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The PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT for your perusal. 

To watch Buddy and Me in real time click here, select South Africa under “Global Fleet Logins:” in the left hand panel, enter cellphone number 0822549129 and password Buddy.

To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Beares
Lubners
Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

So having given everyone sufficient time to digest the information on blog 25 I suppose it’s time to bring you up to-date with what has been going on in the hectic lives of ‘Buddy and Me’ during our visit to the fair Cape and ‘Mother City’.

The passed week or so has found ‘Buddy and Me’ pretty busy visiting so many areas around Cape Town that my head is spinning. So without further a-do let me start, but firstly I want to say that I have dedicated this blog more to the people I have visited, as in the ever faithful supporters to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project, namely the Beares staff, and so will not be including much of the facts I have learnt about the rape and sexual abuse of children in the Cape Town and surrounding areas as I will be placing a special blog next, blog 27, which will be specifically aimed at the ‘Solution’ which I believe is required in order to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children and I will be seeking your, as in the publics, views on my proposal, and this proposal I fully intend presenting to our esteemed government and members of parliament.

So having said all of that, firstly I want to tell you, as I said in my last blog; I have been kindly hosted accommodation for my visit to the Cape Town region by my good friend and policeman Captain Faan Fourie and his wife Linda in their granny flat out in Melkbos which is situated about 30 kilometres out of Cape Town on the Saldahna / Langebaan West Coast road. So it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Captain Faan Fourie and Linda and of course Fifi

The only problem with living out in Melkbos, is having to travel a road which links the N7 to the West Coast to Melkbos and is about 5 kilometres long and is a nightmare to drive. This is because the wind blows; or rather howls, constantly and I have never driven this stretch of road without Buddy cursing the entire way. The trees that line the roadside are actually even growing bent over from the constant pounding by the wind.

So now down to my travels and visits of the Cape region and first it was a visit to the Bellville area where I met up with the Beares staff there.

So meet the staff of Beares Bellville, that’s the store manager Marti De Waal perched on-top of Buddy getting a ‘Birds eye view’.

My visit to this area revealed the shocking fact that crime in the area has escalated to an unbelievable degree which has forced SAPS to place a ‘permanent’ mobile police unit on the pavement right outside the store.

Buddy was ‘safely’ tucked in behind the unit.

My next visit was to Parow where I met one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure of meeting in a while, and that is the manger of the Beares store in Parow, Thaabied Danté.

That’s Danté in the middle with the ‘pink’ shirt and tie. Next to him is this man

Steve Evan’s who is reputed to be the leading sales person in the Beares group, or so I am told on good authority. But looking at this picture it would appear that this ‘Uncle’ has discovered that the best furniture deal to be found is definitely at the Beares Parow store.

While visiting the Cape Town central and surrounding areas, I made use of the kind sponsorship provided to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project by Protea Hotels and took up Janneman Britz, The General Manager of the Protea Hotel Sea Point’s kind offer of accommodation at his lovely hotel.

Janneman Britz giving ‘Buddy and Me’ the thumbs-up with one of his friendly front office staff members. Many thanks Janneman for your kind hospitality and generous support to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project as well as for the encouraging chat we had.

One Beares store I always love visiting is the Beares Long Street store in central Cape Town and my visit to this store was once again one of the most motivating visits I have had.

The store Manager Charlotte Marcus (4th from the left) and her staff have always been a major motivating factor in my life in respect of the “Searching for a Solution to Stopping the Rape of Children” project and here they are holding a banner/board which they compiled and proudly displayed outside the store.

I think the board says it all!

 The other tremendous area I visited was to the Beares store in Charlesville and here the Manager, Patrick Muller and the forever dedicated supporter to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project, Jaseem Scholtz, arranged for an interview for me with two newspaper reporters which together with the article done by an incredible lady from ‘Die Son’ newspaper Renate Moolman, whose articles generated an incredibly amazing amount of interest from the public, has caused my cell phone to ring constantly with calls and sms’s from well-wishers and invitations to visit people and organisations involved in the fight against child rape all over the cape region.

