Pietermaritzburg – As the first bout of heavy summer rains hits the
inland regions of KwaZulu-Natal, 2019 Dusi Canoe Marathon personnel are
confident that the levels of the uMsundusi and uMngeni Rivers will be good when
the iconic event takes place from February 14-16.
The 2018 edition of the Dusi saw a break-through in day three conditions
where paddlers were able to paddle the section below the Inanda Dam wall at a
level of around eight cubic metres per second.
This meant that the event has become less reliant on large amounts of water
from Inanda Dam. With that said there is far more water in the dam systems at
this stage than there was at the same time 12 months ago.
“Inanda Dam was 48 percent full this time last year, it’s now at 78 percent
full which is a huge difference,” General Manager of the Dusi Steve Botha said.
“The dams up-river are almost overflowing and so once that happens then
hopefully Inanda will also full up from that.
“If Inanda overflows that would be incredible but I am still confident that we
will have some good water on day three.”
Kevin Trodd, the KZN Canoe Union Water Liaison Officer, has created a strong
relationship between himself and the team at Umgeni Water. Through this
relationship there has grown a much better understanding of the needs of both
“We are still working with the same team at Umgeni Water and through their team
of hydrologists and scientists they have worked out that there are many more
advantages to releasing larger amounts of water below Inanda Dam wall.
“Our system is working well and the team is happy that what we are doing isn’t
jeopardising any water to the greater Durban area so it is a win-win
situation,” Trodd explained.
“I am positive that through our relationship with Umgeni Water we will be able
to get some help from Nagle Dam meaning that there should be some nice clean
water when you hit Confluence.
“I’m not going to stick my neck out just yet about this but I think there is a
good chance of this happening.”
Entry details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za.