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Hi to all the supporters and readers off the ‘Buddy and Me’ website. Yep just when you thought it was safe to go back out on the streets, ‘Buddy and Me’ pop up again and it’s good to be, as in the words of Johnny Cash, ♫On the road again♫.
I apologise for the delay in submitting an updated blog but with my moms passing away on the 27th May and waiting for her ashes etc and then having to go to Jo’burg to collect my ‘new/renewed – according to the new system’ firearm licence which took three and a half years to process and I was told that I only had 6 weeks to collect it or else it would be cancelled?, I have not been involved in the child rape situation for the passed couple of weeks, but now I’m back with a vengeance.
So this is my family who send their thanks for all the kind emails and Face Book words of sympathy and condolences which were received from so many people, so this picture was taken after all the missing ones had arrived from all parts of the world for a family reunion the night before my mom’s memorial service at ‘The twisted lemon’ in Westville.
Before I get on with the details of the first week ‘back on the project’, I would like to provide everyone with information regarding ‘what this project, project 3’ is all about and what I hope to achieve from it. The reason for this is that I have had many enquiries from people via email asking what I hope to achieve from this project, ‘Buddy and Me – project 3’ so here goes:
The purpose and aims of ‘Buddy and Me – Project 3’
Projects 1 and 2 were exactly what the project name said: “Searching for a Solution to the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Children’. This entailed thousands of talks with members of the SAPS, court officials, NGO’s, Social workers, etc and in particular members of the communities, especially mothers of victims in townships where the far majority of child rape cases occur, to establish: 1) Why mothers are not reporting the rape of their children 2) What needs to be done to encourage mothers to report the rape of their children 3) What needs to be done to stop the rape of children.
After thousands of discussions and almost 130,000 kilometres of travelling, (on projects 1 & 2 – now completed more than 183 000 kilometres), I arrived at what I believe, and has been verified by hundreds of people working with child rape victims all over South Africa, to be the solution to stopping the rape of children in South Africa, or rather one aspect of it. And so ‘Buddy and Me – Project-3’ is focussed on making the public aware of the fact that there is a solution and in-fact it is starring us right in the face, and it is in the form of the establishment of THUTHUZELA CARE CENTRES at all provincial and Regional hospitals around South Africa. Unfortunately after visiting 28 of the existing centres (93 need to be established) I have identified the fact that in all instances the centres are mere shells and are therefore a total waist of money and time as they are currently being established.
Details of how I believe the Thuthuzela Care Centres should be established can be seen as a link on my website www.buddyandme.co.za “A Proposed Solution to Stopping the Rape of Children”. UNICEF and USAID are the two main contributing donors to the initiative and I would desperately like to meet and chat to someone in a senior position in these organisations regarding the establishment of the Thuthuzela Care Centres, so if anyone reading this blog knows of such a person please email contact details to me via: firstname.lastname@example.org .
‘Buddy and Me – Project 3’ is therefore focused on an awareness campaign to ensure that government establishes the Thuthuzela Care Centres properly and provides the mothers with the essential support structure to ensure that mothers report the rape of their children and to bring awareness to the fact that section 54 of Act 32 of the Sexual Offences Act is enforced, this being a section of the act which forces any person who is made aware of the fact that a child has been raped, to report the rape or sexual abuse of the child to the authorities. Unfortunately since it’s inception in November 2007, not one single person has ever been charged under this section, in-spite of the fact that we are experiencing an average of 600 child rape cases a day in South Africa with only 15 – 18% of them being reported to the authorities.
This in a nut shell is what ‘Buddy and Me – Project 3’ is all about. Obviously the other function of the project is to get as much money raised for the NGO organisations identified as links on the front page of this website: The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and Clinic, TygerBear and GRIP: by clicking on one, or all of their links, and after linking to the respective organisation, making a donation by clicking onto ‘donations’.
There is much more to ‘Buddy and Me’ – project-3’ which also involves an awareness campaign of the failure of the police and NPA to enforce the contents of section 54 mentioned earlier in this blog, which in itself is contributing to the increase in the number of child rape cases occurring in South Africa.
So after having said all of that, now let me get on with what has been happening in the lives of ‘Buddy and Me’ since rescheduling the project following my mom’s memorial service.
Because I had to first travel to Jo’burg from Pinetown to collect my firearm licence, I decided to reverse the cancelled schedule and so my first visit was to the Krugersdorp area where I visited the Beares store and where the store manager Phyllis Knight and her staff started this leg off with a very loud bang!
Lots of kids spending some really quality time with the staff of Beares and Lubners Krugersdorp.
And no visit to Krugersdorp would be complete without the traditional demo march through the streets of Krugersdorp with the kids screaming at the tops of their little lungs “STOP CHILD ABUSE”.
And so here are the amazingly friendly people of Beares Krugersdorp with the ‘Boss Lady’ – Phyllis Knight – on the extreme right of the picture. And of course we can’t leave out the friendly people forming the staff of Lubners Krugersdorp who contributed to the days activities
So meet the Lubners Krugersdorp staff led by Elize de Beer stand –in manager(with the pink blouse).
While in Krugersdorp I had extensive talks with members of the police forces FCS unit who provided me with some astonishing information on what is happening with the rape and sexual abuse of children in the area as well as Ms. Buyi Makhubela who is the head of the local Teddy Bear Clinic in Krugersdorp and all agreed that my stance or project to have the Thuthuzela Care Centres properly established is a brilliant one and they all fully support my project, so thanks guys your support and words of encouragement is sincerely appreciated.
