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Blog 43 – Buddy and Me – Project 3 (17th July 2011)

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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.

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:

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

  • To see the ‘Buddy and Me’ scheduled itinerary details for the period 14 June – 19th July 2011 see blog 34
  • To read the shocking details of the Upington horror story – The Hynie Dick Story – regarding the ‘Upington savage pedophile’ see blog 35
  • To read details of the ‘savage’ the police are looking for in connection with the rape of a 3 year little girl, see blog 39
  • To read the heart breaking story by a mother (Cathy Kenney) of the rape of  her 3 year-old daughter see blog 38
  • To read the storey of Natasha who at 10 years-of age was brutally raped and murdered and after serving a very short portion of his sentence, the ‘State’ wants to release the savage who did it, from prison, see blog 10 (November 2010)

 

This past week has proved to be a trying one for ‘Buddy and Me’, as it has been for all other South Africans as well, what with the nationwide strikes, rioting, and petrol shortage problems related to all this chaos. The thing that I cannot understand; and please if someone can enlighten me on this please do-so by emailing me your comments and opinions to steve@buddyandme.co.za but what I fail to understand is the fact that COSATU, during the last elections, put up posters all over the country encouraging the voting public to “Vote for the ANC”, then a mere 6 weeks after putting all their support behind the ANC and ensuring that the ANC remain in power, they threaten to “bring South Africa to it’s knees” with “rolling mass action” because of the poor governance of the country and have followed this through with nationwide strikes and violence?? The other problem I have understanding is, what is the difference between the pictures we saw on TV and in the papers during the 1970’s, these being of violent demonstrations in the townships, and the pictures we are seeing now?? One has to question the intelligence of COSATU’s hierarchy not to mention their modus operandi.

So having gotten that off my chest it’s back to where I left off on my last blog and that was when I had left Kimberley.  From Kimberley ‘Buddy and Me’ headed for Christiana, this being where I spent my birthday in the lovely holiday home on the banks of the Vaal River owned by Hennie Stols of Round Table Vryburg and when I received the news of my mom’s death and had headed for Pinetown, so it was great getting back to Christiana and relaxing for a couple of days over the weekend.

 Relaxing included visiting Les and Jackie, owners of the ‘Bush / farm pub’ called ‘Amper-klaar’ and making the acquaintance of this incredibly lovely little creature, ‘Baby Lamb’.

After a relaxing weekend, Monday morning I headed for Hartswater where I visited the Beares store where I met up with my good friend Antonio Labate who is the store Manager of the Beares store

and spent some quality time with him and his friendly staff.

I had already established the fact that there is not much in the form of a support structure for victims of child rape and domestic violence in the area, in-spite of the fact that both are occurring on a large scale in the area so any further enquiries were not necessary.

When I had visited Les and Jackie at the Amper-Klaar bush pub over the weekend, I had met up with a group of friendly people who actually hailed from Hartswater

 and one member of the group, Louis Victor, it turned out, is the Operations Director of PUMA Security which is based in Hartswater and he, on seeing my jacket, offered to provide me with a “much better and warmer jacket”, so hence when I had finished chatting to Antonio and his staff at the Beares store, Antonio took me to the PUMA Security offices where I was presented with a magnificent jacket which is guaranteed to keep out the cold.

I was kindly hosted accommodation for the night by Antonio and Leande (Antonio’s lovely wife) and I was ‘informed’ that I had to do the cooking for the evening, which obviously was a beef breyani,

this being as a result of my having bragged about the fact that the one I had cooked a few nights previously had turned out sooooo good J but Antonio didn’t get away scot-free, he had to perform the duties of my ‘assistant chef’ while Leande relaxed, having made the comment that I was the first person, other than herself, to have cooked in her kitchen, so thanks for the privilege Leande J.

The next morning, after one of the most restful night’s sleep I have had in a long time, I bid farewell to Antonio and Leande

and headed for Schweizer-Reneke in the freezing cold morning air and was really grateful for the lovely jacket that was given to me by Louis Victor of PUMA Security.

 

I get really depressed when entering one of the many small farming towns which can be found scattered all over South Africa which a few years back were lovely clean towns in-which the communities were very proud of but have now been turned into dirty hovels, and Schweizer-Reneke is one such town. I remember visiting Schweizer-Reneke way back in the early 1990’s and was so impressed with the cleanliness and friendliness of the town and its community, but unfortunately the deteriation of the town during the last 20 months alone since my last visit in November 2009 is incredible by its self.  

After chatting to the Beares staff

I had a chat with a member of the SAPS who confirmed that Schweizer-Reneke does not have an FCS unit and has to rely on the services provided by the SAPS-FCS unit in Wolmaransstad, 80 kilometres away. Support for child rape victims is provided solely by a couple of social workers in the town.

My evening was once again spent in the company of the Round Tablers of Vryburg where I was kindly hosted accommodation by the Chairman of Round Table Vryburg Ettienne Starke and his lovely wife Chantell and their sons Jayden and Ethan.

On arriving in Vryburg I was whisked away to the Country Club where I met up with a large group of the Round Tablers of Vryburg and a pleasant afternoon was had with this crazy bunch.

Later at Ettienne and Chantells house over a few frosties and good company we enjoyed a braai,

 fortunately Ettienne has a nice cosy in-door braai so we didn’t have to venture out into the cold. After a really great evening and restful sleep, the next morning I could not leave without first giving Jayden and Ethan a lift to school in Buddy.

Here Jayden and Ethan were getting settled into Buddy while I bid farewell to Ettienne and Chantell.

