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Commodore Keelers Series Day Two



Pic by Sophie Thompson

The conclusion to the Commodore Keelers Series took place offshore on Sunday 6 March with nine boats participating in swelteringly light conditions. 

In the first race, the trimaran Ladybird shredded her way around the course in winds that barely registered seven knots. Not a bad result considering she battled to get across the start with the current dragging her backwards, she eventually turned around and circled around to get away from the current. Minutes behind Andrew Dolloway on Ladybird was the only racing monohull out on the water, Bellatrix skippered by Gregg Hurter. Four minutes behind Bellatrix, the catamaran Bandit glided across the finish line. 

In the B Division, Flyer stormed to the front with a comfortable three minute lead on second placed Zing with Container World finishing in third. Battling in the light winds, the Honorary Commodore, Vernon Goss opted to retire from racing as he never quite got out of the starting blocks. Similar to Dolloway, Bellissima got caught by the strong current and he also selected to circle his way out of the current and take a different line through the start. In the light winds, his heavy Hanse 44 battled to get any boat speed. Neville Bransbury on Deo Volente retired shortly after he rounded the bottom mark and made his way home in despair with the light winds. Mafuta with Robin Hulley at the wheel was forced to retire due to time constraints, he had only managed to complete one lap by the time the fleet had all finished. 

In the second race, the youngest team sailing on day on the L26 Container World with Brendan Humphreys’ hand on the tilla pulled the bunny out the hat when they rounded the weather mark in first, and kept their nose in the front, finishing a thrilling eleven seconds ahead of the oldest skipper on the water, Gavin Smith helming Zing. The team of only two sailors on Container World sailed a flawless race, the shorthanded crew even flew their spinnaker and did so well in both races. 

The fleet reduced to seven for the second race with the predicted winds gently increasing to just over ten knots and the flat seas disappeared as a bit of rolling swell enabled the boats to surf them as they headed down to the bottom mark. Race Officer, Ron Pet opted to shorten the last race before the start, with the slower boats only having to do one lap and the only remaining multihull and singular racing boat having to do two laps. In the previous race the B Division completed two laps while the faster yachts did three. 

Four boats who were part of the fleet on the first day returned to stay in contention for the trophies. Leaders on the log are Gregg Hurter in the A Division; scholar Brendan Humphreys on Container World and Sean Jones on Bandit. 

In the tranquil conditions, the only bit of real excitement happened in the second race. Sean Jones helming a fully crewed Bandit almost gained an extra crew member when a massive Honeycomb Stingray launched itself out of the water three times mere centimetres in front of the boat as the catamaran powered its way through the course flying its spinnaker. 

Point Yacht Club is gearing up for two major events still this season, the first being the Hobie 14 Nationals held offshore over the Easter Weekend, and then the blue water ocean race, the Vasco da Gama that starts in Durban and finishes in Port Elizabeth, racing gets underway on 23 April

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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.

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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.

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