Monday, 26 September 2016

September 2016 Edition

SPRINGBOK CYBER NEWSLETTER

September 2016 edition

The victory of the “Vote Leave” campaign in the EU Referendum held in the UK on 23rd June was of course a glorious triumph in itself, but even more encouraging developments have subsequently transpired both in the UK itself and in the Western World as a whole. It is just as if an entirely new – and better – zeitgeist has suddenly emerged!

The first such development has been the spontaneous emergence of what the liberal/left media refers to as “post-Brexit racial attacks”. Although there have been a few isolated examples of physical attacks against members of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population (both Third World from the immediate post-WWII decades, and more recent from eastern Europe as a direct result of Britain’s EU membership) these have in reality been very few and far between. The far more common form that these “attacks” have taken has been verbal and involving wall graffiti. Although perhaps unpleasant, are such expressions of opinion really as reprehensible as the liberal/left media would have us believe? The immigrants (although perhaps in many cases their parents and grandparents) made the voluntarily decision to move to another more advanced country where they must have known that they would not be welcome, so therefore only have themselves (or their parents or grandparents) to blame if they have been upset by any unpleasantness. The surprising thing is that it has taken so many decades for the British people to voice their opposition to these unwelcome waves of immigration, as they were cowered into silence by anti-free speech “race relations” legislation enacted by the Wilson/Heath/Callaghan socialist administrations of the 1960s and 1970s – and more recently by the “politically correct” zeitgeist of the 1990s. The fact that the British people have now been liberated in this regard can therefore surely only be regarded as a good thing for all concerned – particularly as so many of the immigrants and their descendents are now re-locating back to their own countries where they will undoubtedly be far happier and feel more at home.

The second development has been the fact that it now appears “trendy” to have supported Brexit – indeed it seems very difficult to find many people who now openly admit to have voted to Remain! The most pro-EU party, the Liberal Democrats, continue to languish in the opinion polls in spite of the fact that the Labour Party is currently in such complete disarray, and despite the fact that many commentators predicted that as their main aim had been accomplished UKIP would simply wither away, their support under their new leadership has actually been rising! But it is with the governing Conservative Party where this new pro-Brexit energizing has been most noticeable and important however. Although Prime Minister Theresa May supported the Remain side at the Referendum (albeit only luke-warmly) she has now emphatically stated “Brexit means Brexit”, and clearly means it – and 90 to 95% of the Conservative Party have swung into line behind her! The doom-mongering Remainians who predicted economic collapse and disaster immediately following the Brexit vote have been proved to be catastrophically wrong, and most of them have now simply shut up and sulked away into a corner – from where they will probably emerge in a few years time claiming that they secretly supported Brexit all along!

The final development has been that the defiant spirit of Brexit has now spread beyond Britain’s borders, not only to other European nation-states still trapped within the EU, but also to the wider Western world. Already terms such as “Frexit” and “Nexit” etc. have been termed as opinion polls show that the majority of citizens in both France and the Netherlands etc. now favour leaving the EU (indeed the word “Frexit” was seen painted on the road at several places during this year’s Tour de France!). The euphoria of Brexit has furthermore removed the ongoing Greek financial crisis from the international media spotlight, but it is actually continuing unabated, and with one of the main cash-cows keeping the Greek economy afloat soon to leave the EU it means that “Grexit” – at least from the Euro currency – now appears even more inevitable. Meanwhile the current Hungarian government is defiantly opposing the German-inspired mass invasion of the European continent by swarms of Third World migrants, and as a result may be forced out of the EU (which of course will probably be welcomed by the majority of Hungarian people!). This same spirit of national re-assertion is manifesting itself elsewhere around the globe however. As we have observed in the past, the New Zealanders’ decision to retain their true national flag in the Referendum of 24th March of this year can be viewed as the “morning star” of the Brexit triumph, but it is to the United States where perhaps the most encouraging development of this magic year of 2016 may occur. Although just a few months ago a victory for Donald J. Trump in the US Presidential Election seemed impossible, it is now looking increasingly likely – and the invocation of the spirit of Brexit (erstwhile UKIP leader Nigel Farage has already spoken on an official Trump election platform!) has clearly been a major contributing factor for this.

If Donald J. Trump is victorious in November, and if this can then be followed next year by a victory for Marie le Pen in the French Presidential Election (something again which just a few months ago was considered impossible, but is now seeming to be within the bounds of possibility), then quite clearly we will shortly be living in a far different – and far better – world than as recently as 2015! The days ahead will inspire us.

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SPRINGBOK CLUB NEWS

We are most pleased – and indeed euphoric - to be able to report that this year’s “Raising of the Flag” ceremony in Norfolk, marking the 126th Anniversary of the foundation of Rhodesia, proved a great success. The turnout at the event this year was clearly higher than last year, and the number of Springbok Club members and supporters in attendance was also a significant increase on previous years. Peter Sladden, who has been organizing these inspiring events at his Manor in Norfolk since 1980, deserves hearty congratulations – a true hero of our times if ever there was one! Robert Mugabe might have thought that he had destroyed Rhodesia when he was handed power in 1980, but he was wrong. The spirit of Rhodesia lives on! A host of pictures from this year’s ceremony can be viewed on the Springbok Club’s FaceBook Page and Group, and a copy of one of the two keynote speeches made at the event can be accessed at :-

http://www.springbk.org.uk/speech14.htm

The date of the 2017 “Raising of the Flag” ceremony has already been set for Sunday 10th September 2017. We would therefore ask all supporters to diarise this date NOW. There will therefore be no excuse for anyone to claim that they weren’t notified far enough in advance!

