Monday, 12 October 2009

October 2009 Edition.


October 2009 edition

In view of the recently-inaugurated "Unity" government which has been established in Zimbabwe, it was particularly interesting to receive a report-back from a leading member of our movement who has just returned from a trip back to the country - the first such visit for six years.

By all accounts the situation in the country is still very dire - but there are considerable reasons for hope in the future. Most fundamentally the country's hyper-inflation has now ceased - but only because the Zimbabwe Dollar is now to all intents and purposes extinct. The US Dollar is now the main unit of exchange in Mashonaland, with evidently the South African Rand currently being the preferred currency in Matabeleland. How long this dichotomy can continue remains to be seen, but with the South African economy continuing to be very fragile the eventual dominance of the US Dollar seems inevitable. For a country not to have any control over its own currency - or in Zimbabwe's case not even having a currency to control - certainly seems to indicate the most failed of all failed states.

As a result of the acceptance of foreign currencies stores in the Harare (Salisbury) area are once again full however - full of goods that is, but not full of customers. Indeed there seems to be an absence of people everywhere, and this surely is one of the great untold stories by the international media, for it seems obvious that there has been a astronomical unreported death rate under the ZANU-PF regime, particularly during the past decade - from starvation, cholera and other diseases, and downright slaughter by "War Veteran" thugs.

The infrastructure of the country - once the jewel as well as the bread-basket of Africa during the days of Rhodesia - seems to have collapsed along with the currency. Few traffic lights (robots) work any longer in Harare (Salisbury), though somehow traffic miraculously always seems to sort itself out! Most street-lights are no longer working, and many water mains are severed with water gushing out into the streets - though precious little water seems to be flowing into ordinary homes. Pot-holes exist in roads everywhere (though to be fair, the situation in this respect is probably no worse than it was six years ago), and refuge lies uncollected by the sides of roads everywhere, as local councils are only slowly beginning to function once again.

But in spite of all this devastation there are still a few reasons for optimism. The Reps Theatre, for example, still survives and somehow manages to produce a consistently high standard of productions - though alas the collapse of society in general means that it struggles for support and patronage.

The task facing the MDC component in the "Unity" government is therefore massive. It is quite clear therefore that they will not be able to solve all the country's enormous problems on their own, certainly not with one hand tied behind their backs. By some means or another the MDC must try to forge an alliance with the more sensible younger ZANU-PF elements, and to lever out the ZANU-PF old guard. Once this happens then the nettle must be grasped and former Rhodesians welcomed back to the country. Of course history can never be repeated, and the Rhodesia of old is not about to be re-built, but the spirit of Rhodesia - where Black and White lived together in freedom and mutual respect - CAN be re-established, as long as there is enough goodwill on all sides.

As we've said before, symbols are of great importance in this respect, and to distance itself completely from the tyranny of Mugabe and his murderous ZANU-PF regime the ZANU-PF national flag, the Zanu-PF national anthem and even the very name "Zimbabwe" itself must follow the Zimbabwe Dollar into the dustbin of history. Once this comes about and all citizens of the country, Shona and Matabele, Whites and Coloureds, manage to live together once again in peace, harmony and prosperity, then that land between the Zambezi and the Limpopo CAN once again become both the bread-basket and the jewel of the African continent!


The Springbok Club held a most happy and successful autumn braai last month in the Walthamstow area of east London. For some time the organisation has been trying to find a good regular venue to stage such events in the inner London region, and at last we seem to have done so! Our special thanks are therefore extended to Bert Lintvelt for not only providing such an excellent venue, but also supplying such succulently rich boerewors which was enjoyed by all who attended! Special thanks are also owing to Robin Willow, who once again entertained everyone with some marvellous musical renditions!

Several good new contacts were made as a result of his braai, and it is anticipated that a similar such event will be held at the same venue in Spring of next year.



The Springbok Club/ELC will be staging a most intriguing "Pirates of the London Docks" conducted tour on Saturday 24th October. The guide on this tour will be Dr. John Pope-de Locksley, an expert in the history of this 18th century era, when London served as a magnet for adventurers and pioneers, who were the trail-blazers for the more official British colonial expeditionaries of the following century. The provisional arrangements are to assemble at the main entrance to Tower Hill tube station at approximately 14.00 hrs, but please 'phone: 07711188430 for more definite details. (There will be a small nominal charge levied for participating in this event). 



