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Jan '10

Day 135: Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

Categories: Buddy and Me

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My full new itinerary including Namibia and Botswana to the end of the tour (19 May 2010).

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

With all the rain ‘Buddy and Me’ have been experiencing over the past few weeks I should start by say “Quack quack” because I feel like a duck. When I left home this morning, although it had rained for most of the night it sort of cleared and I had clear weather, as in cloudy but no rain all the way through to Meyerton, but soon after stopping outside the Beares store the heavens opened up and it poured. Fortunately the Beares store and Lubners stores in Meyerton are situated right next door to each other so once I had parked Buddy, right up on the pavement mind you, outside the Beares store I did not have to venture out into the rain to move to the Lubners store.

I met a group of people from various organisations in the Meyerton area and three in particular; Mureva Chipato, Miriam Mosia and Thembi Mabitle from the Kotulong Community Centre provided me with some interesting comments. One comment was that “The relationship between the police and Social Workers should be much stronger”. I found this interesting because in all my talks with the police and department of Community Development in the Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging areas, which is but a skip and a jump away from Meyerton I was led to believe that these two departments have a very close working relationship. Which once again proves my point that in ‘some areas’ systems are employed and are working well and in other areas they are not, and by this I include the fact that the ‘FCS’ system is employed and functioning well in some areas and in others, because of the fact that it has been officially disbanded, it is not operating at all. Why can’t we get a national system which is employed across the board working on the same basis?

<i>A couple of the <b>Beares</b> and <b>Lubners</b> store staff accompanied by a few local guys who couldn’t resist having their photos taken</i>

A couple of the Beares and Lubners store staff accompanied by a few local guys who couldn’t resist having their photos taken

After a chat with the staff and guests at the Lubners store and an interview with the local press which involved getting a few of the Lubners staff and Beares staff to venture out into the rain for a photograph, ‘Buddy and Me’ said our goodbyes to the friendly staff of both stores and once again took to the road in the pouring rain headed for Carltonville, sometimes, I am told, referred to as “CarlToonville”, where ‘Buddy and Me’ have been kindly hosted accommodation by Round Tabler Louis and Nadine Janneke.

On my way I stopped off at the Thuthuzela Care Centre which is based in the Kopnong Hospital a short distance outside of the ‘city?’ of Vereeniging, and as I have said before, I believe that the concept of the TCC is a brilliant one, and that if it is changed slightly, as in the services identified in their brochure and functioned as reflected in my ‘Proposal to parliament on a solution to stopping child rape’, half our problems with regard to child rape will be solved. But unfortunately it is not being applied properly and once again I discovered that half of the services identified in their brochures are not being provided.

On arriving at the Janneke residence I was told by Louis and Nadine that I was going to be given a rest from the usual late nights I had been experiencing with Round Tablers but that “Tomorrow night” is going to be different and that I must expect to be kept busy by the Tablers of Carltonville. We were joined by a group of Tablers and their wives and the evening was spent enjoying good food, cold beers and great conversation. The “early night” turned out to be early in the morning, and I got to bed a little after 1am, so if that was what they consider to be an early night in Carltonville I shudder to see what tonight is going to bring.

<i>Round Tabler Louis and his wife Nadine Janneke my hosts in Carltonville</i>

Round Tabler Louis and his wife Nadine Janneke my hosts in Carltonville

So that’s all that happened in the lives of ‘Buddy and Me’ today, no breath taking information to add to our story on ‘Searching for a Solution to Child Rape’, so until tomorrow, that’s if I survive another night with the Round Tablers of Carltonville tonight, we will bid you a farewell until tomorrow, so keep well and of course, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)

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