While warming up Buddy I heard a terrible grinding noise coming from Buddy’s alternator and panicked thinking that it might be that the alternator was running a bearing, but after Ettienne took me down to a local auto electrical place called ‘Moby’s Auto Electrical’ where the owner of the establishment, Mervin “Moby” got one of his staff, Riaan, to check it out, it was discovered that the problem was caused by gravel getting into the alternator, probably while driving on the gravel road to get to Antonio’s place in Hartswater, so at least that problem was solved. Riaan also solved the other problem which was the fact that the right rear trailer brake light wasn’t working and he discovered that the earth wire had come off.

 So Mervin ‘Moby’ (the big guy with the dark blue jacket) and Riaan you have mine and Buddy’s eternal thanks for sorting out Buddy’s and the trailers ailing health problems.

Before heading out of Vryburg I stopped off at Ettienne’s office to bid him a final farewell and he asked if I could give his brother in-law, Chantells’ brother, Shaun Twigge a lift to Delareyville because he was going to get a lift from there to Sun City where he was going to participate in a big golf tournament. During the journey I learnt that he is in matric and is a scratch golfer. He contacted me later during the weekend and gave me the fantastic news that he had won the tournament, so well done Shaun I knew you were going to win it.

So meet South Africa’s up-and-coming golf champion, Shaun Twigge, watch out Ernie and Tiger, you have some heavy competition knocking on your doors.

My next port of visit was to the Beares store which I always love visiting and that is Beares in Lichtenburg where they have what must be, if not the friendliest then definitely one of the friendliest, bunch of people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. One of the staff members at this store Carol Ann, made arrangements for me to stay over at the ‘Game Breeding Lodge’ which is a short way out of town where they breed all sorts of animals for game lodges around South Africa.

 The resort/lodge is a government/municipal run place, and it was really heart breaking to see the deterriation of the place since my last visit, but unfortunately this deterriation of ‘government / municipal’ resorts and lodges can be seen all over South Africa.

After a chat with the Beares staff

I headed for a local crèche/ nursery school where I got to meet a big bunch of kids and teachers

 

and after a member of the local constabulary had spoken to the kids about the different forms of child abuse, I was given the opportunity to chat to the teachers about the aims and goals I hope to achieve with the ‘Buddy and Me’ project.

I was then whisked away to the local radio station for an incredible interview with Theuns Wassermann of radio Lichtenburg 92.6 fm radio.

This interview generated an incredible reaction from the public who sms’d the station with some really heart touching words of encouragement, and following my one hour interview and while driving Buddy back to the Beares store, drivers were hooting and waving greetings to me and pedestrians on the side of the road were shouting and waving to me. I was also presented with a CD copy of the entire interview by the radio station.

During the interview and while taking an add and short news break, something was said on the news that every-time I hear it I can’t help wondering if maybe our police force is ignorant of the fact or if the definition of the word has changed, or if our legislation has changed, and so would truly like to have someone enlighten me to the following fact. I often hear on the news that someone has been charged for ‘murder’ when in an accident someone is killed as a result of the ‘accident’. According to my information, ‘murder’ is the premeditated, planned killing of another human being, the ‘accidental’ death of a human being in the case of a motor vehicle accident, is not ‘premeditated’ and can therefore not be construed as being ‘murder’ but is in-fact culpable homicide. Please correct me if I am wrong.

From Lichtenburg I headed for Mafeking where on arriving in yet another town that has deterriated to another dirty hovel of a town in South Africa, I immediately headed for the

Protea Hotel where I was generously and kindly hosted accommodation.

The next morning found “Buddy and Me’ paying a visit to the Beares store in Mafikeng where I spent some time with the store Manager Charlie Khumalo and his staff

 and then headed for the ‘Boikagong Child and Youth Care Centre’ which provides accommodation and support structure for children in need of care and protection and while chatting to the staff of the centre I couldn’t help thinking how bad the system is.

The centre is enclosed in a high ‘prison’ type fence with heavy security, and the fact that the kids in the centre are being cared for as in because they are victims of rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment and being locked up like prisoners totally floored me, especially when considering that the ‘parents’ who committed these atrocities against their children are left to continue their lives as normal, is mind boggling to say the least.

After a visit to the Beares store in Mmbatho, 12 kilometres away from Mafikeng

 I headed back to the Protea Mafikeng Hotel to thank the General Manager, Keletso Nxumalo and her staff for the fantastic accommodation they had so kindly provided me with.

 So meet Keletso (with the white blouse) and her friendly staff.

I was hoping to travel via Zeerust to drop off my trailer en-route to Jo’burg where I was scheduled to attend a meeting on child abuse, but I was told that the road was closed due to violent demonstrations in which cars were being burnt and motorists being stoned, so I left the trailer in Mafeking at the Beares store and travelled to Jo’burg via Lichtenburg, Ventersdorp and Krugersdorp. Fortunately petrol was available at all the filling stations I stopped at and there were a number of stops I made to do this because I tried to keep the tank full in case I could not obtain fuel in Jo’burg.

On arriving in Jo’burg I got settled in my lovely sponsored accommodation in the Protea Wanderers Hotel in Illovo, on Corlett Drive, opposite the Wanderers Cricket Stadium

and had a most enjoyable evening with a lady friend who I met on ‘face book’ recently by the name of June Porter, so to June, thank you for your friendship and company. I managed to squeeze in some quality time with a few friends which included amongst others Kevin Whitney of ‘Diversity Pub and Club’ in Steeldale

So that covers everything that happened in the lives of ‘Buddy and Me’ during the past week, and I just hope that petrol is going to be available for me to return to Mafikeng on Monday morning to collect my trailer and then continue on to Zeerust and forever northwards on the ‘Buddy and Me’ project.

So keep well, stay safe and of course keep all children safe’

Caring regards from

‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

And

Me’ (Steve Heath)

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