In November the Springbok Club/ELC will be staging their annual UDI Day buffet, at which it is anticipated that Mr. Mark Pilbeam of the RLI Regimental Association will be guest of honour.

In December the Springbok Club/ELC will be holding their annual Day of the Vow commemorations, at which a prominent British politician will be guest of honour.

The 2010 Springbok Club/ELC AGM will be held in January 2010. More precise details about all these activities will be detailed in future editions of the SCN.



The Kent Branch of the Springbok Club/ELC is planning to hold an informal get-together during the next few months. Full details will be announced in a future edition of the SCN.

The London Branch of the Springbok Club/ELC is planning two events during the next few months. One will involve a trip to the RAF Museum in Hendon, and the other will comprise an informal talk by an expert in Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Again more precise details will be given in future editions of the SCN.

It is hoped to launch a Co.Durham Branch of the Springbok Club in the City of Durham towards the end of November. All members and supporters in Co.Durham will be informed of the precise details in due course, but if you are interested please 'phone: 07711188430.



The Swinton Circle will shortly be holding a most interesting meeting featuring two important guest speakers, the details of which are as follows :-

Date :  Thursday 15th October 2009

Time :  assemble from 18.00 hrs. onwards, meeting to commence at 19.00 hrs.

Venue :  The ANTELOPE (the upstairs function room), 22 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1W 8EZ.

(nearest tube station: Sloane Square. Turn right out of the main entrance of the station, then right into the north side of Sloane Square which becomes Clivedon Place, then left into Eaton Terrace, where The Antelope is on the left-hand side.)

The main speaker at this meeting will be :-

Mr. MICHAEL McGOUGH of The Freedom Association

[ Mr. McGough is a member of the Council and Management Committee of The Freedom Association ( and represents that body with the Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB). A graduate engineer and chartered accountant by profession, he is now retired and so able to devote most of his time to the work of The Freedom Association and the EuroSceptic cause in general. He was originally a member of Sir James Goldsmith's Referendum Party, but subsequently joined UKIP, and has stood as a candidate for that party in European, General, London Assembly, County and District elections.]

Also to say a few words at this meeting will be :-

Mr. BOB VINNICOMBE of the Australian One Nation party

[ Mr. Vinnicombe is currently Publicity Officer for the NSW Division of the Australian One Nation party. He of course addressed a joint Swinton Circle/Springbok Club meeting in October of last year, and will be telling briefly of Australian political developments since that occasion.]


We have recently received the following Media Release from Francois Hugo of "Seal Alert-SA" :-

"It has been some time since my last update to you. I wish to thank you for all your support in various campaigns, petitions and funding. In a way to thank you, I have produced a DVD that details the life of the Cape fur seal as a species, along 3000km [1800 miles] of coastline, spanning two oceans and covers my rescue work and campaigns over the past ten years.

"Since my meeting with the Prime Minister of Namibia to attempt to persuade him to stop the seal culling in 2007, I have secured Namibia's two largest incoming tourist countries, the Netherlands and Germany to introduce a ban on Cape fur seal product imports, and later the whole of the EU. This resulted in not only Cape fur seals, but all 30 species of seals, including the 15 species hunted worldwide involving over 15 million seals, to be included in the EU Seal import ban. An achievement I am most proud of. In addition, I have expanded my existing private seal rescue facilities at Hout Bay harbour and this past season rescued over 60 baby seals pups which required the purchase of over 40 tons of fish to undertake their year long rehabilitation.

"On July 1, 2009 Namibia will become the largest seal hunt in the world, with the slaughter of 91,000 endangered and protected baby Cape fur seals (larger than Canada, who this past year killed 60,000 seals, even though the quota was 280,000 on a seal population - 5 times larger). 90% of Namibia's sealing quota will involve the clubbing to death of baby seals, all still suckling mother's milk.

"The pup sealing quota, does not take into effect the natural mortality of pups (unnatural predation by Jackals and from starvation), pegged by Namibia's own scientists at 44%, prior to the start of the sealing season. Therefore the sealing quota awarded to two sealing companies exceeds the number of seal pups left alive on seal colonies. Each year, Namibia exterminates the total pups born each year.

"Namibian Minister of Fisheries, Abraham Iyambo reply is, 'Namibia to Continue Culling Seals, Says EU Decision "Emotional"' on the 13 May 2009. Even though Namibia's own constitution prevents it from commercially culling wildlife, as by definition a seal cull, reduces a seal population, and its Animal Protection Act finds beating an animal to death a criminal offence.

