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SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge



Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High’s Nolwazi Zondi tries to get away from Epworth’s Kelly Trimborn during the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional that took place at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High. Pic by Jonathan Burton

Defending their titles, St Anne’s College and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High regained their regional crowns in the Pietermaritzburg North Regional and Pietermaritzburg Central Regional at the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge up in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

St Anne’s College was in a league of their own at the magnificent AB Jackson fields. The team lead by former SA Men’s coach, Carlos Pereira were clear favourites winning all of their games. In the big Hilton derby, they took on The Wykeham Collegiate in a highly exciting game, where Saints slotted in the all-important one goal that secured their overall win in the round robin regional. 

Howick High School were in top form, the bright coloured team kitted out in orange fought hard on the turf and impressed with their skill, having vastly improved over the years. 

Girls’ High is one of only two teams who have an undefeated track record in the history of this tournament. The ‘Green Machine’ made it six in a row when they methodically worked their way to the top of their log. It wasn’t an easy ride to the top as Girls’ High drew with rivals, Epworth early in their round robin games. The two teams had an identical score sheet that had the tacticians number crunching the goal differences and what if scenarios. In Epworth’s final game, they met third placed Treverton. In the hard fought tussle, the two teams ended their efforts with a nil nil draw which gave Girls’ High their ticket to the finals. 

Both St Anne’s College and Pietermaritzburg Girls High then went on to play in the cross regional final of the Parklane SUPERSPAR final where St Anne’s were lucky enough to slot in one goal. Girls High dug down deep against Saints and were disappointed to find the back of the net twice only to have the goals disallowed as the umpires didn’t play advantage. The two will meet again at the Grand Finals in July in Kloof. 

“Pietermaritzburg, as usual, did not disappoint. We are always impressed with the level of hockey being played in these regions. The teams played fantastic hockey but importantly with commitment and enthusiasm and demonstrated great spirit.” said Les Galloway, Tournament Director. “At one point, for example, when one of the Alexandra High team’s goalie was injured, Epworth’s goalie stepped into the breach. Now that’s superb sportsmanship.” 

“Both regionals were played at new tournament venues, and we were really pleased with how smoothly and efficiently everything went.” said Rob Philipson, MD of SPAR KZN. “Family and friends turned out to support their teams, and the sense of it being an important sporting occasion was felt by all, of course with some pretty impressive hockey as well.” 

Two umpires at the tournament were awarded the title of Most Promising Umpires. Shining in the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional was Sibusiso Ndlovu, a scholar from Voortrekker High who was representing Epworth High School. Being recognised for his efforts at the Pietermaritzburg North Regional was up-and-coming umpire Matthew Memar from Grace College who was representing Linpark High at the tournament. 

St Anne’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High will join the newcomer team Sarel Cilliers from Glencoe, winners of the KZN North regional, and Durban Girls’ College who took the honours in the Durban Central Regionals. These four teams will be joined by six teams from around KwaZulu Natal at the Grand Finals at St Mary’s DSG in July. 

The next regional will be the Durban South Regional that takes place at 3 Schools Trust on 9 April

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PMB Central

1 Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, 2 Epworth High School, 3 Treverton College, 4 Alexander High School, 5 Russel High School, 6 Maritzburg Christian School 

PMB North

1 St Anne’s College, 2 The Wykeham Collegiate, 3 Howick High School, 4 Grace College, 5= Carter High School, 5= Linpark

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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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