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Wed
12
Aug '09

Day 10: Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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Hi it’s us again. Unfortunately I’m not feeling so well, got some bug that’s hit me in the head, but Monica and Peter – my hosts in Richards Bay – have the same bug and not feeling too well. Monica just commented that “This place is sounding like Richards Bay Sick Bay,” but the campaign against child rape must go on.

So today I left Richards Bay at 8:00am – after a very hearty breakfast prepared by Monica, hell I’m being so spoilt here I don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave – and I headed back south for Phoenix, 183 kilometres away. Without the hindrance of the trailer Buddy purred along the freeway and we arrived in Phoenix at 10:30am. When I pulled up outside the Beares store, the Manager Goolam Rahiman who, can you believe it, has been working for Beares for 36 years – incredible, was standing outside waiting for me. After meeting all the staff and chatting about how they can help me get the word out by ensuring that all their family and friends go into my website and spread the word, I met two very interesting ladies from the centre management, Eshana Govender and Tracy Pillay as well as Coleen Padayachee from the local newspaper Rising Sun. I’m really going to miss visiting the Chatsworth/Phoenix Indian community areas because they must have the most stunning woman in South Africa.

Goolam Rahiman (3rd from right) and the rest of the Phoenix Beares stores with Steve and Buddy

Goolam Rahiman (3rd from right) and the rest of the Phoenix Beares stores with Steve and Buddy

Unfortunately the police who were invited to visit the store and chat to me about the child rape situation in the Phoenix area ‘could not make it’ and when I called in at the police station on my way out, I was met with something of a little hostility and told that “There was nobody available to talk to me”. But from what I was told by the people I did get an opportunity to talk to, it was confirmed that child rape in the area is rife and increasing at a phenomenal rate, and the raping of children by family members; in particular fathers, far outnumbers those committed by strangers. So, so much for teaching the kids not to speak to strangers or accept sweets etc from strangers!

I believe that a large part of the problem (Child rape particularly by family members) is caused by the fact that we, as parents, don’t talk about child rape, be it among other adults or the kids. We have crime burnt into our brains. We all know that when stopping at traffic lights, stop streets etc, we must be vigilant and watch for people approaching the car. We all know that – it’s been drummed into us – we don’t leave hand bags and computers etc lying on the front or back seats of our cars. We are always talking about this horrific crime or that terrible incident that occurred somewhere and all of this is done in front of our kids. But do we never tell our kids that if Uncle Fred (or whoever) touches you like this or that, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or hurts you, you must tell me immediately. Our kids are raised believing that Uncle Fred is an adult and family member and must be respected as such. On top of this, kids never hear their parents talking about or discussing child rape and only perhaps hear them commenting that it’s a shocking and horrible subject, so when it happens to them, they are too scared to talk to their parents about it. If we are going to stop the raping and sexual abuse of our children it is imperative that parents talk to their kids about the subject of family members sexually abusing them and to instil in them the faith that, should it happen to them and they speak out, that the parents will support them and ensure that the culprit is taken to book.

So today marks the one week anniversary of my PC Zone Computer story. A chap named Glen, called from PC Zone around 3:30 last Thursday and told me that my computer problem would be sorted out, according to him, I would have my new replacement computer by close of business on Friday, unfortunately he didn’t tell me which Friday, obviously I understood this to mean – Friday being the next day – but it’s now Tuesday and I have still heard nothing. But then again last Tuesday when I had my altercation with Kendall at the PC Zone store he told me that I would be receiving a letter/e-mail from the PC Zone Director before close of business, I guess he also just forgot to tell me, close of business on which day. I have received a number of e-mails from residents residing in the Pinetown/Highway area sympathising about my computer /PC Zone/Acer debacle and confirmed that they had also experienced some nasty situations with PC Zones products which resulted in bad attitude from the store’s staff. So I suppose I shouldn’t feel bad, this seems to be the norm when dealing with PC Zone. So I will just persevere and get on with the job at hand and hope that my screen lasts long enough to get the job done.

