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KZN surfski stars ready for 2016



Durban – The 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series gets underway on Friday, 8 January but already the province’s top surfski stars are hard at work prepping for the opening race of the ten-leg summer series.

With both titles sponsors Varsity College and FNB back again in 2016, more of the same great value and organisation as well as the weekly clashes providing the ideal platform for participants and their families to ease into the weekend, the 2016 edition promises to be yet another memorable one for all.

“The Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series is the biggest of its kind in the world which creates a playground for some of the world’s best paddlers and we can’t wait to bring yet another memorable edition to Durban’s and the rest of KZN’s paddlers in 2016!” confirmed series coordinator, Barry Lewin.

“We have some of the best surfski talent in the world based here in Durban that sees each week’s contest a mini-World Champs up front while our hardy regulars enjoy many a ding-dong battle against mates a little further back in the pack each week,” he added.

With its popular 8km long course and 4km short course options weekly, the series attracts hundreds of paddlers weekly with the opening leg once again expected to produce a three hundred plus field.

“Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsors Varsity College and FNB we will once again be giving the first three hundred paddlers to enter the FNB Surfski Challenge, race one of the 2016 series, a great series shirt.

“We have also refined our loyalty programme with all those who complete eight or more of the 2016 series’ races to receive an amazing PFD worth R1200!” said Lewin

2016 will again see the series look to assist two great causes close to the hearts of those involved in the series.

“Through Varsity College’s VC Cares programme, we will once again be giving away a surfski with all funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets going towards the great work that those involved in this programme do!

“The Lettie Paddle initiative started by Danica Bartho a few years ago is another organization that has become synonymous with our series and again our pre-FNB Dusi exclusive Tuesday race on Tuesday 16 February will be supporting the Lettie Paddle efforts to raise cancer awareness and funds.”

Up front, the battle is again set to be hotly contested in both the men’s and women’s series title race.

Household names the globe over such as Hank McGregor (Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks), Matt Bouman (Epic Kayaks) and Wade Krieger (Herbalife) will look to fend off challenges from Lewin (Varsity College/Jeep Team), Steve Woods, Adam Nisbet, Oliver Burn, Gene Prato and youngster Bailey de Fondaumiere.

The women’s clash will again see the depth of Durban’s female paddling talent on display as Nikki Russell, Michelle Burn, Jenna Ward, Kyeta Purchase (all Fenn Kayaks), Donna Tutton, Hayley Nixon (neé Arthur) and Danica Bartho go head-to-head.

The series finale – the Varsity College Surfski Challenge – on 11 March will again double as the year’s South African Schools Surfski Championships where the country’s top junior will battle it out for the coveted national title and the chance to win a bursary to the Varsity College Sports Life program worth R50000.

“It has been great to see the growth of the series over the seven years that Varsity College has been involved; growth in the number of participants, spectators and the competition!” said Varsity College’s National Sports Manager, Carole Adam.

“We have enjoyed seeing the progression of our own Sports Life students from first year to graduation and many are now enjoying successful careers.

“We wish the series and all the participants, good conditions and enjoyable 2016 series,” she added.

FNB, back again after a memorable opening involvement with the series in 2015, are also looking forward to another great edition of the popular series.

“We are looking forward to yet another breath-taking event as the ‘cream of the crop’ face off against each other in surfski paddling,” Preggie Pillay, KZN Provincial Head of FNB Business.

“Our support for the Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series reaffirms our belief that adventure is at the heart of innovation and this is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with our clients!” he added.

The 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series gets underway on Friday, 8 January with racing starting in front of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach at 17h30. More information can be found at


8 January 2016 – FNB Surfski Challenge
15 January 2016 – Borland Surfski Challenge Presented by Marriott
22 January 2016 – Hansa Surfski Challenge
29 January 2016 – Thule Surfski Challenge
5 February 2016 – FNB Surfski Challenge
12 February 2016 – Bay Union Surfski Challenge
16 February 2016 – Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge
26 February 2016 – IT Works Surfski Challenge
4 March 2016 – HiQ Surfski Challenge
11 March 2016 – Varsity College Surfski Challenge AND Varsity College FNB SA Schools Surfski Champs

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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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