Monday, 20 September 1999

September 1999 Edition.


September 1999 edition

No sooner is the Cricket World Cup over than the Rugby World Cup approaches. For South African patriots there is one big difference between these two events however. The South African rugby team does thankfully still play under the name of the Springboks - and they do still wear the traditional Springbok badge (well of sorts). Supporting them in the World Cup is therefore infinitely more easy than supporting their cricketing counterparts.

Of course the rugby Springboks have still tarnished their reputation by bearing the blood-stained flag of the ANC on their shorts, but we believe that this hideous image has recently been dropped. There have also regrettably been a number of so-called "supporters" in the crowd who have waved this same filthy party political flag instead of the true flag of South Africa, but most supporters thankfully seem to take the neutral option by waving an actual Springbok flag. What we need to see in this year's World Cup, therefore, is not only the Springbok flag being waved in abundance, but also the real South African flag as well. If so then the Springboks will undoubtedly receive far more support - and not only from South Africans!



As mentioned in the August edition of the SCN, we have now received sufficient contributions in order to proceed with the publication of the next issue of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile.

Edition No.35 is now therefore well on the way to being completed, and looks like being a very good issue.
Unfortunately, however, we still don't possess sufficient funds to be able to distribute this edition once it has been printed, and estimate that we still need to raise an approximate £300.00 in order to complete the postage of all copies around the world. If you are not in a position to make an actual donation, yet have not already subscribed, then why not take out a subscription ready for this next edition? Our subscription rates for 12 issues are as follows :-

UK & Europe     :       £8.00 (second class)    £9.00 (first class)
Southern Africa :       R120.00 (surface mail)  R180.00 (air mail)
North America   :       $18.00 (surface mail)   $27.00 (air mail)
Australasia     :       $20.00 (surface mail)   $30.00 (air mail)

Don't forget that all payments should be sent to :-
Patriotic Press, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.

(all subscriptions and donations should be made payable to "Patriotic Press", but South African supporters are asked to make everything payable to "N.Lamprecht".)



Unfortunately our Summer Braai in Swanley turned out to be a very big disappointment numbers-wise, though those of us who did attend still had a most enjoyable time!

It seems very strange, but our more "serious" events always seem to be better attended than our more "social" activities, and we honestly can't understand why. In discussions at the braai and at an Exco meeting afterwards it was decided that in future years we will plan our itinerary well in advance. We aim therefore to have a full schedule of events prepared for 2000 and distributed to our supporters before the end of the year. Of course many of the speaker-meetings may have to be altered nearer the event if circumstances change, but for social activities such as braais the dates and venues will hold fast - so there will therefore never be any excuses for not being informed long enough in advance!



As you will probably guess, all the work involved in producing the next edition of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile means that we have not had the time to organise any national Springbok Club event for September.

The Kent Branch are however holding an informal "pub evening" towards the end of the month, and extend a warm invitation to everybody who can make it to come down to join them. This event will take place at the Monument Pub, Castle Road, Whitstable, on Sunday 26th September from 17.00 hrs onwards. There is no function room booked or anything - if the weather's good then the get-together will take place in the pub garden, but if not there will just be a corner of the bar commandeered. Simply look out for the usual badges and t-shirts!



As mentioned last month, Nick Maine from the Gold Coast in Queensland has now been appointed the co-ordinator for the Springbok Club in Australia. As well as his own Gold Coast Branch we also have embryo branches trying to be established in Melbourne and Perth. If you are interested in becoming actively involved anywhere in Australia then simply drop Nick an e-mail at :-

We are happy also to announce that Ferdi Fourie from Nebraska has now been appointed our co-ordinator in the United States. As well as Ferdi in Nebraska we also have people eager to form branches in Florida and Michigan, so again in you live in the States and would like to become active simply contact Ferdi on :-

Lars Karnestam from Stockholm is also trying to co-ordinate everything in Scandinavia. Unfortunately Lars isn't on-line to the Internet yet, though he hopes to be so very shortly. In the meantime if you're based anywhere in Scandinavia - or anywhere in the UK for that matter - and would like to try to establish your own branch, or would like to be put into contact with your nearest embryo branch, then send us an e-mail to :-



The London Swinton Circle held a most successful Summer Buffet on Tuesday 14th September, at which Simon Heffer - the popular and highly-respected Daily Mail journalist - was guest speaker.

Simon Heffer spoke brilliantly, clearly advocating that Britain should completely withdraw from the EU, and forthrightly condemning the appeasement of the Blair government towards the IRA in Ulster. His underlying message, of course, was that Britain should leave the EU and once more look towards the open seas and the original Commonwealth for trading partners and alliances.

It was good to see that four Springbok Club Exco members were in attendence, as well as many other
prominent personalities sympathetic to our cause, most notably Mr. Derek Turner, the editior of the influential conservative magazine Right Now!.

We also made a most unexpected contact there, for one of the staff, Crystel Reid, turned out to be an expatriate Capetonian, who expressed very great interest when we told her about the aims and activities of the Springbok Club.

The London Swinton Circle, which holds regular meetings with interesting Conservative and Unionist speakers in the Houses of Parliament, can be contacted at :-



COVOS BOOKS of South Africa are specialist publishers of Africana, and offer a range of most interesting and illuminating books which will appeal to many of our supporters. Amongst the titles they stock are:-

FIREFORCE - One man's war in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, by Chris Cocks. Hard cover with dust jacket, 228 x 155 mm., 368 pages, 120 black and white and colour photos, plus maps and sketches. Widely acclaimed as the classic account of counter-insurgency warfare in Africa. Includes the RLI roll of honour, citations and operational orders. Price R185.00.

HALT! ACTION FRONT! - With Colonel Long at Colenso, by Darrell Hall. The story of the three batteries of the 4th Brigade Division, Royal Field Artillery (7th, 14th and 66th), and the six "Long 12s" of the Royal Navy, which operated under the direct command of Colonel C.J. Long RHA, commanding the Artillery of the Natal Field Force at the Battle of Colenso on 15th December 1899. These three RFA batteries still serve today in the 26th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, as now 16th, 17th and 159th respectively. Price R150.00.
COVOS BOOKS can be contacted at :  P.O.Box 6996, Weltevredenpark, Transvaal, 1715, South Africa. Tel.: +2711-4769926, fax.: +2711-4769927, e-mail :

[UK supporters might also like to know that the Springbok Club is now selling copies of FIREFORCE in this country, price £20.00 per copy. We also still have a small stock of real South African flag lapel badges left, price £5.00 each (please add on 10% for p.& p.). All payments should be made payable to "Patriotic Press", and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.]



A regular feature in which we ask whether anyone knows the current whereabouts of a friend or colleague who has lost contact.


Billy Patterson originally came from Glasgow, and worked in the road transport division of SATS in Durban. He was a dedicated Rangers supporter, and became an active member of the Durban Branch of the Rangers F.C. Supporters Association. It is believed that he has now returned to Scotland, but we would very much like to re-make contact with him.



As mentioned earlier, Ferdi Fourie is now acting as our co-ordinator in the United States, and he has managed to produce an excellent supportive web-site under the title of "South African Exiles in the USA". It can be accessed at :-


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See you again next month!