Now I’m really feeling ill and going to retire to bed.

Caring regards
Buddy and Me


Mon
10
Aug '09

Day 9: Monday, 10 August 2009

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Welcome to Buddy and me Blog this Monday the 10th. It being a holiday and all, I intend going fishing as soon as I am finished typing up my diary. So let’s get on with it, the fish are waiting and if you know the type of fish I know, they won’t wait very long for me.

I don’t know if Buddy just dislikes Durban/Pinetown immensely or if he loves the place and doesn’t want to leave, because on Saturday morning I was ready to leave with a large contingent of bikers from the Evil Eagles (President – Tom Swift, Vice – Willem) and Highway Riders (President – Bernie, Vice – Neville) Motor Cycle Clubs assembled at Chris’s Den in Farningham Ridge Pinetown to escort me out to Salt Rock on the Natal North Coast, Buddy’s indicator lights (all of them) decided that this was a good time to stop working. This happened when, just before heading to the meeting place, I decided that I should change the front left indicator unit to match the right side one. Tom (Evil Eagles) – with whom I had been staying for the past week – offered to do the job, he being an electrical pundit and all, but after connecting the wires we heard a sound which sounded like the popping of a fuse and on checking the indicators nothing worked. We checked the fuses; both physically by extracting them, and with a test light… everything was fine. To cut a long story short, we arrived at Chris’s Den and broke the sad news to all assembled and of course we were given tons of advice and suggestions as to what the trouble could be, but we could not find the fault.

Evil Eagles and Highway Riders MCC

Evil Eagles and Highway Riders MCC outside Chris

Then Tom came up with the best suggestion, “Why not call in an expert”, WOW why didn’t I think of that, so he phoned his trusted friend Thor of Thor’s Auto Electrical in Pinetown (073 420 9021) who arrived in 5 minutes and also confirmed that it was definitely a fuse problem, but on checking he also agreed that all the fuses were “Sharp!”. After about 45 minutes of head scratching and pondering, he discovered that the indicator fuse was in fact broken and that the fuse had “cracked” on the corner and was allowing enough power to light the test light but not to allow the indicator lights to work! So after fitting a new fuse VOILA everything was working great. So a big thanks to Thor, the Greek God of auto electricians.

By the time Buddy was once again roadworthy it was time for the Bok/Aussie game so it was decided that I would delay my departure for the north coast until Sunday. This decision proved to be very fortuitous, because soon after the game ended, a chap walked up to me and said “Hey, you Steve Heath (I was about to check my ID) but confirmed I was without checking and he said “I’m Neal Bailey”. Well you could have knocked me over with a feather. The history of the Bailey/Heath family goes back years. Neal’s folks, Monica and Malcolm were great friends of my folks and the last time I had seen them I was 16 years old. Neal, on hearing that I was intending to head for Richards Bay and was going to try and convince someone there to provide me with sponsored accommodation (be it camping or whatever) immediately phoned his mom and told her of our chance meeting and my intentions of seeking accommodation in Richards Bay. It just so happens that Monica and Peter (De Breyn) live in Richards Bay and insisted I stay with them, so now I’m all set up for a couple of days, snug as a bug in a rug. Of course, having arrived in Richards Bay yesterday (Sunday at 2pm), immediately after getting settled and taken on a tour of Richards Bay by Monica and Peter, at 6;30 with rod and bait (and of course a couple of frosties) in hand, I headed for Monica’s favourite fishing spot and fished until a little after midnight. Although I didn’t catch anything, I spotted a rather largish shark surface about 10 meters away from the wharf I was fishing from; and I believe kids jump off this wharf/pier and swim there, RIGHT!!

Tomorrow I head back south and visit Phoenix, but will return to Richards Bay where I will be based until the 19th Aug. From here I will also be visiting the Stanger, Eshowe, Empangeni and Richards Bay areas during the next week; it’s much easier on Buddy not having to tow the trailer every day, so check out my itinerary and come to the Beares and Lubners stores in these areas and pop in for a chat.