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The Springbok Club will be making a visit to the Imperial War Museum on Saturday 22nd October, specifically to see a special exhibition being staged there entitled “Curiosities of War”. Provisional arrangements are to assemble in front of the main entrance of the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ (alongside the huge naval guns) between 14.00 hrs. and 14.30 hrs, but for more precise details please either e-mail: springbk@netcomuk.co.uk or 'phone: 07711188430.

In November the Springbok Club will be holding its annual UDI Day Buffet, at which the guest speaker will be a leading military expert who served in the British, South African and Rhodesian armed forces. More details about this event will appear in next month’s SCN.

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SWINTON CIRCLE NEWS

It now looks as if the planned official re-launch of the Swinton Circle featuring a leading personality from the “Vote Leave” campaign in October may have to be put back slightly because of the guest speaker’s tight schedule. This may however prove to be a blessing in disguise, as discussions for a merger between the Swinton Circle and another patriotic organization have still to be finalized (this is in addition to the earlier decision by the 343 Group of Brian Danes and Lindsay Jenkins to merge with the Swinton Circle), and so the planned re-launch meeting could therefore become the first event to be staged by the new larger merged organization. Further details will of course be given in due course in future editions of the SCN.

[ Most readers will probably recall the severe problems experienced by the Swinton Circle which caused the temporary collapse of the organization following a most problematic meeting which the Swinton Circle tried to stage on 31st July 2015. At this meeting the Swinton Circle had invited the leader of an outfit calling itself “Liberty GB”, a certain Mr. Paul Weston, to address the gathering, but in thanks for this act of friendship certain leading officials in “Liberty GB” chose to issue totally unauthorized “invitations” to members of several extremist organizations, who then proceeded to hijack and wreck proceedings. Recently, however, we have learnt of two further most sickening revelations concerning this “Liberty GB” outfit. Firstly they have evidently decided to field a candidate in the Batley & Spen by-election, caused by the terrible murder of the sitting Labour MP Jo Cox, in spite of the fact that all the major parties have decided not to oppose Labour as a mark of respect. This decision by the “Liberty GB” outfit is therefore clearly in shockingly bad taste. Even more significant in this regard, moreover, is the fact that the “Liberty GB” candidate, one Jack Buckby, was clearly implicated in the distribution of the mischief-making unauthorized “invitations” to the disastrous Swinton Circle meeting of 31st July 2015. Secondly a doom-mongering statement issued by Mr.Weston in which he propagates the completely unsubstantiated idea that a Muslim could become British Prime Minister within the next 25 years has recently appeared on the Gatestone Institute’s internet news service. Quite clearly therefore this “Liberty GB” outfit is an unsavoury and indeed highly sinister organization which shouldn’t be touched with a bargepole! ]

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MESSAGE FROM THE SANWILD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

We have recently received the following message from the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary :-

“SanWild does not normally raise funds to help domestic animals, but in our immediate area a crisis has come up that needs to be addressed urgently.

“A small organization which does community outreach work have been doing a sterling job in our immediate area. Unfortunately they have now run out of funding and it is our moral and ethical duty to help them avert a crisis, failing which they will have to cease operations. This will be a real tragedy as there is simply no other to take their place to alleviate the suffering of domestic animals in the local communities.

“We will be extremely grateful for your support for this particular project. If you could help we will appreciate cash donation via the link we set up for them on PayPal. Please click here to be directed to the PayPal link.

“You can also send them dog and cat food. For a delivery address please e-mail Louise Joubert on louise@sanwild.org. Cash donations received will be used to pay their veterinary bills for emergency treatment for injured and sick animals.

“It would be wonderful if you could invite your friends to join our FaceBook fundraiser in order to help us to keep this wonderful initiative going.

“We will really appreciate your help! Thank you to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause.”

The SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary can be contacted directly at : http://www.sanwild.org

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THE RIO OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

Since writing last month’s SCN the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games have taken place, and just as was the case with the earlier Rio Olympic Games they proved to be a great success, and all those pathetic doom-mongers who predicted that there would not be sufficient funds to stage them and that attendances would be poor were proved categorically wrong! For Britain the outstanding triumphs of the 2016 Olympics continued – and indeed were increased on – in the Paralympics, and our hearty congratulations are of course extended to all the worthy British medal winners. The only objection which we have about Britain’s participation concerns those selected as flag-carriers at the respective opening and closing ceremonies. Of these four nominees two were openly-admitted sexual perverts. What an absolutely appalling example to set to the youth of Britain – and indeed to the youth of the world! We therefore call upon those responsible for these disgusting selections to be dismissed and to be barred from all future participation in Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies.

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THE EMPIRE GOES FOR GOLD!

