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Life changing, multi-sensory and interactive education experiences are brought to life on the big screen with Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Park programme. This innovative initiative has been successfully rolled out at the leading cinema chain’s sites at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and Cavendish in Cape Town.

Now Ster-Kinekor is excited to be bringing this offering to learners from Soweto and surrounds, with the launch of the Cinema Park initiative at Ster-Kinekor Maponya Mall. The first screenings target secondary school leaners, through the popular Addicted to Life programme, and will take place during March 2015, thanks to a partnership with United International Pictures, Destiny Seating and African Leadership Academy.

Kids love going to the movies. By staging this in a darkened cinema, with popcorn and a cold drink at hand, this learning activity becomes a fun school outing. However, participation in the programme can be a life-changing experience for learners, who absorb and learn while they are having fun.

The various Cinema Park technologies work together to produce an entertaining and educational experience, combining 3D film projection technology, innovative audio effects and audience interactivity tools to heighten the student’s engagement in the learning process. The result is a multi-sensory experience that incorporates 3D, music, darkness, inspiration and interaction – all working together to stimulate the senses while combining a feedback mechanism for teachers from the students.

Addicted to Life targets Grade 8 learners and above, and is specially designed for today’s youth who enjoy action and the use of immediate and interactive communication tools, are cynical about life and ready to take risks. The programme, which lasts for two-and-a-half hours, presents five separate experiences. By watching and interacting with the programme, participants learn about the harmful and long-term effects of substance abuse. They witness what impact the addiction to alcohol and drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and inhalants, have on the body and the brain, and how to deal with peer pressure. Topics such as the dangers of alcohol and irresponsible drinking are specifically dealt with in the Inspiration, Darkness and Interactive Experiences.


After watching and interacting with the Addicted to Life programme:

· participants’ knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain and body will increase;

· approximately 30% of the participants will indicate an intention to change their behaviour;

· at least 70% can demonstrate that they have learned something new; and

· teachers will gain firsthand information on how to identify substance abuse in their own classrooms.


Using wireless remote control units, the learners’ knowledge and intention to change their behaviour is tested. The anonymous responses are displayed live on the big screen, providing instant feedback for teachers and students alike. Teachers attending the programme with their students are accommodated for free, and receive a free Teacher’s Guide with practical exercises to reinforce the learning back in the classroom.

During the screening, prizes are also awarded at random intervals to winners of the knowledge game to increase focus on the task at hand, and to add a fun and attention-grabbing element.

Other programmes that are available to learners of different ages include: Super Powers aimed at Grade 4, Keep It Wild for Grade 5, Planet Home for Grade 6 and Cinema Drive for Grades 11 and 12.

On a continuous quest to provide more digital viewing and learning experiences, Ster-Kinekor has invested in the technology required to kick start this exciting and interactive edutainment programme at its cinema complex in Soweto’s Maponya Mall. Youngsters who attend one of the Ster-Kinekor Cinema Park experiences on the big screen with their classmates, will think they are at a ‘cinema theme park’ as they are taken on a thrilling edutainment and multi-sensory ride. Schools are encouraged to make block bookings for their learners, which can be done via email:

For more information on Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Park, visit For information on how to book an outing for your learners, email Rhae Shawn Kabantu at You can also download the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry phone for updates and to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

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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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