About Us

Dabulamanzi Canoe club was founded by a group of paddlers who decided to set up the second canoe club in Johannesburg (after JCC), which would be more conveniently situated in the north of Joburg, in 1979. The founder members, realising that Emmarentia Dam was to be the premier Gauteng canoeing venue of the future, had the vision to establish a club, which today consistently has a membership of some 1000+ members, comprising world champions in various categories, SA National Team members, SA champions, a strong provincial representation and recreational (fish n’chips) paddlers.

Dabulamanzi Canoe Club derives its name from Dabulamanzi kaMpande (1839 – 1886) a Zulu warrior who commanded the Zulus at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. His name is interpreted as ‘the one who conquers the waters.’ One of the founders of our club, Alan Witherden, was aware of the meaning of the name (although not, at that stage, its prestigious history). Thankfully his suggestion won out against competing names like The Whirlpool, Emmarentia Paddlers and Saxon Splashers. Chief Dabulamanzi’s father was the Zulu King Mpande, which made Dabulamanzi a half-nephew of the legendary Shaka and younger half-brother of Cetshwayo kaMpande, the last king of the Zulu Kingdom. After the defeat of the Zulus and the deposition of Cetshwayo, Dabulamanzi campaigned for the return of his brother to power. When Cetshwayo was restored in 1883, Dabulamanzi fought on to maintain the unity of the Zulu Kingdom.

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Dabs News – back in business

New committee, new paddling year, new you! The AGM was held last week. There is a new enthused, energised and endorphin loving bunch in charge.We are going to have a summer series, beginning on Thursday 1st October.  Roger Stubbs is going to run this. Clean up of Dabs...

Dabs News – what little there is

Mostly a big thank you. Some Level 3 guidelines. Donations for Snethemba - WELL DONE! SCARC food parcels - WELL DONE! Fees - not so well done. A few level 3 guidelinesIt's breakout day, and everyone will be eager to get back on the water, in spite of the fact that you...
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GCU marathon champ results

Well done everyone. A lot of precious metals came home with the Dabs crew.
Guppies
Girls U12
Juliet Mzibeli (gold)
Boys U10
Daniel Shalala (gold)
Joshua Friedericksen (silver)
U12
Jess Webber (gold)
Nhlamulo Mahwayi (silver)
Ladies K1
Under 14:
Lesedi Bobo (silver)
Lungile Mahwayi (bronze)
Under 16
Tinyiko Mahwayi (silver)
Under 18
Alexa Godden (gold)
Vet
Jodie Dreyer (gold)
Submaster

Sarah Evans (gold)

 

Men K1
Under 14
Theo Dreyer (gold)
Jordan Klopper (silver)
Sikhanyisele Dekeda (bronze)
Under 16
Luke Salmon (gold)
Nicholas Erwee (silver)
Under 18
Connor Erwee (bronze)
Under 23
Bradley Boulle (gold)
Benjamin Mntonintshi (silver)
Wongama Makasi (bronze)
Senior
Clinton Cook (gold)
MJ Robb (silver)
Subvet
Ryno Armdorf (silver)
Vet
Wayne Jacobs (gold)
Riccardo Taveli (silver)
Mark Garden (bronze)
Submaster
Luke Symons (gold)
Matthew Ballenden (silver)
Sean Evans (bronze)
Master
Brad Fisher (bronze)
SubGM
Colin Wilson (gold)
Clive Evans (silver)
Willem Burger (bronze)
GGM
Pete O’Connor (gold)
Steve Jourdan (silver)
Ladies K2
Under 14
Lungile Mahwayi and Lesedi Bobo (gold)
Unathi Njiyela and Okuhle Jokozela (silver)
Under 16
Tembelihle Jokozela and Tinyiko Mahwayi (gold)
Sibongile Rengoe and Amanda Ngamlana (bronze)
Mens K2
Under 14
Jess Webber and Bruno Cochrane (gold)
Owethu Duna and Sinelihle Jiza (silver)
Sikhanyisele Dekeda and Nkoskhona Makasi (bronze)
Under 16
Theo Dreyer and Joshua Ian Gillespie (gold)
Siyamithanda Qumbelo and Phikela Ngamlana (bronze)
Under 18
Nicholas Erwee and Harry Edgar (silver)
Luke Salmon and Connor Erwee (bronze)
Under 23
Wongama Makasi and Benjamin Mntoninshi (gold)
Senior
Wayne Jacobs and Clinton Cook (gold)
Jack Edmonds and MJ Robb (silver)
Subvet
Ryno Armdorf and Robert Hamer (gold)
Vet
Mark Garden and Kelvin Byres (gold)
Submaster
Dave Hamilton-Brown and Luke Symons (gold)
Roger Stubbs and Matthew Ballenden (silver)
Grandmaster
Chris Visser and Lloyde Hanson (silver)

SA marathon champ results

Here are the Dabs people who did so well in the canals of St Francis:

Singles

Men
U12

5. Matthew Wilson
6. Luke Wilson

U14

3. Theo Dreyer
7. Jordan Klopper

U16

6. Luke Salmon
9. Adrian Ross

Senior

7. Wayne Jacobs

SV

1. Grant Ahlschager
2. Mike Arthur
3. Alex Roberts

V

1. Riccardo Talevi

SM

3. Luke Symons
5. Roger Stubbs
6. Matthew Balleden
8. Sean Evans

M

7. Brad Fisher
8. Benjamin Cockram

SGM

4. Colin Wilson
7. Clive Evans
10. Danny Hanf

GM

3. Lloyde Hanson
6. Chris Visser

SGGM

4. Joe Torlage
5. Graham Holm

GGGM

1. Tony Lightfoot

Women

V

1. Jodie Dreyer

SM

2. Sarah Evans

GM

3. Cally Henderson

Doubles

U14

2. Luke and Matthew Wilson

U16

4. Luke Salmon Simon Chubb
5. Theo Dreyer Gareth Barberton

Senior

3. Clint Cook Wayne Jacobs

SV

1. Grant Ahlschlager Mike Arthur
2. Alex Roberts Riccardo Talevi

SM

2. Dave Hamilton-Brown Luke Symons
3. Matthew Ballenden Roger Stubbs
4. Brad Fisher Sean Evans
10. Neil Barrow Keith Flemmer
11. Robin Rheeder Ian Rheeder

SGM

1. Nic Oldert Colin Wilson
8. Raoul Goosen Danny Hanf

SGGM

1. Joe Torlage Pete O’Connor