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Young SA Slalom stars make history Down Under

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Durban – Up and coming slalom paddlers Don Wewege and Brandon Orpwood have made history by becoming the first South African paddlers to race into the semi-finals of the ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships.

Paddling on the demanding 300m long manmade Olympic course at Penrith outside Sydney in Australia, Wewege from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg finished 36th in the Men’s K1 U23 and Orpwood from Maritzburg College finished 34th in Junior Men K1.

Don Wewege will aim to qualify for the K1 and C1 Under 23 semi-finals at the junior and Under 23 Slalom canoeing World Championships at Penrith outside Sydney. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

Don Wewege will aim to qualify for the K1 and C1 Under 23 semi-finals at the junior and Under 23 Slalom canoeing World Championships at Penrith outside Sydney. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

The scores are taken as the best of two runs in the heats, and have advanced both men to the semifinal stages for the first time, which start at 2am South African time on Friday morning for Wewege (Second Skins/Maxpaddle) and in the junior ranks at 2am on Saturday morning for Orpwood (Maritzburg College).

Unusually, Wewege will be back on the water later in the week attempting to paddle into the men’s C1 semi-finals well.

“It is a little easier to get into the C1 (kneeling class kayak) semi-finals but it is all about getting as much time and experience on the water during big international competitions,” said Wewege.

Don Wewege raced into the semi-finals of the Under 23 men's K1 competitions at the Junior and under 23 World Championships in Penrith, Australia. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

Don Wewege raced into the semi-finals of the Under 23 men’s K1 competitions at the Junior and under 23 World Championships in Penrith, Australia. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

“The course is a tough one, with some very unique technical features that will be game breakers on race day,” said Wewege.

“Due to the lack of such world class facilities in South Africa, we have been hard at work to try and get as much time on the water in,” he added.

Both athletes are part of the International Canoe Federation’s Talent Identification program and are provided with some of the worlds’ best coaches while in Australia to help them achieve high results.

The racing will be covered by streaming video www.123result.com during the whole competition.

Maritzburg College schoolboy Brandon Orpwood made history by becoming the first South African junior to make the semi-finals at the ICF Junior Slalom World Championships in Australia. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

Maritzburg College schoolboy Brandon Orpwood made history by becoming the first South African junior to make the semi-finals at the ICF Junior Slalom World Championships in Australia. Photo: Dave Macleod/ 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, dĂ©cor, 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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