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Trail treat in store for 2014 Howick MTB riders

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Howick – The popular Sappi Howick MTB Classic is once again set to offer the hundreds expected to head to the KZN Midlands’ event a memorable adventure through the renowned forests and trails of the region when this year’s event takes place on Sunday 1 June.

Hosted by the Howick Mountain Biking Club, the event is known for its large dose of world class single track whilst also offering a true, raw mountain biking experience without the frills and fuss of overly manicured trails.

“We live by and are very proud of our ‘raw and unplugged mountain biking’ motto,” explained race director Gordon beard.

“The 40km route of the Sappi Howick MTB Classic is a challenging route but a lot of fun and all the trails are in excellent condition at the moment!”

The event’s premier race, the 40km Sappi Howick MTB Classic, is unashamedly a tough test however it is still manageable for the regular MTB rider and both the views and cycling obstacles offer great reward throughout.

Kim Swart enjoys one of the countless stretches of single track heaven through Sappi's plantations during the 2013 Sappi Howick MTB Classic and this year's race on Sunday 1 June is set to offer participants a staggering 70% of the 42km event similar single track adventure.  Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Kim Swart enjoys one of the countless stretches of single track heaven through Sappi’s plantations during the 2013 Sappi Howick MTB Classic and this year’s race on Sunday 1 June is set to offer participants a staggering 70% of the 42km event similar single track adventure.
Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

“The course has both technical and not so technical sections, which offers a little something for everyone and, with the scenery of the area and the quality of the trails, participants really are in for another classic Howick treat again this year.

“As much as 70% of the 40km route is single track and there is about 800 metres of climbing over the 42 kilometres of the longer route.

“Features such as Harry’s, Rock & Roll, New Track and Puff Adder Pass will undoubtedly prove extremely popular!” added Beard.

While the 2013 event was another great success, there were a few who missed out on some of the enjoyment after they got lost along the way and Beard has confirmed that route marking will not be a problem this time around.

“The route will definitely be far better marked than in previous years,” emphasized Beard. “The whole route will be clearly marked with orange day glow stickers and there will be arrows at all major direction changes, so it should be near impossible for riders to get lost this year!”

Title sponsors Sappi are thrilled to be on board again in 2014, further entrenching the forestry giant’s relationship with both the club and the region.

“It is a long standing relationship that we have enjoyed with the Howick MTB Club. Howick’s trails have flowed through our plantations for almost twenty years now and we are delighted to be involved in this year’s Sappi Howick MTB Classic again this year,” said explained Sappi Group Head: Corporate Affairs, Andre Oberholzer.

“Recently the relationship between Sappi and the club became even more formalized through our involvement with the event and we trust our support will help ensure the event’s sustainability and prosperity.

“We are also confident that the Sappi Howick MTB Classic will go a long way in helping showcase the region’s spectacular trails and we hope this will result in even more people making use of the trails throughout the year recreationally as well as during the event itself!” he added.

The trails that weave through Sappi’s plantations are not only enjoyed by numerous running, walking and cycling enthusiasts, but are regularly used at night by various wildlife who reside in the forests, furthering Sappi’s strong environmental passion.

“While the trails are enjoyed recreationally by people during the day, by night they become a highway of wildlife activity as various animals roam our forests after dark,” said Divisional Environmental Manager: Sappi Forests, Dr. David Everard.

“We often use the trails to set up camera traps throughout our plantations in order to track the wildlife that inhabit our plantations and there are heaps of porcupines, jackal, bush buck and many more animals that we have discovered thriving in our plantations.

Supporting the local community is something Sappi is passionate about and Oberholzer urged all out-of-town participants to make full use of their journey to the area on race day.

“Hopefully everyone who takes part in the event will then look to take in the scenic beauty of the region afterwards as well.

“The race is in the heart of the Midlands Meander and is an ideal opportunity to come to the area, enjoy the mountain biking adventure in the morning, visit the local restaurants in the area for lunch afterwards and then possibly even spend the afternoon doing the Meander!” encouraged Oberholzer.

The Sappi Howick MTB Classic offers a 40km, 20km and 10km race and takes place at Howick High School on Sunday 1 June. More info can be found at www.howickmountainbiking.co.za

 RMB Change a Life Academy founder and seven time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Martin Dreyer was one of hundreds of cycling enthusiasts who soaked up the great views of the 2013 Sappi Howick MTB Classic. More of the same is expected at this year's race on Sunday 1 June. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

RMB Change a Life Academy founder and seven time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Martin Dreyer was one of hundreds of cycling enthusiasts who soaked up the great views of the 2013 Sappi Howick MTB Classic. More of the same is expected at this year’s race on Sunday 1 June. Photo: 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 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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