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2015 Dusi most daunting yet for former winner Stott

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Pietermaritzburg – The 2015 Dusi Canoe Marathon sees canoeing icon and former champion Ant Stott set to tackle one of the most daunting and pressured outings of his paddling career and yet the four time race winner won’t even be up against his regular fellow racing snakes.

The 64th edition of the iconic Pietermaritzburg to Durban paddling classic will instead see Stott out to overcome the challenge of navigating his 63 year-old mom, Beth, safely down the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon.

While appearing to most as a more social and less scrutinised option than Stott’s previous Dusi efforts, the highly decorated star is all too aware of the dire consequences that await should he not perform his role of ‘mom protector’ fully throughout the three day adventure.

“There is huge pressure on me this time around!” laughs Stott. “My whole family is going to be watching closely and checking to see that my mom doesn’t suffer a single scratch or bruise throughout our three days in the boat together!” 

Despite the added pressure of his eagle-eyed family though, Stott is relishing the opportunity to accompany one of his biggest supporters down the river this time around.

“I’ve always wanted to paddle with the people who supported me so incredibly during my paddling years such as my sponsors, friends and family and so I’m really looking forward to doing this year’s Dusi with my mom!” explains the Pope’s Canoe Centre/Matelec paddler excitedly.

“My parents were there for me throughout my paddling days, supporting me, and making sure I had equipment, so I thought this year I’d offer the opportunity to one of my folks to join me on the adventure.

“I’d actually initially asked my dad if he’d be my partner but when he injured himself bodysurfing in the shore break in December he suggested I asked my mom.

“After three days of tears, sleepless nights and much convincing that I’ll do all the work, she eventually said yes and I can’t wait to give it a go in a few weeks’ time!” he adds.

Pope's Canoe Centre/Matelec ace Ant Stott (right) faces a different set of Dusi Canoe Marathon pressures this time around as the progress of he and his 63 year-old mom, Beth (left), are scrutinized closely by the rest of the Stott clan. Image: Supplied / Gameplan Media

Pope’s Canoe Centre/Matelec ace Ant Stott (right) faces a different set of Dusi Canoe Marathon pressures this time around as the progress of he and his 63 year-old mom, Beth (left), are scrutinized closely by the rest of the Stott clan. Image: Supplied / Gameplan Media



63 year-old Umtentweni resident Beth Stott comes into the race without any previous paddling experience however her son believes her hard work and growing passion for the sport – together with his experience, of course – will see them have a safe, enjoyable and hiccup-free three days together.

“My mom has never paddled before but we’ve have done quite a bit of training together since December and the more we’ve paddled and made it through the rapids, the more she’s enjoyed it and realised just what we’re capable of.

“My mom goes on a lot of walks with my dad and I’ll carry the boat on the portages so I’m sure she’ll be fine when it comes to getting herself over the portages.

“She’s also has been doing sit ups every morning and quite a lot of arm exercises but she is 63 so hopefully I’m strong enough that she doesn’t have to do too much work on the water either.

“I have actually also taken my preparations for this really seriously so hopefully I can try take as much responsibility off my mom as possible!” says Stott.

The recent TWK Agri Dash ‘n Crash race provided Beth with a good opportunity to get to grips with the first eight kilometres of the Dusi route however her vastly experienced son has his sights set much further downstream.

“Dash ‘n Crash gave my mom a good feel for race conditions and that I’m sure will also help come race day but understandably she is still pretty nervous.

“My goal though is to make sure I get her to Durban safely and that she can wear that medal around her neck with pride at the end of it all!”

The 64th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 February 2015. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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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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