Heather Wheeler, the Conservative MP for South Derbyshire, issued an excellent tweet following the Rio Olympics, in which she drew attention to the fact that sportsmen and women from Great Britain and from the former and current countries of the British Empire won more medals at the 2016 Games than both “the Post-Brexit EU” and “the Rest of the World”! Headlined “Empire Goes for Gold”, Ms. Wheeler listed the number of medals won by GB and the Empire (396) against those won by the post-Brexit EU (258) and the Rest of the World (320), and then went on to state “Now that’s what I call winning! Well done Team GB and our Commonwealth friends; now for the trade agreements”. Predictably this tweet met with odium from yesterday’s men and women of the “politically correct brigade” (still smarting after their crushing defeat in the EU Referendum!), but we – and of course the vast majority of British people around the globe – fully support these positive sentiments so splendidly expressed by Ms. Wheeler. She is certainly a person to watch out for in the future, and we trust will soon obtain a higher government position!

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THE “GOOD” TERRORIST

On 27th August Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled “The Good Terrorist” which told the story of the evil White ANC terrorist John Harris who constructed and planted the bomb which killed Ethel Rhys and badly injured several other people at Johannesburg Central Station in 1964.

In spite of its most offensive title, this documentary did a great service by reminding everyone about this criminal atrocity, and the fact that terrorist activity in South Africa during this time actually involved more White traitors than Black malcontents (the vast majority of Blacks of course lived perfectly happily under civilised White rule – far more happily indeed than most do today under ANC rule!). Harris is a mainly forgotten person today, but his name should always be remembered in ignominy. He was revealed as a truly evil entity – he even looked evil (though to be fair perhaps Channel 4 deliberately chose the worst available pictures of him!) - with a clear self-loathing which manifested itself in hatred for his own kith and kin. Thanks to the efficiency of the SAP he was speedily arrested, and rightfully was hanged for his act of terrorist murder. It was also most significant that this Channel 4 documentary had no qualms about reminding everyone that the notorious trouble-maker Peter Hain knew Harris personally, and indeed read the oration at this terrorist vermin’s funeral. Surely there is still time for Hain’s association with this satanic creature to be investigated further, and to be brought to book if any direct involvement with terrorism can be confirmed?

We also couldn’t help wondering what a far better place South Africa would be today – and indeed what a far better place the world as a whole would be now – if Harris’s fellow ANC terrorist murderer “Nelson” Mandela had been sentenced to the same rightful punishment as Harris for his evil crimes.

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WARNING ABOUT THE “NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL FRONT”

Several years ago we were in good contact with a New Zealand patriot named Anton Foljambe. He was initially involved with an organisation called the “New Zealand National Front”, which had evidently been named after the British political party of a similar name. This initially gave us some misgivings, for although the British National Front was originally established as a mainstream patriotic party, it was subsequently taken over by neo-fascist extremists, and so was not to be touched in any way. As Anton Foljambe was clearly a decent and sincere global patriot we decided to stay in contact with him, a decision which proved to be correct when he decided to change the name of the organisation. Alas contact with Anton Foljambe ceased suddenly and without explanation over a decade ago, but ever since we have always been very keen to re-establish links with him. A few months ago, however, we made contact with someone claiming to represent an apparently revived “New Zealand National Front”, who gave his name only as “Peter” - but who then dumbfounded us by claiming that Anton Foljambe had “dropped off our radar [because] he had found himself an Asian partner”. We of course found this claim very hard to believe, but even more astonishing comments were then to follow from “Peter”. In view of the name of his organization and his geographic location we naturally assumed that “Peter” – similar to Anton Foljambe before him – would have been fully supportive of our own brand of neo-Imperialism, but instead he stated that he opposed our logical stance in this regard. As correspondence developed statements issued by “Peter” became more and more bizarre and unbelievable, he coming out with such gems as: “These are very anti-White times, I am not even sure if we are going to last the next 100 years”, “I would not lift a finger to help many Whites, they can go down with the multicultural system they support. Many Englishmen are pathetic these days. The Polish [sic]and Hungarians are the ones leading the way for White peoples” and “We can't control Europe, England, SA, NZ, Australia or anywhere in the world. There is no White homeland and we are facing Global Genocide”. Quite clearly therefore, in spite of their protestations to be pro-White, “Peter” and his so-called “New Zealand National Front” are by the defeatism and hopelessness which they are spreading actually very anti-White – and particularly anti-British in spite of the fact that we presume that “Peter” is of British ancestry!. In a way this is very similar to the fatalism being spread by Paul Weston and his “Liberty GB” outfit through his lunatic assertion that Britain would have a Muslim PM within 25 years (see the Swinton Circle News section above). Whether the acute pessimism being spread by “Peter” and Paul Weston is a deliberate ploy to undermine the resolve of patriotic activists or is simply an act of utter stupidity to open to question, but regardless of the reason the end result is just the same, namely to engender false-inevitability and despair within the White patriotic movement. The “New Zealand National Front” and “Liberty GB” should therefore be avoided like the plague!

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Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?

No.214 – Miss DIANE BLEASDALE of Rhodesia and Durban

Diane “Di” Bleasdale was Rhodesian-born, but moved to Durban where she became a high-flying secretary with the Unilever company during the late 1970s. A very attractive woman, she initially showed great interest in the work of the Save Rhodesia Campaign (a number of whose leading local members worked for the Unilever organization), but alas she never became active in any way within the campaign, and indeed became inexplicably “cool” towards one of the leading members. Instead she seemed to devote her considerable energies and talents to the “Rotaract” organization (the junior wing of the international Rotary Clubs). Subsequently it came to light that her parents had been killed in a terrorist atrocity in Rhodesia, and this might well explain why she decided to turn her back on the Save Rhodesia Campaign and instead devote herself to the non-political “Rotaract” organisation. Even so we would be very interested to learn whatever happened to her, and where she is now.

