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Conservation Trust: New boss has 35 years’ experience and big plans



A PASSION for nature and the environment has kept the new general manager of Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust (Duct), Doug Burden, working hard to achieve his goals.

Burden started working for Duct this month, having worked in conservation for 35 years. He worked for the National Parks Board for 20 years and for Mondi for 16 years. He studied nature conservation at Saasveld College.

He said his plans are for Duct to help municipalities with sewage pipes, and river health, to forge partnerships with municipalities and to finds funders.

He said Duct has trained inspectors to inspect bulk sewers using mountain bikes, and these inspections are conducted several times a week.


“When we find a leak we report it to the city’s pollution control officer, using the city’s correct manhole reference codes so that they know where to find the problems and that will help in job creation.”

Burden said everyone should take part in keeping rivers and the environment healthy.

“Don’t litter in the streets because all that will end up in the river and it kills the river,” he said.

Caroline Clover, administration manager at Duct, expressed their delight at Burden’s appointment.

“We are very happy to be joined by the well-known, Midlands-based conservationist, who is also a talented and enthusiastic paddler with a love for the Dusi and uMngeni rivers.

“He brings to Duct a wealth of knowledge, and his passion for nature and the environment will be an absolute asset to Duct.”