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Starbucks Coming to South Africa

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Johannesburg – Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa, where the number of cafes has expanded rapidly in recent years.

The company says the first store will open in Johannesburg by mid-2016 through a deal with Taste Holdings, a licensor of global brands in the region.

Even though Starbucks doesn’t yet have locations in sub-Saharan Africa, the company is betting people may be familiar with the name through TV, movies and media.

The company’s coffee, which includes sourcing from nine African countries, was available through a foodservice deal during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. And the chain’s green-and-white siren logo could be a familiar draw for people visiting Johannesburg from other parts of the world.

Kris Engskov, who heads Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Starbucks, said South Africa is an “aspirational country” with a growing economy and that there is now a “much larger group of people that can access our brand”.

Starbucks, which has 22 000 locations globally, said the coffee served in the Johannesburg store will be similar to the coffee Starbucks serves elsewhere in the world, but that it will create “special reserves” for the location.

With the addition of the Johannesburg location, Starbucks is entering an already lively coffee market, thanks to a mix of independent cafes and chains that have popped up in recent years.

The Seattle Coffee Company has about 90 stores in the country. Barry Parker, a director for the company, said he’s excited about the arrival of Starbucks, but that independent shops might be worried.

To the contrary, David Donde, owner of Truth Coffee, a Cape Town cafe known for its brass steampunk design and a remodelled 1940s cast iron roasting drum, also says he welcomes the competition from Starbucks.

Coffee ‘has been selling too cheap’

“They’re going to benchmark South African pricing with world pricing. We’ve been selling our coffee too cheap here,” Donde said, adding that he thinks South African coffee drinkers are becoming more discerning about the quality of the brew, favouring “flavour over bitterness.”

Ultimately, coffee drinkers will be the winners, said Karabo Kgole, a media analyst who lives in Johannesburg: “Coffee lovers will benefit from having another brand to explore.”

Alison Ritchie, a communications specialist who lives in Cape Town, first walked into a Starbucks store while living in South Korea said she is “stoked” about their arrival in South Africa.

“I loved it in Asia and I will most definitely love it here,” said Ritchie, who is also a regular at Truth Coffee.

Starbucks and Taste aren’t disclosing the financial terms of their deal, but Starbucks says it will be similar to its other licensing deals around the world. The companies say their partnership will eventually lead to additional Starbucks stores in South Africa.

Employees from Taste will go travel to Starbucks headquarters in Seattle for training, and stores will be designed by the Starbucks team in London.

As with other Starbucks outside the US, the menu be tweaked to cater to local tastes. For instance, rooibos tea will be part of the menu.

Taste CEO Carlo Gonzaga said Starbucks will do well in South Africa because there’s an affinity for international brands because their presence in the country has been relatively scant.

Source: Fin24

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I heart Market moves to Ballito’s Sugar Rush Park

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In time for the Festive SeasonĀ KZNā€™s much-lovedĀ I heart MarketĀ makes a new permanent home up the NorthĀ CoastĀ atĀ popular family entertainment venue – Sugar Rush Park in Ballito – with theĀ seasonĀ datesĀ confirmed forĀ 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 kidsā€™ play area, mini-train, the Ndlondlo reptile park, The Jump Park, the Tree Trails obstacleĀ course and Park Run every Saturday morning.

Anna Savage, the marketā€™s owner /manager explains the move, “TheĀ I heart MarketĀ 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 createĀ a relaxed, fun day out for everyone.ā€

ā€œAs a result, we have made aĀ  bold decisionĀ toĀ move to Ballito, as we needed to find aĀ 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 aĀ great day out to those who can travel north, and makeĀ Ā aĀ day of it by taking advantage of the other activities available.ā€

TheĀ I heart MarketĀ has a reputation for supporting artisanal crafters, artists, and traders, offering fine, handmade goods that include jewellery, accessories, leather goods,Ā ceramics, visual arts, dĆ©cor, clothing,Ā deli foodsĀ 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.Ā  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 contactĀ 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 worldā€™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 Precinctā€™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 Africaā€™s much-loved brands finding their home in the dynamic commercial sector.

ā€œWhen 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 lifeā€™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,ā€ 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, visitĀ www.saltasibaya.co.za

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