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East Coast Radio harnesses Durban talent…



When it comes to accessing Durban’s trendy spots, whether old or new, popular or wannabe popular, East Coast Radio (and Durbanite) has got it covered.  As a city we are almost always compared to our fellow city of Cape Town and furthermore we always come out second best. As a true Durbanite, it pays to be self aware (or somewhat) when acknowledging our defeat. In my opinion, the number one reason lies in the over reliance of our coastal beauty. Durbanites are in search of more than just the beach; it’s about the cultural experience, the story and history that concretes the setting, the people that congregate and share the experience and the memories that unveil at each gathering. East Coast Radio proudly worked in favor of our hidden cultural gems and did not disappoint when they chose Max’s Lifestyle as their event venue when announcing their new show line up.

Max’s Lifestyle, which is located in Umlazi, not only screams township pride but also has great food with humble service. The backdrop of modern lifestyle fused with ‘Mzansi’ cuisine definitely adds spice to any occasion.  This place ideally got my spirits bubbling with enthusiasm, the obvious reason being that I had heard of the stylish township ‘Shisa Nyama’ experience and had been eager to add some flavor to my diary. First thing that blew my mind: here is a brand that is not just talking the talk but accentuating their talk presence by actually engaging with their research. ECR has managed to create a buzz around all genres of ‘Durban’ and Max’s Lifestyle locks in ideally with the “all about talent acquisition and nurturing approach” in their new show line up. Zane Derbyshire, ECR Programming Manager sounded enthused that the financial contribution allocated for target market research has remunerated the team with insights that revealed key pointers. These pointers have allowed them to create content that suit their listeners but also allowed them to harness the talented DJs that are now parading the radio scene. Their new show line up features an array of vibrant personalities, each offering their own Je ne sais quoi. Zaba moves into weekday mornings and Carol Ralefeta is taking over the 10am-2pm weekend show, Alain Tardin, the buff guy with a youthful smile, entertains the early birds with the midnight to dawn weekday line up; Bongani Mtolo, the one that keeps it short and sweet slides in from 4am-6am.  The smooth Sky Tshabalala who freely claimed his support for Cheetahs (arrrr, Shark bite) tackles the weekend 2am -6am slot and A.T Nkosi, the guy who is passionate about community and youth development adopts the weekend 10pm-2am slot.

Zane Derbyshire rounded the new additions with a revolutionizing statement, “East Coast Radio has a line-up of very talented presenters who are delivering world class entertainment to our listeners each day. These latest tweaks to our weekday offering is in line with the station’s strategy to deliver multi-platform content that is exciting and relevant. Our weekend line-up now offers a fresh listening experience and a place where we ‘home-grow’ our future stars!”

My second favorite part of the day (the first being the venue, in case you weren’t paying attention) had to be when Carol Ralefeta advocated her pride when it came to being a woman on radio. As radio is still a male dominated industry, it was a goose-bumpy moment when two very independent and opinionated women graduated to peak shows on ECR. Of course when Zane Derbyshire shouted out “Girl Power” after Carol’s proud blurp, it was certainly a cherry on top of the cake moment!

It certainly is regular for the team at East Coast Radio to radiate its listeners with a plethora of personalities that keep the avid listeners feeling as if they know the DJs on a personal level.  However with their new additions that hit the radio as of 1st July 2014 (excluding Zaba’s graduation, which begins on 1st August 2014), they have definitely taken a leap of true east coast openness and I can’t wait to hear the outcome. As a proud Durbanite/South African, that listens to ECR frequently, I was very humbled to hear Renee Burton, the Marketing Manager at ECR, say that their motivation behind the announcement venue stemmed from the fact that they wanted the Journalists (although I feel I fall under the heading of ‘writer’) to write about their ‘experience’, which still remains rare considering the evolution of Media and Marketing, which is highly concerned with user generated content. So big thumbs up to you Renee Burton for highlighting the importance of the ‘experience’

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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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