Tuesday, 23 September 2008

September 2008 Edition.


September 2008 edition

Our movement, although of course primarily concerned with Southern African affairs (and particularly with the Southern African expatriate community around the globe) even so takes - indeed must take - a great interest in events which occur in the United States of America. It was after all John Vorster who once stated that as the US President was the leader of the free world then he was our leader also. Furthermore it must also be remembered that although not a member of the Commonwealth nor recognising the Queen as head of state, the United States is still an integral and vital part of the English-speaking world, with those of British ethnic descent still comprising a large majority of the population (with an even higher percentage when those of kindred north-western European ethnic stock are also taken into account). For these reasons we therefore believe that we have every right to comment about the forthcoming US Presidential election, and to lobby for our choice.

Ever since our movement was founded we have always tended to side with the Republican (GOP) candidate, and this year is no exception. The 2008 poll, however, is undoubtedly more vital than ever, for three very essential reasons. Firstly John McCain, with his proven track record both in the theatre of war and in congress, is superbly qualified to become leader of the free world. We identified him as the best and most likely next President as far back as mid-2007, and nothing has made us change our minds since. Like George W. Bush he is a strong Anglophile, and has been a steadfast supporter of the War against Terror - indeed he was one of the earliest advocates of the highly effective Surge in Iraq. He is therefore a man who we can all have full confidence in to defend the West in these current most dangerous times. Secondly his opponent, Barack Hussein Obama, is probably the most disturbing potential President imaginable. His "exotic" origins (rumoured to be even more "exotic" than he admits) must surely make him uniquely unqualified to become leader of the Western World. To be put bluntly, the idea of Obama becoming US President is too ghastly to contemplate, and could herald the end of Western civilisation as we know it. Thirdly all the opinion polls indicate that the election outcome is going to be very tight. Although it would seem inconceivable that any American citizen of European descent would ever wish to vote for the son of a Kenyan goat-herdsman educated at an Indonesian madrassa as their country's leader, there alas appear to be millions of White American's who are so infected by liberal race-guilt that they seem to have a national death-wish. Add to this the current economic crisis effecting the United States - which is widely, and perhaps not entirely without foundation, blamed upon the current GOP administration - and it can be seen that the result in November is no longer by any means certain.

We know that many who supported other candidates in the GOP primaries still regard John McCain with some suspicion and believe that he is not conservative enough for their liking. We know also that others are unconvinced by his choice of VP running-mate, Sarah Palin, particularly because of her apparent support for the teaching of the antediluvian theory of creationism in schools. We would ask all these doubters to put such minor disagreements behind them in November however. It will be a straight-forward choice between a genuine American hero and patriot and somebody embodying a completely alien culture. It will not only be the United States as a nation which will be at stake. It will be the entire Western World.



The London Branch of the SC/ELC will be staging an informal get-together at a venue in the Stepney area of east London during the evening of Monday 29th September. At this event the branch will be welcoming a special guest, a prominent South African historical expert who escaped the country in 2006 and has been living in Britain for the past few months, who will be telling something about the true situation in South Africa and why he was forced to leave. For more details about this event either e-mail springbok@falklands.org or 'phone 07711188430.



Sadly Mr. Paul Armstrong has been forced to resign from the Executive Committee of the Springbok Club/ELC because of ill-health, but we are delighted to be able to announce that Mrs. Susan Gordon has been appointed to take his place on ExCo. We therefore congratulate Mrs. Gordon (who was born in Kenya and lived her early life in Rhodesia) upon this appointment, and are certain that her proven enthusiasm and commitment to the movement will add extra impetus to the future deliberations of the Committee.



In October the Springbok Club/ELC will be staging a joint meeting with the re-constituted London Swinton Circle under the banner of the Patriotic Forum, at which a most prominent personality will be guest speaker. More precise details will be given in next month's SCN.

In November the Springbok Club/ELC will be holding its annual UDI Day celebrations, at which a prominent ex-Rhodesian will be guest of honour. As a result of the request in recent editions of the SCN for views about whether these UDI Day events should revert to taking the form of a sit-down dinner, several supporters have confirmed that they thought this would be a good idea. Unfortunately, however, there doesn't appear to be sufficient time to organise such formalities this year, so next November's celebrations will therefore still take the form of a buffet - but we are confident that we'll be able to organise a more formal dinner once again in 2009.

In December the Springbok Cub/ELC will be marking the Day of the Vow with a special event featuring a display by a Victorian-era military re-enactment society. More details will be given in future editions of the SCN.

