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SAS Grand Slam and Hobie 14 Provincials



Sailing conditions don’t get better than the Durban balmy winters and sailors took full advantage of the warm days over the long weekend competing offshore in the SAS Grand Slam incorporating the Hobie 14 Provincials hosted by Point Yacht Club. 

Mount Edgecombe’s Garth Loudon dominated the Hobie 14 class finishing 18pts ahead of his closest rival. Loudon has just returned from a successful adventure in Europe where he, together with his sailing partner Robbie Edwards-Bettsy, won the European Hobie 16 Grand Masters. Loudon competing solo at the Hobie 14 Provincials took line honours in five of the races offshore. After his two race discards, his score sheet also showed three seconds and two thirds. 

An impressive fleet turned out over the four days, with over 50 boats taking to the water for a maximum of 12 races. The first two days, the conditions were champagne sailing with a gentle dose of wind mixed in with blue skies. Race Officer for the event, Kevin Bingham managed to get in the majority of the races on the first two days, slotting in four races on the first day and five on the second.

The predictions were correct on day three as a building south-westerly with personality greeted the sailors. With only three races still remaining, Bingham and his team constantly kept an eye on the Anemometer. During the eleventh race, conditions deteriorated causing havoc on the water. Majority of the fleet battled with the growing gusts’, looking out from the bridge boat it was carnage on the race track with a number of boats cartwheeling and tumble-weeding across the short sharp chop.

Rear Commodore for Dinghies, Myles White said, “Despite the white horses in the harbour, the average wind speed proved to be around 17 knots with gusts in the low 20s – so, the boats were called to the race course, the Oppies stayed onshore, and the start sequence got underway. The first race was completed despite several capsizes in all classes, but it was after the second race got underway that the breeze got up properly. We had cartwheeling Hobies and Lasers crossing the finish line before being sent home. In one humorous instance, Hobie competitor Wayne Smith capsized on the finish line in dramatic fashion, and shouted across to the bridge boat if he was ‘over’, and we confirmed in more than one way.”

The rescue and support team were kept busy righting boats that had been knocked down in the blustery gusts. Racing was suspended at the end of the second race, with the brave competitors safely returning to shore.

The fleet needed to come out on Women’s Day to conclude the regatta. Majority of the boats took to the water in near-perfect conditions for the final race that took place after the sprinkling of sailing stalwart, Bob Fraser’s ashes in the harbour. 

The fleet comprised 50 boats altogether with 19 of these being Hobies. Also on the water were Darts, a Tornado and Hobie Tiger comprising the Open Cat fleet; 505s and 29ers being the Open Dinghies; approximately 10 Lasers, and 12 Optimists who wanted offshore experience in advance of an upcoming international regatta. 

The next event for the yacht club requires all in attendance to don their smart attire at this year’s Commodore’s Dinner with host Beauty Ramapelepele that takes place on Saturday 20 August.

For more info visit or contact the club on 031 301 4787.

Powering out of the starting blocks, Laser sailor Marcello Marcia bolts his way up to the top mark during the SAS Grand Slam incorporating the Hobie 14 Provincials hosted by Point Yacht Club offshore over the long weekend.

Powering out of the starting blocks, Laser sailor Marcello Marcia bolts his way up to the top mark during the SAS Grand Slam incorporating the Hobie 14 Provincials hosted by Point Yacht Club offshore over the long weekend.



Hobie 14 Provincials

1 Garth Loudon 17pts, 2 Peter Hall 35pts, 3 Dylan Albert 40pts, 4 Richard Gorlei 44pts, 5 Wayne Smith 54pts, 6 Sean Fennessy 56pts, 7 Jethro Brophy-Tintinger 73pts, 8 Matthew Hall 92pts, 9 Justin Butler 94pts, 10 Stephanie Goodyear 98pts, 11 Rudi Fokkens 100pts, 12 Liam Fennessy 102pts, 13 Struan Campbell 124pts, 14 Rudi Rogge 126pts, 15 Ralph Thorpe 142pts, 16 Aldino Gorlei 149pts, 17 Bart Fokkens 157pts, 18 Sven Paton 167pts, 19 Nik Albert 168pts

Laser Radials

1= Kai Leslie 20pts, 1= Damian Muller 20pts, 3 Elsje Dijkstra 32pts, 4 Sam Lombaard 33pts, 5 Hannah Fokkens 39pts

Open Dinghies

1 Jason Muller (Laser 4.7) 24pts, 2 Rob Goulden (Laser) 28pts, 3 Rudolph Holm (Laser) 34pts, 4 Jonathan Ham (505) 37pts, 5 Benji Daniel / Chad Stevenson (29er) 39pts, 6 Hans Rogotzki (505) 61pts, 7 Rob Tarboton / Nick Matter (29er) 64pts, 8 Albrecht Holm (505) 66pts


1 Keagan Nel 18pts, 2 Tristan Tomlinson 20.5pts, 3 Duncan Hawksworth 27pts, 4 Iain Bowman 33.5pts, 5 Helen Janse Van Vuuren 34.5pts, 6 Scott Bowman 39.5pts, 7 Ingrid Holm 44pts, 8 Cameron Diesl 54.5pts, 9 Lena Holm 59.5pts, 10 Alex Wiederhold 72pts, 11 Ethan Hooper 74pts, 12 Jessica Fennessy 77pts

Open Catamarans

1 Rob Samways (Dart) 18pts, 2 Mark Kopel (Dart) 19pts, 3 Mark Witjenburgh / Brandon Witjenburg (Hobie Tiger) 27pts, 4 Gavin Wadsworth / Geetjie Wadsworth (Dart 2) 34pts, 5 Francois De La Fleuriot / Eli Brphy – Tintinger (Hobie Tornado) 48pts


Photo Credit: 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.

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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