Just two of many newspapers who have helped spread the word of the ‘Buddy and Me’ fight against the rape and sexual abuse of children.

So meet the friendly staff of Beares in Charlesville, that’s the store manager Patrick Muller standing between the ladies and Jaseem Scholtz the big guy 3rd from the right of the picture.

While at ‘Ronnies Sex Shop’ in the Klein Karoo, I met a crazy couple, Bruce and Winnie and from this meeting I was invited to attend a corporate day arranged by SAFCEC – (Initially when I heard it I thought it was “Safe Sex” –  LOL) which is the organisation governing the Civil Building and Construction industry. The day involved numerous companies in and around Cape Town who are involved in the Civils Construction/Building industry to compete against each other in various sporting events.

Here my host company Power Construction’s tug-o-war (Tou trek) team are preparing to do battle against ‘another’ company, the fact that the ‘other’ company won is beside the point, the Power Construction guys put up a mean challenge, and the Power Construction total sporting team were the overall winners of the day, so well done guys and thanks for the great day and evening.

My next area to visit was the area of Mitchells Plain, and all indications from the comments made by the people I met, and in particular the women I spoke to in this area is that child rape and the sexual abuse of children by family members in particular, is “very bad”.

So in Mitchells Plain I visited two Beares stores and one Lubners store. The Beares stores being:

Beares Promenade Mall

Beares Westgate

 

Lubners Westgate. The staff and management of all three stores ensured that I had a wonderful time chatting to everyone and in all the centres I did my usual walk-around chatting to members of the public and obtaining information on how the public view the child rape situation in the various areas to be and what they believe needs to be done to stop the scourge of child rape in South Africa.

 

Then it was time to visit the areas of:

Beares Claremont and

Beares Wynberg where in both instances I was treated like visiting royalty by the Beares management and staff.

And so that brought an end to the visits to all the Beares and Lubners stores in the central and surrounding areas of Cape Town. As you can imagine it has been a bit of a whirl-wind trip in Cape Town but I have had the opportunity to chat-to many people on the subject of child rape and have obtained many comments and opinions on the subject which will be forming part of my proposal on what I believe needs to be done in order to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa, so stay tuned to this website/blog to read my proposal in the next exciting episode of ‘Buddy and Me – blog 27 – Searching for a Solution to stopping the rape and Sexual Abuse of Children’.  

 

Before finally signing off, I do want to mention the details of a conversation I had with a lady involved in an NGO I met recently which I believe is very pertinent to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project as well as the ever increasing scourge of child rape in South Africa.

The discussion was surrounding the fact that in South Africa we have literally hundreds if not thousands of NGO’s and NPO’s who are doing an incredibly good job providing support to victims of child rape as well as victims of domestic violence. The problem which was raised in the discussion is the fact that the public, as well as corporate industries, are expected to fund these organisations to the tune of hundreds of millions of Rands every year in order to be able to provide the necessary services to these victims. I (the ‘Buddy and Me’ project) believe that we, as a nation, cannot afford to continue doing damage control forever and expect the public and corporate industry to continue funding these services forever, and so a solution to the problem is desperately needed.

One NGO I have known for some time now, in 2005 was operating on and needed an annual budget of approximately 1.2 million Rand in order to provide the essential services and support to victims of child rape, this organisations’ annual budget is currently almost 15 million Rand. The problem I have is that in every conversation or discussion I have had with individuals involved in these NGO’s / NPO’s not one single person has come up with what is a ‘working’ solution to stopping the rape of children and in almost ever instance all I have been told is that “More money is needed to provide the support to the victims of child rape and victims of domestic violence”.

While chatting to the amazing man I mentioned earlier in this blog, the manager of the Beares store in Parow, Thaabied Danté, he said something which I considered to be very profound and that was that “We as a country are always chasing the problem and not the solution” and commended the ‘Buddy and Me’ project for our initiative in focussing on a solution rather than seeking more assistance with the problem.