The Springbok Club/ELC's 2009 AGM will take place in January 2009.

The Springbok Club/ELC is provisionally planning to organise a trip to Gibraltar in February of next year (precise dates are still to be finalised) in order to witness the Freedom of the Rock being granted to the Royal Marines. If any supporter is keen to join us for this visit then please e-mail us at: springbok@falklands.org or 'phone: 07711188430.



Although the crisis in the London Swinton Circle (as reported in last month's SCN) still hasn't been resolved, we have been very heartened to learn of the extent and depth of support which the Chairman of the LSC has been receiving. Furthermore, it has also been interesting to learn that one prominent member of the LSC had previously resigned from the organisation for precisely the same reason which prompted the Chairman to make his stand - namely the unwelcome presence of certain disruptive elements with known affiliations to extremist parties at LSC meetings. An Emergency General Meeting of the organisation is still planned to be held during the next few months, at which, inter alia, the position of the erstwhile Organiser of the organisation will be discussed in light of his apparent willingness to allow extremists to attend meetings and his subsequent convening of an unconstitutional and invalid kangaroo court. In the meantime all activities of the LSC have been suspended, and all unilateral communications from the appeasement faction emanating from a P.O.Box in South-East London should be ignored.

Regrettably we have been informed that Dr. J.E. Hazlett Lynch went ahead and addressed a small meeting staged by the pro-extremist breakaway faction of the LSC in spite of the fact that he was advised earlier that the meeting which he was to address had been postponed until after the crisis within the organisation was resolved. This sad decision by Dr. Lynch will undoubtedly reflect very badly against him personally and the organisation which he represents, "West Tyrone Voice", in the days ahead. We are however uncertain about precisely what "West Tyrone Voice" stands for, and would be very interested to learn more details about this organisation.



The Essex Branch of New Britain staged a very successful meeting at Ingatestone earlier this month, at which the guest speaker was Sir Teddy Taylor. The branch is planning two more meetings in the near future, and more details can be obtained by 'phoning: 020-72472524.

New Britain's second annual Goldsmith Lecture, at which the guest speakers will be Mr. Stuart Wheeler and Lord Pearson of Rannoch, proved to be a great success, with expert addresses being delivered by both guest speakers.

New Britain will be staging its traditional commemorations of Trafalgar Day on Tuesday 21st October. As in previous years, with the approval of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral, the National Chairman of New Britain, Mr. Dennis Delderfield, will attend the official Royal Naval service at the tomb of Admiral Viscount Nelson, where he will lay a wreath. Later the same day New Britain will be staging a special Trafalgar Day dinner at the historic Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich. Further details will be given in next month's SCN.



The following most revealing reports have appeared in recent editions of "Preparing South Africa for the World" - the official newsletters of the 2010 Soccer World Cup organising committee :-

"Bafana Bafana's 2010 dream appears to be in tatters following its latest hit-and-miss affair, a goalless draw against Sierra Leone. The result is likely to see the 2010 World Cup hosts starting the tournament without having qualified for the African Cup of Nations in Angola. The team needs to win both its remaining matches against Nigeria and Guinea to stand a chance of reaching the next round of the continental showpiece. Former national coach Carlos Queiroz who outlined an eight-year plan aimed towards the World Cup back in 2002, says it is tragic to see how the squad has floundered 'I hope passionately that a miracle materialises in 2010 and Bafana are somehow able to come out of the World Cup with their heads held high.'"

"Tensions are running high at the Mbombela 2010 stadium in Nelspruit where angry workers allegedly burnt a truck, motor bikes and a mobile office on the construction site. More than 500 workers were dismissed on Tuesday following an unprotected strike over night shift wages and bonus disputes. Police reinforcements were reportedly called in by a security company to bring the situation under control."

"FIFA President Sepp Blatter has again stirred a hornet's nest by saying that South Africa could still lose the rights to host the 2010 World Cup in the event of a catastrophe. However, Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan downplayed the concerns. 'I have spoken to Blatter and he reaffirmed that only God can prevent SA staging the World Cup in 2010,' Jordaan said. 'Blatter has gone out of his way to bring the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. It makes no sense for him to say he has another plan. Obviously FIFA must have a plan if we suffered a major natural catastrophe, but that is all.' Nevertheless, there are growing fears that Zimbabwe's economic and political crisis could impact negatively on the event. This is the warning of analysts who believe the problems could spill into South Africa and the rest of the region, and thus make the situation volatile ahead of the global football fiesta. Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) director Gabriel Shumba said the prevailing situation did not augur well for the hosting of a successful event. 'The possibility of a civil war is very high (in Zimbabwe), which can only mean that the Zimbabwe issue will in practice impact massively on the region as a threat to regional peace,' he said. There have also been reports that the US could be a part of FIFA's contingency plan for the 2010 World Cup, should South Africa be declared unable to host the event. According to a Boston.com report, a decision confirming South Africa as the first African country to play host to the World Cup will only be made following the Confederations Cup, next June. It said stadium construction delays and security fears have raised concerns that South Africa might not be capable of hosting the event. 'The World Cup is a logistical challenge and South Africa wants to shows the world it is able to do it,' Blatter was quoted as saying."



