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Mar '10

Day 192: Thursday, 18 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:

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

So today ‘Buddy and Me’, after getting ourselves totally lost having taken the N1 instead of the N2 to Charlesville, finally arrived at the Beares Charlesville store 45 minutes late, after I must add, being rescued by Jassiem Scholtz, one of the Beares Charlesville staff who instructed me to “Stay right where you arte, don’t move from where you are”, came out to collect us and escort us to the store. But in-spite of this small hick-up I had a magic morning chatting to the staff and getting their in-put as to what needs to be done to stop the raping of children in our beautiful country.

<i><b>Beares</b> staff Charlesville</i>

Beares staff Charlesville

Then it was on to the Beares store in Claremont and I thought that perhaps this time I would find the place with no problem because Jassiem was going to escort ‘Buddy and Me’ to the store, but low and behold, no sooner had Jassiem stopped and pointed out the road for us to take, which according to him was, “Turn left at the next traffic lights and the Beares store is 1 to 2 kilometres up on the right” and in-spit of following his instructions to the letter, drove 5 kilometres with no Beares store in sight. After stopping four times to ask for directions from members of the local community, who every time pointed me in a different direction, ‘Buddy and Me’ eventually arrived at the store and the welcome I got from the staff was well worth the unscheduled tour of the area.

<i>I must tell you, I have awarded this group of <b>Beares</b> staff the award for being the craziest bunch of individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting on this project so far</i>

I must tell you, I have awarded this group of Beares staff the award for being the craziest bunch of individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting on this project so far

From Claremont ‘Buddy and Me’ headed out for yet another tour of the Cape Town area and low and behold, mainly because all I had to do was keep travelling down the same street as that in which the Claremont store is in, I found the Wynberg Beares store.

<i>The shining stars of <b>Beares</b> Wynberg</i>

The shining stars of Beares Wynberg

I was intending to include factor 4 of my proposal for a solution to ‘Stopping the rape of children’ into this blog, but I received an email from Bev Wishart, the Marketing Assistant to the Marketing Executive of Beares which due to the short period of time leading up to the 2010 World Cup Soccer fiasco, I believe needs to be brought to the publics attention. I have raised this point on a number of occasions and cannot stress how urgent this situation is.

Our esteemed government has spent millions of Rands on campaigns warning parents of the expected massive increase which is expected in the human trafficking of, in particular, children during the 6 weeks of the 2010 World Cup Soccer fiasco, but low and behold, they close the schools over this 6 weeks period putting 2 million children on our streets un-supervised. There is no way that parents can get 6 weeks leave during this particularly busy period and so it will be like putting a child in a candy store as far as paedophiles and child sex offenders are concerned, not to mention the savages involved in the business of human trafficking of children.

If our government had gone to the corporate industry and requested assistance in regard to providing schools, and in particular the primary and secondary schools, with television sets so that the kids could watch the soccer matches and rather extend the school hours and in so doing keep the kids off the streets and a bit safer, I could understand it, but to close the schools and put all these kids on the streets I’m sorry guys but you boobooed once again.

So having said this, here is the email I received from Bev Wishart, which she received from Caz Olfsen the Appeals Court Clerk in the Eshowe Magistrates Court on the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast. I think all parents need to take heed of this warning.


On Monday (8 March 2010) at the Holy Childhood Convent School here in Eshowe, two guys in a taxi drove in and said that they were there to collect a girl, they “didn’t know her name”, didn’t “know how old she was” but were there to collect her. The Sister went to the last little girl who was there and asked whether she knew the gentlemen, which she didn’t … they then said they had been sent by a lady by the name of “Dawn” and the little girl said that she didn’t know who that was. The Sister told the men that she was not going to let the little girl go with them and they must leave the premises … They got into the taxi laughing and joking and sped off. It wasn’t 5 minutes later that the little girl’s mother came into the Convent to fetch her daughter and she confirmed that she hadn’t sent anyone to fetch her daughter.

Then yesterday, 11 March 2010, children at the Convent alerted teachers that there were two African men on the premises taking photo’s with their cell phones of all the girls there.

Nigerian cartel’s are being paid R20 000.00 per child that they abduct.

Seeing that the World Cup is literally just around the corner, please be alert … NEVER LET YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF YOUR SIGHT.

Yesterday also, at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre in Richards Bay, a lady was paying an account and let go of her son’s hand for a few seconds only to see a black woman grab him and take him out to the exit of the shopping centre … Luckily for her son, the mother ran after them and managed to get her son back … He’s one of the lucky ones and I have a feeling that there are going to be many precious children in danger over the coming months.

It’s happening in Eshowe, our small rural town … Can you imagine what the bigger cities are going to be like … Please friends, forward this email to as many parents as possible to get the word out.

We all need to be extra vigilant with our children … If you go shopping, put your child in your shopping cart or maybe don’t even take them with you … Keep them at home and make sure that their carer doesn’t open the door or gates for ANYBODY, even if they know them. I’d even go as far as to say that should your teenage daughters and son’s want to go to the Malls to watch movies … GO WITH THEM NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY ARGUE ABOUT IT … You could be saving their lives by being over protective.

We need to pray over our families and friends for protection from evil … Lets not leave it for another day … Pray that the Lord keeps His hand over all our children. Parents, this is a call to BE over protective for once … Our children are precious. Please, I’m literally begging you … Let’s stand together and let the power of prayer prevail leading up to and during, the World Cup.


If you think I’m joking and this is just "another" email … Phone me … I do not want to see my friends coming here for cases involving the abduction and abuse of their children.

Caz Olfsen
Appeals Clerk
Eshowe Magistrate Court
Tel: 035 474 1127
Email: chainess@justice.gov.za

So tomorrow ‘Buddy and Me’ will be visiting my last Beares store in the Cape Town region, namely Bellville, and after a short break will return to Cape Town to complete my task of getting my proposal on what I believe – through all my travels and research – needs to be done to stop the rape of children in South Africa to parliament as well as to the leaders of all opposition political parties and diplomatic heads of all countries represented in South Africa. After that we will continue up the West Coat into Namibia and on through to Botswana.

So until tomorrow when I present factor 4 in what I believe needs to be done to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa, I will bid you good night, and of course, ya you guessed, that’s good, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)

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