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May '10

Day 226: Monday, 10 May 2010

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

Categories: Buddy and Me

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My updated itinerary for Namibia and Botswana, to the end of the tour.

The PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT for your perusal.

To watch Buddy and Me in real time click here, select South Africa under “Global Fleet Logins:” in the left hand panel, enter cellphone number 0822549129 and password Buddy.

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)

Last night, or rather early this morning at 3am it started raining, I got up at 2am and the sky was clear with a million stars shinning in the sky, but at 10 past 3 I was woken by small pitter patter sounds on my tent and discovered that it was raining and within seconds it was pouring and continued to do so for an hour and then as suddenly as it had started, it stopped! When I got up at 5:30 (am, that is) the sky was clear and soon the sun was shining as brightly as ever.

After breakfast, scrambled eggs and left over lamb ‘stew’ chops from last night, I showered and headed into town to meet the staff of Beares Otjiewarongo, and what a magic bunch of people these turned out to be. Within seconds of my arriving Petru, the manager had arranged for a cup of coffee to be placed in my hand and I was introduced to everyone. A short while later a few customers arrived and I had a great chat with everyone.

<i>Meet the staff of <b>Beares</b> Otjiewarongo – that’s Petru up front, the good looking one</i>

Meet the staff of Beares Otjiewarongo – that’s Petru up front, the good looking one

Following my chat, I headed for the Namibian Police ‘Woman and child Abuse Unit’ and was introduced to a lady warrant officer in-charge of the unit and when I explained who I was and what I was doing she told me that she was not authorised by her boss, the Chief Inspector, to talk to me. She then phoned him and after a good giggle and laugh on the phone, I was told to go and see him. I drove round to his office and once again explained who I was and what the project was about and explained that I was not seeking detailed statistics etc, but was no less told that if I did not have the necessary written authority of the Minister of Police, he, or any of his staff could not, and would not and would be instructed not to talk to me on this subject. I unfortunately, although I did send a letter to the Namibian Government prior to starting the project telling them of my intended visit to the country and the purpose of my visit, did not get a response and so do not have the necessary letter of authority to talk to the police, and so that was that, no talkies!

But be that as it may, I visited the Pick ʼn Pay Centre to get some more goodies for tonight’s meal, spicy chicken fried in my flat bottomed poitjie pot with potatoes and rice, and got to talk to yet another great bunch of the local community, my experience is that these are the people who know what’s going on, and they once again confirmed that child rape is ripe in this community. So once again it was confirmed that when the cops don’t want to talk, they have something to hide, just like in South Africa, when the authorities don’t want to release the facts and statistics on child rape and crime, they have something to hide!

<i>The main street of Otjiewarongo</i>

The main street of Otjiewarongo

<i>From the same point but facing the opposite direction</i>

From the same point but facing the opposite direction

And so ended yet another day in the life of ‘Buddy and Me’. Tomorrow we head out, forever north to Tsumeb, where hopefully I will meet another friendly and helpful guy like Gerrit de Vos of InfoTech here in Otjiewarongo who, with the help of another staff member Jaco, sent my blog from my memory stick to Gail so she can update my blog, so thanks Gerrit and Jaco, your help is really appreciated.

So from ‘Buddy and Me’ we will wish you a good night, stay well and above all, KEEP ALL CHILDREN SAFE, you got it.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
Comments and opinions to: steve@buddyandme.co.za.

Unfortunately I am still without internet connection, it’s only with the kind help of people like Gerrit that I can send my blog’s through, so I cannot receive emails, but when I do get connected I will respond to all your emails, sorry, but that’s out of my control.

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