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Umpetha a portage dust-off for Khwela



Pietermaritzburg – 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Sbonelo Khwela, formerly known as Sbonelo ‘Eric’ Zondi, is looking forward to dusting off his portaging cobwebs for the first time in the new KwaZulu-Natal river marathon season at the Natal Canoe Club’s recently rebranded Umpetha Challenge.

The Shongweni based EuroSteel athlete is already well into his stride in his preparations for next year’s iconic three day race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in February however much of his focus thus far has been on the paddling side of things.

“None of the top guys have been training running with the boat yet, that only really starts in November, so the Umpetha finishing with Campbell’s portage is definitely going to be tricky!” said Khwela.

“Getting back into portaging this early is a good thing though, it reminds you of what Dusi is all about and how tough it is to run with the boat and makes you train harder when you do start training for portaging!” added the Computershare Change a Life Academy ambassador.

The race starts at Camps Drift in front of the NCC clubhouse and then covers the first 16km of the Dusi route before paddlers make their way up to the unique finish venue for a paddling race – on top of a hill.

“It’s quite unusual to finish with a portage,” laughed Khwela. “Even though we don’t normally finish a paddling race on a hill, it is still an important part of the race!”

“If you don’t make sure you run well, you can easily lose a couple of positions on the run.”

EuroSteel's Sbonelo Khwela is fully focused on next year's Dusi Canoe Marathon however is looking forward to dusting off the portaging cobwebs at the Natal Canoe Club's Umpetha Challenge on 19 October.

EuroSteel’s Sbonelo Khwela is fully focused on next year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon however is looking forward to dusting off the portaging cobwebs at the Natal Canoe Club’s Umpetha Challenge on 19 October. Photo: Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media

Khwela first announced his elite river marathon racing arrival in 2013 when came agonizingly close to a historic K1 Dusi victory however disaster struck just kilometers from the finish when he fell out at Pumphouse Weir before then soaring to victory earlier this year with K2 partner Andy Birkett (EuroSteel).

His victorious efforts with Birkett helped heal many of his 2013 wounds however the will to achieve Dusi success in his K1 still forms a strong driving force for Khwela.

While leaving nothing to the imagination as far as his goal for next year’s Dusi is concerned, Khwela was however non-committal when it came to his aspirations for the upcoming Umpetha Challenge.

“I’m focusing on winning the Dusi next year so any results in the pre-Dusi races are just a bonus for me.

With solid support from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation, the Umpetha Challenge offers R36 000 in prize money, with a massive R6000 going to the first K1 home.

“There is good prize money so I’m sure some of the guys will already be pushing quite hard!”

“I’m not sure about Lance (Kime) – with him being in the Western Cape – and I haven’t seen Len (Jenkins) for a while now but I’m sure Andy (Birkett) and Bungee (Thulani Mbanjwa) will be there so it will still be a very tough race!”

The Umpetha Challenge takes place from Camps Drift to Bishopstowe Hall on Sunday 19 October. More information can be found at

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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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