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RECOMMENDED WEB-SITES OF THE MONTH

A supporter still based in South Africa has recently informed us about a most interesting YouTube video featuring the Russian anti-Communist activist Vladimir Bukovsky in which he explains the frightening similarities between the former Soviet Union and today’s European Union. It is well worth a view, and can be accessed at :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m41Tdl5mvdg&feature=youtu.be

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

OUT OF THE MOUTH ….

Sir,

I am well aware that Muhammad Ali's views on what can term race in the 1960s and 1970s earned him the approbation of segregationists in Britain and the US; indeed, in 1972 he said of the South African government that "they believe in the same thing I do - segregation."

However, I see no reason to condemn him. He made the eminently sensible statement that "I don't believe in forcing integration. I don't want to go where I'm not wanted."

Forced integration is no more acceptable than forced segregation. It is a question of freedom of association. I wish that the illiberal liberals behind such things as the legalised kidnapping of forced bussing due to their obsession with a "proper racial balance" had had as much sense as the now late and lamented Mr.Ali.

Yours etc.,

Mark Taylor, London, U.K.

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DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Sir,

I see from last month’s SCN that Mr.Paul Griffin is still causing you problems. I’ve been informed that one of the two Springbok Club committee members who he persuaded to resign was Ms.Claudia Dalgleish, otherwise known as Claudia Bryan. I’ve been doing a bit of investigation and see that Ms.Dalgleish was involved in a previous controversy with someone named Griffin when she was sexually harassed by the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin :-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106633/BNP-leader-Nick-Griffin-sex-pest-exposed-glamour-model-car.html

One would have thought that after suffering at the hands of one political extremist named Griffin she would have been very careful about becoming involved with another!

Yours etc.,

J.B., London, U.K.

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OBITUARY

BRIAN VERNON BAKER

Alas life did not deal Brian Vernon Baker, who sadly died earlier this year at the age of only 66, a very good hand of cards. His mother died within 25 minutes of his birth, and he was involved in a road accident when aged only 10.

Whilst at junior school he sat in their South Africa House, and his father Charlie Baker, an inspector of shipwrights at Chatham Dockyard, carved a superlative plaque for the House featuring a Springbok superimposed on a wooden map of the whole of Africa! Although even by his own admission he was not academically brilliant, he was even so a skilled writer and story-teller, and his Friday afternoon stories which he regularly composed and delivered at junior school proved more popular than those of anybody else.

Unfortunately he didn’t receive very good career advice at school, and left aged 16 to join the Post Office, which subsequently metamorphosised into British Telecom and then BT, where he stayed until he took premature retirement. During his time with BT he was seconded twice to India in order to assist their local subsidiary. As a result of his time in India he wrote a brilliant and most amusing book about his experiences, but alas in spite of much trying he wasn’t able to get it published.

Brian was a staunch British patriot, and proudly served with the Royal Naval Reserve. He also expressed interest in the work of the Springbok Club, but alas was only able to attend one of the organisation’s activities, a trip to the Royal Engineers’ Museum and re-enactment display in Gillingham, as failing health and his distance from London prevented further participation. Although never very sporting, he did take up both rifle-shooting and croquet with a relish whilst serving in the RNR. His main passion in life, however, was nature (he was a keen lifelong animal lover) and in his retirement served as a leading official supervising the Beregrave Nature Reserve in Rainham.

Happily Brian did enjoy one positive aspect of life, as he was blessed with a wonderful charming wife, Rhona, who bore him two children. Sadly however bad fortune struck him again towards the end of his life, for Rhona died a sudden and unexpected death a year before his own tragic death, which came after a long and debilitating illness.

Brian Baker was a great man who served his country well to the best of his abilities. Alas however his country often seemed to fail him. Our sincerest condolences are extended to his two children.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

August 2016 Edition.

SPRINGBOK CYBER NEWSLETTER

August 2016 edition

Everyone knew that London 2012 would be a very hard act to follow, and there were many doomsayers who predicted that the 2016 Rio Olympic Games would prove to be a disaster. Some even went as far as to advocate that the Games be cancelled (though don’t forget that there were also similar unpatriotic killjoys who treacherously said the same about the London 2012 Games – as we commented about at the time!), but in the end all these dire predictions turned out to be false, and Rio de Janeiro produced a most spectacular and memorable Olympiad. To be sure, there were a few problems, most notably poor attendances and a number of administrative and broadcasting hiccups, but the Rio Games in no way proved the disaster of Montreal 1976, nor even the anti-climaxes of Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004.

