Archive for April 2012
With the intense 3 month build-up to the 2012 Dusi in Feb, I thought March would be a mellow month.
I was incorrect, infact it was one notch up.
• March kicked off with the battle of all battles in the canoeing world – the Non Stop Dusi.
It was awesome to have CEO of Computershare, Stan Lorge, come witness the CAL Zulus racing 120km from Pmb to Durban, giving their utmost & more – dealing with continual cramps and extreme fatigue in the latter part of the race, they bravely conquered their inner Demons not to give up. CAL finished:
2nd – Lance & Kwanda,
4th – Michael & Eric,
6h – Roland & Thomas
7th – Lucas & Loveday
10th – Gavin & Zonele
• Kwanda then went on to brave the mighty waters of the Umkomaas river, becoming the second Black paddler to ever complete this big water race, finishing 7th overall with his Dusi partner Lance Kime.
• Change a Life entered a team in the WarTrail Extreme Triathlon (60km Mnt run, 135 Mtb, 60km Paddle on the Orange River), which takes place in the Eastern Cape in the town of Lady Grey and finishes under the Hertzog Bridge in Aliwal North – CAL 1st Team
• Towards the end of March, the Dusi Change a Life Zulus went on Tour. Courtesy of Europcar (George Corbett), they travelled up to the desert-like Northern Cape to complete in a brand new 3 day Double Canoe race on the Orange River, called the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon. The race started in Upington and finished 120km downstream, just above the infamous Augrabies Falls. Personally I believe that such a trip adds tremendous value to the ‘outlook of life’ for these rural Zulus – as their eyes were wide open as to the harshness of the region – dry & very hot, and the poverty of the rural folk. Incredibly the “Dop System” of payment is still in practice in some places – alcoholism destroys the very fabric that holds a Family together.
CAL was 2nd Michael & Eric, 4th – Kwanda & Zonele, 5th- Skhumbuso & Nhlanhla & 10th- Mthobisi & Emanuel.
Now the green slopes of the Valley of a Thousand Hills seems a very pleasant place to Live.
• The CAL X-Country league has not managed to increase its School participation to 14 Schools yet, mostly due to the absence of the CAL running monitors, many of which have all got work outside the Valley, however the Schools CAL running program will become the focus of activities now in April.
• John Ntuli and I have just completed the World famous 8 Day staged race down in the Cape – the Absa Cape-Epic. It was an incredible experience and a true test of human endurance. I believe John comes out of this race, a changed person, realising just how far he can push his body and mind. We finished 45th overall out of 604 Teams.