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My updated itinerary for Namibia and Botswana, to the end of the tour.
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So after a pretty hectic life over the past week or so, both project wise and personal life wise, this week started with me waking on Monday morning to pouring rain. The weather since I have been in Cape Town has been quite brilliant, when considering this is, after all, the Western Cape where it is said that the weather is like a baby, ‘Either wet or windy”.
So ’Buddy and Me’ drove out of Melkbosstrand a little after 8:30 am on Monday and drove the entire 103 kilometres to the Beares store in Vredenberg in pouring, freezing rain, and back again. I had a great time meeting and chatting to the magic staff of Beares and after a hearty, late breakfast at the Wimpy headed out to meet an old friend, as in having met him 5 years ago, he’s still a litie, Giorelo Carosini owner of the Paternoster Hotel which is15 kilometres outside of Vredenberg on the West Coast.
And what can I say about the Paternoster Hotel, well it certainly has not changed and when comparing these photos of the ‘Panty Bar’ to the photo’s taken on my ‘African Odyssey’ project, it will be noted that apart from a few new pairs of ladies ‘lingerie’ the place is exactly the same.
Now from time to time Buddy needs attention, and so when I discovered that there is one of the ever decreasing breeds of ‘VW Beetle’ fundies residing in the Tableview area, I did not hesitate in contacting him to perform some magic on Buddy with regard to fitting new points and tweaking Buddy’s timing, so Tuesday morning found ‘Buddy and Me’ pulling into the premises of ‘VW Beetle’ boffin, Kenn Sara who is the proprietor of Killarney Brake and Clutch Centre in Unit 1 Beetle Park, Monaco Road Killarney Gardens where he proceeded to perform some absolute magic on Buddy which has resulted in Buddy purring like a ‘Lion’; I was going to say kitten but he gets upset when I compare him to that soft and cuddly animal and will probably end up giving me a hard time sometime when we are out in the Namibian desert soon, so Lion it is’. So Kenn thank you for the amazing job you did, ‘Buddy and Me’ really appreciate it.
Okay so now down to the business of parliament and getting my ‘Proposal for a Solution to Stopping the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Children’ to the leaders of the opposition political parties as well as our esteemed government.
Having sent emails to all the relative political parties and as you have already seen and read on my previous blog, I had a wonderful reaction from the opposition parties in the form of the ACDP and COPE, and so this week I was honoured to have been given the opportunity to meet with a few more politicians and parliamentary members. These were in the form of:
Firstly, on Wednesday it was a wonderful lady by the name of Denise Robinson, who is the DA’s member of parliament and representative on the caucus on Woman, Youth, Children and the Disabled committee, this lady is truly an amazing individual and as long as we have people like her in parliament I believe we as South Africans have hope.
Then today, Friday it was a particularly busy day for ‘Buddy and Me’ as we had three presentations to make in parliament and these were:
Firstly to the MP for the ‘Independent Democrats’ and Chief Whip, Lance Greyling who once again impressed me immensely with his support for the campaign and promised to ensure that my proposal reaches the hands of that true South African Champion of politics, Mrs. Helen Zille.
Next was yet another cheerful guy in the form of Helen Zille’s assistant, Shaun Moffat. Helen Zille unfortunately was, as usual, busy running all over the countryside trying to do a hundred peoples jobs for them and get some semblance of order to the current chaotic state our countries in. So Shaun kindly offered to meet with me in order to obtain a copy of my proposal and to ensure that it reaches Helen Zille’s hands. I had as I have already said, presented a copy of my proposal to Denise Robinson of the DA, but I believe that with two amazing politicians in the same party having it, hell it can only help.
So now down to the big one, I could not have asked to have a better person on my side in order to get my proposal into the hands of Mr. Zuma than the lady I met in the ANC’s offices today, this being Mrs. Eunice Van Eck, from the office of the Chief Whip and co-ordinator for Executive Support & Special projects. After emails and phone calls and being sent around parliament on a merry chase, I eventually asked this lady, who had gone out of her way to try and establish a meeting for me with various ANC political heads and MP’s to, “Please accept the proposal on behalf of the ANC as I will be heading out of Cape Town this weekend and desperately want to ensure that it reaches the hands of Mr. Zuma and someone else who can use it to make a difference in the lives of the children who are being raped on a daily basis”. She immediately agreed and so this afternoon I met with her in the offices of the Chief Whip of the ANC, Dr. Motshkgo’s office who unfortunately is over seas on political business and presented her with two copies of my proposal/solution to stopping the rape of children in South Africa.
Eunice Van Eck promised to personally ensure that a copy of my proposal/solution reaches the hands of our countries President, Mr. Zuma and will also ensure that a second copy will reach the hands of Mrs. Beauty Dlulane, ANC – MP and Chairperson for the Multi-party woman’s caucus.
Now before getting off the subject of my meeting with this lovely lady, I must tell you that she paid me one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. She compared my dedication and crusade of my fight against child rape to her late husbands 13 year peace mission in Barundi where he was instrumental in establishing the first democratic elections in the country. So Eunice thank you for that compliment and I’m sure your husband was an amazing man and from what you told me, everyone who knew him is blessed that he touched their lives.
Eventually when I left parliament a little before 4pm, I passed a large group of protestors outside the gates of parliament, protesting about the nuclear power stations etc and found it to be quite interesting, especially after reading the pamphlets they were dishing out.
The nuclear protest, but I have my hands full with my crusade, so although I sympathies with them, I need to stay focused on my crusade against the rape and sexual abuse of children, so good luck with your crusade guys
So ended another week in the life of ‘Buddy and Me’, so to all those fantastic politicians I met during my extended stay in Cape Town you my heart felt thanks for accommodating me and I sincerely hope my message gets to reach the people who need to hear it so that something can be done to stop the rape of children in South Africa.
This weekend ‘Buddy and Me’ will be leaving Cape Town and heading up the West Coast to Upington where we will be visiting the Beares staff there on Wednesday the 28th and then we will continue into Namibia, So until next week, keep well, keep safe and above all, Ya you got it, keep all children safe!
Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
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