Dusi’s preparation for 2023 kicks into high gear

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As the summer rains arrive in KwaZulu-Natal, preparations for next year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon have begun.

The April floods devastated the province and highlighted a number of water quality concerns in the greater Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas.

These concerns echo those of the race organiser, given the importance of the safety and well-being of paddlers undertaking the epic three-day journey from the provincial capital to the ocean.

The event organizers have worked closely with the authorities of the various municipalities and are confident that plans are in place to improve water quality.

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The Dusi is unique in that there are a number of factors that differentiate water quality during the race from day-to-day water quality.

“The Dusi Canoe Marathon receives three extended freshwater outlets on the course from Henley Dam, Nagle Dam and Inanda Dam, allowing a significant influx of clean water into the river system,” said committee member Brad Glasspoole. event organizer.
Addressing the issue of ‘Dusi guts’, Glasspoole mentioned that statistics from the 2022 event suggested it was not common.
“Results from the 2022 Dusi medical tent and post-event survey statistics indicate a relatively low percentage of paddlers contracting Dusi’s guts.”

While acknowledging that work needs to be done to improve water quality, Glasspoole believes canoeing is a key voice in addressing these issues for the wider community.

“What is very important is that we recognize that the water quality is poor and that we as a paddling community need to highlight this issue to help improve the situation. This is not only for the benefit of our sport, but more importantly for the benefit of the large community living in the Msundusi and uMngeni river valleys.

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