So to those who have criticised the ‘Buddy and Me’ project and commented that “We can never stop the rape of children because ‘It’s a cultural thing’” or whatever other garbage excuses are made for the savages who are raping our children in South Africa at a rate of about 600 per day, my message to you is: “We have to stop looking for excuses for these acts of savagery and implement the law, and the government must stop using the police and justice system as a political and propaganda tool by publicising the fact that a child rapist has received a “Life” imprisonment sentence and then after “rehabilitating” him at the tax payers expense, releases him back into society after having only served a fraction of his “Life” sentence. (See blog 10 of this website for details of only one of thousands of cases).

Secondly, the mothers of child rape victims must stop protecting those individuals who are family members of the savages who rape their own children in the form of fathers, step-fathers and uncles etc, and who place the mothers under extreme pressure to not report these acts of savagery, and these individuals must be held accountable and responsible for stopping mothers reporting the rape and sexual abuse of their children and ensure that they are prosecuted under Section 54 of the Sexual Offences Act 32-2007. (See details of example in blog 24)

In closing, a Muslim lady I met the other day made me promise that I would mention her solution to stopping the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa on my blog so here it is. Her solution is that the Muslim act of “Shariah’ must be implemented to its fullest, and in this way the savages perpetrating the disgusting crime of child rape will stop permanently. So to everyone who knows what this act entails, do you think it would work?, and to those who don’t, find out from a Muslim friend or look it up in the Koran, personally I like it a lot!

So that ends blog 26 of ‘Buddy and Me’, so keep well, stay safe, keep your feet on the ground but reach far into the sky for the stars, I do. Oh and above all, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from

‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

And

Me’ (Steve Heath)

Please send all comments and opinions to: steve@buddyandme.co.za

Please note that all comments and opinions on the ‘Buddy and Me’ website blogs are those of Steve Heath and not those of the sponsors to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project.

 


The PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT for your perusal. 

To watch Buddy and Me in real time click here, select South Africa under “Global Fleet Logins:” in the left hand panel, enter cellphone number 0822549129 and password Buddy.

To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Beares
Lubners
Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

Hi everyone, so after a rather busy few days and weekend in Hermanus with no opportunity to go out and catch that monster elusive fish I have been hoping to catch for so long, on Monday morning ‘Buddy and Me’ headed out for Robertson where I spent the night in a ‘Back Packers’ and on Tuesday morning visited the Beares store in Robertson.

 

 So meet the staff of Beares Robertson, unfortunately the store Manager, Alnaura Cupido was on leave but Karine Kuhn the Ccm (3rd from the left) did an excellent job in ensuring that my visit to the store was a pleasant one.

From the Beares store I made a visit to the Robertson SAPS where I got to chat to the local constabulary and to visit their ‘Victim Support Centre’ which has been established courtesy of the local ‘Round Tablers

I must say, the SAPS stations I have visited so far in the Western Cape region are streaks ahead of the rest of the country in so far as the support centres/room which they have established are concerned.

From Robertson I headed for Worcester where I spent a most enjoyable evening with the ‘Round Tablers’ of Worcester and I was invited to attend their weekly meeting that evening and present a talk on the project.

 So meet the great guys of Worcester ‘Round Table’.

This is Chris O’Neil presenting me with my second Worcester Round Table banner and pin. These are incredible people and one cannot but applaud them for the incredible work they do for their community. So thanks guys for your amazing friendship, hospitality and generosity to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project.

To my absolute amazement, on arriving ‘home’ – home being where I sleep at night – and this night I was being home-hosted by the Chairman of Round Table Worcester, Chris O’Neil and his lovely wife Hilde, I discovered that Hilde is the Prosecutor in the Regional Criminal Court which includes cases of child rape. Obviously this called for some serious discussion time and eventually at a quarter past two in the morning Chris had to come and tell us that “perhaps we should consider continuing our discussion later in the morning, as in when the sun comes up”. In the morning we did continue our discussion over breakfast and then again in her office and again with other NPA staff members as well as staff of the local Thuthuzela Care Centre which has recently been established at the Provincial Hospital.

In all the discussions everyone was fully supportive of my proposal on how I believe the Thuthuzela Care Centre ‘should’ be established and agreed that in their present form they are not much good to anyone and that government and the ‘people that count’ in the Thuthuzela Care Centre initiative must spend time reading my proposal, so that was definitely a feather in my cap!