An interesting question was posed to me on Friday, and that was “Is the HIV/Aids epidemic playing a large roll in the raping of children.” I have had many discussions with the ‘experts’ in the field and according to my information it definitely is, but not in the manner that everyone believes it is.

It’s a common fact that due to the standard of living in the ‘squatter/informal settlement’ areas, if a child is born HIV positive through pregnancy it will more than likely not live to see it’s 5th birthday. It’s also common knowledge that – in mostly this area – the kids are sexually active from the age of 12. Therefore a child aged between 5 and 10 years of age falls within the “Safe Zone” and it is therefore in this age group that we find the most cases of child rape occurring. The myth about raping a child/virgin to cure HIV/Aids is not the major factor, because it has been proven that as much as 95% of the rapists are in fact NOT HIV/Aids positive, so the purpose of raping the child was not to cure his HIV status.

Well it’s getting late and I need to go and get some bait and catch that ever elusive ‘Big one’. So keep well, keep the e-mails coming in with questions and information.
Caring regards
Buddy and Me


Sat
8
Aug '09

Day 7: Saturday, 8 August 2009

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So today (Friday) was into Durban central, Beares West Street and Lubners West Street. What chaos, traffic jams like you won’t believe, oh for those small town traffic jams, I can’t wait! But first I had to make a visit to the Beares stores in Pinetown which I missed earlier in the week. So to start my day I called in at the Sanlam Centre store where I met up with Ashley and his team – what a great bunch of guys and after I filled up my tank (a really good cup of coffee) and had a chat with everyone I moved on to Hill Street where Vincent, the store manager and his staff, once again proved that Beares really cares.

Beares West Street

Beares West Street

 

Lubners West Street

Lubners West Street

Then I moved onto Durban, what can I say about this mad house. The traffic was – to put it mildly – chaotic, but I eventually arrived at the Beares West Street store and spent a couple of hours chatting to everyone and then spent half an hour driving three hundred metres to the Lubners store where I met my first bunch of Lubners people, MAN what a lovely bunch! Then it was on to meet up with a guy who is going to change my whole life as far as this project is concerned.

Terence Fynn is the Chairman of the local Round Table and has confirmed that Round Table will provide me with a support system from Round Table. This will be in the form of providing me with a directory which will provide the names and telephone (cell numbers) of Round Tabler’s in virtually every area I will be travelling through and they will be able to assist me with accommodation and ‘medical’ support for Buddy wherever we travel throughout South Africa and Namibia. So many thanks to Round Table for your assistance in our campaign.

During my talks today it is very plain that the majority of South Africans are united in supporting the fact that we cannot continue doing damage control and that we have to bring a halt to the raping of children, and if our Government is unable to stop it, then they must pay-up. The Government is, and has been for a number of years, spending millions of tax payer’s Rands on their so-called rehabilitation program of convicted rapists, in which they believe by counselling rapists and spending fortunes educating them while in prison will turn them into civilised human beings. Well, unfortunately this has not worked and will never work. It is a proven fact that even the richest of the rich and the cleverest, rape children. So my message to our esteemed government is, if you can’t stop the raping of the children, then you must put up the money for the victims by supporting the many institutions that are forced to beg every day for money to provide the necessary counselling and medical support for child rape victims.

While at the Lubners store in West Street, a young lady commented on the poem I did for my book. Those who have down loaded my book will have seen this, but she convinced me that I should share it with everyone and believes that parents should read this to all their children, so here is mine and Buddy’s poem to the kids.



