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Day 185: Thursday, 11 March 2010

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

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My full new itinerary including Namibia and Botswana to the end of the tour (19 May 2010).

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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)

Before I start on this blog there is something that I need to convey to everyone reading my blog’s. Since the 4th of February my website has been badly affected by a virus which, I have been told by my expert IT specialists who help me with my website, namely Gail Vyvyan-Day in Germiston and Rory Albertyn the owner of Radiant Network the web company that kindly hosts my website, was inadvertently placed on the site by someone who sent in a comment on my ‘Comments Blog’. Unfortunately this created major stress for me which resulted in Gail not being able to post my blog’s for a few weeks and created a lot of time consuming work for Rory to identify and eradicate the virus from the ‘Buddy and Me’ website.

After many hours of hard work the problem has been eradicated, Gail has caught up with the blog’s which I know took many hours of hard work in spite of Gail living a bit of a hectic life in both her personal and business life, but everything is back on line, so I would just like to convey mine and Buddy’s sincere thanks and appreciation to Gail and Rory for all the hard work you guys have put in to sorting the problem out and confirm that without the help from these two amazing people that project ‘Buddy and Me’ would not be possible. So to Gail and Rory you have my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

So now on to my blog for the day, as I said when I finished yesterday’s blog, last night I was kindly hosted accommodation by Stephen and Alida Bruwer in Ashton. They had kindly assisted me with accommodation on the ‘African Odyssey’ project and once again I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay with this terrific family.

<i>Alida and Stephen Bruwer in Ashton in front of their lovely home. The view of the mountains and vineyards directly in front of their house is truly spectacular</i>

Alida and Stephen Bruwer in Ashton in front of their lovely home. The view of the mountains and vineyards directly in front of their house is truly spectacular

From Ashton ‘Buddy and Me’ headed for Robertson where I spent some quality time with the Beares staff chatting about the project and getting their opinions on what needs to be done to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children. Most of the discussion surrounded the fact that everyone believes that the RDP housing provided by the government is definitely contributing towards the rape of children by children. The government has done a sterling job in providing housing for the poorer communities, but unfortunately no thought was given to the design of the houses.

I was told that in the township area of ‘Moreson’, which is situated a short distance outside of Robertson, due to the size of the families the whole family is forced to live in one room which results in the children sleeping in the same room as the parents, and in some cases mothers boyfriend while they are sleeping together and obviously with the children witnessing and hearing the sounds generated by their love making. I was told by one lady a few weeks ago that she had been woken in the early hours of the morning by the sounds of her 6 year old daughter crying. On investigating she discovered that her 15 year old son had climbed into bed with her daughter and had raped her, with mom and dad in the same room. I asked her what had happened when they had discovered this and her comment was, “Nothing”, when she had woken her husband and told him what had happened, he had merely grunted, rolled over and continued sleeping, and that was the end of that. Need I say anymore about this situation?

<i>The <b>Beares</b> staff of Robertson</i>

The Beares staff of Robertson

Then it was on to the absolutely spotlessly clean town of Worcester where I arrived at a quarter to three in the afternoon where and where on entering the Audensberg Toyota dealership where the owner and Round Tabler Chairman Michael Meyer welcomed me and within minutes of my arriving took me on a tour of an absolutely amazingly beautiful grape farm. The farm which is called ‘The Amandelriver Estates’ and which is situated in the Hex River Valley area and must be, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful areas in the world, is owned by Round Tabler Faffie Jourdan and is called ‘The Amandelriver Estate’ and producers spectacularly delicious grapes which is exported to countries all over the world.

<i>Faffie giving me the run down on the whole grape packaging and distribution process, of course I was eating grapes throughout the presentation</i>

Faffie giving me the run down on the whole grape packaging and distribution process, of course I was eating grapes throughout the presentation

The day was rounded off with a magic evening which consisted of a braai, great food, cold beers and great conversation with the Tablers of Worcester RT 68.

<i>Me being pinned and presented with yet another banner by the Table Chairman and my host for the evening in Worcester, Mike Meyer</i>

Me being pinned and presented with yet another banner by the Table Chairman and my host for the evening in Worcester, Mike Meyer


The whole group having a really great time

And to end off my day in Worcester, here is a picture of my hosts for the evening.

<i>My hosts for the evening in Worcester, Mike and Heidi Meyer with son Marco squeezing in-between</i>

My hosts for the evening in Worcester, Mike and Heidi Meyer with son Marco squeezing in-between

So until tomorrow when ‘Buddy and Me’ pays a visit to the two Beares stores in Worcester I will bid you farewell for now and of course keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
Don’t forget you can send comments, opinions and generally chat with me on my e-mail address: steve@buddyandme.co.za

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