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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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My intention was, after completing my visit to Worcester, to travel straight through to Cape Town, however after being told how heavy the traffic was in Cape Town, it being a Friday and with the added traffic entering Cape Town for the Argus – Pick n’ Pay Cycle Tour taking place on Sunday, I decided to rather head for Hermanus and to take a leisurely drive through to Cape Town on Saturday morning along the N2 rather than face the wrath of the N1.
On my last ‘African Odyssey’ project, I had camped at the Onrus Caravan Park & Resort and had a magic time and had met some awesome people at the small pub and grill called Goddard’s Grill situated a mere 80 metres from the entrance to the park, and so guess where I visited soon after having been provided with camping facilities at the Onrus Caravan Park and Resort.
When I stopped Buddy outside Goddard’s front door, the owner of the establishment, Andre Hattingh came out to see what noisy vehicle had pulled up on their door step. On seeing me he said “My God Steve, are you still alive, how did the trip go”. It was incredible that after four and a half years he recognised me. Inside I met his good wife Jenny and a whole bunch of characters that all wanted to know about the ‘African Odyssey’ project and wanted to discuss and give their opinions on what needs to be done to stop the raping and sexual abuse of children in South Africa. Well as you probably guessed, the visit went on for awhile and by the time I escaped to my camp to cook a chicken chakalaka pot and rice it was 8:30pm.
This morning (Sunday) after popping in to Goddard’s to watch the Sharks lose once again, hell this seems to becoming a habit with them this season, at least they’re being consistent, I headed out of Hermanus in the direction of Cape Town.
Initially my plan was to spend the weekend with a friend Wesley who is the son of my good friend Mandy who owns the GEM Bar and Grill in Lambton in Germiston, but unfortunately he is living in a flat in Observatory Cape Town which has limited parking space and so after approaching the lady who owns a public parking ground opposite his flat to assist with parking at a reduced rate; the going rate quoted was R6-00 per hour, and so based on a twenty four hour period would cost me a staggering R576-00 for Buddy and the trailer for two days, I decided to give it a miss.
I then contacted a long standing friend Faan Fourie who happens to be a Captain in the police and who with his lovely wife Linda, moved to cape Town from Alberton in Jo’burg about a year ago, actually they moved to Melkbos Strand, who immediately instructed me to stay with them and make use of their granny flat. So now all comfortably settled in, in the magnificent area of Melkbos Strand I will be using this as a base for my visits to the surrounding areas of Cape Town during the next week or so.
Faan and Linda’s house is a mere 200 metres from the beach and so this morning I took a walk there to get a picture of the famous mountain from across the bay. I found it very strange to see the sun rise over the land and last night watch it set over the sea.
So tomorrow, Monday, ‘Buddy and me’ will be visiting the beautiful wine lands areas of Paarl and Somerset West where hopefully I can get to meet many people who are involved in the fight against the rape and sexual abuse of children as well as you are providing support for victims of child rape.
Starting from tomorrow I will be placing the details of each of the 6 factors which are identified in my presentation proposal to the President on what I believe needs to be done in order to stop the raping and sexual abuse of children under the age of 12 years of age in South Africa. So keep tuned to this website for the next week or so and please give me your comments via my e-mail address provided below.
So with that, all that’s left for me to say is “keep your feet on the ground, but reach really high for the sky and above all – KEEP ALL CHILDREN SAFE”.
Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
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