Arcto, as he has been named by his caregivers, is the first ever Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazelle) to have been recorded on South African shores.
Watching him rest quietly on the unfamiliar surface slab after taking a leisurely swim in the pool, it is hard to imagine what he could be making of his new surroundings. This new world must be indescribably different from his natural world, 4, 382 kilometres away in the freezing Antarctic waters.
Antarctic Fur Seals are naturally found at Antarctica with most being resident on South Georgia Islands. Breakaway groups are, however, also found on the South Sandwich Islands, Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Island. With South Africa being the closest to Kerguelen Island, uShaka Sea World feels that he possibly wandered from Kerguelen Island.
Although it is well documented that wandering or vagrant seals of all species are found from time to time far from their natural feeding grounds, the reasons for their wandering ways are not well understood. Arcto is a young adult and it is known that juveniles and young seals spend several years at sea before returning to their birth sites to mate for the first time.
Perhaps Arcto was drawn by South Africa’s reputation as a warm, welcoming and friendly country. Kerguelen Island on the other hand is known as one of the most isolated places on earth.
Arcto was found on a beach at Port Edward (lower KZN south coast) and brought into the uShaka Sea World rehabilitation centre by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff. Within minutes of his arrival, the staff knew that he was very different from any of the previous seals admitted to the rehab facility.
“I have been working with stranded seals for over 25 years but have never observed a seal like Arcto before .He was placid, accepting of the assistance we offered and appeared to be content and oblivious to any possible or perceived threats,“ said Colette Bodenstaff, Assistant Curator, Mammals and Birds.
Although extremely thin and lethargic, there were no visual indications he had suffered injury and was therefore left to rest before staff attempted to offer him food.
The animal health team worked together with the animal behaviourists to map out a treatment plan with the ultimate goal of fattening him up and releasing him. As this is all new uncharted territory for both the Sea World staff and Arcto, is it difficult to predict how long it will take for him to gain sufficient weight for the long trip back home.
As Antarctic fur seals typically feed on krill, squid, fish and penguins they are trying to entice him with hake and squid. As yet he has not accepted either the squid or fish offered by the animal carers; however they are confident that within a day or two he will be eating. The sooner he starts eating, the sooner he can start gaining weight.
The team will also take fur and whisker samples for ongoing research by Marine Mammal Research experts into their distribution and behaviour.
For more information contact Ann Kunz on 0313288000
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
|Quality of Education Rank
|Alumni Employment Rank
|Research Performance Rank
Center for World University Rankings Methodology
CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities:
- 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%)
- 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%)
- Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
- Research Performance:
- Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers (10%)
- High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
- Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
- 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
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
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 www.saltasibaya.co.za
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