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Illovo Sugar SA sweeten the deal for Durban’s lifesaving heroes



Illovo Sugar SA recently handed over 100 sets of new branded kit to one of SA’s leading Lifesaving Clubs – The Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club (LC) in Durban. The purchase of sun hats, training costumes, shorts and protective long-sleeved shirts form part of Illovo Sugar’s ongoing sponsorship of Suncoast Pirates and their support of the KZN community as a whole, while promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle.

“The new kit will allow for Suncoast Pirates LC to be instantly recognisable to the Durban community. These heroes work long shifts and their important duties often go unnoticed. We are very proud to support such a wonderful club that provides a great service and necessary water safety to not only Durban residents and visitors, but they also provide valuable training to new lifesavers who service all our beaches and inland water areas,” said Darrell de Wet, Illovo Sugar SA’s Marketing and Communications Manager.

Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club has one of the premier positions on the Durban Beachfront and the club also lays claim to hosting the oldest ski race in the world – the Pirates-Mhlanga-Pirates race every June. The local club has a proud history of producing top athletes who have represented their province and country since the club’s inception in 1927. Their latest top performing members include Alexandra Chislett and Seiyuran Perumal who were named the respective female and male top competitors of championships in the U14 age category at the SA Surf Championships and went onto dominate the SA Still Water Champs both breaking SA records.

Seyuran Perumal, Alexandra Chislett and Darrell de Wet

Seyuran Perumal, Alexandra Chislett and Darrell de Wet

Brad Pearse, Club Chairman of The Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club explained that although participating and doing well in competitions is an important aspect of the club – the primary focus of the club is to create a healthy family environment and instill a sense of pride and responsibility for providing the service of lifesaving for the community through their duties. “Suncoast Pirates LC is made up of an impressive and diverse group of individuals that all share the same passion, determination and drive. We have lifesavers that have been with us for many years and are an integral part of the community they serve. Although we are exceptionally proud of the members who represent KZN and SA in this sport, we also take great pride in the members at our club that have taken this sport into the disadvantaged communities to teach underprivileged kids and communities the importance of water safety. The reality is that we live in a country where a large portion of the youth are uneducated or come from disadvantaged homes and the Suncoast Pirates LC has enabled a number of these kids to be exposed to lifesaving and water safety. Many of them have gone onto become fully-fledged members of Pirates LC and they see the club as an extended family. Through our various programmes and training we have also been able to provide people with skill sets that result in job creation allowing some people to build a career out of the sport and to travel internationally. However, without the support of our sponsors, Suncoast Casino Hotels and Entertainment and Illovo Sugar SA, none of this would be possible. Running a lifesaving club is financially challenging with all the equipment, training and overhead expenses incurred so we are very grateful for their unwavering support over the years which allows us to keep serving and safeguarding the community,” concluded Pearse.

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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.

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