It was of course with great sadness and respect that we learnt of the retirement from first-class cricket as from the end of this season of Graeme Hick at the age of 42. We had hoped that he would have been able to emanate the great Wilfred Rhodes by playing well past his 50th birthday!

Graeme Hick was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1966, but brought up in the Rhodesian Midlands (the Que-Que/Gwelo area) where he learnt his cricketing expertise. Indeed one of our supporters has proudly boasted that he once netted with him at this time! His career records are fantastically impressive - 65 Tests and 120 One Day Internationals for England, and a total of 526 first-class matches (mainly with Worcestershire) with a batting average of 52.23 and a highest score of 405 not out.

Perhaps Graeme Hick's most important act, however, was to turn his back on the possibilities of easier international representation for the repressive Mugabe regime of "Zimbabwe", but rather to seek the harder path to stardom in his ancestral homeland by representing England. It is just a pity that other gifted Rhodesian cricketers didn't try to follow this same honourable path after the ZANU-PF terrorists came to power in the land of their birth.



We have recently received the following report from Johnny Rodrigues of the ZCTF, who can be contacted at: galorand@mweb.co.zw :-

"Many of you will be familiar with the Imire Safari Ranch from the ZCTF reports about the orphaned baby rhino, Tatenda, the warthog, Hogwash, the hyena, Tsotsi and the elephant who thinks she is a buffalo, Nzou.

"Many years ago Imire Safari Ranch was designated by the National Parks Board and the Government of Zimbabwe as a black rhino breeding area, and for this reason it is one of the few places in Zimbabwe that still has wildlife. John and Judy Travers have devoted the best part of their lives to caring for the animals living there, and have played a very important role in the preservation of the endangered black rhino.

"On Sunday 29th June 2008 a group of "war veterans" went to Imire and demanded that John Travers shoot 3 impala for them to eat. When John refused they stated that they would burn the place down. They were extremely aggressive, and John eventually had no option but to shoot the impala. The invaders left with the impala, saying that Imire was at the top of their list and they were going to take it. The next morning John reported the incident to the police, who responded by initiating investigations.

"On Wednesday 2nd July a group of about 16 "war veterans" arrived at Imire and told the Travers's to vacate the property by the next morning, Thursday 3rd July. They were threatened with their lives if they didn't comply. It has been alleged that an army general is leading these eviction thugs.

"It is a foregone conclusion that if the invaders succeed in evicting the Travers's all the animals will be slaughtered within a very short space of time. We have reported the matter to the National Parks Board who have confirmed that Imire is designated as a black rhino breeding area and is therefore not part of the land redistribution programme. They say that the invaders have obviously taken the law into their own hands and they will give the matter their urgent attention.

"We are extremely concerned about all the animals at Imire, but in particular Tatenda, Hogwash, Tsotsi and Nzou, who we have come to know so well. We will circulate an update as soon as we have more news."

The ZCTF web-sites can be accessed at : www.zctf.mweb.co.zw and www.zimbabwe-art.com

[In last month's edition of he SCN we advocated that Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA should receive some form of international honour and recognition. We believe that exactly the same is true of Johnny Rodrigues of the ZCTF.]



Lynn Searle has contacted us to ask whether anyone knows the current whereabouts of Mr. Virgilio Zucca, who was formerly living in the UK but who subsequently returned to South Africa. Anyone who can help Lynn in this regard should contact her at: lynnsearle@dreamriver.co.uk



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FLAGS etc.

The Springbok Club/ELC now retails Union Flag lapel badges and key-rings, price £2.00 each (plus 20% p&p).

Payments should be made to "The Springbok Club" and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.

Copies of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile (editions 30 to 36) are still available price R5.00 or 50p each, as well as batches of 50 copies (including copies of the original S.A.Patriot) price R80.00 or £8.00 (plus 20% for p&p.)

Payments should be made to "Patriotic Press" and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.

