The organisers have had to shift the annual Non Stop Dusi canoe marathon by a week to Friday 9 April.
The event was slotted into Thursday 1 April in the KZN canoeing calendar reorganised to accommodate events after the Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
However the organisers at KNCC have been unable to get the clearance from SAPS to hold the event as it adjoins the Easter long weekend, and events are being actively discouraged.
“We understand that it is inconveniencing paddlers who may have made plans, but we simply cannot have the event on 2 April,” said KNCC chair Doug Gow.
“The new date we have secured a week later is also not ideal as it is just before the SA Surfski Champs, but the big issue is that we need to reschedule it as soon as possible as the need the daylight hours.
“Paddler safety is our number one priority, and as soon as we have sign off on our -plans for Friday 9 April, we will firm up all the other rules and plans,” he said.
“The basic ethos is to make it possible for as many paddlers as possible to get to Durban safely.
“We have water releases confirmed, and we can be flexible on cut-off times along the way, while never compromising on paddler safety by having paddlers coming home in the dark,” he added.
Gow said that the KNCC team running the event were working tirelessly to secure approval for the new date from all the relevant authorities and would revert with more detail on the event in the near future.