“The finest canoe club in the whole dam universe”

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.

Pod Mc Loughlin 21/12/1962 – 1/10/2018

Pod, a great Dabulamanzi Club member and supporter of Canoeing in South Africa, passed away last week in Australia, after an incredibly brave 6 year battle with cancer.
Pod was a member of Dabs from the late 1980’s till 2005 doing numerous Hansa Fish River Marathons, Hansa / Powerade Dusi’s and Umkos with various mates including Jim Davies and the infamous Chris Barrow.

Like most canoeists, Pod had a very close relationship with beer, having a 27 year career with SAB. He occupied various very senior roles including Marketing Director for SAB South Africa, Marketing Director SABMiller Columbia, CEO Pacific Beverages Australia, and more recently was Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil Australia.

Pod was instrumental in Hansa and Powerade getting involved with our sport and absolutely nothing was ever too much for Pod. Pod was responsible for all the Hansa coolers at Dabs Club House, for the High Altitude Flying Fish sponsorship and for the hundreds and hundreds of cases of Hansa that were drunk at every canoeing event around the country.

An Extraordinary Man with a Big Heart who united so many people around the world. He is going to be missed by all.

Note: There will be a Memorial Service for Pod in KZN, early November. Details to follow.


The weekend has finally dawned….LIEBENBERGSVLEI time!
Admittedly the entries from the club could have been a bit better, but the committee is hoping and trusting that’s due to the lackadaisical attitude of paddlers and most are planning to enter tomorrow when they get there.
Have a good one!


TGIF! It’s a big weekend down there by the club. The World Champs is being streamed live, boats are being auctioned and the weather looks fairly chilly, but still better than winter. So head on down.


There has been the odd crackle on the airwaves, whatsapp groups are coming alive, The Fish entries reminders are hitting the SMS and email channels, and though one swallow has not yet a summer made, the paddlers are coming back to life. So there is stuff to read about……



Dabulamanzi is proud to present our annual Dabs Dinner Dance!

Buy your tickets today:
Dabulamanzi Canoe Club
Greenside (197505)
Current account
Account number: 1970993626
Use your surname and “Dance” as a reference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pilates for paddlers

NOTE time changes!

Reminder of Pilates classes, if you haven’t stretched your boundaries, or your hamstrings lately, this is for you.

Pilates is great for the prevention of injuries and will create flexibility, mobility, stability and core strength, which will help you to sit taller and be stronger and faster in your boat

Classes will be every Wednesday 6 – 7, 7 – 8 and 8 – 9. Friday mornings from 7 – 8 am. 

Your first Pilates session will be free of charge, thereafter R100 pp per class, Juniors R50. *(please bring your own mat)

You are welcome to bring your wives, friends and kids along. (Afternoon classes can be arranged if there is a demand).

Call Sonja if you have any queries on 084 9119881 or bons@iafrica.com

Eurosteel Sports4life Marathon

The marathon event on Sunday the 17th November at JCC/Wemmer Pan is a K1 event, but K2’s and K3’s will be welcome.

We will also be hosting a guppy/ junior event which will start just after the main race at around 10.00 am.

The purpose of the event is to promote and celebrate our new world champions and to give them the exposure that they so rightly deserve. The event will be filmed for showing on SuperSport and thus we are hoping to get at least 200 boats on the water.

Race registration will be from 0700 – 0745 am on the 17th.

The race start time is : 08.00 am.

Race entry is via the GCU/CSA race entry system and standard race entry fees apply.

The main race distances are: 6 km, 12 km, 16 km and 21 km. These distances are to encourage every level of paddler to come down and enjoy an amazing morning’s racing.

There will be portages every 4 km.



Pad drive

Some of you may have heard of this already, Andile from Adreach is doing a Pad drive in September 2018.

It’s a campaign that is based around Mandela Day but has been stretched into 67 Days.

He is collecting sanitary towels from willing corporates, friends and schools and handing them over to the schools he works with (4 in the South, 4 in the North) Soweto and Alexandra.

We’ve already managed to get 44 000 and the aim is to get 67 000 sanitary towels. Would really love for Dabs members to partake in this initiative. Help a girl child not miss school!