I also got to meet up with the members of Round Table Krugersdorp where I attended their meeting and did a presentation talk and was presented with the Tables lapel pin and banner with their encouraging comments and well wishes writen on the back to add to my ever increasing collection of Round table pins and banners
and thanks guys for providing me with great accommodation at ‘The Palms’ guest house.
The next day involved a visit to, firstly Beares Randfontein where I got to meet the lady who I believe deserves my award for being ‘The character of note” within the Beares/Lubners group, and that is Tracey Mallett, and when one combines this crazy lady J together with the other one, namely Adri Oosthuizen (Manager of the Randfontein Lubners store) in one town, you must know what happens!! J
But seriously, these two ladies put together a day for me which I thoroughly enjoyed and involved, as usual, me talking to a large group of guests and once I start talking, as you should know by now, I never stop! So to Tracey and Adri and your amazing staff, you have mine and buddy’s heartfelt thanks for arranging a magic day.
This is outside the Lubners store.
The 2 crazy ladies J of Beares and Lubners -Tracey with the yellow jacket and Adri on the left of the photo, with Captain Appel of the Krugersdorp SAPS – FCS unit and ‘that other guy’.
And Tracey with the rest of her friendly Beares staff.
So thanks Tracey and Adri and the rest of your great staff for arranging such a magic day for ‘Buddy and Me’ in Randfontein, we look forward to seeing you again, hopefully on the next project?
In Randfontein I was told of a major paedophile case involving another 72 year-old savage who has raped and sexually abused something like 170 odd children, the case is on going and can you believe it, “because of his age he has been released and is under ‘house arrest’, unbelievable. (See details of the other 72 year-old savage’s case in Upington – blog 35) So I will be following both of these cases with great interest and will be provided with up dated information by a friend in Randfontein and Upington.
Thursday being a public holiday found ‘Buddy and Me’ attending the Carletonville Round Table golf day which was held at the ‘Goldfields Country & Golf Club’. This was attended by 128 golfers and as usual I did a lot of talking, my favourite passed time. The day was a fantastic success and a good time was had by all.
Three of the Tablers of Carletonville braaing boerewors for the golfers at the 6th hole, the guy nearest the camera is the Table Chairman Michael Dos Santos who together with his lovely wife Nadia home hosted me for the night, so many thanks for your fantastic friendship and amazing hospitality.
The Tablers and me proudly displaying the Carletonville Round Table banner.
Friday morning found ‘Buddy and Me’ visiting only the Lubners store in Carletonville, the reason being that the Beares store unfortunately burnt down a couple of months ago and so I was devastated to discover that a visit to what has always been one of my favourite Beares stores to visit was not possible, also to add to my woes, the man who has always made my visit to his Beares store such a memorable one, namely Leon Visser the store manager was away on leave, but Leon, Noreen did an outstanding job in arranging a magic day for ‘Buddy and Me’.
So meet the staff of Beares and Lubners in Carletonville. If you look carefully you can see some of the fire damage in the top left corner of the picture above the Beares sign.
Saturday was spent doing the finishing touches to Buddy’s new and improved rear tails lights which my son-in-law Zack helped me fit in Pinetown (Actually he did all the work, I mostly watched and passed the beers). So my work on Saturday involved fibre glassing the edges and painting them.
(Me hard at work sanding the fibre glass, a really lousy job I must tell you) and then the finished product
At least the cars following me can actually see the lights now, they are really bright especially when compared the miserable things which were on previously.
Of course Saturday afternoon, after all the strenuous work, I had to pop into the local ‘joint’ and watch the SHARKS kick the Bulls butts over a couple of cold frosties, an absolute pleasure!
I had intended camping at the near by Boskop Dam for the weekend, but Michael – Chairman of Carletonville Round Table’s – mother and father, Hannetjie and Cisco Dos Santos believed I would probably end up freezing to death and so insisted that I spend the weekend in their incredibly lovely garden cottage, so Hannetjie and Cisco you have my sincere thanks for your friendship and hospitality.
And so ended the first week back on the project for ‘Buddy and Me’ and it has been really wonderful being ♫On the road again♫. I got to meet a number of extremely interesting people in the form of prosecutors, police officials and social workers who provided me with an abundance of information on what is happening with regard to child rape in the area, much of it being repetitive, but was also presented with a lot new and quite mind boggling information.
One person in particular was the Senior Prosecutor in Carletonville, Ms. Elize Smit who confirmed that child rape is occurring at a shocking rate, but believes that because they have adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude they are experiencing a very high rate of convictions, music to my ears. She also provided me with the incredible confirmation that she has charged a mother of a small child under section 54 of the Sexual Offences Act 32/2007 (mentioned earlier in this blog, regarding the requirement of any person who is made aware of the rape of a child to report it) so I will be waiting with baited breath to hear the outcome of the charges, as she is, because she confirmed that she has also not heard of anyone being charged under this section.
I would like to leave you with this quotation which was recently in the ‘London Times’ “South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in favour of the majority who has complete political control.
The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others”. Interesting!!
Don’t forget that the TygerBear symposium on child abuse will be held in Cape Town on the 11th and 12th of August at which there will be a number of talks being given by specialists in the field of child abuse, oh yes and I will also be talking on the information learned during my research on the subject of child rape. So contact TygerBear on 021 – 931 6702 / 6717 email: email@example.com (www.tygerbear.org.za) and book your ticket or to offer your assistance with organising teas etc.
So with that I will bid you all farewell for now, so keep well, stay safe and of course keep all children safe, ciao for now.
Caring regards from
‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)
Me’ (Steve Heath)
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