Dusi Canoe Marathon

Dusi competitors watching their canoe washing away in horror.

Having completed 10 Dusi  Canoe Marathons, it is a great privilege to be a second to my son in law Marc Parker this year. I shot a huge number of images on the race, but this image encapsulates the drama and passion of this signature event in KZN. Despite the environmental depredations in this river system, there is something special about this PMB to Durban race, initiated by renowned environmentalist Dr. Ian Player.

He was passionate that another river, the Umkomaas River should run unhindered from the mountains to the sea. Despite other viable alternatives, there are now plans to dam this spectacular river. The upper catchment extraction will affect the entire river ecology. Its an utter disgrace. Already compromised rivers like the Tugela is a better alternative  – its  has the biggest catchment area in KZN and could be tapped closer to the coast in order that the entire river system isn’t affected. Too costly no doubt in the short term.But who cares? Screw the future.


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