You are Special

Don’t think you’re not important
It simply isn’t true
The fact that you were born
Is the proof God has a plan for you

The path may seem unclear right now
But one day you will see
That all that came before
Was truly meant to be

God wrote the book of life
That’s all you need to know
Each day that you are living
Was written long ago

God only writes best sellers
So be proud of who you are
Your character is important
In this book you are the star

Enjoy the novel as it reads
It will stand through the ages
Savour each chapter as you go
Taking time to turn the pages

God bless you and keep all children safe
Buddy and Me


Fri
7
Aug '09

Day 6: Friday, 7 August 2009

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So the first day out on the road proved to be rather an informative one. My first Beares store visit was to Chatsworth where after spending a relatively quiet morning chatting to the Beares staff I got to meet an amazing lady by the name of Desiree Govender – Projects Co-ordinator for the Chatsworth Community Care Centre based in the Chatsworth Police Station, what a lovely lady.

Beares Chatworth

Beares Chatworth

Being a Natalian (Pinetown) boy, born and bred, I was raised with the knowledge that the Indian community is a very closed community, what happens in the Indian community, stays in the Indian community. When I had visited Chatsworth on the last project I was warned that I would receive no feed-back from the community and that I must not expect much response to my project – which involved obtaining the public’s opinion on what should be done to stop child rape – even though according to information provided to me, this crime is just as rife in the Indian community as it is in all other communities. To my surprise, we had a long queue of Indian ladies, particularly in the 20 – 35 age groups queuing to put their names to the petition/research document. I spent quite some time chatting to the ladies standing in the queue and all confirmed that they were sick and tired of the sexual abuse being waged against their children and that they WILL report and INSIST that the law take its course.

Unfortunately the information I received today (6/08/09) confirmed that the raping of children in the Chatsworth area has increased dramatically and that it is occurring mainly (95%) within the family and close friend environment, as in all other areas of the country. It was also pointed out that the victims of child rape receive counselling from a councillor every Tuesday (once a week) provided by Child – Line, and that for the past three weeks no councillor has been available. On hearing this I could not help thinking of a statement made by a psychologist in a news paper report I recently read in which it was stated that unless the state did something to increase the number of psychologists available for prisoners in our gaols the country could have a major problem on its hands. It really scares me that there are individuals in our society who believe that it is more important to provide criminals with psychiatric help before providing victims of child rape with medical and psychiatric help.

The other devastating news today which shocked me to my boots, was the case of a 48 year old —– (sorry I refuse to use the word man) who raped his 101 year old GREAT GRANDMOTHER!!! This is as bad as raping a small child and I shudder to think where our society is headed.

But that’s enough for today, I have a lot more to add tomorrow after I have visited the Durban central area which will include the Beares and Lubners West Street stores.

So keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars

Caring regards

Buddy and Me


Thu
6
Aug '09

Day 5: Thursday, 6 August 2009

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THE START

The Official Start - Beares Pinetown

The Official Start - Beares Pinetown

 

Beares Pinetown

Beares Pinetown

Well the official start of the project which took place on the roof of the Pinewalk Centre Kings Road Pinetown went off extremely well. It was a pleasure meeting up with Beares Big Bossman – Managing Director Tony von Blerk and Marketing Executive Andrea Bell. There was a very large contingent of Beares staff from head office as well as from the local stores and we had a good spread of media people as well, so hopefully we will get some good exposure for the campaign, because as I have already said “This campaign/project intends ensuring that child rape is in every ones face, no one can hide from this despicable crime. So Thursday 6th will find me in Chatsworth where I hope to meet some of the local authorities and NGO’s etc who are dedicated to spending their lives fighting child rape.

Just to let you know the latest situation regarding my problems:

Buddy is running great, surgeon specialist Wimpie Swift of On sight towing and repairs in Kyalami Road Westmead did an awesome job and heartfelt thanks goes out to him from both Buddy and Me.

Then came the ‘computer story’ It sounds like that movie “Never ending story”. Something went wonky with my computer, and every time I tried to get access to my website a foreign site would appear and override my site. Eventually after many frustrating phone calls, that master computer genius Neall Bean of NJ Computers (084 793 7223) arrived on the scene and Walla after pushing a million buttons solved the problem. So to these two masters a massive thanks is appropriate.

