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2013-05-30 12:24
Cape Town - Organisers of the 8th annual Rocking the Daisies music and lifestyle festival say they would love to welcome Rhino Guy to "Cycle to Daisies" with them, despite his ban from the next Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.

Steve Newman, also known as the Naked Skydiver, is making waves for his risqué protest methods to raise money in support of the campaign against rhino poaching and has participated in both the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and the 2013 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour wearing only his "horn" to raise money to fight rhino poaching.

Despite the ban, Newman has managed to raise thousands of rands for the cause, telling News24: "I go by the pseudonym #NakedSkyDiver and have to date raised in excess of R60 000, all of which has been donated to saving and preserving a dwindling and exploited natural resource."

"The only reason I've been doing it naked is that everyone seems to be really shy, but we've all got the same bits. So it's not that much of a big deal, really, and it gets noticed."

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour accused Newman of Rule 2.15 that says a rider is expected to wear "clothing appropriate for a family event at all times"

Daisies to donate R10 000

Rocking the Daisies doesn't seem to agree with the one-year ban however, and has publicly invited Steve to cycle to the Daisies, offering R10 000 to Project Rhino KZN when he arrives at the event.

The green music festival has even gone so far as to encourage other cyclists to “dress down” in order to make a noise and raise awareness for the cause and is challenging other riders to raise funds for the charity in their individual capacity; offering them a lifetime ticket to the music festival in reward.

This year the festival will kick-off from the 3-6 October at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling.

The festival will be headlined by British indie rockers Alt J and, after a sold-out weekend last year, organisers are going above and beyond to ensure another successful event.

Ticket information for this year's Rocking the Daisies:

Tickets for Rocking the Daisies are also available through Webtickets.

Early bird: sold out
Thursday-Sunday: R600 (online), R700 (at the gate)
Friday-Sunday: R600 (online), R700 (at the gate)
Saturday-Sunday: R500 (online), R600 (at the gate)
Sunday: R100 (at the gate)

For more information on Rocking to Daisies visit

Watch some of the highlights from last year's festival here:

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