"Namibia claims its motive for culling seals is based on the consumption of fish seals eat, yet 90% of the sealing quota is baby seal pup based, where the regulations require sealers only to club to death seal pups under one year old. These baby seals, all of which are too young to consume solids or eat fish, and who all vomit up mother's milk in shock when clubbed. In fact, all the fish eating seals of all other age groups are exempt from the clubbing. It is therefore illogical Namibia's claim it is culling seals to protect fish stocks, particularly as Namibia exports 99% of its commercial fisheries to Europe.

"The aim of the DVD is to educate and inform each potential tourist considering visiting Namibia, South Africa or Angola, to make an informed decision before visiting, about its protection of its natural living wildlife, and in particular Cape fur seals.

"You can order the DVD directly from Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA via e-mail at The first edition is in English, and later editions will be translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Chinese and Japanese. The retail price, which includes postage, will be SA Rand 200 or US$ 25 or Euro 20. Each DVD is separately numbered and personally signed autographed by Francois Hugo and his wife, Nelda."



We recently received the following interesting report from a pro-Falkland Islands circulation list :-

"Clarin [an Argentine newspaper] has an article this morning reporting Councillor Mike Summers' remarks that Argentina is conducting an 'economic war' against the Falklands by its withdrawal of cooperation over fishing, its refusal to allow charter flights over Argentine airspace from Chile which harms the Falklands tourist industry, and by its opposition to Falklands oil development. Clarin quotes him as saying that Argentina and the Falklands 'do not have good relations'. Clarin states that Mike Summers' remarks were made on the occasion of the celebrations of the 27th anniversary of the Argentine defeat - or Liberation Day for the Islanders." 



The Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association in the UK (part of the world-wide RLI Regimental Association) has recently had a series of films on a single DVD created which tell the story of the Rhodesian Bush War, as seen through the eyes of the men who fought in it. This is a new set of films which are not in anyway related to those that have been around for a number of years, and the proceeds are to be used to maintain our Troopie statue, smuggled out of Zimbabwe, as well as the creation and maintenance of an RLI museum.

For more details about how to order this DVD please contact Mark Pilbeam at:



Award-Winning Rhodesian/Zimbabwean singer, David Scobie, has unveiled his long-awaited website,

He made the announcement via his FaceBook profile recently. "The new web-site is finished and we hope to get some interest in the old music again," says David. The multi-media web-site features David's profile, discography, photos and singles released, among other great features.

Visitors to the site can preview and purchase his best selling 1981 album, "Cleaning Up!" for the first time in 28 years which features hit songs like Gypsey Girl, Taking The Easy Way Home, Maybe Life Don't Care and On The Phone. The CD is also available for download. Other albums will be available to preview and download in due course. These include: Reborn (1983), Photograph (1984) and David Scobie Special Edition (1989). These albums will be re-released on CD and downloads for 2009.

Brogue Music CDs are also available for purchase and download on the site. Brogue is David's new music group (of two people). He teamed up with Rhodesian/Zimbabwean singer, Brigitte Rodrigues to form the group - producing Keltic music. They have released two albums to date: Rhythm Of The Celts (2007) - which has already gained silver disc status in UK and is very close to gold - and Girls And Strong Whisky (2008).

Visitors can register for a newsletter to keep up-to-date with tour dates, gossip and album release dates. Visitors to the site are struck by its ease of use, especially as it includes all content areas that are integral to David's brand. It has been designed to be the premiere destination for all his fans. It is fresh, interactive, and of high quality competing with all other big artist web-sites. David aims to reach his growing fans through the site and other multimedia outlets available now. The highly interactive site has already garnered tremendous interest and responses from David's fans. The Guestbook, especially, has already attracted a lot of attention.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, UK, David was exposed to traditional Scottish folk music from the age of six. His parents took him to his first live concert held in Dundee where popular folk Duo "The Corries" blew David away. In 1973 the Scobie family moved to Salisbury, Rhodesia. From the age of ten, under the instruction of a close musical family friend, David began learning rudimentary chords on a guitar his parents had bought him. In 1980 David, aged fifteen had a hit-single in Southern Africa called "Gypsey Girl". The single was released in October 1980 and it went to No.1 in Zimbabwe that November, staying there for the next four months. It was then released in South Africa in April 1981 and it bounced up and down the Springbok charts for nineteen weeks.

