn’t heard him correctly!
Triple Canoe Marathon World Champ Hank McGregor of Kayak Centre/Team Jeep and his surfski star partner Jasper Mocké put in a valiant effort throughout the three days however they were simply unable to match Birkett and Zondi.
“We gave it our all. We put everything we had into these past three days.. We were just beaten by two very good athletes,” said McGregor afterwards.
“We discussed things and decided to go over Burma (Road) and we gave it our absolute all. We only ended up losing two minutes to Andy and Sbonelo, which I thought was a brilliant effort from us, but they were just phenomenal.
Mocké, who finished fifth with Craig Turton in 2012 in his only other Dusi attempt, was ecstatic with his podium finish and glad to have been a part of the iconic event.
“There isn’t another race in the country like the Dusi in terms of hype.,” said Mocké. “It is awesome to have finished on the podium and I’ve loved being a part of things again this year.”
Pope’s Canoe Centre’s Cam Schoeman and Jakub Adam of the Czech Republic gave it their all and, having paddled around Burma Road, held off the charging Thulani Mbanjwa and Lance Kime to finish on the bottom step of the podium.
“The last four days with Jakub have been cool but the whole journey with him has been awesome and we have spent quite a lot of time together and I am going to miss him when he goes back,” said Schoeman.
With the limelight firmly on Birkett and Zondi, a special effort from pre-race title hopefuls Kime and Mbanjwa on both days two and three saw them overcome their disastrous Commercial Road Weir incident on day one to fight their way back from seventeenth after stage one to fifth after stage two and finally claimed an extraordinary fourth position after Saturday’s third and final stage.
As Mbanjwa’s terrible Dusi luck continues, the entire paddling fraternity will be quietly hoping the tides will turn for him shortly, particularly after his and Kime’s monumental effort of immense character and determination.
A brave fight from EuroSteel’s Kwanda Mhlophe and Zonele Nzuza saw them deservedly and rather inconspicuously round out the top ten.
Andrew Houston and Ivan Kruger also put in a noteworthy performance as they clinched the under-23 men’s title as well as a coveted top ten gold medal while junior boys winners, Damon Stamp and Mthobisi Cele, had their dream of a top ten shattered late in the stage, eventually crossing the line in a commendable eleventh place.
More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za
SUMMARY OF RESULTS – 2014 DUSI CANOE MARATHON
THIRD AND FINAL RESULTS
1.Andy Birkett/Sbonelo Zondi 2:13.17 7:44.50
2.Hank McGregor/Jasper Mocké 2:14.29 7:53.59
3.CamSchoeman/ Jakub Adam (CZE) 2:19.39 8:10.09
4.Lance Kime/Thulani Mbanjwa 2:16.19 8:15.34
5.Kwanda Mhlophe/Zonele Nzuza 2:19.27 8:17.59
6. Craig Turton/Simon van Gysen 2:23.53 8:24.20
7.Siseko Ntondini/Piers Cruickshanks 2:25.58 8:26.23
8.Loveday Zondi/Thando Ngamlana 2:26.04 8:26.29
9.Andrew Houston/Ivan Kruger (U23) 2:23.44 8:29.19
10.Kelvin Trautman/David Wood 2:24.11 8:29.46
11.Damon Cele/Mthobisi Cele (U18) 2:27.31 8:30.55
12.Shaun Biggs/Wayne Thompson 2:25.40 8:32.46
13.Lucas Mthalane/Mmeli Cele 2:22.22 8:34.38
14.David Chaplin/Mark Mulder 2:22.07 8:34.45
15.Mhlonishwa Hlongwane/Nqobile Makhanya (U23) 2:26.06 8:38.45
16.Carl Folscher/Ben Biggs 2:26.23 8:39.01
17.Richard Cele/Nhlanhla Cele 2:25.58 8:42.24
18.Owen Gandar/Matthew Dean (U23) 2:26.03 8:42.27
19.Ronald Smith/Thomas Ngidi 2:26.43 8:43.08
20.Skhumbuso Ngidi/Nkosikayise Cele 2:29.07 8:46.32
1. Andrew Houston/Ivan Kruger 2:23.44 8:29.19
2. Mhlonishwa Hlongwane/Nqobile Makhanya 2:26.06 8:38.45
3. Owen Gandar/Matthew Dean 2:26.03 8:42.27
1.Damon Cele/Mthobisi Cele 2:27.31 8:30.55
2.Patrick Dillon/Alan Houston 2:32.41 9:08.38
3.Mphilo Zondi/Nkhosi Mabaso 2:42.34 9:33.54
Photos by: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media
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 email@example.com
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
|Quality of Education Rank
|Alumni Employment Rank
|Research Performance Rank
Center for World University Rankings Methodology
CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities:
- 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%)
- 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%)
- Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
- Research Performance:
- Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers (10%)
- High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
- Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
- 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
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
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 www.saltasibaya.co.za
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