Mother’s Day – Mpofana miniSASS & Memories

It was with gratitude that I (Penny Rees)  spent yesterday with Mama River as my Mum passed over last year just before Mother’s Day.  The Balgowan Conservancy Water Workshop on the Mpofana River was a special way to fill the gap!

What we lacked in numbers today, was definitely made up in enthusiasm – everyone got stuck in collecting wee beasties in the Mpofana stream.


We spent an extremely laid back and happy couple of hours beside the stream chatting about river health in general. Once again we hit the jackpot – a beautiful large Stonefly!!!!!!


Mini SASS Score: 8.25: Natural, unmodified condition. Howzat?! Not often we find such a score.


The Mpofana is a crucial part of the Mooi uMngeni inter-basin transfer as the water from the Mooi River is deposited into this stream. This is already causing erosion, so everyone is waiting with bated breath to see what happens when the increased amount of water is sent down from the new Springrove Dam.


The Balgowan Conservancy are keen to get cracking as River Custodians, and so my arm was twisted (not with any difficulty) to walk the Mpofana stream. So in mid October this year, we will be off on another river adventure down the Mpofana. Watch this space!

To all the mums reading this – hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I remember Mother’s Day two years ago, when Pandora, Wendy and I were each presented with a tiny individual Mother’s Day cake on the shores of Albert Falls dam, during the uMngeni River Walk.


Later in the morning we set off to continue the walk – by paddling a section of the river deemed too difficult for us to walk. We launched the canoes at a picnic spot below Albert Falls dam and shot our first weir – to the cheers and encouragement of Mother’s Day picknickers lining the river banks!



About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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One Response to Mother’s Day – Mpofana miniSASS & Memories

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