Don’t foreget, anybody reading this blog must please contact me with names of individuals who can provide info reagarding what’s been done or what’s not been done to eradicate the scourge of child rape from our society. My cell number is 082 2854 9129 e-mail steve@buddyandme.co.za

Until next time keep your feet on the ground but reach for the stars

Caring regards

Buddy and Me


Thu
6
Aug '09

Comment for Highway Mail

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Hi Zakithid. Thanks for your interest in the campaign/project. I will try to answer all your questions in numerical order.

1) The reason I got involved in fighting the rape and sexual abuse of children is because I believe that both children and animals are born innocent. We as Africans have proved to the world that we can take the world’s wildest animal such as a lion and raise it from birth as a domesticated animal. It will love us and eat out of our hand even when it reaches full maturity.

However, if you abuse this animal while it is growing up, it will bite you and not only bite the individual who abused it, but bite every one it sees.

The same goes for a child, if you abuse a child, our crime rate alone proves that the child will grow up to not only take out it’s revenge on the individual who abused it but will take out it’s revenge on society as a whole for not being there for it when it was being abused.

So if you want to stop the delinquent adults of the country STOP ABUSING THE CHILDREN… Simple!

2) I started the project ‘Searching for a solution to child rape’ during 2005 when I undertook the Beach Buggy project African Odyssey which took 14 months to do and then 16 months to write the book. This current project officially started today.

3) One of the biggest problems the country was facing was the fact that some clever individual during 1998 decided to scrap the rape law and sodomy act which resulted in the raping of males, being child or adult, not falling under the rape act, which was subsequently replaced by the sexual abuse act. This act provided a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment. To date (according to my information) no person so much as spent one day in prison after being convicted of the offense of sexual abuse.

Following the change in the law, the country experienced a massive increase in the raping of young male children. The fact that the damage caused to a child male from being raped is no different from the damage caused to a young girl child from a rape did not seem to affect the decision to change the act.

In all my speeches and presentations around the country on my first project I hammered this point, and whether it contributed or not is immaterial, because the law has subsequently changed and the rape of a male, be it a child or an adult is now included into out new act 32 of 2007. That’s good enough for me.

4) As I said, this project only started today, but the publicity it has generated already is very satisfying, and that is one of my major goals, to put the details and bear facts of child rape right in everyone’s face. Everyone always wants to hide from the subject of Child Rape, and doesn’t want to talk about it, that is a large part of the reason that it is occurring 580 times a day, every day. The ANC Government proved to the world that if you persist long enough and get in everyone’s face and embarrass the people you are trying to change, you will eventually succeed in your crusade to make a change.

5) I’m sure you can appreciate the enormous cost in undertaking a campaign/project as large as this one, and although Beares and Lubners Furnishers have sponsored the project, I’m sure you can appreciate that any additional support is gratefully appreciated, this is in the form of accommodation, support for any mechanical assistance Buddy needs etc. In fact at this point something happened that really made my life difficult. On Tuesday morning, I opened my lap top to up date my blog only to discover that my screen had a bad crack in it. I was informed that to repair it, would cost almost the same as purchasing a new computer.

After a short panic attack, I explained the problem to the senior management of Beares Head Office and they immediately authorised my purchasing a new computer and recommended that I purchase it from PC Zone in Sanlam Centre. Here, Kendall, the manager advised me to buy an Acer – emachine. I did this and paid cash. During the afternoon a computer boff from NJ Computers came round to down load all my info from my existing computer to the new one. When he switched the new Acer on, the indications were that the ‘hard drive’ was broken. We contacted Kendall at PC Zone and was told that it’s not their problem it’s Acer’s problem and that I must follow the procedures and return the machine to Acer for repairs. Acer – Francoise – on hearing my predicament also claimed it’s not their problem and instructed me to return the computer to PC Zone so that it can be returned to Acer for repair.

At PC Zone, Kendall insisted this was the wrong procedure and that I had to take it to Acer. To make a very long nasty situation short, Kendall eventually relented and booked the computer in for repairs, but I have been told that it could take anything up to three to four weeks before it is returned. The thing that annoys me is the fact that PC Zone has my money but I don’t have a computer to effectively do my project, they persist in sticking to the fact that “the right procedure must be followed and that there is nothing they can do.” Unfortunately it is the worst attitude I have received from any individual or company since starting my crusade against child rape.

