The Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), whose mission is to champion the health of the uMngeni and Msunduzi Rivers, is planning an epic walk down the length of the uMngeni River, from source to sea.

The aim of the walk is

  • to raise awareness of the plight of this and all South African rivers.
  • to familiarise DUCT with the entire river. The majority of the work we do is in the Howick area, the Valley of 1000 hills and the Msunduzi river in the Pietermaritzburg area.

A small group of environmentalists passionate about our planet, and particularly water, are walking the uMngeni River in May 2012.  Starting at uMngeni Vlei – the plateau above Dargle and Fort Nottingham where the river rises – and ending at Blue Lagoon where is rushes into the Indian Ocean. Along the way they will be documenting and recording all impacts on the river and posting daily stories of their adventures and findings on this blog.

Unfortunately, for logistical reasons, a group of only six members is able to walk for four weeks all the way. Many people would like to join us and our itinerary will be available soon. We will attempt to give everyone the opportunity to indicate a section where they would like to join us for the day.   In return we require your assistance with recording the trip and then promptly sending a report to our media officer, afterwards.

Alternately, as Mayday for Rivers is ultimately about all our rivers, we are asking hikers and walkers if they have a favourite river, or a river close to them, to consider undertaking a similar walk down their river. It need not be a huge undertaking, maybe only over a weekend, or for one day, sometime in May. In this way  helping to extend the fellowship of the uMngeni River to other rivers across South Africa and the World.  All we request is that you send us the story of your river walk and a couple of photos, to add to our blog.

Penny Rees is coordinator of this event. Should you wish to offer assistance or sponsorship for this project, contact her on 082 340 7571, 033 330 7524 or pennyduct@vodamail.co.za

For more information about DUCT activities see http://www.duct.org.za

Media contact info@midlandsconservancies.org.za


6 Responses to About

  1. aavanessa says:

    Dear Pandora & All the Hikers (Mayday for Rivers doesn’t remotely resemble a ‘walk’ to me)
    I wish you well on your extraordinary expedition & wish you every success in raising awareness.
    Good luck, I’ll be following your progress.

  2. jeffrey buthelezi says:

    hi pandora and hikers it very good campaign we support it 100% especially us as Durban green corridor at isithumba. We wish to join you in this campaign. We wish u all the best in the walk.

  3. I walked from Port St Johns to Port Edward in 1976, along the beach and over hills. That was a walk in the park compared to what you’ve just started… May Day indeed… I will see you on Friday and again on Saturday when I cook my ducks for you, maybe you will need more energy than that. Good luck and please do not “break a leg”… Dean de Chazal of Dargle Ducks – “We are the Dux”

  4. Douw says:

    Dear Penny and the “walk-about-team”
    We all wished we could have shared the moment with you all when the first step towards Durban was made!!!…but I will surely walk all the way with you with my electronic boots (laptop)>>the plastics industry of South Africa (Plastics|SA) look forward to see you in Durban and you sharing this incredible experience with us on World Oceans Day in Durban on 8 June!!!!
    We wil post “this walk” on our Cleanup SA website (rivers and dams) http://www.cleanup-sa.co.za to promote this incredible adventure you and the team are taking!!
    Douw Steyn, Plastics|SA

  5. Hi :). Your photos of Nagle Dam interest me. I’m a hobby photographer and would like to shoot some sunsets on any rivers between Inanda Dam and Nagle, or slightly out from there. Looking for clear water, rapids, big rocks, access by LDV. Can you give me any pointers please?

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