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AmaShova Off for Durban’s Favourite Cycle Race on October 12!



It’s time to get your bikes dusted off and start your training for KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycle race – and with its newly announced sponsor, Tsogo Sun, it  means a return to the very popular finish  –  the beautiful Suncoast on Durban’s Golden Mile on Sunday, October 12.

“We are proud to announce that Tsogo Sun – South Africa’s leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company, with over 90 hotels and 14 entertainment destinations across South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles – will be sponsoring this year’s Amashova Durban Classic. This exciting new partnership means bringing together one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest brands and what is undoubtedly this province’s premier cycling event,” said Annie Batchelder, who heads up the race organisers, Right On the Night.

“Tsogo Sun has been a proud accommodation partner to most of South Africa’s official sporting bodies for many years, an alignment that has seen us providing accommodation to all the major national teams as well as the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Our sponsorship of the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic 2014 heralds a new beginning for both brands. This will be the first time that Tsogo Sun has embarked on a title sponsorship of any kind, which is a clear indication of our belief in this cycle challenge as one that has enormous potential for growth and appeal to our target market. For the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic 2014, the sponsorship gives the race the opportunity to grow beyond its firm foundation as a much-loved annual cycle challenge to one that appeals to a far wider audience of novices, serious riders and families. We believe the partnership is a perfect fit and are excited and privileged to be part of taking Amashova to new heights,” says Neil Fraser, Group Sales Director – Tsogo Sun.

Two members of the Bonitas Cycling Team with Malcolm Lange

Two members of the Bonitas Cycling Team with Malcolm Lange

With this change comes a whole heap of new attractions for spectators and cyclists alike. For starters, there is the reintroduction of the 1km and 5km mini Shova kids’ race which was always a big hit amongst families and littlies alike.

Another big news item for the Tsogo Sun AmaShova Durban Classic 2014 will be the exciting criterium lap race, which is sure to draw cycling enthusiasts. This exhilarating cycling is a must for spectators as well – join us late on Saturday afternoon – October 11, for this exciting addition. To add to this, the Amashova have also recently become part of the UCI world cycling tour which is sure to attract top seeded national and international riders, giving the race the international status it deserves. Comments Fraser, “The fact that the race starts in Pietermaritzburg and ends in Durban this year is part of Tsogo Sun’s commitment to assisting the eThekwini Council to reposition Durban as a destination of choice. We are firmly committed to aligning with events that will assist in putting Durban back on the map and boosting tourism to the region.”

“With the decision to add exiting new events to our line up – cyclists and spectators can expect to see a variety of riders crossing the finish, which always creates an adrenaline rush for all. For the more seeded riders, there’s the criterium and for the kids, a fun ride which is set to commence along the newly completed Snell Parade to Durban’s Blue Lagoon and back. This way, with so much on offer, we have peddling good fun for everyone,” added Batchelder.

Tsogo Sun & Amashova are excited about the relationship with Malcolm Lange, owner of Lange Sports. The Amashova event has been very close to Malcolm’s heart over the years, since he has won it 6 times, and at the age of 17 for the first time. The partnership with Lange Sports brings experience in cycling, vision and know-how to our relationship and involvement with the event. Lange Sports is a sports sponsorship management company that specialises in connecting brands with appropriate properties to maximise brand reach across various consumer touch points.

For those who are also unprepared or not quite ready to tackle the full 106km Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, then there’s the 65km half challenge and a 35km fun ride starting from Hillcrest – which promises to be a fun and ‘healthy’ day out for all.

Remember, online entries close on Monday, September 8th at 4pm. For further information or to register, log on to or call the Shova organisers during office hours on 031 312 8896. @TsogoSun #TsogoShova

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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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