He may have retired from all forms of cricket but Mark Boucher is keeping busy and doing a world of good for the environment as well. Boucher recently made a commitment to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching by partnering with SAB to launch the SAB Mark Boucher Conservation.
Albie Morkel and David Miller have joined the campaign to save South Africa’s endangered rhino population. Morkel and Miller’s cricket bats will bear the SAB-Boucher Conservation logo. The NPC was founded to raise funds critically needed to register all of South Africa’s 18 000 rhinos on a national Rhino DNA database. “I’m really touched that Albie and Dave will be carrying the SAB Boucher logo on their bats. Albie, who goes to the bush as often as his cricket schedule allows, was instrumental in driving my passion for conservation,” Boucher said.
“Dave is an incredibly talented player and someone I believe will be a consistent performer for the Proteas in the future. His support for this rhino project is greatly appreciated.” Morkel described Boucher as “a great friend and former teammate, with whom I have shared many good times, both on and off the field” and said he was “happy to support him in this vitally important cause”.
To up and coming Protea’s player Miller, Boucher was a “hero and a mentor”. “What he is doing for the rhinos is admirable and I am really honoured to support the NPC.”
More than 580 rhinos have been poached this year alone, an approximate 40% increase on the previous year. The RhoDIS database, of which SAB was one of the first corporate sponsors, was established in 2010 and assists law enforcement in tracking down poachers and syndicates preying on the country’s precious wildlife.
Patrons of the NPC are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Ali Bacher, Dr Ian Player, Mavuso Msimang, Vincent Maphai and Dr Richard Emslie.