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SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge: Grantleigh College – Saturday 7 May 2016



Raising the trophy for the second time, Grantleigh scooped the honours for the Northern Coastal Regional in a nail biting final against Hoërskool Richardsbaai at the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge on Saturday (7 May).

In a thrilling final, the host team Grantleigh managed to go one up after a riveting 20minute game dominated by Grantleigh. The only goal in the medal game was awarded to star player Nicole Anderson who knocked the ball threateningly across the HSRB’s goals, only to find the foot of defender Some Stander, with the ball deflecting it into the goal.

Five minutes earlier Hoërskool Richardsbaai made a run down to Grantleigh’s goals. After a free hit outside the circle, Dominique Skinner brilliantly fired the ball in with a reverse stick shot that rocketed towards the top right hand corner, hitting the upright and dropping agonisingly directly down. A mad tussle ensued, with the ball eventually rolling across the line and the umpire awarding a hard-fought goal. The umpires conferred and the decision was reversed, with the score-line still sitting on zero.

Captain for Grantliegh, Micaella Forbes said, “It was a tough challenge but we focused on playing good hockey. We fought strongly right until the end. We are delighted with the result and can’t wait until the finals.”

Both teams topped their respective logs in the pool games, with Hoërskool Richardsbaai levelling on points with eventual third placed Felixton College and their pool being decided on goal differences.

Grantleigh had a smoother ride to their semi-finals, were they met an impressive Felixton outfit. The first semi-final ended with the scorecard nil nil, and the game concluding with a penalty shootout. The first to take the eight second rolling penalty was Anderson who confidently slotted in her attempt. Felixton’s Aphiwe Nene was first up for her team, and her attempt scraped past the right hand upright. Danielle van Onselen was second up for Grantleigh, and in similar fashion confidently took her team to 2 nil. Fourth was Kayla Jansen from Felixton, who bravely tried a different approach of sending the ball over Grantleigh’s keeper, Sajana Nagesur’s head. Both Nagesur and Jansen watched as the ball slowly looped up, getting ever so tantalisingly close but bounced just wide of the goal allowing Grantleigh to play for the regional trophy.


In the second semi-final, Hoërskool Richardsbaai met a strong-willed St Catherine’s. In a more traditional result, the Hoërskool knocked in two with their left wing, Charlene Duminy, scoring both goals.

Most Promising Umpire for this year was Mandini’s Eleone Engelbrecht who showed great potential with the whistle.

Tournament Director, Les Galloway stated, “It was a great turn out with exciting hockey being played. What really was impressive was the animated and supportive crowd that was there cheering the girls on from the side lines.”

MD for SPAR KZN, Rob Philipson said, “We are pleased with how this tournament went. We welcome Grantleigh for the second time to the finals in Durban. For the defending champs, Empangeni, it just wasn’t meant to be this year.”

Getting their names engraved on the Northern Coastal Regional trophy for the second time, Grantleigh are the eighth team to secure their spot at the Grand Finals. They won the inaugural regional tournament in 2011.

Joining them are Sarel Cilliers from the Northern KZN Regional; St Anne’s College and Pietermaritzburg Girls High School both from the Pietermaritzburg Regionals; Durban Girls College, winners of the Durban Central Regional, Amanzimtoti representing the Durban South Regional; Ashton International from the Durban North Regional and most recently King Edward High School from the Southern KZN Regional.

The finals take place at the end of July at St Mary’s DSG.

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1 Grantleigh, 2 Hoerskool Richardsbaai, 3 Felixton College, 4 St Catherine’s, 5 Empangeni High School, 6 Mandini, 7 Eshowe High School, 8 Richards Bay Christian School

Pic by Sophie Thompson


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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.

For more information, visit

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