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De Groot cautious heading into Marathon Worlds

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Pietermaritzburg – On-form South African women’s MTB Marathon Champion Robyn de Groot has her sights set on the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in her own backyard later this month, having finished in the top 20 of the 2013 edition but the Gauteng star is remaining on the conservative side when predicting her chances for this year’s event at the Cascades MTB Park on Sunday, 29 June

The Team Biogen Toyota star has been in red hot form in recent months with a number of top performances under her belt with the most recent being a win at the Nissan Trailseeker this last weekend. The national championships are coming up this weekend and De Groot has her eyes focused on defending her national champion’s jersey. 

“It has been a good few weeks for me,” the 2014 Nedbank sani2c winner said. “It is always good to race as much as possible and although managing my work and my training can be difficult my focus is doing the best I can to retain my national champs jersey!”

The national marathon showpiece will give the riders a better idea of what to expect when the World championships come around and De Groot believes that this sort of advantage is something that the local riders must embrace.

“We are going to have a really strong field at the SA Champs which means that it is going to be a good gauge as to which riders to look out for but also to get a feel of the conditions. It is the perfect dress rehearsal for us before Worlds.

“With the national champs and the world champs at the same venue it is a great opportunity for South African riders to do well,” she added.

Current South African women's Marathon Champion and Team Biogen Toyota star Robyn de Groot has been in scintillating form recently and with the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships coming to South African on 29 June she hopes that the South African National Marathon Championships this weekend will give her a good idea of what to expect when the worldwide showpiece comes to town at the end of the month. Photo: Supplied/ Gameplan Media

Current South African women’s Marathon Champion and Team Biogen Toyota star Robyn de Groot has been in scintillating form recently and with the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships coming to South African on 29 June she hopes that the South African National Marathon Championships this weekend will give her a good idea of what to expect when the worldwide showpiece comes to town at the end of the month. Photo: Supplied/Gameplan Media

Having come 19th at the World Championships in 2013 De Groot feels that she can go better but is a little wary when comparing herself to the international riders considering she rarely competes against them besides for the international events.

“It is quit hard to set goals for events like the World champs when you have no one to compare yourself to because I never get overseas to race against these other girls. I know that the field is going to be really strong and it is hard to judge but if I could get myself into the top 15 at the end of the race that would be great for me!” a cautious De Groot commented.

There are a number of races in the remaining three weeks before the World Championships with the MTN MTB Series race in Hilton just a week before the World champs. De Groot thinks that a number of the international riders will use the Hilton race as an opportunity to become accustomed to the terrain and conditions a week before the main event. 

De Groot believes that this will give her the opportunity to suss out the international competition but she does not feel that it will be a fair reflection on the competition that she will face during the World championships seven days later.

“We have got a lot of races following the SA Champs before the Worlds and I think the Hilton race will be a good one in terms of getting used to the conditions as well as seeing the other international riders taking part.

“Although it is going to be good seeing the other girl’s ride I don’t think that we can read too much into the race because with such a big race a week later I think everyone will ride the race a little more conservatively,” De Groot concluded. 

The UCI MTB Marathon World Championships takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on29 June 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za  

With a South African National Marathon Championships two weeks before the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships, current national champion at Team Biogen Toyota rider Robyn de Groot will have a great build-up to the international showpiece starting at the Cascades MTB Park on 29 June. Photo: Zoon Cronje/ Gameplan Media

With a South African National Marathon Championships two weeks before the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships, current national champion at Team Biogen Toyota rider Robyn de Groot will have a great build-up to the international showpiece starting at the Cascades MTB Park on 29 June. Photo: Zoon Cronje/ 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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