A comment which was made more than once was the fact that it is believed that many of the Magistrates who are hearing and passing down judgements in cases of child rape are not properly qualified to do so and it is widely felt that they do not possess the ‘child friendly’ experience and attitude needed to hear these cases? And that “Children’s Courts” urgently need to be brought back into the system.

 

 So meet Hilde O’Neil the State Prosecutor (The blonde) and Cindy Abdol – the Case Manager for the Thuthuzela Care Centre in Worcester.

Also meet the very friendly and dedicated staff of the Thuthuzela Care Centre

Then it was time to visit those lovely ladies and of course the one, but actually in the case of this photo, the two, thorns among the roses, of Beares Worcester where as usual I was afforded the opportunity to spend some quality time with the magic people of Beares Worcester.

Now I must tell you, every time I have visited Cape Town by way of the N1 highway, I have travelled via the ‘tunnel’, so on heading for Stellenbosch where I was kindly sponsored accommodation by the ‘Stellenbosch – Techno Park Protea Hotel’ for my three night stay in the area for my visit to the Paarl, Somerset West and Stellenbosch areas, I decided that I would travel via the ‘Du Doits Kloof Pass’ and was really happy that I did, what an amazing view from the top of the pass.

The view is spectacular but this visitor to the roadside rest area I stopped at was priceless. Check out the body language “Okay, so enough of the photographic stuff, bring on the grub”.

The blond in the centre is the Human Resources Manager Lizanne Morris and the other lovely ladies are the front desk staff. Unfortunately the General Manager, Sebastiaan Victor was not available for the photo, but thanks guys you have an incredible hotel, what a magic place, situated in the heart of a massive vineyard, absolutely spectacular. More photos in my next blog, I think Julia has enough on her plate already.

My visit to the Beares store in Paarl was an especially great one. The store manger Cora Meuwesen with the assistance of her trusted employee Neville Williams, arranged an interview for me with Wilma Brocks-Delport of the Radio KC 107.7 radio station, and what an interview this turned out to be, an absolutely incredible interview.

Yours truly being interviewed by Wilma Brocks-Delport of Radio KC 107.7. After the interview I was stopped by three motorists while on my way back to Stellenbosch who had heard the interview and expressed their opinions on the child rape situation in the country, that part was not so good.

And then it was time for all the Beares staff of Paarl as well as some guests to get in on the show.

After a great night at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Techno Park, I headed out to meet up once again with the friendly staff of Beares in beautiful town of Somerset West.

The last time I visited the store in Somerset West the store manager, Japie Groenewald, was on leave so it was great getting to meet him eventually, he’s the one with ‘the face’ at the back in-amongst the lovely ladies of Beares Somerset West.

Saturday morning found ‘Buddy and Me’ heading into Cape Town to where we will be based at my good friends house, Captain Faan Fourie (SAPS) and his wife Linda who have kindly once again offered me the use of the granny-flat for the duration of my stay in Cape Town, and all indications are that it’s going to be a rather lengthy stay because I do not intend leaving Cape Town until I have presented my proposal, the new one which provides my solution to stopping the rape and sexual abuse of children, to the leaders of all the main opposition political parties as well as the heads of the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) involved in the management of the Thuthuzela Care Centres.

On another subject, lately I have frequently being seeing these huge roadside boards and couldn’t help thinking that “Does that mean that all our politicians who travel around our cities with high speed escorts are all “Killers”?

 So welcome to Cape Town Buddy!

So having said all of that, ‘Buddy and Me’ will say farewell for now and in future blogs I will keep you informed on my attempts to meet up with the “heads” of the Thuthuzela Care Centres and give you feed back on where this organisation is going?

Caring regards from

Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

And

Me’ (Steve Heath)

Please send your comments and opinions to: steve@buddyandme.co.za

Please note that all comments and opinions on the ‘Buddy and Me’ website and blogs are those of Steve Heath and not those of the sponsors to the ‘Buddy and Me’ project.