On the whole Rio 2016 lived up to the original Olympic ideals of Baron Pierre de Coubertin and Dr. William Brookes – albeit on a more global scale and in the current age of professionalism. Eddie Butler, the BBC commentator, pontificated in an opening broadcast that the early Olympics were a purely White male affair. This assertion of his was manifestly untrue however, as women competed in both Lawn Tennis and Golf at the second ever Olympics in Paris 1900, and have been present ever since, and the first Black to compete at the Olympics was a French competitor at Paris 1900 (although it is believed that an Egyptian and a Turk competed at Athens 1896). The presence of non-Whites was however a matter of increasing controversy during early years, as many argued that Negroes possessed innate physical advantages. This debate became most intense shortly prior to the 1936 Berlin Olympics when it was seriously advocated that there should be separate Olympics for Westerners, Africans and Orientals (indeed we argued this ourselves in an article which appeared in S.A.Patriot No.24). Alas the international knee-jerk reaction to the evils of the Nazi regime made such a racially-based idea unthinkable following WWII. Be this as it may, it has been clearly noticeable that the increasing ascendancy of Black and Oriental competitors during the 1960s and 1970s subsequently flattened-out, and indeed during the latest two Olympiads has started to decline. Perhaps therefore such a logical development of staging separate Olympics for the three main ethnic groups will eventually come to fruition later this century.

For the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team the Rio 2016 Olympics proved an unqualified triumph. Not only did the total number of medals won, 67, surpass even London 2012’s total of 65 (and indeed was the second highest total ever, after London 1908) but furthermore, although the number of their Gold medals declined on the face of it from 29 to 27, two less of these were won by “plastic Brits”, so the number won by true Britons therefore remained the same! It has often been argued – and we certainly agree – that the triumphant achievements and “feel-good effect” which resulted from the London 2012 Olympics was one of the main contributing factors which gave the British people the self-confidence to vote to Leave the EU at the 2016 Referendum. We would actually go further than this and assert that the euphoria generated by the “Brexit” victory was one of the main reasons why the GB & NI team performed so confidently and triumphantly at Rio. Donald Trump aims to make America great again – but 2016 has shown that Britain already is Great again!

For South Africa, however, Rio 2016 simply confirmed yet again the extent of the decline of the “new” South Africa. Of the only two Gold medals which they claimed one was obtained by the most novel expedient of fielding a man in a women’s event, and the other, that of Wayde van Niekerk, has evidently been condemned by certain ANC supporters because his mother achieved athletic prowess through the infrastructure and facilities provided by the former NP Government! In the days of civilized rule South Africa was of course a sporting super-power on a par with Australia. Today such a comparison is laughable, and can only be revived once civilized rule is restored to the nation as a whole.

But for Brazil itself the 2016 Games must have the happiest memories. For a nation beset by economic woes and endemic corruption in government they were not only an uplifting distraction, but also produced the highest level of Olympic success ever for the nation (a total of 19 medals, including 7 Golds). Brazil of course was a Portuguese colony up until 1822, and from then until well into the 20th Century could be regarded – using modern parlance – as a first-world country. Sadly as the 20th Century progressed multi-culturalism also increased (slavery wasn’t abolished in Brazil until 1888), and as a result the county declined economically, socially and as far as law and order was concerned. Today therefore Brazil can no longer be regarded as a first-world nation – perhaps not quite as bad as the third-world basket-cases of Africa and Asia, but sadly seemingly heading in that direction. Watching the 2016 Olympics, however, it was noticeable how many White faces were in evidence, maybe not so much among the competitors themselves, but certainly among officials and spectators. Brazil therefore still has the potential to rejoin the civilized first-world nations around the globe. The Caetano government of Portugal during the early 1970s enthusiastically tried to establish a Lusitanian Commonwealth, which would basically have been an alliance between the two great Portuguese speaking nations of the world. Perhaps, if “Pexit” can ever come about, such an idea can be resuscitated, with Portuguese input and assistance helping to restore the fortunes of the Brazilian nation after decades of political corruption and decline. Viva Portugal – Viva Brasil!

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SPRINGBOK CLUB NEWS

Alas the Springbok Club’s problematic year continued last month. Regrettably the organisation’s planned guest speaker for August, Mr. Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, was taken ill during his overseas tour, and as a result the meeting which he was to have address had to be postponed. We say postponed rather than cancelled because during a ‘phone conversation towards the end of his trip, by which time he had happily made a fine recovery, he informed us that he would be visiting the UK again next year during a follow-up overseas tour, and confirmed that he definitely hoped to speak for the organization again then.

Unfortunately also contact with the global yachtsman who it was anticipated would address the Kent Branch of the Springbok Club last month was lost (no doubt he has been away on his travels again!), but needless to say once contact has been re-established we hope that an informal gathering for him to tell the Branch a bit about his journeys to Britain’s overseas territories and other places in the Caribbean will be re-planned.

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In view of these recent unavoidable problems it therefore seems more important than ever that a good contingent of Springbok Club members and supporters attend the annual Raising of the Flag Memorial Gathering in Norfolk (celebrating the day when Southern Rhodesia, “The Jewel of the Crown”, was founded), to which the organization has again been most honoured to be invited to participate in. The details of this year’s event are as follows :-

Date : Sunday 11th September 2016

Times : Gathering to commence with a convivial buffet meal and drinks at 12.00 hrs, actual flag-raising ceremony to commence at 14.30 hrs

Venue : SOUTHREPPS HALL, Southrepps, Norfolk, NR11 8TG

This event celebrates the founding of Rhodesia by the raising of the Union Flag at what became Salisbury on 13th September 1890. This event was re-enacted every year thereafter at Cecil Square, Salisbury, until the advent of the ZANU-PF regime in 1980. Thereafter, however, it has continued to be re-enacted in the grounds of Southrepps Hall in Norfolk. As well as the re-enactment of the raising of the Union Flag this event will also include speeches about Cecil John Rhodes and Rhodesia, a short religious service, the playing of both the British and the Rhodesian national anthems by the Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band, and the firing of a 21-gun salute. Buffet food and drinks will be served to all attendees prior to the main event, and teas and light refreshments afterwards.

