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Iconic local athlete out of 2014 Midlands Ultra

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Pietermaritzburg – Decorated South African multisport athlete Donovan van Gelder will not be taking part in the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon over the first weekend of March after he contracted a stomach bug recently and he believes that he will be undercooked when the South African Long Course Championships get underway at Midmar Dam on 2 March.

Van Gelder has been involved in triathlons at Midmar Dam for decades and the toughest part for him was being unable to continue his love affair with the venue as he misses out on the 2014 event.

In what was the first of many triathlons at Midmar Dam Donovan van Gelder will delay his final elite triathlon at the iconic venue until November when the CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon returns after the event in two week’s time on 2 March.

In what was the first of many triathlons at Midmar Dam Donovan van Gelder will delay his final elite triathlon at the iconic venue until November when the CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon returns after the event in two week’s time on 2 March.

“It was actually a very tough decision for me to not be taking part in the race,” Van Gelder said. “I have an emotional attachment to Midmar Dam and the Midlands Ultras are the biggest events that happen there!

“I have been fortunate enough to take part in triathlon, duathlon, running, cycling and swimming races there for the last 28 years and my first standard and ultra-distance races were held at the dam. I also regularly stay up there for training camps where I just go out on my own on the awesome training roads in the Midlands,” a disappointed Van Gelder added.

Van Gelder has had a busy schedule of late with the majority of his focus going into the recent SA Cycling Championships held in Durban which meant the former South African Half iron man distance winner, understandably, neglected the running and swimming training.

“Unfortunately, a combination of factors have contributed to me bowing out of the Midlands Ultra. Firstly, I put a lot of effort into training for South African cycling champs, which were held on my doorstep at the beginning of February. To have a chance of being competitive there I had to cut back considerably on swimming and running and I was always going to be playing catch up to get in race shape for the Midlands Ultra. I did hope that my increased cycling form would balance this though.

Former South African Half iron man distance champion Donovan van Gelder has decided to postpone his retirement from elite triathlons after he pulled out of the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on 2 March.

Former South African Half iron man distance champion Donovan van Gelder has decided to postpone his retirement from elite triathlons after he pulled out of the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on 2 March.

“Then, just after the cycling champs, I had a hectic week of business meetings which involved day-trips to Gauteng and Cape Town on consecutive days. The time spent in aeroplanes, confined with germs, resulted in my getting sick which cost me another week of training,” Van Gelder added.

After an illustrious career that has spanned nearly three decades Van Gelder was hoping to use the Midlands Ultra event as his swansong but after contracting the stomach bug he feels that the he would be doing himself an injustice if he was to take part after missing out on vital training time.

“I was also planning on the event being my last as an ‘elite’ or professional athlete and it worked quite well with it being given the SA Champs status, which certainly adds prestige for me.

“So, I could do the race on the 2nd of March for sure, but I hold the event and the venue in too high esteem to do it at anything lower than my best possible condition. So my retirement to the age-group ranks will be delayed by another 10 months or so and I’ll be back at the start line on the 30th of November trying to keep the youngsters honest,” Van Gelder said excitedly.

His record at the CompliMed Midlands Ultra is a good one with a number of podium finishes however it seems that time is running out for his first ever elite gold medal when he bows out in November. With family commitments and a full-time job getting in the pool, on the bike or on the road has become increasingly difficult for Van Gelder.

Donovan van Gelder recently fell ill which has meant that he has pulled himself out of the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on 2 March.

Donovan van Gelder recently fell ill which has meant that he has pulled himself out of the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on 2 March.

“I have finished second twice and third once in the past at SA Long Distance Champs so I’m still looking for that elusive gold! I am now 43 and have family and work commitments which are, understandably, higher up my priority scale than training and racing and I am finding it tougher and tougher to compete with guys who train full-time and who weren’t even born when I did my first triathlon,” he said.

The CompliMed Midlands Ultra Expo and Registration happens on Saturday 1 March and the racing takes place on Sunday 2 March and for all the information on the event go to www.midlandsultra.com.

Photos supplied by: 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 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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