Dusi: task team remove tree blocking canoe marathon route

2009-12-07 00:00

A FALLEN gum tree that posed significant danger to paddlers practising for the Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon has been removed.

Dave Still, chairman of Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct), said the blockage at a spot just below Woodhouse Road, known to paddlers as Low Level bridge, has been cleared.

“Paddlers who did the recent Ngwenya Challenge race had to negotiate this rather nasty gum tree block. A small task team has now removed it.

“Their action epitomises the Duct philosophy. It was a difficult job, but instead of just talking about it, they got on and sorted it out.

“A big thank you to Ian Shuter and Shane Houghting and their team from Maple Leaf Arborists, Stihl Equipment and George Forder for rising to the challenge.

“People from the same team also cleared tree blocks on the upper uMngeni a few months ago,” Still said.

The Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place in January.

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