[We really want to be able to produce the next edition of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile, No.37, very soon, but in order to do this we must clear as much of our existing stock of back-issues as possible first. Supporters can help us in two ways in this regard, either by making donations which will enable us to distribute more copies, and/or by providing address details of people who might be interesting in receiving copies.]



"WAY OUT OF LINE" by Trisha Jackson

A novel which tells the story of the profound impact that an innocent youthful love affair has on the lives of two young lovers. The plot moves from a cult and a maximum security prison in the US to the savannah grasslands of Mozambique and Zimbabwe - this makes for adventure, suspense and melodrama. Packed with conflict and sexual tension, anyone who loves romance, passion and excitement should enjoy reading this story.

Trisha Jackson was born and grew up in Rhodesia. She immigrated to the USA with her husband and three children in 1990. She and her husband live in a unique, rural community in the Tonto National Forest in the eastern mountains of Arizona.

Copies of "Way Out of Line" can be ordered from Amazon.com.



Details the disasters of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and illustrates the similarities between Mugabe's rule and that of Mandela/Mbeki in South Africa. It can be ordered on-line at: www.AfricanCrisis.org


"OF RICE AND MEN", by Jimmy Walker

111 pages. Illustrated. With excellent cartoons by Fusilier Norman Lambert, produced whilst in captivity. Soft-back £5.00 (cover price £10.00)

An irreverent, left of centre, look at life as a POW by Jimmy Walker, who was captured by the Japanese following the fall of Singapore in 1942. Jimmy takes us through incarceration at the notorious Changi jail, forced labour on the railroad, and deportation to Japan, where the Japanese exploited the mining skills of the boys from Northumberland. Norman Lambert’s sketches are both amusing and frightening at the same time. Through the bitterness and resentment, and physical trauma of captivity shines the humour and the indomitable spirit of the British soldier. An enjoyable and educational read, with a surprise ending.

Prices include p&p. Payment can be made by credit or debit card. To order on line, log on to www.paypal.com and enter postmaster@gcartwright.demon.co.uk as payment destination.


"THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion

A devastating indictment of the "new" Labour administration. For more details about the book visit: www.francisbennion.com


"THE THOUSAND STEPS" by Dr Helen Anderson

Dr Anderson spent what she describes as "26 privileged years in Africa, privileged because life was never dull and medical practice never ceased to be truly exciting and fulfilling." It is a personal account of practice, both in Entebbe, Uganda, and the Sudan, Congo and Botswana. She describes her fascinating experiences. She married in Gulu, Uganda, where she ran the local Hospital, dealing with surgical cases never before described in textbooks. She also describes her time in Serowe, Botswana, and the problems with the resident ghost in the Residency.
The book is copiously and superbly illustrated with numerous colour photographs. Available at £20.00 direct from the author at Lake Hawea, R.D.2., Wanaka, 9382, New Zealand, by cheque or money order.


"THE RAPE OF ZIMBABWE" by Ricky Wilson - which tells it like it was (and is)!

Rhodesia was once a prosperous and thriving country, and the story of the author's enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit in that land, followed by his desperate escape from the country when, as Zimbabwe, it became ruled by a tyrant, imparts a realistic perspective of the present desperate plight of many exiles from a country that was once a paradise and the breadbasket for so much of Africa.

You can order this book via http://www.diadembooks.com/zimbabwe.htm


Glenn MacAskill and Michael Bowery of Crest Publishing have written three books each. Glenn MacAskill is ex-BSAP Special Branch and still working (as Mugabe has denied him any pension) and Michael Bowery is ex-South African Special Forces. Due to the difficulties confronting White writers in the "new" South Africa they launched Crest Publishing to self-publish their own books, and have been doing this since October 2006. Michael Bowery is author of: "Canham's Run", "The Sligo Piper" and "Kill the President", whilst Glenn MacAskill is author of: "King's Gold", "Crime Lords" and "Of Royal Blood". Special discounts to ex-servicemen, Rhodies and Springboks!

For more information, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 97910, Petervale, Transvaal, 2151, South Africa, e-mail: crestbooks@mweb.co.za, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at: www.crestpublishing.co.za


"THE SAINTS" - DVD versions of the book about the history of the RLI

Now available from Msasa Enterprises. Contact: msasasa@iafrica.com or UK tel.: 07732 685400.


"LETTERS FROM AFRICA" by Mandy Retzlaff

A collection of short stories documenting Mandy Retzlaff's extraordinary life in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Her letters are full of hope, despair, extreme courage and a remarkable sense of humour needed to face the everyday difficulties of living in a politically and economically unstable Africa.

