Limpopo man goes to extremes for rhino awareness

2015-09-29 07:58
Anton Fouche pulls a 120kg fibreglass rhino to raise awareness about rhino poaching and honour the rangers who protect the country’s rhino. (Supplied by Anton Fouche)

Anton Fouche pulls a 120kg fibreglass rhino to raise awareness about rhino poaching and honour the rangers who protect the country’s rhino. (Supplied by Anton Fouche)

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Johannesburg – Only by going to extremes can one get people to change.

That's the word from Anton Fouche, who is pulling a 120kg fibreglass rhino behind him while walking 1 500km from Modimolle to Cape Town.

Fouche averages about 25km a day, 40km on a good day, and expects to reach the V&A Waterfront on October 31.

The aim of his trek is to honour the rangers who work in difficult and dangerous conditions protecting the country’s rhino, and to raise awareness about rhino poaching. On his rhino there are 1 215 red dots, one for each of the animals killed in South Africa last year.


On Monday he was in Colesberg, having a rest day. He left the Kranskop tollgate in Modimolle exactly four weeks ago. His rhino is on a trolley with wheels and carries some basic supplies like a tent, sleeping bag, medical kit, battery, solar panel, lights and three days of food and water.

"I’m just passionate about trying to help people. But when you do something extreme, people look at you and after a while they join you," he says.

The 42-year-old does small-scale maintenance work on houses in Lephalale, where he lives. He has a long-term partner and his family supports his efforts.

(Supplied by Anton Fouche)

He has only used his tent and sleeping bag once so far, because farmers and people along the route have provided him with accommodation. On Sunday night a couple who own a B&B just outside Colesberg put him up for the night.

"They are surprised to see me and come back to see and make sure, and ask what I’m doing and why," he says of motorists who pass him.

Raising awareness

In addition he gets offers of accommodation on Facebook, where he has a page called Walking 4 Rhinos and Rangers. It has photos of him posing in his fluorescent vest and broad-brimmed hat with motorists.

He says his trek is not a fundraising effort, but to raise awareness.

His past achievements include walking 2000km from Cape Town to the Beit Bridge border post to raise awareness of people suffering in Zimbabwe, and pulling a truck tyre 250km from Polokwane to Lephalale to help raise funds for a children's home in Vaalwater.

Fouche can be contacted on 079-9704279 or via his Facebook page.

- See News24's Showcase special feature on rhino poaching: Beyond the Bullet.

(Supplied by Anton Fouche)

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