Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Good water levels assured for Non-Stop Dusi warriors
Pietermaritzburg – Regular summer rainfall over KwaZulu-Natal and a
carefully co-ordinated water release from Umgeni Water means that the brave
paddlers setting out on the 2020 Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Marathon paddlers can look forward to good river conditions for the Dusi in
a Day on Friday, 13 March.
Following on from one of the best Dusi Canoe Marathons in the past decade,
the interest in paddling on the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers has gained
significant traction, however the Non-Stop Dusi has always appealed to a
minority group of hardened paddlers.
The 100km race from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon isn’t the same as the Dusi in
that the rules differ quite substantially, one important factor they do
share is the need for water and KNCU Water Liason Kevin Trodd is confident
the water levels will be good.
“We will probably see around fifteen cumecs (cubic metres per second) coming
out of Inanda Dam, which we co-ordinate for the Non-Stop,” Trodd said.
“Along with that we have a release from Henley Dam for the event so that
will make the river paddleable.
“The big difference between the Dusi and Non-Stop is that we have to release
the water well in advance for Non-Stop because the water has to be in the
system for the day.
“For Dusi we can release just before day one and then the water has time to
filter down for day two.
“Non-Stop paddlers will get about five cumecs for this Friday but if we have
a storm early in the week then that number will be higher. That is the same
as every year and day one and two of the Dusi will be fine for the paddlers.
“We will try and get more but that is all dependent on the weather in the
first part of this week.”
The Non-Stop Dusi follows the same route as the Dusi in that it follows the
Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon however there are
a number of different rules that govern the Dusi in a Day.
Paddlers have the advantage of being able to portage large sections of the
river that they are forced to paddle during the Dusi.
Should Red Bull/Euro Steel’s Sbonelo Khwela return and win this year’s
Non-Stop he will become the first paddler to win the race on ten occasions.
Traditionally there is a large contingent of Martin Dreyer’s FNB Change a
Life Academy that competes and the academy stars have become a dominant
force in the race.
The likes of Dusi top five finishers Banetse Nkhoesa and Msawenkosi Mtolo as
well as Mthobisi Cele, Mpilo Zondi and Thabani Msiya have all featured
strongly over the past few years.
The Garden City Commercials
Non-Stop Dusi takes places from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon on Friday 13
For more information go to www.nonstopdusi.co.za
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Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
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Following fantastic water levels
at the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddlers taking on the Dusi in a Day can
also expect good water levels for the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Friday the 13th March.
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