6) Although I do get involved in a number of other issues, mainly to break the child rape nastiness, I am on a crusade that focusses on the rape and sexual abuse of children from birth to 12 years of age.

7) If anybody out there has information for me or has a name of an individual I can contact please contact me.

Once again thank you for your interest in my campaign/project and if you need any additional information please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Please publish my cell number: 082 254 9129

And e-mail address: steve@buddyandme.co.za

Caring regards

Steve Heath and Buddy


Wed
5
Aug '09

Day 3: Wednesday, 5 August 2009

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Tuesday the 4th of August proved to be one very frustrating day. When you take on a project/campaign such as this one, you must expect to face some challenging times, but this day proved even more frustrating than usual.

Firstly, Buddy went in to have his surgery – replace main crank oil seal, which meant that his heart (engine) had to be removed, and a major service and after dropping him off at ‘On site Towing & Repairs’ with surgeon specialist Wimpie, I headed to the Beares marketing head office in Pinetown to discuss my computer problem (Lap-tops cracked screen). Soon after discussing the problem with Bev (Beares marketing assistant) she told me that after discussing the problem with Andrea Bell (Beares Marketing Executive) the problem was solved – “Get a quote for a new one and we (Beares) will pay for it.” Truly amazing stuff, what fantastically committed people these Beares people are!

So with a much relieved feeling in my stomach I headed for Sanlam Centre to locate a computer shop I was told would give me a good deal, this was PC Zone. Here I approached the ‘manager’ Kendall, and after asking if PC Zone would consider sponsoring a lap-top for me – I mean nothing ventured nothing gained – was told absolutely not I must pay for it. Anyway he gave me a price on a Acer E-machine which according to him was robust and would suite the job perfectly. So I bought the machine – paid cash nogal.

A few minutes later Wimpie phoned and gave me the devastating news that Buddy’s surgery was going to be much larger than anticipated, evidently he had a ‘floating crank’ which was resulting in the main oil seal being damaged and if this problem was not solved the oil seal would pack up every hundred kilometres or so, major problem.

So the search for a reconditioned sub-frame started. Now anybody who has tried to obtain one of these in Durban can appreciate my frustration, because after telephoning every VW parts supplier in the Durban area not one could be found and so because the big send off from Beares marketing head office (EHL offices) is scheduled for 10:30am on Wednesday 5th – the next day – the only solution Wimpie could come up with was to use schism to take up the slack on the crank. This appeared to do the trick and Buddy was ready to be On the Road again (You know how that old Johnny Cash song goes – I’m actually related to him, he’s Johnny Cash and I’m short of Cash)

Then my Big Dramas started. A computer wiz kid Tom (who I was staying with) knew by the name of Neil arrived to transfer all my stuff from my broken computer to the brand new one bought and paid cash for from PC Zone. He removed it from the box and after switching it on informed that I had been sold a dud! Evidently the hard drive or whatever was not working. We phoned PC Zone and were informed by Kendall that “Sorry there’s nothing he can do, just follow the instructions to get it fixed by Acer.” A heated discussion took place based on the fact that they now had my cash and I had no computer, but he was adamant that that was my problem. Then a call was made to Acer – Francoise – who had exactly the same attitude, “sorry it’s your problem”. I returned the computer to PC Zone where yet another heated discussion took place because Kendall informed me that they ‘PC Zone’ were not responsible for returning the computer to Acer but that I must do that. Well by this time I had had enough. When I had bought the computer I had made it clear that time was of the essence and that I needed the computer because I would be heading out into the country the next day. But no matter what I said, I was told it’s not our problem, the procedures for a broken product is clear, follow this route and you will have your brand new computer returned sometime during the next week to three weeks, how they would get it to me wherever I was going to be in the country isn’t their problem, not to mention how I was going to get my information transferred to the new computer.

