VANDERBIJLPARK. – Siphiwe Malinga from the Likkewaan Kanoe Klub based on the outskirts of Parys finished his first ever Dusi with his skilled partner, Hannes Pienaar, from Vanderbijlpark who paddles for the North West University team.

Pienaar has worked as a guide and trainer for white water training in Parys and is studying at the North West University in Potchefstroom.

Ernest Dall, also a student and resident in Potchefstroom finished his Dusi with his international partner Michiel Jacobie in 341 position, in a time of 11 hours and 52 minutes.

The  highly talented young student from Barnard Molokoane High School, Malinga lives in Tumahole township, enjoyed his first but very tough experience of this grueling three day race over 120 km from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, and the pair finished in position 321 in a time of 11 hours and 49 minutes.
The Vanderbijlpark top Dusi finisher for 2012 was Gerhard Nel in 182nd poistion with Bennie Swart from Centurion in 10 hours 44 minutes. Rudi Cooke finished in 464th position with partner from Secunda Stuart Donald.

Carel Esterhuizen and Clint Howes from Three Rivers were expected to achieve an impressive result but unfortunately boat admin ended their hopes of a top 100 finish as they finished 581st in 13 hours and 18 minutes.

Jerome Boulle and Freddie Peters brought in the tail end for the Watuni canoe club based on the Vaal river in Vanderbijlpark finishing in 667th position in a time of 13 hours and 57 minutes.
Source: vaalweekblad.com