The single went Gold in both countries and David became an over-night celebrity. His next single "Taking The Easy Way Home" was recorded in April 1981 and by that June it had reached the Top Ten in both territories again. He went on to release four albums. From 1983 to 2004 he endured a fruitful career in advertising jingles, producing and engineering. Over the years David repeatedly earned Zimbabwe Advertising Awards for his efforts. In 1998, he staged two musicals and two comedy theatre productions to full houses around the country.

David has teamed up with Brigitte Rodrigues producing Keltic music and call themselves Brogue, and they are now based near Edinburgh. 

Visit Brogue's web-site at:



The next Zimbabwe Debate to be staged by Mr. Albert Weidemann, the prominent Zimbabwe human rights activist, will take place in Yorkshire in October, and will be followed by a private lunch with about 40 guests (dress code: collar and tie). For more details please contact Albert directly at :



The editorial of a recent edition of "Preparing South Africa for the World" (the official bulletin of "Project 2010", the South Africa 2010 World Cup organising committee) was very revealing. It read as follows :-
"With the eyes of the international community now firmly on South Africa for the Confederations Cup - a key curtain raiser for next year's World Cup - it was inevitable that the foreign media would be looking for any excuse to take a swipe at South Africa. And they didn't have to wait long. Sunday's impressive opening ceremony attracted a near capacity crowd at Ellis Park, but this was marred by Spain's opening fixture against New Zealand - a couple of hours later - which attracted about 20 000 spectators. That's less than half of the capacity at the gleaming new Royal Bafokeng Stadium. What was particularly disturbing is that Spain are ranked number one in the world (as evidenced by their 5-0 trouncing of the All Whites) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter said as much: 'The organising committee should have done more to sell tickets and to bring people to the stadium. They could have brought schoolchildren, for example.' The truth is that spectator apathy has long been a problem in South African soccer where top-of-the-table PSL matches attract a handful of supporters. Apart from derby giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, many of the country's top teams still battle to attract supporters. All too often, the finest footballers in the land are strutting their stuff in empty stadiums. One foreign scribe says there is a nonchalance about arriving on time at matches in South Africa 'and it's the kind of attitude that drives FIFA crazy'. The reality is South African fans (and non-fans) need to wake up and recognise the enormity of the Confederations Cup which showcases the champions of every continent. As City Press noted in an editorial this week, 'the time has come to show the world we are in the mood to host the World Cup. Let us be lovely: let us be soccer crazy.' After all, in less than a year, South Africa will be hosting the biggest party on the planet, with or without South Africans."



Biltongmakers.Com has, for the last 10 years, put a smile on many a South African face. No longer do they have to pay exorbitant prices for biltong that in most cases is not even to their liking!

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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, as soon as possible, but in order to do this we need to clear our existing stock of back-issues 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.]




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:


"THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion

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


"WINSTON CHURCHILL BY HIS PERSONAL SECRETARY" recollections of the great man by a woman who worked for him, Elizabeth Nel

Elizabeth Nel served as Winston Churchill’s personal secretary during World War II. The vivid and human details of her experiences, of her impressions and memories of the irascible and loveable war hero, take up the story of Churchill’s life at No. 10 where the BBC’s impressive drama, 'The Gathering Storm', leaves off - when Churchill took over the reins of Government at the outset of the war. Finally, the author, Elizabeth Nel, at 90 years of age and just before she died, looks back across the years.

Available from:

[You may like to see details with photos regarding the launch of this book, which can be viewed at]


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:, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at:


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

Now available from Msasa Enterprises. Contact: or UK tel.: 07732 685400.


For Sale - a number of books and publications dealing with Southern Africa. Send stamped addressed envelope to: Mr. Mark Taha, 93 Venner Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5HU, U.K. [Warning - many not of Springbok Club's persuasion!]



No.131 :  Mr. SHAUN LEIGHTON of Ulster.

Shaun Leighton first made contact with our movement shortly after we were forced to re-locate from South Africa. A keen and active Ulster Loyalist as well as a strong supporter of the South African cause, he was incarcerated in Long Kesh (for reasons which we never discovered nor enquired about) when he initially wrote to us. He was released as a result of the so-called Good Friday Agreement, but alas all communications from him ceased shortly thereafter. We would however be very keen to learn what became of him.



One of the most prominent Bonfire Societies outside Lewes is the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society. They will be holding their main Bonfire on October 17th this year, so we thought that many of our readers might be keen to have a look at their web-site prior to this event. It can be accessed at :-





Re. Mr. A. Robertson. He actually appeared at Petersfield today as part of the annual Orange Order march to King "Billy's" statue in the square. He did not speak, but he seems to have become obese.

