XAI XAI, Mozambique — When Hardy de Kock, Ford South Africa’s 4x4 training manager, and his team were taking the Ranger Odyssey on its first recce with some torque testing in the dunes of Xai Xai, they never expected to be shown Ford’s true Go Further spirit.
As they drove through several villages to reach the test area they saw a local boy sitting next to the road with an ox in very poor condition. De Kock stopped and asked the boy if there was anything they could do to help.
The boy told them that their ploughing ox had been bitten by a Mozambique Spitting Cobra. They were now trying to save the ox with the help of the local vet. The boy’s mother then told them their predicament as they had to plant before the rain came, and this was now almost impossible, since the ox would be unable to do it.
De Kock asked them if they would allow him to try to do the ploughing with the Ranger. While initially reluctant, the mother and son agreed to let them give it a go. De Kock and his team hooked the plough up to the Ranger and used it to till the soil. The whole village came out to see what was going on and the women followed the Ranger’s progress, cultivating the maize seed.
The team of rescuers was pushed for time as rain clouds were gathering in and working the land is impossible once it rains, but the team finished the job in just seven hours.
The rain started half an hour after the day’s work had ended and De Kock’s team received the praise and gratitude of the whole community.