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Jan '10

Day 141: Tuesday, 26 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).

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)

Today was a particularly bad day for me and my drive through to the Randfontein Beares and Lubners stores was spent pondering all sorts of issues I have to deal with, but when I visited the Nelspruit area I got to meet an amazing young girl who was a victim of a bad rape. At the time of the rape, 18 months ago she was about to celebrate her seventh birthday and was, through the rape infected with HIV. Her attitude to life had a huge and profound effect on me and whenever I am now faced with a dilema which I consider to be devastating, I simply think of little Gogo and tell myself that compared to her problem, mine is a drop in the ocean. And so I got through the day.

My talks in Randfontein did not produce anything new with regard to opinions on what needs to be done to stop the child rape running rampant in South Africa but I did get confirmation that it is, as in all the other areas I have visited, totally out of control.

One comment which was made and has been made by many people I have met throughout my travels around South Africa is, “Why should some individuals who can’t make it in society and turn to crime and in the process destroy other honest hard working peoples lives, be given the opportunity of a second chance while all the honest folk have to ensure they make it right the first time. Also why should the honest hard working folk have to pay, through their taxes, to improve these thugs’ life styles through a rehabilitation system employed by the government?

<i><b>Beares</b> staff Randfontein</i>

Beares staff Randfontein

<i><b>Lubners</b> staff Randfontein</i>

Lubners staff Randfontein

So after a relatively quiet day in Randfontein I bid the friendly staff of Beares and Lubners goodbye and returned to Germiston.

So until tomorrow when ‘Buddy and Me’ head in the direction of Nigel and Heidelberg we will say goodbye for now.

Caring regards from
Buddy and me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

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