shewee, a lot has happened since my last entry…. we were told the owners of our house are moving back in so we need to vacate, south african airways announced they would only be employing black pilots (!!!!!) and now woolworths has just announced it will only be employing africans, coloureds & indians (!!!!) yip, never a dull moment in the colourful country that is south africa but first things first…. our house move (priorities, priorities) i’ll deal with the other topics later!

so house-hunting (for a rental that is) in cape town can actually prove to be quite a daunting event to say the least! on a more ‘realistic’ note there is not much to choose from because with interest rates being so high in this country there isn’t much of a ‘buy-to-let’ market – you would need to be able to put down around 50% of the purchase price of a property to make the rental worth while i.e. the rental you would pay for a property is generally 50% cheaper than what you would be paying if you bought the property with a mortgage. makes no sense at all – especially in a country where you would think they would be trying to promote stability. owning a property definitely creates a sense of stability, of wanting to make things better, of taking responsibility, of putting down roots – all of which this country, in my opinion, desperately needs. yet they make it so difficult for people to buy property in this country…. anyhow blah, blah, blah…. that is not the point of my story…

the point of my story is probably the complete opposite…. why i will never buy in south africa!

not to be

ok, so i get a tip off from a very good friend of mine that a rental deal has just fallen through in a gorgeous street in oranjezicht & whilst the required rental was above our price bracket she said we should go & have a look at the property & take a chance with our offer as the current owners were leaving to germany and needed to agree something quickly. so 9am saturday morning my husband & i set off to view the property. upon arriving at the street we find it blocked by 4 ADT cars (one of the local reputable armed response companies of the area). they noticed we were trying to turn into the street & so slowly started to move out of our way so we could get through – my husband commenting that it must have been a ‘morning tea-party’ we interrupted.

anyhow the house was truly stunning & well before we knew it we were frantically trying to figure out how we could come up with the extra cash to secure it. we put our ‘best foot’ forward & left for the day in the hope that they would accept our offer.

flash forward a couple of hours when my business partner calls me to tell me that she has just found out there was a horrific robbery the night before (hence all the ADT cars) just a couple of doors down in the street where our ‘perfect’ house was…. i googled it & this was what i found: (needless to say we are not taking the house!)

Dad stabbed in bid to save baby son

August 19 2012 at 12:35pm


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Craig Kolesky kisses his newborn son Koby Kolesky-Makein whom he saved from being kidnapped by three burglars. Picture: Neil Baynes

A Cape Town photographer faced his worst fears when he was stabbed five times while fighting off three knife-wielding burglars who appeared to be after his two-month-old baby, while his girlfriend locked herself and the baby in the nursery.

Craig Kolesky, 37, an adventure sports photographer, said yesterday that their Oranjezicht home was covered in blood following the attack at around 11pm on Friday. He needed about 38 stitches.

His girlfriend, Yvushka Makein, and baby, Koby Kolesky-Makein, were unharmed, but Makein’s mother, Wiebke, who was asleep in the lounge, was stabbed three times in the arm. She needed 20 stitches.

A still shocked Kolesky told Weekend Argus the three men – one of whom tried to break through the nursery door – took nothing from the house. It appeared they wanted only the baby.

Makein said the men scaled a wall and entered the house through a bathroom window.

They made their way downstairs where Wiebke Makein was accosted, before returning upstairs.

“They sat on my mother in the lounge for 20 minutes telling her she was going to die.

“When two of the guys went upstairs saying ‘We need to go up to (the nursery)’, my mom screamed ‘No, it’s a child’.”

Kolesky said when one of the men asked “where’s the baby?” he saw red.

“The way that guy was kicking the [nursery] door down was crazy.”

He explained that he had been sleeping with his girlfriend and son upstairs, but when they realised there were intruders in the house, Makein ran with the baby into the nursery and locked the door.

Makein said: “I hid him [Koby] between a toy box and his cot so they wouldn’t get him immediately if they managed to break in. [One of them] kept screaming that he wanted the baby. I kept thinking how I wouldn’t be able to live with it if something were to happen to [Koby].”

Kolesky doesn’t even remember being stabbed.

“I kicked the one who had a knife over Yvushka [before she ran into the nursery], all the way down the stairs. He got up and came straight at me. Downstairs I had two guys coming at me with knives. They kept screaming ‘Where’s the money, where’s the child?’

“I don’t even remember the stabs, I was just fighting. They just missed my kidney.

“They stabbed me at the top of my elbow with a skinny blade and punctured some nerves and tendons. My hand has about 14 stitches,” Kolesky said.

Makein said her mother said she did not want to have to see Kolesky die, “so she just held the other guy while she was being stabbed”.

Makein screamed, but said no one heard her.

“I was on the balcony screaming for someone, but no one could hear me because there was a party across the road and it was too loud. I thought I was going to find Craig and my mom dead.”

Eventually Kolesky managed to get out of the house and ran to get help from neighbours, who called the police.

“I told one of the guys I could withdraw R50 000 for them. He got excited and went upstairs to show his friend my wallet and I managed to get out of the gate in those 10 seconds.

“I was screaming like you’ve never heard.”

The police were on the scene within minutes, but the men ran away.

“When I ran back into the house they were running out upstairs. They were very well-dressed, well-groomed, and the way they were holding the knives and stabbing showed they knew what they were doing,” Kolesky said.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer November Filander said yesterday that no arrests had yet been made, and that police were investigating. – Sunday Argus


back to me….

wtf????? being me of course i immediately started investigating the situation as whilst it was a terrifying story it just seemed too crazy for words & i couldn’t help but feel there was more to the story…. i mean why would anyone want to take a baby? perhaps i was secretly hoping for some sort of reason behind this so that i could somehow ‘justify’ what had happened anyhow after a bit of ‘sherlock holmsing’ i managed to track down a mutual friend (that’s one thing about cape town – it is so VERY small – never mind ‘6 degrees of separation’ it is at most 2 degrees here!) anyhow they had been in contact and said it was a complete random attack – it is looking more & more like it was ‘tik’ addicts (crystal meth – which is rife in south africa – especially cape town) because of the ‘frenziedness’ of the attack but then again we will probably never know…. this is africa after all! in the mean time my heart goes out to the family – what an absolutely awful ordeal to have to have been through – i honestly cannot even begin to imagine how you must feel.