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Oct '09

Day 81: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

Categories: Buddy and Me

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
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Today was a day off for me, so it was spent getting all my ‘admin’ up to date – that means computer stuff, costs and rescheduling my itinerary which will change from the 27th November to accommodate business arrangements of Beares – in other words lots of that stuff I don’t like, like sitting in front of the computer for hours instead of driving Buddy around the highways, byways and countryside of South Africa.

So today I’m going to write about a few topics which have been raised by people from various walks of life and in many diverse areas who I have met during my travels through South Africa. Obviously one of the main topics which has arisen over the last few months is the question, “When are the ‘powers that be’ going to think before making the decision to make the changes they make, which will ultimately cost the tax payers a fortune, and end up being changed again later (usually pretty soon after initiating the change)”. These include name changes to streets, towns, monuments etc. We are unable to purchase an up to date map or street finder in South Africa because the name changes are taking place on a never ending basis.

I love arriving in a town where all the streets are numbered, as in 1st Street, 2nd Street, 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, etc as is the case with Springs and a few other towns I have visited. Firstly, it makes it easy to find the street you are looking for and secondly, we know that the street name is not going to change to the name of someone’s past hero or the name of some politician. The other place I loved was Richards Bay where the suburbs are named after various biological things such as trees, and all the streets have names of various tree species, then another suburb is named after fish with all the streets being various fish species, etc. I think this is a fantastic idea. I personally think that by changing the names of streets and towns shows that the individuals ruling have no initiative and can’t develop anything of their own to name it after.

The other argument I was presented with is that many people actually agree with the changing of the names of towns and streets because they believe that the towns and streets etc which have had their names changed, have deteriorated to such a degree that the original occupants of the towns and the individuals after who the towns and streets were named would turn in their graves if they saw to what degree the places have deteriorated.

My personal pet gripe is the fact that the public is issued with final demands to have firearm licences renewed by a certain date, failing which your firearm will be confiscated, the owner could be arrested and slapped in jail and all sorts of other penalties. I made sure I submitted my new firearm application before the expiry date and went about it strictly according to the law. That was way back on 27th March 2007 and after the sixth enquiry with the police in Germiston today, I was told “Your application is still being processed”. In the ‘old days’ we used to refer to that process as being “typical military – hurry and wait” and I thought this was the ‘New’ South Africa.

And so on to everyone’s latest gripe – apart from the ridiculous electricity price hike Eskom has demanded, that’s just a plain joke, I mean can you imagine if every company who messes up can just demand that the public must pay to correct your stuff up instead of going into liquidation, but I’m not going to go into that economic disaster – but dare I say the words, “Bafana Bafana” or as many people now call them “Ba Funny Ba Funny”. One guy said something that has really got me thinking, and that was the fact that the coach has just been fired – again! And he reckons that the team and the management are already looking for excuses should they be knocked out in the first round, which is currently looking like a strong possibility, and embarrassed in the coming World Cup tournament. Mmmm!!

So that’s all for today, tomorrow ‘Buddy and Me’ are back on the road again and will be visiting three areas in Soweto, Jabulani, Protea and Protea Gardens. I’m really looking forward to that and hope to get a mound of information on the subject of child rape.

So until tomorrow, keep well, keep all children safe.
Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.

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