Dusi assures paddlers on security following weekend robberies – Northglen News

THE organisers of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February have actually stepped in to reassure paddlers that their safety will be guaranteed, following events of theft that spoiled the 50 Miler one-day race at the weekend.

A number of individuals were robbed by a trio of wrongdoers operating in the Second Saddle location simply above the confluence of the uMsindusi and uMngeni Rivers.

FNB Dusi GM Steve Botha has slammed the occurrences and assured paddlers that the security plan already in location for the FNB Dusi will make sure that there is no repeat of these incidents when the 3 day classic takes location in a month’s time.

“It is deeply upsetting to discover of these events,” said Botha. “This is a little criminal component that is operating in an area that has been really encouraging of paddling events for several years now.”

“It is a 2 method relationship that has seen the paddling community invest heavily in the area structure school class, crèches and clinics for many years through the Valley Chiefs Fund. The Dusi Canoe Marathon has an incredibly excellent relationship with the chiefs down the Dusi valley and a variety of meetings are convened where among other things safety of paddlers is gone over. The chiefs are likewise aware of the dates of the occasion and when all the lorries will remain in the valley and of the cash raised to boost their neighborhoods.”

Botha said he hoped that the law enforcement companies would work tirelessly to recognize the criminals and bring them to book.

He added that the thorough safety plan that is in location for the FNB Dusi would guarantee a co-ordinated security will reject criminal aspects any chance to operate.

“The Dusi committee likewise has substantial relationships with all departments of the SAP services and on Wednesday we will hold the Dusi Canoe Marathon safety and security conference with the Pietermaritzburg SAPS, the Horse Installed System, the Motorbike Unit, the Air Wing System, Browse and Rescue, the K9 Canine Unit, Durban Metro Cops, the Durban Horse Installed System and the SA Navy personnel. At this conference all planning and contingency techniques are discussed,” he added.

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