News and Events



Dabs Mailer 23 Feb

A great set of results from all the DABS and SCARC paddlers, well done to all those who made it to the finish line, and congratulations to all that made it onto a podium. An amazing result from Siseko & Sbonelo on their 3rd place overall, mixing it up all of the way, in a tightly fought podium race. Top 50 DABS & SCARC results and special mentions listed below. 

If you haven't seen the live coverage of Dusi day 3, it is worth a watch, great footage of all the action from the front, check it our HERE. The organising committee really put in a superb effort at this years race.

Next up on the paddling scene:

  • HASSC - 3rd March, Andy Birkett & Hayley Nixon have got their entries in already
  • Beginners coaching with Holly, Phineas & Paolo starting 24th February
  • Umkomaas Canoe Marathon - 17/18 March (Enter HERE)

A huge thanks to Richard Wooley from Power Cleaning Services for the incredible job of cleaning the clubs floors (see the great results below).

Please note that the Dabulamanzi office will be closed until the 28th February.

 FNB Dusi Results

3. Siseko & Sbonelo, SOW/UMZ, [ 8:13:29.38 ],
6. Loveday & Thando, SOW/SOW, [ 8:35:58.23 ],
13. Zonele & Piers, SOW/DAB, [ 8:58:23.70 ],
26. Xolile & Phineas, UMZ/SOW, [ 9:31:56.13 ],
29. Alistair & Robert, DAB/DAB, [ 9:35:39.36 ],
32. Alex & Shaun, DAB/FLO, [ 9:41:33.14 ], (SV)2
33. Mark & Kelvin, DAB/DAB, [ 9:41:55.34 ], (V)1
40. Thembinkosi & Nkosi, UMZ/SOW, [ 9:53:29.63 ],
44. Simnikiwe & Chazani, SOW/SOW, [ 9:56:44.23 ],
46. Skhumbuzo & Tom, LEM/SOW, [ 9:58:47.76 ],
53. Andrew & Paul, DAB/NAT, [ 10:20:14.67 ], (SM)3
97. Graham & Troy, MID/DAB, [ 11:32:46.85 ], (M)1
169. Holly & Daniela, DAB/DAB, [ 12:46:59.38 ], F10
254. Merrill & Sonja, MID/DAB, [ 13:42:49.74 ], (M)1 (F)

Dabs Beginner's series

Gear Up Paddle Up is back! Dabulamanzi Canoe Club is proud to present our annual beginner's program. All novices are welcome - whether you've been in a boat or not. See the poster for dates. Email Holly ( for queries and bookings. We look forward to seeing you there!

 High Altitude Surfski Champs

if you are a CSA registered paddler please pre-enter before midnight on 1 March If you are not CSA registered we still want you to paddle. You can enter on the day of the race ie 3 March. All entries must register on race day to collect their giveaways and enter the draw for a spanking new SWORDFISH!! we expect 100+ surf skis so registration will be busy.

To enter go to the CSA website (or the GCU website which will link you to
CSA).I have just entered and managed so you can too.

R80 for seniors, R40 for juniors for development paddlers and for out-of-gauteng paddlers

Guaranteed downwind conditions
Beach cocktails
Dry bag give-away
Chance to win a SET paddle
Chance to win a FENN SWORDFISH


Dabs 2018 Newsletter


Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year and all the best for 2018.
May your paddling adventures be numerous, thrilling, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Firstly, on behalf of Dabulamanzi I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family and friends, as well as SCARC, on the tragic loss of Tshidiso Bobo (a.k.a. Chilli).

Secondly, I would like to mention that Jason Brown has left Dabulamanzi in order that he may pursue other interests.
I would like to thank Jason for his contribution to the Club and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
As far as possible please direct any queries you may have to the person responsible (or a member of the committee) or to Orcillia in the Dabulamanzi office ( who will redirect them appropriate person.

I would also like to remind you of the following events taking place over the next few weeks:

  • 20/21 January – DRAK Challenge;
  • 21 January – JCC Mini Marathon Series (K1);
  • 27/28 January – JCC 2 Day Klip;
  • 3 February – Elands 3338 Memorial Race;
  • 4 February – DABS Dambusters;
  • 6 February – VLC Night Race;
  • 15-17 February – FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon;


For those who are not yet aware, we are extremely fortunate to have the services of Attila Adrovicz, an Olympic medalist and internationally accredited coach, as our Head Coach at Dabulamanzi, who is ably supported by Phineas Zulu.

Attila has arranged numerous training squads in order to accommodate all levels of paddlers. Please enquire with Attila should you wish to join any of these squads or refer to the website for more information.

Beginners classes are also available on Saturday afternoons for those new to the sport and/or the club. Please enquire at the DABS office with Orcillia regarding these sessions.

Private coaching is also available to all those serious about improving their technique and overall paddling. Please speak to Attila in this regard.


  1. Explore a new river.
  2. Introduce a friend to the sport. Experience the joy of watching someone discover the magic of paddling by taking a friend for a few laps around Emmarentia Dam ordown a river this year.Liebenbergsvlei will be the ultimate introduction to river paddling!!!
  3. Take a first aid or Swiftwater Rescue course. Renew your certifications or earn new ones while learning skills that could potentially save lives.
  4. Give back. Make a donation, or volunteer. Find organizations trying to protect our rivers or helping introduce people to canoeing. Volunteer your professional services or help out at an event.
  5. Get professional instruction or coaching. Every paddler can benefit from professional coaching or instruction, whether it be to improve on your TT time, up the ante between your mates, or become more competitive in races, who wouldn’t enjoy going a little faster.

Yours sincerely,
Wayne Jacobs
On behalf of Dabulamanzi Canoe Club