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Friendship is key for Hill and Louw at dusi2c

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Pietermaritzburg – Having formed a close friendship over the past year, defending champion Andrew Hill has chosen to team up with Western Cape star Adriaan Louw for the second edition of the BSi Steel dusi2c that takes riders from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban over two tough days on 21 and 22 June

Hill won the first edition of the race with Tyron Bird in 2013 and this year he and Fairview Swift rider Adriaan Louw will team up and it seems that the pair have a good understanding of one another even though they are based in different parts of the country.

“It always helps when you riding with a friend and myself and Adriaan are good mates which makes the riding a bit easier. He has been in good form recently and we ended fourth and fifth respectively at the Clarens race earlier in the year so we are feeling good leading into the dusi2c.

It will be a debut outing at the BSi Steel dusi2c for Fairview Swift rider Adriaan Louw who is making Kwazulu-Natal home for the month of June and will partner up with defending champion Andrew Hill for the two stage race starting at Camps Drift on Saturday 21 June and finishing at Blue Lagoon in Durban on 22 June. Photo: Nick Muzik/ Gameplan Media

It will be a debut outing at the BSi Steel dusi2c for Fairview Swift rider Adriaan Louw who is making Kwazulu-Natal home for the month of June and will partner up with defending champion Andrew Hill for the two stage race starting at Camps Drift on Saturday 21 June and finishing at Blue Lagoon in Durban on 22 June. Photo: Nick Muzik/ Gameplan Media


“It is going to be a hard period of racing with the SA Champs, dusi2c and then the World Champs the following weekend but it is a great bit of hard training for the World Champs,” an excited Hill added.

The dust has hardly settled on what was a successful outing at the 10th annual Nedbank Sani2c where Hill and partner Darren Lill ended in fourth place overall. Although the pair missed out on a podium Hill was happy with the way things went for the duo.

“It was such a good race,” the TIB Insurance rider mentioned. “The level of riding was really high with so many of the top guys taking part and we were disappointed that we didn’t get on the podium but it was just 27 seconds that was the difference!”

The Hillcrest resident has spent a fair amount of time riding the track along the uMngeni River from the Mfula Store overnight stop. It will be a first outing in the valley for Louw but Hill is confident that they will be ready after a reconnaissance prior to the start of the dusi2c. 

“I have done a lot of training on the second part of the route but the first bit from Pietermaritzburg I am not as familiar with but Adriaan will be up here for the whole of June so we will have a chance to scout it out before the race,” Hill mentioned.

After winning the first instalment of the BSi Steel dusi2c TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill will team up with friend and rising Western Cape MTB star Adriaan Louw for the second edition of the popular race that starts at Camps Drift and finishes at Blue Lagoon on 21 and 22 June. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

After winning the first instalment of the BSi Steel dusi2c TIB Insurance’s Andrew Hill will team up with friend and rising Western Cape MTB star Adriaan Louw for the second edition of the popular race that starts at Camps Drift and finishes at Blue Lagoon on 21 and 22 June. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media


For the Western Cape resident riding in Kwazulu-Natal is always exciting and having the opportunity to ride in the dusi2c is something that he is looking forward to because it would not usually fit into his racing calendar.

“I really enjoy riding in KZN. The terrain is the best and it is what you dream about!” the 23-year old explained. “It is pretty rocky in the Cape and up there (Kwazulu-Natal) and the trails get ridden so often so they are great!

“The dusi2c is something that I have looked forward to doing and with so much racing in KZN in June it was the perfect chance for me to experience what so many people have been talking about and with it being a week before the World Champs it gives us a chance to get away from the International riders,” a keen Louw added.

It is evident that the relationship struck up between Louw and Hill is a special one and the former is happy to have found a riding partner that he can trust even though the two compete against each other more regularly than they ride together.

“It is quite hard to find guys that you can trust and Andrew is a guy that I trust and we have been friends since we met at the Cape Pioneer last year.

“We have got to know each other really well away from riding and I know his style and he knows mine so we have a good understanding of each other which makes our lack of training time together a non-issue,” he said. 

With three races in quick succession Louw has set his sights on the SA Champs as his main priority and is hoping that he can add that to his growing list of achievements.

“I am going to be riding at the World Champs but for me the national champs are going to be my main focus, I would much rather be a national champion than a top 20 finisher at the World Champs,” Louw concluded.

More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za 

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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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