Duzi - uMngeni Conservation Trust

Dedicated to the environmental health of the uMsunduzi and uMngeni rivers

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The Msunduzi Duct pollution monitoring, maintenance and community education project had four key purposes


  • To clear sewer lines and eradicate alien invasive plants
  • To monitor the sewer lines and report spillages
  • To reveal long abandoned or neglected manholes that have not been seen for long periods of time
  • And to educate communities and schools about waste water and sanitation.

Data gathered by the project team and reflected throughout the print report and most notably in the ‘Stories of change” section suggest that not only have the outcomes been met but in many cases these have been exceeded.


Education and infrastructure development together have been integral to the success of the project.


We can base the success of the project on calm, thoughtful and clear leadership. The ability to work with a diversity of role players, personal and community capacity development. Accessing, generating and using information, ownership and recognition

Mpophomeni Enviro-Champs explain the project and work they are involved in.

This project is supported by UMDM and EPWP


DUCT News: August 2017


DUCT OFFICE HAS MOVED! After being well established in Popes Canoe Centre at 4 Edmond Place, Camps Drift, the DUCT office has moved to 240 West Street. Although we are no...

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Appraising the recent achievements of ou…


It is always such an honour to see someone who is dedicated and passionate about nature to receive such recognition. The Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust Operations Manager Sithembiso Sangweni received...

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DUCT at the Garden Show 2016


DUCT Education participated in the Happy Earth Hall, a project of the Happy Earth Forum during the Witness Garden show from 23rd to the 25th of September. With regards to...

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DUCT News: March 2016


Our AGM in December rounded off 2015 with a good attendance and an extremely interesting talk by our Guest Speaker, Paolo Candotti, Chairman of Kloof Conservancy.   We said goodbye to Steve...

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To Frack or Not to Frack


TO FRACK OR NOT TO FRACK?   Submitted by David Still, Chair of the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust, writing in his personal capacity   This article was published in the Witness on Tuesday, 3 November...

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DUCT News: August 2015


  After a lengthy break, our newsletter is back in production! Hopefully, you have all been keeping up to date via our website: www.duct.org.za   Snake awareness training: by Sithembiso Sangweni   The DUCT snake...

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Sandmining Rehab Guidelines


Sand Mining Rehab Guidelines The relationship between man and the resources that water courses possess can be described as one sided, with human beings being accused of over exploiting river resources...

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Vegetation assesment of Mussons site


Intorduction All EMP reports require a vegetation assessment; this involves a site investigation of all plant material present on the site. This assists the developer/rehabilitator to identify those plants with conservation...

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DUCT Herbicide Management Policy


Herbicide management Introduction Vegetation under the control of DUCT must be managed in an environmentally responsible and cost effective manner. Various methods can be employed to achieve this end, ranging from the...

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The DUCT Story

"Rivers do not lie. If your city does not have a functional waste management system and if too many people do not care what happens to their waste, then far too much of that waste is going to end up in the river. If your city is not spending enough on the construction, operation and management of its sewage systems, then too much sewage is going to end up in the river. If your landowners – public and private – do not make an active effort to stem and defeat the tide of alien vegetation invading their land, then fairly soon the indigenous vegetation will disappear, with all the attendant consequences......"

Problem Statement

The uMsunduzi and Umgeni River systems have become badly degraded through neglect and over exploitation. With increasing demands on resources, poor governance and external threats such as global climate change these river systems will be increasingly unable to support the range of aquatic, riverine and human life which is dependent on a healthy river system.

Our Vision

DUCT’s vision is an ecologically healthy and biologically diverse uMngeni-uMsunduzi river system that provides sustained ecological goods and services for the communities that depend on them for their survival. We envisage that our communities will show respect for the rivers and will take ownership and responsibility for the condition of the rivers, seeking to preserve their natural function and beauty.

We envisage rivers where water quality and quantity are maintained at acceptable norms with healthy natural riparian zones and where the biological diversity is preserved. We have a vision of a community where all residents possess a basic understanding and appreciation of their river ecosystems. We see government, business, the scientific community and civil society cooperating in providing the resources to effectively manage the river systems.

Our Role

We recognise that the problems with the health of the rivers are large and have not developed overnight. Our vision is ambitious and will only be achieved through progressive, combined and sustained actions by government and civil society.

Our role is to:

  • raise awareness of problems with river health
  • develop, demonstrate and encourage the adoption of solutions to these problems
  • support and learn from people and communities who wish to make a difference or are already making a difference to the health of their rivers
  • actively engage in river health projects, education and capacity building.
  • We work in partnership with other organisations, whether from civil society or government, who share our vision.

Our Mission

To champion the environmental health of the uMngeni and uMsunduzi Rivers

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