2020 FNB Dusi Canoe
04 Feb 2020
Euro Steel & Dusi continue strong partnership
Pietermaritzburg – Following years of support for the sport of canoeing,
through their team of elite athletes, and the Dusi Canoe Marathon, Euro
Steel have reassured Natal Canoe Club of their commitment to South Africa’s
most iconic canoe marathon from 27-29 February 2020.
Following the recent chemical spill into the Baynespruit from the Willowton
site, the state of our river system’s has come under the spotlight even
further and through some proactive work Euro Steel have decided to make a
“The major issue facing us right now is water quality,” said Doug Gow, the
newly elected Chairman of NCC.
“The partnership with Euro Steel, who have invested in the Save Our Rivers
campaign, will ensure direct action is taken on the issues the Msunduzi and
uMngeni Rivers currently face.”
Euro Steel support Save our Rivers which has four different action points on
the river covering; sewerage blockage monitoring in Pietermaritzburg, water
testing of the uMngeni, a plastic and nappy pick-up team and a
water-hyacinth-to-fuel plant at Pumphouse Weir.
These teams operate daily to ensure a better quality river system for
paddlers but more importantly, will improve the quality of potable water for
both the for the communities residing alone the river banks as well as the
greater Durban Metro area.
Colin Wilson, CEO of Euro Steel and a Dusi age category winner, has embraced
the opportunity to invest in the community beyond the paddlers themselves.
“Our paddling team have provided exceptional results over the years, and
continue to do so,” he said. “This extension of our involvement towards
ensuring good water for all is testament to our philosophy of partnering
“As rivers are the life blood of our country, it is incumbent on us to
expand on these activities on a national basis going forward. The lack of
clean water is becoming critical.
“We will start this process organically and expand where possible.”
Newly appointed Dusi Chairman, Shane Le Breton, added that the initiatives
brought forward by Euro Steel have resulted in some exciting developments
which will add huge value to the race; and excite some older paddlers who
may have thought the paddling challenge had lost its appeal.
“We’ll be announcing these changes in the weeks building up to the race and
are sure that the focus on participant safety, spectator enjoyment and
family involvement will be well received.
“Taking dynamic activations from various sports and bringing them into the
Dusi mix, we hope, will ensure that paddlers and supporters will see an
active, positive shift in the event.”
“Paddlers look for good water and the water system is currently at some of
the most exciting levels in nine years. We would encourage entries as soon
as possible so that we can put all our plans in place to make it a memorable
Entries to the Dusi are flowing into the NCC offices following the
successful hosting of the Ozzie Gladwin canoe marathon which showed a
significant growth for the first time since the national drought. This event
plays a major role in determining the ultimate seeding of the top paddlers
for the Dusi.
International paddlers are being attracted to the three day challenge from
Pietermaritzburg to Durban, with the Irish duo of Donnach Brennan and Tadhg
de Barra confirmed to be part of the race. Position holders in Ireland’s
most prolific river marathon the Liffey Descent, they arrive on South
African soil with known pedigree.
Race entries are open and can be done through the website
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champion of the Dusi Canoe Marathon Andy Birkett has been supported by
Euro Steel as has the race for a number of years and once again the
steel company has recommitted themselves to the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon from 27-29 February.
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