Social & Community News
03 May 2019

Rustenburg – Jaco Fourie’s family and generous members of the Rustenburg community came together on Saturday 27 April for a fund-raising day to assist Jaco, a 21-year old student-teacher and avid rugby player.

Jaco’s life was forever changed when he suffered devastating injuries including a hip fracture and a C2 neck fracture in a car accident on 24 March 2018.

More than a year later and Jaco is safely back home with his family. He still has a long and expensive road to recovery ahead of him and the goal of this fundraiser was to help him raise funds for his aftercare.

Newrak Impala Rugby Club’s field was packed with players competing for the touch rugby champs title. It was touch and go for a while but the team ‘Try Time’ proved their spirit and emerged as the winners! 

Michiel du Plessis also proved he has what it takes to make a dropkick and won first place for the dropkick contest.

Spectators took a moment away from the field to visit the variety of stalls that came to show their support. Everything from the classic chip stix to handbags was on sale while various artists and talented local performers entertained the crowd with some well-loved family favourites.

The singing contest proved that Rustenburg has talent to spare - not just on the field.
Ultimately, it was Elizma Schutte’s amazing cover of ‘Engel’ by Karen Ziod that stole the crowd’s hearts and a couple of tears. She dedicated this song to Jaco, graciously accepted the title and donated her prize back to the cause.

The winners of the lucky draw were also picked during this event. FH Cato won the impala-hunt and Wynand Burger won a Wildland Digital magazine subscription.

Jaco’s family, first and foremost, honours God that Jaco survived the accident.
They would also like to thank the following people and organisations who contributed to the success of the day:


  • Newrak Impala Rugby Club and their families who have stood by them and assisted them every step of the way.
  • Hospice for their assistance.
  • We Do It All Printing for the sponsorship and print work.
  • Laerskool David Brink.
  • Johan Oberholzer and Paul Groenewald for the sound equipment.
  • Netta and Jan van der Merwe for sponsoring the keyrings. 
  • Shalom Creations for making the keyrings.
  • Dirk Janse van Vuuren for the arrangements with the artists.
  • Living Arts Dance and Acro Club for their dance performance.
  • Every artist that donated their time to perform.
  • Last but not least, thank you to every friend and family member for your support.
JD Venter played in the ‘big leagues’ in a touch rugby game.
Touch rugby is much harder than it sounds!
Chanté Willemse.


The touch rugby winning team ‘Try Times’ with Jaco.
From left: Jaco Fourie and his friend Elizma Schutte that was with him in the accident.


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