Pietermaritzburg – Organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon are
confident the 2016 edition of the iconic Pietermaritzburg to Durban paddling
race will be staged on manageable river levels despite KwaZulu-Natal, and much
of the rest of South Africa, continuing to be plagued by the current drought.
While the management of the precious commodity continues to remain top priority
for the Department of Water Affairs and Umgeni Water alike and with heavy rainfall
unlikely to occur any time in the near future, participants of the Dusi are
likely to still enjoy an adequate water level for the three day event from
“We are doing everything we possibly can to ensure there is enough water in the
rivers for the 2016 Dusi while also bearing in mind the desperate need to
conserve water as best we possibly can during this difficult time for all,”
confirmed Dusi Canoe Marathon General Manager, Brett Austen Smith.
“As always, we will make the relevant official requests for a full release from
Henley Dam – which is not a water supply dam – while we will also try to assist
Umgeni Water however we can to ensure a release from Nagle Dam.”
While the Henley and Nagle Dam releases assist paddlers during the opening two
stages, the third and final stretch from Msinsi Resort to Blue Lagoon is solely
influenced by flow out of Inanda Dam.
With enough rainfall set to fall between December and February to fill Inanda
Dam and see it spill for the first time in months unlikely, organisers are
working closely with relevant authorities to secure a coordinated water
“Umgeni Water is required to perform an environmental flush annually and we
have been fortunate in the past that they have been willing to ensure this
coincides with the staging of the Dusi,” said Austen Smith.
“We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Umgeni Water
on this in years gone by and are hopeful that this can continue in 2016 once
FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue
Lagoon, Durban from 18-20 February 2016. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za.