We hope that as many Springbok Club members and supporters as possible will be able to journey to Norfolk to attend this most inspiring and uplifting ceremony. Southrepps Hall is situated not far from Cromer, where overnight accommodation can always be arranged. The nearest train station is Gunton, from where onward transport can be organized if arrangements are made in advance. For more details please either e-mail: springbk@netcomuk.co.uk or 'phone: 07711188430.

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SWINTON CIRCLE NEWS

As reported in last month’s SCN, the Swinton Circle was successfully re-established at a meeting in June, and plans are now well afoot to stage a re-launch meeting in the form of an Autumn Buffet featuring a prominent personality from the “Vote Leave”” campaign in October. For more information please e-mail: swinton@netcomuk.co.uk

Unfortunately, however, it must be reported that Mr. Paul Griffin, the former Committee member of the Swinton Circle who revealed himself as being a far-Right infiltrator whose aim was either to destroy or to take over the organization on behalf of extremist elements, has been up to his dirty tricks again. As most readers will probably recall, following the disruption and wrecking of the disastrous Swinton Circle meeting of 31st July 2015 Mr. Griffin made contact with another Committee member of the organisation, Mr. Paul Symons, and induced him also to resign his membership. It is uncertain whether Mr. Griffin did this by smearing and bad-mouthing other Committee members of the Swinton Circle, or simply by putting the “frighteners” on Mr. Symons. Now alas comes news that two leading members of the Springbok Club have resigned following apparent similar advances made by Mr. Griffin. As the Springbok Club is not a political organization and has no direct connection to the Swinton Circle, we therefore wonder just what Mr. Griffin’s game is. Needless to say we would be very interested to learn precisely what Mr. Griffin has been saying in order to induce leading members to leave the two organizations, for if his words turn out to be slanderous then he will certainly be hearing from our lawyers. Needless to say, any information which can be provided in this respect will be treated with utmost confidence.

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APPEAL FROM “NETWORK FOR ANIMALS”

We have recently received the following appeal for help from the Network for Animals organisation :-

“Two years ago Gail Basson sold her house and together with Shireen Williams bought a desolate piece of land in South Africa and formed Fallen Angels, a search and rescue mission for injured and abandoned dogs and cats.

“Today Fallen Angels is home to 255 dogs and 40 sick cats. Dogs like Jagger, who was bred as a fighting dog. When he became sick, a vicious thug threw acid over his face, blinding him in one eye and leaving huge wounds on his face. Then the monster cut off Jagger’s ears.

“Fallen Angels rescued Jagger, paid for his medical care and gave him refuge in their sanctuary. Jagger is one of hundreds of dogs that Fallen Angels has rescued in its short existence. People who spot an injured, abandoned dog or cat call Fallen Angels and no matter what time, day or night, Shireen and her team go and rescue them in a huge area around Melkbosstrand in South Africa’s Western Cape. They take them to the sanctuary, feed and provide medical care, love and pamper them and wherever possible find them homes.

“To the dogs and cats who find themselves in Fallen Angels, Shireen and her team are saints and the dogs reward them by showing their love in wagging tails and happy barks. Shireen and her team do all this for love of the animals. None of them draw salaries. Their lives are devoted to animals.

“They ask nothing for themselves but what they need desperately is a vehicle. They have no car of their own and rely on volunteers with cars to come to the aid of the dogs and cats in need. But sometimes in the early hours of the morning no volunteer can be found. So Fallen Angels has been saving to buy a pick-up truck with a canopy that can be based at the sanctuary and used to rescue animals no matter what the time is.

“Fallen Angels is doing tremendous work on a shoe-string budget led by a determined team and backed by volunteers, many from local schools.

“Will you help Network for Animals help the Fallen Angels? Network has promised to ask our supporters to make a donation and be as generous as you can today, not only to help buy a rescue vehicle, but provide food and medical care for the dogs and cats of Fallen Angels.

“It’s amazing how kind human beings can be. Shireen and her team give their lives to the animals. They deserve your support, Please help ”

To assist Network fro Animals and Fallen Angels go to –

https://networkforanimals.org/donate/?nid=89b6639e084790acd4b3a6c48bb82347&uid=1d089a19ff9685a463184f25a4532302

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DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE 1995 RUGBY WORLD CUP

Ever since the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in the “new” South Africa rumours have abounded that the mysterious last-minute illnesses experienced by several members of the All Blacks team were the result of deliberate poisoning. Although invariably dismissed by the pro-ANC Left as an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory, a recently-published book written by a very unlikely person, namely a certain Rory Steyn who acted as a bodyguard to the terrorist leader Mandela at that time, asserts that the deliberate poisoning theory was in fact true! Although Steyn intimates that this poisoning was arranged at the behest of a Far Eastern betting-syndicate, all the circumstantial evidence seems to indicate that it was in fact ordered by the “new” South African authorities who wished to portray the terrorist Mandela in a good light, and thereby to entrench his grip on power. The report in question can be accessed at :-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/4750515/Mandela-book-stirs-rugby-poison-riddle.html

