Conservancy dinghy launched

2016-02-03 06:00
Toasting the launch is Craig Chamier. Photo: supplied

Toasting the launch is Craig Chamier. Photo: supplied

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THE Toti Conservancy dinghy “Leguaan” (Uxamu in Zulu and visible on the starboard side of the dinghy) was launched in the Amanzimtoti River on Saturday, 30 January.
The dinghy will be used to monitor rivers within the Toti Conservancy registered area, to deal with issues of pollution and to continue the removal of aquatic weeds and litter from the river.
Leguaan-Uxamu are the common English and Zulu names for the Nile River monitor.

Laura Taylor, Toti Conservancy chairperson, conducted the ceremonial naming and launch with champagne.
“This dinghy is here because of the work, help and generosity of many,” said Taylor.
The generosity of Jeff d'Engle and Francois van Dyk of Twin-Dragons Group for their donation of the dinghy was acknowledged.

The annual grant, allocated by Amanzimtoti Sports Centre to all affiliated­ members, enabled Toti Conservancy to purchase a small, environmentally friendly motor, and life jackets­ will also be purchased.
Dixon Batteries donated two batteries, which is much appreciated.
“None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Toti Conservancy group,” said Taylor.

Leguaan was supported on her maiden voyage by a “sail past” of paddle­ skis manned by members of the Toti Conservancy and the Green Scorpions (Kingsway High School Conservancy group), and cheered on by observers on the river bank.
In the short time the dinghy and paddle skiers were out on the river a pile of water hyacinth and bags of litter were collected.
Supporters took turns being out on the river, the dinghy ably piloted by young Kaden Neilsen.

With the support of Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, the Toti Conservancy has projects that involve removing alien vegetation on the Toti River and along the banks. Gill van Wyk, an expert on alien plants, has been marking alien plants, and is consulting won their removal. Contact Amanzimtoti Sports Centre through its Facebook page or email Van Wyk at if you would like to help with the clean up.

For more information on Toti Conservancy, and the various projects where your involvement will be welcomed, contact Corinne Winson at
- Supplied.

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Toti
Conservancy group

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