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KZN Science Centre Head returns from YALI Fellowship Programme



Chief Executive Officer of the KZN Science Centre, Candice Potgieter, has arrived back in South Africa after participating in US President Barack Obama’s inaugural Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellowship programme.

Potgieter was one of eight from KwaZulu-Natal and one of 46 candidates nationally selected from a list of 4 000 South African applicants and 49 000 Applicants throughout Africa between the ages of 25 and 35. All are active in the fields of entrepreneurship, public administration and community service.

She spent six weeks doing academic coursework and training at the Notre Dame University in Indiana and, together with 500 fellow candidates from across Africa, participated in the Presidential Summit convened by President Obama in Washington DC at the end of July.

Launched in June last year, the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which he launched in 2010 to support a new generation of African leaders. This latest initiative brought 500 of them to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training. Fellows are expected to put their new skills to practical use in leading organizations, their communities and countries.

As head of the KZN Science Centre, a registered section 21 non-profit organisation and leading educational centre focussed on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Potgieter shares the US President’s passion for education and his vision that this will lead Africa out of poverty.

Back home, the educational crisis at school level is well documented, which has significant repercussions when it comes to both tertiary education and employment.

President Jacob Zuma has repeatedly added his voice to calls for improvements in science and maths education in order to address critical skills shortages in professional fields such as engineering, medicine and information technology which are critical to growing the economy.

“The KZN Science Centre’s mission is to inculcate the importance of education in learners, educators and the general public using funded learning projects, curriculum based resources and interactive exhibitions.  The KZN Science Centre implements projects that aim to create awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics whilst fostering a culture of giving back through our non-profit status,” she says.

Since leading the organisation from October 2010, Potgieter has played an integral role in the redevelopment and reorganization of The KZN Science Centre. Her strong creative and insight into the inner workings of the organization has grown its beneficiary base from 40 000 to over 160 000 each year. Over eighty percent of all visitors are from previously disadvantaged and rural backgrounds.

She has been at the forefront of researching, creating and implementing highly successful school programmes. Her expertise extends from scientific research to business development, financial management, marketing, communications, government relations and fundraising.

Academically, she holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was also part of The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme at The University of Cape Town.

Her list of awards for her work is significant – the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Should Meet in 2013, the Future Leaders Award for Science & Innovation as well as The KZN Young Achievers Award in Science & Technology for 2013. Potgieter was also named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Most Awesome Women of 2013.

Following on from her work in KwaZulu-Natal, Potgieter was appointed as an executive member on the Advisory Committee to the MEC of Education in KwaZulu-Natal for Career Support and Guidance in 2013. She is also a non-executive director on the board of The Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC).


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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.

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