Following the revelation that Lance Armstrong systematically took performance-enhancing drugs during his Cycling career, all of his victories in the Tour de France and other major competitions have been annulled. We believe, however, that the deliberately poisoning of your opponents is a far more serious crime than personal drug usage. We therefore call upon the International Rugby Football Board (World Rugby) to investigate the matter thoroughly, and if, as seems likely, it is confirmed that deliberate poisoning did take place (for whatever reason) to annul the result of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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ANGLO-BOER WAR COMMEMORATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

We were most inspired when we learnt recently that two events had been held in Tasmania, Australia, during June (one in Launceston and the other in Hobart) in order to commemorate all Tasmanians who served in the second Anglo-Boer War. These events were organised by Mr. Reg Watson of the Anglo-Saxon-Keltic Society. We congratulate Mr. Watson and the organization which he represents on their initiative in this regard, fuller details of which can be found by accessing :-

http://www.regwatson.com/interests/boer-war-commemorative-day/

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LATEST NEWS FROM PEGIDA

We have recently received the following most interesting report from Pegida UK :-

“Pegida UK, led by Paul Weston, Anne Marie Waters, and Tommy Robinson staged a silent walk through the town centre of Rotherham on June 4th 2016 in protest at the appalling injustices suffered by children and families in that town, and at the continuing sexual abuse by predatory gangs of Muslim men across England to this day.

“The town of Rotherham has now become synonymous with the grooming, rape, and prostitution of young girls by organized gangs throughout the country – gangs comprised almost exclusively of Muslims. Pegida UK believes that such men have acted with virtual impunity for decades because a culture of ‘political correctness’ and fear of ‘racist’ or ‘Islamophobic’ labels has prevented firm action from being taken.

“Public bodies – including the police and social services – looked away and took no action to tackle these appalling crimes in order to avoid causing offence to Islamic communities, or risking the ire of so-called 'community leaders'. Political leaders also feared upsetting voting blocs, or admitting that their multicultural project may not in fact have been working.

“Pegida UK reached out to the ordinary men and women of Britain and asked them to join them in a peaceful silent walk in Rotherham, and to show politicians and other leaders that we are tired of the two-tier justice system that is forming in our country. Rapists should be punished and our children should be protected.

“False accusations of 'Islamophobia' will no longer silence the British people.

“The Pegida UK event was a peaceful, no-alcohol, silent march of protest. Families and people from all backgrounds were welcomed to join patriots from all over the country in Rotherham. Homophobes, Nazis, racists and anti-Semites, however, were not welcome. Pegida UK was in Rotherham to demand people’s rights are protected, that people receive justice, and that all are treated equally under one British law.”

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REVEALING REPORT FROM HNP

The HNP has recently sent us the following brief but most revealing report about what really happened in South Africa during the late 1980s under the NP Government of PW Botha. Translated it reads as follows :-

“Niël Barnard was the head of National Intelligence (NI) in the 1980s. He was instructed by PW Botha, then President of South Africa, to have secret talks with the communist Nelson Mandela about his (Mandela's) release and a one-man one-vote election and the transfer of political power to the ANC. PW Botha’s Cabinet of was not aware of this.

“Niël Barnard published these facts in his book Secret Revolution: Memoirs of a Spymaster.

“These facts were discussed on 22nd to 24th February on Pretoria FM (104.2 FM).”

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SEARCH SERVICES FOR THOSE SEEKING LOST RELATIVES

Find any South African, even those who have emigrated. We also search Botswana, Namibia and ex-Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.

Please use the search request form at :-

http://www.bellemodel.biz/emails/emails.php?id=emails_from_SCN

Also check the list of South African expatriates/emigrants web-sites, which can be found at :-

http://www.bellemodel.biz/emails/expatriates/toplist_expatriates.php?id=toplist_expatriates_from_

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BOOK OFFERS

"LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALFRED JAMES TOMLINSON: MEMOIRS OF AN AFRICAN PIONEER AND BSAP OFFICER" is now available at Amazon.com, and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. This book contains excerpts from Lieut. Tomlinson's writings detailing his experiences as a member of the BSAP in Southern Rhodesia, where he rose from the rank of an ordinary trooper to retire as the commanding officer. It also includes the personal story of Majaqaba Ncube, a man who was enslaved by Lobengula when his entire village was massacred by the chief's soldiers. After he escaped, Lieut. Tomlinson saved him from certain death and gave him a job. They lost contact and were reunited after 45 years, when Majaqaba presented Lieut. Tomlinson with an earthenware jar.

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"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

Available from: www.diadembooks.com

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CREST PUBLISHING BOOKS

The latest book published by Crest Publishing is entitled: “BOWLS - QUIRKS, CHIRPS AND ANECDOTES". This is not an instruction manual but rather a cheerful, humourous and sometimes controversial chronicle about the game and its history worldwide. Written to celebrate 40 years in the sport by the author, Glenn MacAskill, it should be of interest to all bowlers and other sports enthusiasts.

For more information about all books published, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 4178, Honeydew, Johannesburg, 2040, South Africa, e-mail: glennallanmacaskill@gmail.com, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at: www.crestpublishing.co.za. Special discounts are available to ex-servicemen, Rhodies and Springboks!

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"THE SAINTS" – a unique documentary in support of the book on the brief history of the RLI.

