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Newcomer Josh Wantie Inks Deal with Gallo

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Durban is once again becoming a breeding ground for exceptional musical talent as Josh Wantie becomes the latest to step into the music scene.

Durban born Josh Wantie [pronounced Von-Tee] has been crafting his sound for quite a few years. Influenced by several types of genres and artists such as Sia, Lorde, James Bay, Ben Howard, James Blake, Phillip Phillips and Civil Twilight, he has created a mellower, broodier sound to his work than that of the stereotypical pop artist.

Neil Greenberg, General Manager of Gallo Record Company on discovering Josh. “I saw this kid performing at the Beverly Hills hotel in Durban late 2014 and watched the heaving rowdy crowd in the restaurant come to a standstill when Josh started to sing one of his original tunes. It was quite a defining moment. We flew him up to Jo’burg the next week and signed him to Gallo in early 2015.”

Wantie’s dream of becoming a recording artist was coming true as he signed to top independent label, Gallo Record Company.

“With his rough but impressive demos presented back in Dec 2014, Gallo jumped at the chance to work with Josh. His music presents a fresh sound and a great vibe, and a musical direction and professionalism that, in my opinion, sets him apart and puts him on a level worthy to go up against an international playing field.  This young man has got what it takes – looks, talent and a knack for writing good songs,”comments Rob Cowling, Deputy GM – Sheer / Gallo.

During the planning process of picking the team to work on Wantie’s debut, we immediately thought of approaching Gangs of Ballet brothers Josh and Brad Klynsmith as Producers. Gangs of Ballet have had multiple hits from their debut ‘Yes/No/Grey’ and were also friends with Wantie. It was a great match.

The team started laying down the songs for the EP in Mid-August.

“What a brilliant opportunity to work with a home town rising star. The songs are fresh and Josh is not only down to earth but super super talented. We’re really proud to say we were a part of this project! He’s got a brilliant team around him and we expect great things. Durban Proud,” says Brad Klynsmith.

Wantie has loved the process of working with Josh and Brad, and recording took place at Heritage Sound Studio in Cape Town, the studio of one of SA’s top engineers Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw, who was also part of the recording process. Rossouw has an incredible roster of artists he has worked with, including Prime Circle, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Taxi Violence, aKING, Freshlyground and The Dirty Skirts.

Wantie was overwhelmed while in studio with this incredible group. “I have known Josh and Brad for quite a while before I decided to go full time with music and actually met with Brad to get some advice going forward when I did decide to pursue music as a career. I have always closely followed Gangs of Ballet and been a fan of their music and writing, so when Rob from the label told me they were keen to produce I was very excited. They worked hard with me in choosing singles from the songs I had written and went over and above to make sure they sounded as good as possible. In studio they were professional but fun and really wanted the best for the project. It was honestly such a humbling experience having the guys from one of the top acts in South Africa work with me on my music. They work very well as a team and if they weren’t so successful in their own careers respectively, I would love to do a whole Album with them in the producer’s chair. I can also say the same about the engineer, Rusti (Brendyn Rossouw). He was absolutely word class and a breeze to work with, a truly fun and dynamic guy that makes tracking smooth and vibey.”

Wantie is determined to make his mark in the music industry and he has the talent, the team and more importantly, the passion to achieve just that. Spending time with friends and fellow Durbanites Matthew Mole and Jordi from Yorke has also given him that drive to know thatthrough hard work and following your dreams, success in the music industry is possible.

Josh Wantie’s debut single will be released digitally in September, with plans for an EP and Album release in 2016.

Follow Josh Wantie online:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshwantenaar

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshWantie

Instagram: instagram.com/josh_wantie

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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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