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Tuesday the 25th August found me and Buddy heading out of Piet Retief in the direction of Ermelo. Because Ermelo is the closest town to Jo’burg, I will be visiting for sometime. When planning my itinerary, I had decided that after visiting the Ermelo Lubners store I would head for Jo’burg and sort out any problems I might have been experiencing with Buddy and anything else that was giving me problems. So with this in mind, I decided to leave the trailer at Martin and Daryl’s house in Piet Retief and return on Monday (31st September) to Piet Retief, spend a night with Martin, Daryl and Kyle and then head out for Barberton.
The drive out to Ermelo was a freezing one. The wind chill factor obviously brought the temperature down even more and by the time I arrived at the Lubners store in Ermelo I was good and solidly frozen. I was given an opportunity to have a lengthy talk with the Lubners staff about the child rape situation and the information I had obtained to date and thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the store. The store manager Ebrahim Timol suggested I stop in at the local police station on my way out and see if I could perhaps be given an opportunity to chat to someone about the child rape situation in Ermelo, but this proved just as fruitless as my attempts in a few other towns I had visited. I was politely told that the station commander and other staff associated with the CFS (Child protection unit) were all busy and if I had made an appointment earlier they are sure they could have accommodated me. But I don’t think chatting to them would have provided me with any new information.
So without any further ado I headed out in the direction of Bethal, Trichardt, Kinross, Leandra and finally Germiston. As it was three thirty in the afternoon I headed for the Gem Bar in Lambton where I was met by a whole herd of hooligans, mostly from a crazy bike club called ‘Derelicts MCC’ who had been informed by Gaston (a friend from the Gem Bar) that I would be arriving. On entering the establishment I was handed a lovely red bucket containing six Millers and filled with ice… now that’s service!!
Something I forgot to do in my blog for Monday was tell you about the fishing trip Martin, Kyle and I had on the Assegai River just outside Piet Retief. The place we fished at is situated on Trust Land which was originally one of the biggest and top performing farms in the Mpumalanga region. It was bought and given to a group of locals who’s ‘ancestors’ evidently lived there many years ago. According to my information the farmer from whom it was purchased by the government, had been farming there all his life and his father and grandfather had farmed there. So the history of the farm goes back a very long way. Unfortunately the only indication that farming had taken place there is the ruts in the ground which was last ploughed a long time ago and which is still clearly visible on the hillsides. Now the only farming taking place is small millet fields from which the local residents carry out small subsistence farming for their own use and a few scrawny cows wandering around. When considering the amount of food which was produced for the nation from this farm which included millets, cattle, sheep and other food products, it’s quite a scary thought when one thinks of all the farms which have gone to ruin in Zimbabwe which were all top performing farms feeding the nation and which have been reduced to waste land, and I couldn’t help wondering where our food is going to be produced from if our government continues destroying farms and if we are perhaps on the same path as Zimbabwe. The other sad thing is that the rivers and dams are full of gill nets which the local population use to eradicate the fish from the rivers and dams.
In closing I would like to mention an article which I read in the paper recently which, because nothing is being done to stop rapists, reflects exactly how sick this country of ours is becoming. The article was about a 41 year old man who raped his 63 year old mother. According to the police it was the second time he had raped her. The other really shocking incident was recently when a 45 year old man raped his 101 year old grandmother. According to a police spokesman, “The perpetrator may have a mental problem”. RIGHT!!
Well Buddy and I are at home for a few days, and he will be going in for some much needed surgery, again, this time on his front suspension – new king pins and a few other goodies which I could not begin to explain exactly what, when I get the bill I will enlighten you more, and he will be getting new manifold rubbers fitted. I hope you know what those are because I don’t. So until next when we hit the road, cheers from Buddy and me, keep well and keep those e-mails coming in, and don’t forget to log onto the blog and make your comments about what should be done to stop child rape or any other suggestions you have on the topic.
Steve and Buddy
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