Nature reserve becomes Chatsworth’s new picnic spot

Residents enjoy canoeing and taking a dip in the dam, situated in the heart of the reserve.

Joining in the excitement of the day were members of the KZN Model Power Boat Club, who kept the adrenalin going by demonstrating their model power boats in the dam. The chairman of the club, Lionel Olivier, said at the next event, residents can look forward to model beach plane demonstrations. The chairman of the Chatsworth Community Safety Forum, Jakes Singh, thanked the Silverglen Selfhelp Committee for making it possible for residents to enjoy this site once again.

The Silverglen Selfhelp Committee’s Shaun Hammond was pleased with regards to how much of happiness and enjoyment was generated at the picnic site. “Our hard work and perseverance in ridding the area of criminals and restoring it to a functional recreational facility was not in vain. We urge residents to remember that entry to the site is prohibited unless prior arrangements are made due to public safety. We are proud to say that we have had zero drownings or muggings at the dam since 2013 by having well managed picnics at the dam, and would like to keep it that way,” he added.

Manager of the reserve, Slindile Hlengwa, also emphasised the safety issue and welcomed well organised visits to the dam. “I must say that I was impressed when I found just one piece of litter on the ground after the visitors had left and congratulate the Chatsworth visitors for appreciating this beautiful and Godly gift which is right at their door step,” she said. For more information on planned events at the reserve, call 031-404-3176.​

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Yoshini Perumal

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