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My updated itinerary for Namibia and Botswana, to the end of the tour.
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Hi, so here we are again, ‘Buddy and Me’ back ?on the road again? on our crusade to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa. The past few weeks has been quite telling on Buddy, me and our trailer and what was supposed to be a few weeks off recuperating and revitalising ended up quite a different story.
To start with, after leaving Cape Town by way of SA Roadlink bus service I had an absolutely fantastic restful 22 hour bus trip to Umtata where I was met by my good friends John and Sherol ‘Ferrari’ Ferreira who own the ‘Mountain View Inn’ in Port St Johns. During my few days with them they took me to some positively amazing places in the area such as:
The other place they took me to was absolute paradise, and this is a place on the ‘Transkei’ coast which is a short distance out of Port St Johns called ‘Mngazana’ and damn is this place heaven.
And so the rest of the two weeks involved another two bus trips, one to Jo’burg from Untata with SA Roadlink which proved to be a nightmare 23 hours trip, I must still write to the management of that bus service about that, and a 22 hour trip from Jo’burg back to Cape Town with Intercape which was much better. Over a period of 10 days I undertook 67 hours in buses.
Unfortunately soon after arriving in Jo’burg, in fact at around 3am on the Friday morning, having arrived in Jo’burg at 10am that morning, I started suffering with major headaches and fevers, but after taking a few headache tablets and such likes I got through the days and returned to Cape Town on Thursday so that the Round Tablers of Tableview could have my trailer welded up so that ‘Buddy and Me’ could tackle the next leg of our crusade up the West Coast to Namibia and ever onwards.
On arriving in Cape Town on Friday the 9th April, and being picked up at the bus station by my ever faithful friend, Captain Faan Fourie, and being transported to my granny flat where I am continuing to stay with him and Linda, I proceeded to pass out in what can only be described as a light coma. I was woken early on Saturday morning and shortly afterwards was rushed to the doctors by Faan, who thought I looked like death warmed up and was concerned that I might pass out any second. The doctor then diagnosed that I had suffered two spider bites, one on my left foot and one on my left thigh, and ‘according to the doctor’ I was suffering with a ‘tropical blood poisoning virus’ caused from the spider bites. Well, all I know is that I felt pretty grim and to make matters worse in order to get the diagnoses and remedy it cost my ever withering budget 850-00 bucks.
But be that as it may, the heavy dose of antibiotic and pain killers and whatever the other tablets were that he prescribed did the trick and within a few days I was back on stream again, taking on the world, well actually the South African government on my quest to stop the raping of children in our beautiful country.
So, I got the trailer to old time Round Tabler ‘Woody’, Kenneth Wood who is the proprietor of ‘TrimWay Brake & Clutch’ in Killarney Gardens in Cape Town who promised to sort out my trailers aging problems which were, I must say, pretty bad, with the ‘A’ frame looking in a terrible condition and looking like it was going to fall apart any minute.
My next big problem was to get a heap of my proposals printed and bound in order to be able to present them to the various politicians I needed to get them to. I had visions of spending fortunes getting this done, but “never fear when Linda’s daughter is near”, and so Elsie Snyman, as I said, my host Linda’s daughter who owns a company in Cape Town called ‘Industry Insight’ came to my rescue and had a pile of the proposals printed and bound for me in record time, and not only did she have them printed and bound but she proof read it for me and her finishing touches made a spectacular difference to my bland proposal, thanks Elsie, you’re a star.
Then came the big headache. I am sure that it is only the people who have had the experience of trying to contact politicians and members of the media in a city like Cape Town who can relate to the frustrations that I experienced during the past week, this on top of my ‘tropical spider blood poisoning’ whatever, and if it wasn’t for the management and staff of the Bellville Beares store I think I would have quietly gone out of my mind.
The manager of the Bellville Beares store, Marti De Waal and her staff spent God knows how many hours tracking down telephone numbers and email address’s, as well as street addresses of all the media and politicians who I wanted to make contact with in Cape Town. Then it was a case of contacting them. But lo and behold, within 24 hours of my emails going out to the main political leaders in South Africa I received my first responses.
I sent 5 emails these being to: Mr. Zuma, President of the ANC and the South African government – Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, Leader of the ACDP party – Mrs. Helen Zille, leader of the DA party – Ms. Patricia De Lill, leader of the DI party, and Mr. Terror Lekota, leader of the Cope party. All of these went out at exactly the same time and within 24 hours I had responses from, Reverend Meshoe’s (ACDP) office in the form of Audrey and Fiona Groenewald of Mr. Terror Lekota’s (Cope) office, as well as from Shaun Moffett of Helen Zille’s office and Monique Scharffenorth of Patricia de Lill’s office, I am still awaiting a response from Mr. Zuma’s office.
Reverend Meshoe’s office confirmed that he wanted to meet with me in his office in Parliament the following day (Thursday 15th April) and Mr. Lekota wanted me to attend a political rally/meeting in Mfuleni Township on Sunday (today 18th April) Naturally I attended both meetings.
Saturday was spent giving Buddy a ‘facial make over’. This included an engine wash, body wash and massage and the painting of the welding job done by ‘Woody’ of Trimway brake and Clutch with a black everlasting paint that I couldn’t even get off my hands with thinners and paraffin so I’m sure it will last forever on the trailers chassis. All this was very stressful, but not close to the personal stress I have been subjected to over the past couple of week or so, but that is not your concern, but I completed the job in time for my very busy day which was today (Sunday the 18th April) which involved my meeting Mr. Terror Lekota of the Cope party in Mfuleni Township.
Now I must tell you, I have never been more impressed with a politician’s speech as I was today. This man has charisma like I have never seen before and he said things that made me sit up and listen with vigour, it was an awe-inspiring speech from start to finish, and if this is what we have as an alternative to what our country is being provided with as far as political leaders go at the moment, well all I can say is “then there is hope for us as South Africans”.
I was invited to join him (Mr. Lekota) on a visit to a township dwelling where a couple of ‘bad element’ youths had been burned to death by the community for having done ‘some bad deeds’. Mr. lekota’s message to the community was that they should not be taking the law into their own hands and he spent time with the parents of the youths.
So, with two political leaders down and three to go, these being, meetings with Mr. Zuma, Mrs. Helen Zille and Ms. Patricia de Lill, not to mention interviews with the Cape Argus and Cape Times newspapers and E TV and SABC TV and hopefully a couple of local radio stations, I have lots to accomplish over the next week, not to mention having to head up the West Coast to Vredenburg Beares store tomorrow the (Monday the 19th April), I have a pretty full week ahead of me.
So wish me well on my crusade, and keep plugged into this website for more updates on our endeavour to stop the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa. Keep safe, stay well and above all, keep all children safe.
Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
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PS. I will be posting the full proposal I have presented to Reverend Kenneth Meshoe of the ACDP party and Mr. Terror Lekota of the Cope party and which will be presented to the others mentioned above, onto my website within the next few days, so keep watching.
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