Tuesday, 2 November 1999

November 1999 Edition.


November 1999 edition
The itinerary for the forthcoming United Nations (eh, sorry, England) Cricket tour of South Africa makes some very strange reading, with some very odd provincial names indeed.

Just as our movement is proving increasingly successful in popularising use of the REAL South African flag (and we understand that there were quite a few spotted at Springbok matches during the recent Rugby World Cup), so our next task must be to encourage people to resume using the REAL place-names of South Africa.

Never forget therefore that it is NATAL, not KwaZulu/Natal, the ORANGE Free State, not simply the Free State, NORTHERN TRANSVAAL not "Northern Titans" or "Blue Bulls" or any such rubbish, VERWOERDBURG, not Centurion Park - and there is no such place as "gauteng"!



Lars Karnestam from Sweden gave a most informative and indeed inspiring illustrated talk at our October meeting. With the aid of colour slides he explained why he originally became so pro-South African and how his belief in the country was shaped and re-enforced by his trips to South Africa during the 1980's.

Unfortunately, however, the attendance at this event was embarrassingly small. We know that there were several other meetings taking place in London that evening (including a big "Save the RUC" rally) which many of our supporters attended, but even so we really must try to ensure that we obtain more decent turn-outs for future functions - particularly when we welcome such prominent overseas speakers.


It was decided at an Exco meeting earlier this year that the Springbok Club would always hold one meeting with a Rhodesian theme once a year. This year this will be held in November, and will celebrate the 34th anniversary of U.D.I.. We are currently still in the process of trying to finalise a high-profile guest of honour, but in any case the event will include illustrated accounts and information about the Rhodesian struggle during the Bush War.

The details of this event are as follows :-

Date  :  Thursday 11th November 1999

Time  :  19.30 hrs. onwards.

Venue :  The Morpeth Arms, 58 Millbank, Westminster, London SW1.
         (close to the Tate Gallery and Vauxhall Bridge
          nearest Underground Station :  Pimlico)

Needless to say, if and when our special guest of honour has been finalised you will once again be circulated with details.



We are happy to be able to report that edition No.35 of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile is now definitely at our printers, so it should ready for distribution in about a week's time. Although we say it ourselves, it looks like being about our best issue ever!

We hope therefore that all our supporters who haven't already done so will now be willing to subscribe.
Once again our subscription rates for 12 issues are :-

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)

All payments should of course be sent to :-
Patriotic Press, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.

All subscriptions and donations from South Africa should be made payable to "N. Lamprecht" in Rand. All payments from North America should be made in US Dollars WITH THE PAYEE'S NAME LEFT BLANK. All contributions from the UK and the rest of the world should be made payable to "Patriotic Press" in Sterling.



Once again there will be an unofficial Springbok Club trip to the Lewes Bonfire celebrations on November 5th this year, in order to commemorate the 394th anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, and the 311th anniversary of the landing of William, Prince of Orange, at Tor Bay.

If any other supporters would like to join our party at this event then simply e-mail us at the usual address, and we will inform you of rendezvous arrangements.



We are happy to be able to report that as a result of our appeal in our October edition we expect shortly to be able to complete an arrangement to supply full-size (4' x 3') real South African flags - as well as a new stock of table-pennants. Needless to say fuller details, with hopefully the exact prices, will be included in next month's edition.

We still have a small stock of real South African flag lapel-badges left however, price £5.50 (including p.& p.). Payments of course to "Patriotic Press" at the usual address.


Congratulations are certainly in order to Springbok Club Exco member Tony Waller upon his appointment to the committee of the influential London Swinton Circle. Springbok Club stalwart Bill Peters, who is also a leading member of the British Weights and Measures Association, has also recently had an excellent letter published in the Sunday Telegraph. The London Swinton Circle can be contacted at: swincirc@aol.com, and the British Weights and Measures Association can be written to at 45 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5JX, UK.

We have also been most pleased to learn that the Springbok Club's co-ordinator in Australia, Nick Maine, has been appointed a "Booth Captain" for the pro-Monarchist "No" campaign during the forthcoming Australian constitutional referendum. We wish him and all his campaign well for November 6th!



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:-

HOW WE KEPT THE FLAG FLYING, by Donald MacDonald. Hard cover, 213 x 137 mm., 303 pages, with frontispiece and 7 illustrations and various diagrams. This enduring story of the Siege of Ladysmith is the first in a series of Anglo-Boer War reprints. Price R169.95.

PAMWE CHETE - The Legend of the Selous Scouts, by Lt.Col. Ron Reid-Daly. The revamped, rewritten version of the best-selling "Top Secret War". With new, previously unpublished material, including the roll of honour and full schedules of citations and wings. New photo sections. The definitive account of this exceptional unit's short but distinguished service in the field of counter-insurgency operations during the Rhodesian Bush War. Price R225.00.

COVOS BOOKS can be contacted at :  P.O.Box 6996, Weltevredenpark, Transvaal, 1715, South Africa. Tel.: +2711-4769926, fax.: +2711-4769927, e-mail :  covos@global.co.za

We are happy to be able to announce that the Springbok Club can now supply copies of all these books, prices being £15.00 (How We Kept the Flag Flying) and £25.00 (Pamwe Chete). All payments such 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.

No.16 :  Mr. OWEN PARVESS.

Owen Parvess was a Rhodesian from Bulawayo who had a distiguished record in the Rhodesian armed services, but who was also very active politically in the struggle for Rhodesia's right to exist, being a leading member of both the Rhodesian Action Party and the Rhodesia Movement. After the fall of Rhodesia he moved to Pinetown in Natal, where he started his own succesful exterior coating company, and also stood as HNP candidate for the Umhlatuzana Constituency during the 1981 General Election. It is believed that he still lives in South Africa, and that his daughter Cindy has now married to become Cindy Dique, and works for the former Eskom state utility company.



It is not usually our policy to recommend a web-site more than once, but in view of the topicality of Bonfire celebrations, and the fact that it has been upgraded and enhanced quite extensively since last year, we are once again most pleased to recommend Conrad Bladey's excellent "Bonfires and Guys" site.

It can be accessed at :-



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