Yours etc.,

PFR, Hampshire, U.K.




Many supporters of both the Swinton Circle and the Springbok Club will remember Daniel Wilkinson, who appeared to be an affable and level-headed young man - indeed he was elevated to the Committee of the latter organisation (in retrospect, was there an error of judgement?).

He was of course on the circulation list of the Springbok Cyber Newsletter (a most informative and well-produced circular detailing past and forthcoming events), however he evidently took exception to a couple of lines in the February 2009 edition and has therefore asked to be unsubscribed!

This in our view is an intemperate and childish reaction, corroborated by Mrs. Patricia Lunn.

On a point of fact, we now have proof that Sam Swerling is a member of the BNP ("Searchlight" September 2009) and is therefore persona non grata and barred from Swinton Circle meetings under the constitution - personal grievance had no part in the request to Swerling to leave the meeting of 22nd July 2008 as intimated by Mr. Wilkinson.

Yours etc.,

DGPW, Buckinghamshire, U.K.




By the way, don't worry about insulting us about whatever it is that is in the White House. We're just living through the next 3 and a half years hoping for a real leader.

How he treated the Queen of Great Britain is a real sore spot here in the States.

Yours etc.,

American Friend, Utah, U.S.A.



We have recently been forwarded a most interesting article from a publication called "Fascist Free Zone!" which was evidently published by an organisation called "Anti-Fascist Action". At first view it was a mystery why this article should have been sent to us, as it was published as long ago as 1986 - but then we noted that it concerned someone who has been trying to cause considerable problems for our movement over the past few years, the notorious Mr. Ian Anderson.

Anderson, of course, was a leading member of the now defunct "Conservative Democratic Alliance", an outfit which for no apparent reason vowed that they would "smash" both the Springbok Club and the Swinton Circle on their web-forum a few years ago. Further investigations into this Anderscum character, as revealed in earlier editions of he SCN, exposed the fact that he had actually been Chairman of the far-right National Front during the mid-1980s! Anderscum also started to attend meetings of the Swinton Circle a few years back, though he had never been a member and was only brought along by a sidekick-come-minder named Gary Gillingham, who was a member. Anderscum's performances at Swinton Circle meetings proved most worrying however, as he would ask antagonistic questions of guest speakers which were diametrically opposed to the patriotic principles of the organisation - and furthermore would bring along copies of his controversial privately-produced broadsheet "The Flag" (which had started off life as an official National Front publication!) to distribute at meetings without permission, which upset at least one good and long-standing Swinton Circle member who resigned in protest. As a result the Swinton Circle Committee agreed to delete Gillingham's details from the organisation's circulation list, and that neither he nor Anderscum would be allowed to attend meetings in future. In spite of this decision, however, both of them somehow mysteriously managed to hear about the Swinton Circle meeting of 22nd July 2008, and were two of the five uninvited and unwelcome gatecrashers at this meeting who caused trouble when asked to leave.

The "Fascist Free Zone!" article revealed that Anderscum was not merely Chairman of the National Front during the mid-1980s however, but was also involved with a faction within the party called "The National Front Support Group". And what was this "National Front Support Group" in support of? They evidently supported "unity" and "co-operation" between the National Front and the overtly neo-fascist British National Party (BNP)!

In view of this recent revelation the events of 22nd July 2008 perhaps fit more into place, for all of the other three uninvited gatecrashers at this problematic Swinton Circle meeting - Sam Swerling, Andrew Slade and Gregory Lauder-Frost (the latter never having been a Swinton Circle member, but a well-known neo-fascist sympathiser) - have been exposed as being members of the BNP in the leaked membership list of that organisation (and what a great service those who leaked this list have done for genuine patriotic movements such as our own!).

These connections also seem to give credibility to a rumour which we have heard from a media contact, namely that Anderscum is a leading secret power-behind-the-scenes within the BNP.    



We have just learnt that the brother of Bryn Price (the Chairman of the Kent Branch of Rhodesians Worldwide) has been murdered in Johannesburg. At the present moment we do not know the precise details or circumstances, but our sincere condolences are extended to Bryn, Sandra and the rest of their family.


Finally, if you would prefer to be deleted from our SCN circulation list then simply e-mail us with the word "unsubscribe". Alternatively, if you liked this SCN and think more of your friends would like to receive copies then please let us know their e-mail addresses!

See you again next month!