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Thu
28
Apr '11

Blog 28 – Buddy and Me – Project 3 (4th – 27th April 2011)

Posted by Julia

Categories: Buddy and Me

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Who Is Steve Heath
A Message To The President of South Africa.
Factors Contributing To The Increase In Child Rape.
A Proposed Solution To Stopping The Rape And Sexual Abuse Of Children in SA.

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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:

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

Buddy and Me’ are back. I have been inundated with emails from people asking “Where are you, what’s happening with ‘Buddy and Me’, so I’m going to do a final blog from Cape Town before heading out to the West Coast and forever onwards on the 4th of May. I am also going to post a special blog giving the details of the itinerary / schedule ‘Buddy and Me’ will be following for the next two months, so to all those people who have been emailing me and wanting to know these details, you will finally have them.

So here goes, and in this blog I’m going to publish something which I have also been inundated with emails about concerning someone and rumours flying around the country at a pace.

So to start with having broken my ankle while visiting Jo’burg, I eventually bussed back to Pinetown on Monday the 18th April, courtesy of Translux and after a twenty four and a half hour trip arrived in Durban and was picked up by my son Lloyd.

I mean check out this luxury on board the Translux bus; even with an ankle in plaster cast the 25 hour trip was most enjoyable.

After a most enjoyable couple of days with Lloyd, which involved a few of his hooligan friends – sorry Lloyd forgot to email me the photos, but none the less Julia will make space for it and include it when Lloyd finally wakes up and forwards them to me (Pic when it arrives) – I headed for Pinetown where I stayed with my daughter Carey and her family and YA! Got my plaster cast removed from my ankle. The doctor wanted to fit another one for a further TWO WEEKS but I was having none of that and so walked, or rather limped out promising that I would strap it up for another two weeks, right! I have places to go and things to do, can’t do that with a strapped up ankle and anyway ‘Buddy’s’ getting impatient waiting for me in Cape Town to get ♫On the road again♫ I’m sure you all remember Johnny Cash’s song?

I had a great Easter weekend having witnessed the Sharks finally win a game against the Hurricanes at ‘Chris’s Den’ in Pinetown

A few of the ‘Shark’ supporters at ‘Chris’s Den’.

 

Saturday a friend Linda Games, who by the way is a professional yacht Captain who delivers yachts all over the world for a living, decided that due to the recent ‘stress’s’ I had been subjected to resulting from ‘personal problems’, I had to join her on a short “easy” hike in the GIBA Gorge close to Pinetown, which according to her would “loosen up” my stiff ankle.

 

So meet the intrepid traveller/yachts woman Linda Games. This was a really great hike and even my recovering fractured ankle handled it pretty well, oh and thanks Linda for letting me bend your ear about all my ‘hassles’ and for the great advice.

At the end of the hiking trail there is a fantastic waterfall and two lakes which are full of Bass, pity there is no fishing allowed, mind you I didn’t (for once) have my rod and tackle near by so it did not matter.

Then came the ‘big day’ well for my grandson Dane that is, and the ‘big day’ involved an Easter egg search around the garden.

But first the previous night involved explaining the rules etc etc etc. So meet my grandson Dane and me, posing with Mr. Easter Bunny himself! And then the Forte family

(‘Dad – Zac, sister – Michaela, other wise known to her friends as Migz, Mom – Carey, and of course the master of the house – Dane)

Then ‘The Big Day’ and Dane was in his element searching the garden for Easter eggs

and of course it’s much easier when you have a little help from sister Michaela and the dog Shaggy, and oh boy now for the BIG job,

“How am I ever going to eat all of those, no problem watch me”. The day ended with a family cricket match and braai (Pic to be forwarded by Zac?)

So now having returned to Cape Town, I am spending time sorting out Buddy’s front wheel bearings, eventually, and getting the trailer repacked for the next leg. I will also be trying really hard to get appointments to meet people I desperately want to meet who are involved with the Thuthuzela Care Centres and are based here in Cape Town, namely Ms. Bronwyn Pithey who is the deputy Director of SOCA (Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit) and Senior Advocate Lizelle Africa, who is the Provincial Manager for the Thuthuzela Care Centres for the Western Cape.

Unfortunately all my emails and phone calls to these ladies offices over the past two months have gone unanswered and I wait with abated breath to receive a call from them and a chance to chat to them about my concerns regarding the manner in which the Thuthuzela Care Centres are being established, see the link on the home page of this website ‘A proposed Solution to stopping the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Children in South Africa’.

One of the points I really want to discuss with these ladies, is the fact that I have been told that an enormous amount of money is being spent on certain Thuthuzela Care Centre senior staff members travelling around the world “selling” the Thuthuzela care Centre concept to other African countries as well as a few European countries when the ‘concept’  in it’s current form in South Africa is an unproven one, and so I believe that until they get their own house in order and establish the centres properly and can prove through statistics that the concept works, the money they are presently using to travel around the world should rather be spent getting the centres properly established.

I also hoped to be able to meet a few of the more senior political leaders of our country again in the form of Helen Zille, Patricia de Lille and especially Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, before finally heading out of Cape Town, but unfortunately with the elections looming I have been told by all their offices that “that is impossible”. So hopefully I will get to meet up with them at a later stage.

In closing I want to tell everyone who emails and sms’s me philosophical messages, that the next time I receive an email or sms giving me a philosophical “thought for the day” such as “If you make a decision based on feelings and emotions from the heart etc. etc. etc. and if you make a decision from your head/brain etc. you may never find happiness etc. etc. etc” I am going to stick the computer or cell phone in your left ear. So be warned!

Oh yes and can you believe it, this computer idiot is now officially on ‘face book’, yep I was told that I have to get on this ‘thing’ and believe me if I thought handling the stress’s of a website and blog and email was stressful you ain’t seen nothing yet!

So soon I will be heading out for the West Coast, just ‘Buddy and Me’ and so I thought I would share a photo of where Buddy has been resting up for the last few weeks, right next to my granny flat in my good friends house Faan and Linda Fourie in Melkbos.

So meet Faan and Linda and Fiffi, right next to the window of my ‘home’ for the last 6 weeks or so.

Before I leave Cape Town however I will definitely be making every attempt to obtain a ticket to watch the SHARKS kick the stormers asses at Newlands this coming Saturday in their Super 15 match. GO SHARKIES!!

 

So until next when I leave cape Town, keep well, stay safe and of course above all, keep the children safe.

Caring regards from

‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

And

Me’ (Steve Heath)

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