Musicians will rock out in aid of our rhinos

On the long weekend of September 22 to 24, Rocking for Rhinos will once again fuse conservation and entertainment to save our rhinos from extinction.

The event will be a three-day Woodstock-style event with approximately 20 bands and DJs, all performing to help raise the much-needed funds to help protect rhinos in our area.

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Some of the bands already on board include Lawless Gentlemen, Court Gibson, DJ XTC, Held On Till May, Impact 42, Lion Whispers, Burning Blue, Catharina and After Robot.

The festival will take place at Swadini, A Forever Resort, on the outskirts of Hoedspruit. There will be ample space for stages, exhibition areas, food and beverage areas, as well as accommodation in the form of camping and chalets. It is a secure, closed venue, which will be dedicated to the festival for the duration of the event.

“The ticket-sale profits will be donated to various rhino-conservation beneficiaries, which include SANParks Honorary Rangers, Protrack Rhino Task Team, Black Mambas, Bongis Quest and Flying For Rhino and Conservation Trust,” said Gareth Putter, one of the event directors.

He added that in the past year Rocking For Rhinos donated just over R500 000 to conservation efforts in South Africa.

Rocking For Rhinos was formed in January 2012 by a few extremely motivated, passionate and dedicated people, united by one fundamental issue – the now-critical plight of our disappearing rhino population, and the war that must be waged against the poachers and ringleaders who are the direct cause of the demise of this gentle creature.

It is a registered non-profit organisation working towards not only the abolishment of rhino poaching, but also the protection and management of the remaining population.

“Our mission is to do everything in our power to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching. This includes spreading awareness, supporting the teams on the front lines, placing pressure on local authorities and educating as many people as we can in order to create lasting change,” Putter said.

Tickets are available through Computicket on

• Day pass: R180

• Weekend pass: R300 (excluding accommodation, which can be

booked through Swadini)

• Children under six: Free

• Children aged seven to 12: 50 per cent discount

For more information, please contact Putter on 073-237-7269 or [email protected] or go to

Stefan de Villiers

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