The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation salutes Anton Fouche, an “ordinary” South African doing extraordinary things on behalf of us all.

Fouche, who does home maintenance work for a living in Lephalale, in Limpopo Province, completes an epic trek across the country at Nobel Square in Cape Town’s Waterfront on Saturday. He has dragged a 120-kilogram fibreglass rhinoceroscalled George 1500 kilometres down the N1 highway in order to raise awareness about rhino poaching and to honour the work of the country’s game rangers. For love, not money.

George’s grey pelt is daubed with 1215 red dots, one for each rhino poached in South Africa last year.

This is not the first time Fouche has gone to extreme lengths for others. He has previously walked from Cape Town to Beit Bridge to draw attention to conditions in Zimbabwe, and once pulled a truck tyre 250km to raise funds for a children’s home in Vaalwater.

“My brother Trevor met Mr Fouche on the road and was struck by his humble desire to make a difference, and his courage to walk the talk,” said the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

“Not all of us share Mr Fouche’s mettle, but if we were each to follow his example of serving others in our own modest ways we would certainly wake up to a much better world tomorrow.”

Fouche and George are due to arrive at Nobel Square at 11H00 on Saturday. Mr Trevor Tutu will be among the well-wishers there to congratulate them.


Statement issued for the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation by Oryx Media