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eThekwini Municipality Open Dialogue: GO!Durban

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Councillor Ntando Khuzwayo, acting on behalf of the Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Zandile Gumede, officially opened the dialogue between GO!Durban and business with a special tour of the first sections of the new public transport infrastructure that is nearing completion.

Dubbed the Hambanathi (Come with us) Experience, 30 captains of industry and businesses met with officials and politicians spearheading the new public transport network, and were taken on a tour of the first dedicated bus route currently nearing completion.

“We have taken industry leaders on a tour to demonstrate how the new transport system within our City paves the way for economic growth and development,” said Cllr Khuzwayo. “There are many examples from across the globe as to how transport has transformed economies, and our new transport plans in GO!Durban are no different.”

Inviting business and industry leaders to join forces with government in a combined vision, Cllr Khuzwayo said “Exciting times are ahead, as the City of Durban shifts up a gear to deliver on our promise to make this the most caring and liveable City in Africa by 2030.”

“As government we can only create the policy framework and foundation for the economy to develop. But it is through your innovation, influence and direction that the economy is able to thrive and expand. So we are inviting industry and business to join us as we plan and implement for this brighter future for all.”

“This may be through independent ideas and projects, or public private partnerships, which, history has shown, are able to infuse a project of this magnitude with innovation and improved operational efficiency, accountability, cost effectiveness, financial efficiencies and productivity.”

To further illustrate the success of private public partnerships Danny Hattingh, Business Development Manager at PRASA gave an overview of the plans to improve commuter rail and opportunities that are inherent in this, while Michael Deighton, MD of Tongaat Hulett Developments gave a testimonial on the success of the company’s ongoing partnerships with government and the value these add to developing opportunities for business in the City.

Cllr Khuzwayo reminded the gathering that world-over cities are recognising that transport is a key instrument to a better urban future and an enabler of societal and economic growth and development. “We acknowledge that an improved public transport system for Durban will be the lifeblood of the socio-economic development of our City.”

“The Mayor’s office is faced with many key decisions impacting the people of eThekwini, and ultimately its goal is to create a City of opportunity for our people,” he said calling for more collaboration between industry, business and government, and giving her commitment to prioritising transport in the City and that key decisions be made promptly to moving delivery on the GO!Durban project.

The business leaders were taken on a tour to experience how the City’s new transport vision will support and possibly lead to further growth of the local economy. The tour enabled them to experience the current transport challenges many of their employees faced, how public transport has already begun to transform, and were given a glimpse of how the new bus rapid transport (dedicated bus lanes) and improved fleet and operations will work towards improving the local economy.

“The conversation with business will enable us to appreciate the challenges we as government and private enterprise face together,” explained Cllr Khuzwayo. “We will be able to demonstrate what we have already achieved, so that we can align our goals, and develop a shared vision for the betterment of all.”

Cllr Khuzwayo pointed out that the City was open to proposals that were innovative and economically viable for the development of precincts around the various GO!Durban stations and linked areas, from businesses and industry.  “We welcome suggestions and ideas on how the new transport system could best serve the economic interests of the businesses and industry in the City, and how we can collaborate with a joint vision for all.”

GO!Durban plan to host a number of “Hambanathi Experiences” with business and industry leaders going forward. For more information go to www.godurban.co.za or emailinfo@godurban.co.za.

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I heart Market moves to Ballito’s Sugar Rush Park

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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 info@iheartmkt.com

 

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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

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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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