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ALFIE COX INVITATIONAL SET TO BE A SPECTATOR’S SPECTACULAR

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Multiple motorsports title holder to host epic enduro event in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal South Coast farmlands.

HENDERSON’S FARM, uMzumbe (KZN) – The first-ever Alfie Cox Invitational will feature 40 of South Africa’s top enduro motorbike riders taking on a highly technical and exciting course on 2 April at Umzumbe on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The event is the brainchild of Alfie Cox, widely regarded as the godfather of South African off-road motorsport, and will run on a ‘Sprint Enduro’ format. The event will see a combination of the top riders from the off-road competition circuit, as well as a selection of experienced riders of Cox’s choice race an innovative elimination heat format over the 11-kilometre sprint course designed by off-road racing legend himself.

Wade Young of South Africa performs during the third race day at the Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania last year. Photo: Predrag Vuckovic/ Red Bull Content Pool

Wade Young of South Africa performs during the third race day at the Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania last year. Photo: Predrag Vuckovic/ Red Bull Content Pool

“The track is an extreme enduro course,” explains Cox, who has won more motorcycle titles than many have ridden races. “You could call it a sprint but it is going to be very technical with obstacles all along the way, so in truth it is going to be very slow going,” he says.

While still racing competitively in his age group, Cox has over the past few years chosen to take another path and nurture the younger talent, manage a racing team and give back to South African motorsport.

According to Cox the riders are in for a serious challenge with a mix of terrain, from muddy river-crossing, to rocky climbs and tight corners on the steep sugar cane farm.

“You know the area around Umzumbe always lends itself to technical riding,” he says. “If the riders want to test themselves ahead of the up-coming off-road season, then obviously this is the race to come to!”

Not usually a spectator-friendly sport, the circuit on Henderson’s Farm will lend itself to exciting racing in the elimination format and make for great live viewing.

“The track is an extreme enduro course,” said Alfie Cox, who has won more titles than many have ridden races. “You could call it a sprint but it is going to be very technical with obstacles all along the way." Photo: Kevin Sawyer/ Red Bull Content Pool

“The track is an extreme enduro course,” said Alfie Cox, who has won more titles than many have ridden races. “You could call it a sprint but it is going to be very technical with obstacles all along the way.” Photo: Kevin Sawyer/ Red Bull Content Pool

Among the 40 starters are likely to be Hard Enduro Ace and reigning SA Enduro Champ, Wade Young as well as Altus de Wet and SuperMoto and Trials legend, Brian Capper.

The format will see 40 riders line-up for round one, from where 30 will progress to round two. These 30 will then be whittled down to 20 who will compete in the final.

More info available here: http://on.fb.me/1XpXEX8

Alfie Cox, South African off-road motorsports legend, invites a field of 40 hard enduro riders to compete on an 11km course on Henderson’s Farm in uMzumbe. Photo: Kevin Sawyer/ Red Bull Content Pool

Alfie Cox, South African off-road motorsports legend, invites a field of 40 hard enduro riders to compete on an 11km course on Henderson’s Farm in uMzumbe. Photo: Kevin Sawyer/ Red Bull Content Pool

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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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