Eventually I realised I was not going to get anywhere discussing the matter with Kendall at PC Zone or Acer computers, I was talking to the ‘not interested’. So now I’m stuck with a computer with a cracked screen that is spreading by the hour and don’t know how long it will last, but as they say “Cowboys don’t cry – not in-front of their horses, or in my case, Buggy”.

Okay, so now I’m hoping my lap-top lasts long enough to get the project started and looking forward to meeting lots of people and obtaining mounds of information on what’s happening or rather what’s not happening to stop the raping of our countries children.

So until later, keep well and keep watching this site, and pass the word onto all your friends and colleagues.

Caring regards

Steve & Buddy


Tue
4
Aug '09

Day 3: Tuesday, 4 August 2009

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Buddy

Buddy

Poor little fella…
Buddy has gone in for some serious surgery, engine removed etc, new main crank oil seal being replace and other surgery, is expected to be complete and in the recovery room by this evening, no ICU necessary according to the surgeon, but will send you a full medical report later…


Mon
3
Aug '09

Day 2: Monday, 3 August 2009

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THE BIG SEND OFF!!!

Steve and Buddy Bear

Steve and Bobbi Bear

About 30 bikers braved the cold at the Gem Bar, Lambton, Germiston at 10am on Sunday morning, to escort Steve and Buddy out of town and on their way. And boy, was it cold.

Who says bikers are tough?

Who says bikers are tough?

De Hoek Toll Plaza, past Heidelberg

De Hoek Toll Plaza, past Heidelberg

De Hoek Toll Plaza

De Hoek Toll Plaza

We rode all the way to Die Hoek Toll Plaza, where we left Steve and Buddy to proceed to Durban. Back to the Gem Bar for breakfast…

Things, however were not so good for our two entrepid travellers……

What a trip down! disasters all the way. Very cold, temp averaged between 4 and 8 degrees. At 7 pm, just after passing through Pietermaritzburg in the dark and pouring rain, Buddy decided to call a halt to the trip to Durbs. He decided, right on a sharp bend nogal, to peeter out.

After trying all my mechanical skills to get him started, my mechanical skills of course being limited to turning the key and praying, he would not budge.

All my attempts at stopping someone were also to no avail, I mean who would stop to help a stranded motorists in the dark in South Africa? To top it all, my cell phone battery was flat so I couldn’t phone for help.

Eventually, just after 9 pm, I managed to entice a guy to stop. He was driving a clapped out Ford Cortina bakkie. He climbed out of the car and introduced himself as ‘Thulani’ and immediately advised me that “Hey Mr. white-man, this is a very dangerous place you are stopped in, just a few hundred metres away is a squatter camp where there are people who will kill you just for fun.”

After explaining my predicament, he offered me the use of his cell phone to call someone for help and told me to tell the person that he would tow me to the Shell garage in Camperdown, about 15 kilometres south. My son-in-law Zak in Pinetown came out to tow me to Pinetown, where we arrived at 11pm.

This morning, the problem – which it turned out was points related – has been sorted, but tomorrow we will be taking the engine out to fit a new main engine oil seal which was leaking oil all the way down.

So now for the next problem !! When I switched on my computer this morning I discovered a weird patch on the top of the screen. Zak’s dad called a computer wiz-kid friend who advised that the screen has a crack in it, which must have been caused by the lid being closed with something lying on the touch pad?? He also told me that the crack is going to spread and will eventually result in the computer packing up!

So now to sort out that problem, perhaps someone reading this has a contact with someone like Matrix or other computer supplier who can sponsor me another lap-top.

Hopefully these problems are a good omen for the rest of the project – get all the s@£%t over and done with so that the rest of the project can go smoothly.

So hopefully all the problems can be sorted and the big send off from Beares marketing offices in Kings Road Pinetown at 10am on Wednesday 5th August can go ahead.

So that’s all for now.

Cheers for now
Steve and Buddy