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Road focus shift for Marais ahead of Midlands Ultra



Pietermaritzburg – Living up to his multi-sport reputation Stuart Marais raced to an impressive second place finish at the recent Total Sports Xterra Grabouw in the Western Cape. With less than a week to go until the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon the focus from off-road to road racing has to change quickly as he prepares for the South African Long Course Championships at Midmar Dam over the upcoming weekend.

Xterra racing is a triathlon off-road which includes an open water swim, a mountain bike leg and a trail run which puts different pressures on the body as opposed to the road running and cycling that are typically associated with triathlons.

Marais is uses all events this year as a training event for the 70.3 iron man distance events that are Marais’ focus for 2014, making the transition from the road to the dirt track didn’t seem as difficult as one might have expected as he knew what he was up against in terms of conditions.

“I didn’t have a great swim to start with over the weekend,” the recent Iron Man 70.3 South Africa fourth place finisher said. “I had to do a lot of work on the bike which I did and had a really good split at the end of the bike leg but was still three minutes down on Dan (Hugo) going into the run but made up some time on him on the run so I am really chuffed with how the race went for me.

“Dan is really training hard and he has been a machine recently so I was quite happy with my result,” a satisfied Marais said.

After an impressive second place finish at the Totalsports Xterra Grabouw Stuart Marais has had to shift the focus from the off-road to the road as he prepares for the 'must do' CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon series happening at Midmar Dam on Sunday 2 March.

After an impressive second place finish at the Totalsports Xterra Grabouw Stuart Marais has had to shift the focus from the off-road to the road as he prepares for the ‘must do’ CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon series happening at Midmar Dam on Sunday 2 March.

Having finished behind four-time South African Xterra Champion Dan Hugo in the race over the weekend the multi-sport athlete understands the differences in preparation for the different events but sees these off-road events as beneficial to him once he gets back onto the road.

“Although the races are very different these Xterra events provide great training for road races because, although, it is a different type of cycling the mountain biking helps with strength training due to the changing terrain that we encounter.

“The running is also different because we are always jumping over things and running through rivers and that sort of thing so you can never get yourself into a rhythm and just clock off the kilometres like you can when you are on the road.

“The heart rate is always going up and down which helps prepare you for the challenges on the road where you feel more comfortable since you can create a consistent rhythm on the flat surface.

The major difference between the two is that you in Xterra you always have to be focused as the external factors are always changing!” Marais mentioned.

Looking forward to the Midlands Ultra Marais is excited by the prospect of returning to a venue that he has not competed at in a number of years. Having been absent Marais is also unaware of who his competition is for the event which adds a different dimension to his challenge.

“I am really amped for this weekend’s race in the Midlands, it’s been so long since I last raced there that I am excited to see what has changed and see the competition that will be racing.

After a strong run and finish at the Totalsports Xterra Grabouw from Stuart Marais he has had to now focus on the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on Sunday 2 March.

After a strong run and finish at the Totalsports Xterra Grabouw from Stuart Marais he has had to now focus on the 2014 CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon happening at Midmar Dam on Sunday 2 March.

“I don’t know the guys that I will be racing against which makes it interesting and but I’m really looking forward to the fast course and with a number of iron man races coming up it is great to use the Midlands Ultra as a preparation for those races,” he added.

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

Photos by: Cherie Vale/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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