uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
Written by: Kyle Gilham
uBhejane Xtreme gives Project Rhino KZN
welcome Christmas present
Durban – Participants of the grueling 340km uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
from Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
Game Reserve’s Hilltop Camp on Saturday 10 December are set to provide a
key funding source for Project Rhino KZN when the corporate world downs
tools this festive season.
While many folk look forward to enjoying some down time and unwinding with
friends and family in December, the work does not stop for the
KwaZulu-Natal based anti-rhino poaching initiative and uBhejane Xtreme
riders’ contributions provide a timely financial boost to Project Rhino
“We’re hugely appreciative of everything that the uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge does to support our efforts at Project Rhino KZN, particularly
during what can be quite a difficult time for us,” says Project Rhino
KZN’s Grant Fowlds.
“Many businesses close at the end of the year and with that comes a drying
up of some of our much needed financial resources over this period, this
despite our efforts continuing 365 days a year.
“As such, having an event like the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge – which
takes place in December, when a lot of people have a bit more free time to
involve themselves in a venture like this – is a huge help for us at
Project Rhino KZN.”
Launched on World Rhino Day on 22 September 2011, Project Rhino KZN is an
association of like-minded organisations facilitating rhino conservation
interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the white
and black rhino populations of KwaZulu-Natal.
Through its ‘Zero Tolerance to Rhino Poaching’ approach, Project Rhino KZN
continues to work towards achieving its ultimate dream of seeing both
White and Black rhino species thriving in KwaZulu-Natal and far beyond,
forever free, forever secure from poaching, well managed and protected.
“During 2012, both the Western black rhino and Vietnamese population of
Javan rhino were declared extinct, and there are only three Northern white
rhino left in Africa,” explains Fowlds ominously.
“South Africa is now one of the last countries to have a significant
population of rhinos left in the wild – one of the reasons why South
Africa is bearing the brunt of what can be described as one of the worst
global wildlife conservation crises of the past 100 years.
“Over 6000 rhinos have been killed within the country’s borders since the
crisis began in 2008 and the ‘tipping point’ – in which more rhinos are
being poached than are being born – is becoming an ever-increasing danger
for South Africa’s white rhino and black rhino populations.
“If the poaching continues to escalate at the current rate, we could well
see the demise of the rhino in major national parks with only small
handfuls surviving in well protected areas. It could take decades for the
populations to recover.”
Project Rhino KZN’s efforts assist some 32 game reserves – 24 Private and
eight Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Game Reserves – including the uBhejane
Xtreme’s finish destination, the iconic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve.
Funds such as those raised by participants of this year’s uBhejane Xtreme
MTB Challenge, allows the organisation to continue its work which centers
around five key pillars – rhino security, community engagement, youth
education and awareness, legislation and lobbying as well as
accountability and coordination.
“The Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) provides helicopter and
fixed-wing aerial surveillance and reaction support to 25 game reserves as
well as aerial support to law enforcement rhino security operations.
“We also provide ranger training, equipment and technology to KZN game
reserves, rangers and Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) members as well as
maintaining and supporting relationships and communications across game
reserve and law enforcement boundaries.
“Our youth drives and community engagement programmes aim to increase
conservation awareness and mobilize those in communities bordering game
reserves, especially the youth, to speak out against the escalating
poaching of rhino and other endangered species and global wildlife crime.
“One of the greatest needs to stop rhino poaching is to improve the level
of successful arrests and prosecutions of poaching gangs and syndicate
“Project Rhino KZN is therefore also assisting state-led law enforcement
efforts by petitioning for greater Judicial and political support,
particularly for the establishment of a dedicated Wildlife and
Environmental Crimes Court in KwaZulu-Natal.”
The 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge takes place from Hillcrest to
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve on Saturday 10 December. Those interested
in taking part may apply to enter by contacting event organiser, Mark
Carroll (076 570 1420) while donations can be submitted and more
information found via
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Participants of the 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge from Cadence Cycling
Performance Centre in Hillcrest to Hluhluwe Game Reserve's Hilltop Camp on
Saturday 10 December will play a vital role in sustaining Project Rhino
KZN's anti-rhino poaching efforts through their key financial contribution.
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