For more details visit Mandy's web-site at: www.mandyretzlaff.com



Robert Shipley has many items of memorabilia of special interest to Southern African and other patriots for sale, including :-

An old brochure of Worcester in South Africa for £10.00


A State President's Guard Plaque 1980/81, Lt.Grobler, for £15.00

(postage and packaging included).

For more information or to make orders please 'phone 07527277406, or e-mail: robertshipley1729@yahoo.co.uk



No.118 : HARRY & HUGH GARSIDE of Durban

Harry and Hugh Garside were identical twins from North Wales, where they both played professional soccer for Caernarvon Town FC. They both subsequently emigrated to South Africa and settled in Durban, where they continued playing soccer - albeit on an amateur level - for Durban Collegians during the 1980s. They were both friendly and fun-loving characters, and much liked by all who knew them, especially at the Durban Collegians Club. It would be very interesting to learn what has become of them.



Many readers will probably remember us advertising last June's "Salute to Israel" parade through London in the May 2008 edition of the SCN. Those who were not able to attend this event, however, might be very interested to view a video which was taken of the culmination of the parade in Trafalgar Square, which can be viewed via the Anglican Friends of Israel web-site at :-






Sorry to get technical, but it was Herbert Morrison, not Ernest Bevin, who made those apposite remarks that to give African colonies independence "was like giving a 12-year-old kid a machine gun and a bank account." [SCN, April 2008].

The visit of Griffin [the leader of the so-called "British National Party"] to Libya was in the late '80s or early '90s, I think.

I suppose you've heard about Peter Hain being interviewed by the police?

Yours etc.,

Mike Turner, London, U.K.




I wonder whether you saw to-day's Daily Telegraph [9th July]? I thought I would forward you my comment to Simon Heffer (see Daily Telegraph page 20). I wrote directly to him as the paper printed a letter from me only two weeks ago, and this wouldn't have stood a chance, for that reason if for no other!

"Dear Mr Heffer,

"Your comment on Ian Smith was most encouraging (Daily Telegraph, July 9th). Even The Daily Telegraph hardly tolerates mention of that great man. I knew him too, although not as well as you did, and only at the end of his life. I also knew Rhodesia and South Africa from 1976. The USA with its race guilt - Red Indians ordered onto Reservations in 1876 and still there - did for both countries in the end. Canada quietly created an apartheid "homeland" for Eskimos in the frozen wilderness of the Northwest Territories about 10 years ago, but world opinion passed on that one. Lesotho, in the news today, was an apartheid creation of London, which was somehow acceptable. Poor Bophuthatswana, which got independence from Pretoria, had to be dismantled at the behest of Mandela."

Yours etc.,

James Lewis, London, U.K.




I see there is a new series of books being published. Some sort of light-hearted humour stuff, but set in the "British Space Empire of the 25th Century". Whilst this may be a plot device, it struck a chord with me for two reasons.

1. Too often the idea of British rule is made to seem as something that only exists in the past. Whilst we remember and cherish the past our primary aim must be the future.

2. The British in popular culture, with perhaps the exception of something like James Bond, are often portrayed as only existing in costume dramas set in the past. It is important that British appear in the future within popular culture to emphasise that we have a future.

I very much doubt this book was published with any ulterior patriotic motive, but I think it is good that the idea of a future British Empire, even if treated in such a flippant way, is promoted within popular culture. And who knows, perhaps it will spark the imagination of some of its readers...


Yours etc.,

D.W.N., London, U.K.




Charlie Dempsey was New Zealand's long-serving president of the Oceania Football Confederation, having held that office from 1982 to 2000. Charlie Dempsey's greatest act, however, was by voting against South Africa but in favour Germany to stage the 2006 Soccer World Cup finals - in spite of intense pressure being exerted against him to vote the other way by third-world nations, and even from his own confederation. He was a brave man indeed to stand up to such pressure, and as a result the 2006 World Cup proved to be a smooth and trouble-free success. Alas, of course, his vote only gave four years grace before the crime-infected "new" South Africa was handed the competition finals. At the time of writing it is still uncertain whether FIFA will ignominiously be forced to change the national venue at short notice, or whether they will pig-headedly proceed towards the disaster which finals staged in the "new" South Africa will undoubtedly prove to be. Whatever the outcome Charlie Dempsey's foresight will unquestionably be proved correct, and his name should always be remembered as a brave man who tried to prevent a sporting catastrophe.


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