DVD available along with other premium titles of historical interest from Msasa Enterprises. Visit www.rhodesianvideos.co.za or write to msasasa@iafrica.com for more information. UK contact telephone: 07415 753 340.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?

No.213 – Mr. DON GILLIAT of Durban

Don Gilliat was a leading member of The Sons of England, a patriotic organization for those specifically of English descent. He lived in Durban North and was a most friendly and affable man, and in 1988 gave a masterful speech to the Durban Parliamentary Debating Society about the history of the South African flag and why it was so important that its design should not be altered in any way, bringing with him a younger colleague from The Sons of England by the name of Mike Smith (no connection of course to the notorious Mike “Scruffy” Keith-Smith!). So impressed were we by the talk which Don Gilliat gave (which of course subsequently proved extremely relevant!) that it was re-printed in S.A.Patriot-in-Exile No.31. The Sons of England organization had evidently originated in Canada during the 19th Century, but had then spread to South Africa and Rhodesia where it gained greater support. Unfortunately our contact with this estimable body came somewhat too late, for we were forced to relocate operations to the UK very shortly after initial contact had been made, and before our movement could establish any firm links with them. Subsequent attempts to initiate long-distance communication with them have also alas failed, as it appears that the organization has floundered under the conditions of the “new” South Africa We would therefore be very keen to learn not only what has happened to Don Gilliat and Mike Smith personally, but also any news about The Sons of England as an organisation.

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RECOMMENDED WEB-SITES OF THE MONTH

A supporter has recently recommended a a web-page from the Gates of Vienna web-site to us which features the epoch-marking speech recently delivered by Victor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary. It can be accessed at :-

http://gatesofvienna.net/2016/03/viktor-orban-the-time-has-come-for-opposition-and-resistance/

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

HAIR-RAISING DEVELOPMENT

Sir,

Can anybody explain why we have so many male hairdressers opening all around the country, way beyond the demand? A trip to London by bus reveals these places open for business way beyond normal hours, with young males lounging around. Am I seeing beyond the actual innocence of the situation?

Yours etc.,

MHGE, Crawley, Sussex, U.K.

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TREASON’S TOLL

Sir,

There was absolutely no justification for the Easter Rising of 1916. The Irish had full democratic rights and were if anything over-represented in the British Parliament. To rise against a democratic government which you're free to oppose, especially in wartime, is treason and deserves the death penalty. I would have been inclined to have the seven leaders hanged - not shot - for treason and murder and the rest given life sentences and left to rot in jail for decades, whether or not people were daft enough to elect them as MPs.

As for Partition - if Ireland had the right to secede from the UK, a part of it had the right to secede from Ireland and stay British. Looking at the history of post-partition Ireland, they'd have all been a lot better off as part of Britain rather than in what was for decades the most socially backward democracy in Western Europe.

Yours etc.,

Mark Taylor, London, U.K.

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SECRET KNOWLEDGE

Sir,

Where can I get more info about Aida Parker? How did she know so long ahead what was coming?

I spoke to an old woman from South America who worked in their South African embassy in 1984. She said that in 1984 they knew if de Klerk becomes president South Africa would be doomed. How did she know so long ahead what was coming?

Yours etc.,

Heinrich Koch, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa.

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“THE ROPER SET”

A number of readers have enquired in the past about what actually was “The Roper Set”, which has often been mentioned in the write-ups of those featured in our “Where are they now?” section.

“The Roper Set” was a celebrated ad hoc social grouping which was active in Durban during the 1970s and 80s, and was often compared to “The Happy Valley Set” which operated in Kenya during the 1920s and 30s – though without the adulterous excesses! Named after Paul Roper (see SCN April 2001), a 5 foot 2 inches only child from Bournemouth in the UK who had been blessed with charisma-plus, “The Roper Set” operated out of three successive communal houses, the first in Glenashley, Durban North, then on Blair Atholl Road, Westville, and finally in Glen Anil, Durban North. There were a succession of people who lived in these communal houses, though of course always including Paul Roper himself. During the final years at Glenashley during the late 1970s the other residents had however stabilised to Jean “Mumsy” Clements, Dawn Dorkin and John “Mr.Pastry” Hartnall. Shortly before the move to Westville Dawn Dorkin decided to move into her own plush flat in the Albert Park area (though she remained a leading figure in “The Set” itself), but this turned out to be very fortuitous as one existing residents at the new house, James “Jesse” Kinnell, didn’t wish to leave, and as a result became a keen addition to “The Set” himself.

People gravitated to Paul Roper and “The Roper Set” as if magnetized, with each weekend proving an “open house” which saw dozens of “members” turning up in order to partake of the idyllic atmosphere and joyful camaraderie. The main centre of activities was always in and around the swimming pool (there was one at all three venues), and an unofficial bar was constantly in operation, and always well stocked with an abundance of bottles of Lions and Castles! Most Sunday evenings saw “The Set” encamp to The Bell Inn, Durban North (then under the management of two other “members”, Tony and Elaine Long – although they subsequently moved on to manage Durban Collegians Club, another venue regularly patronized by “The Set”) where all partook of a very late Sunday “lunch”, which was invariably followed by a film show for all diners.

Most “members” of “The Set” were not South Africans however (certainly not most of the men), but were first-generation Pommie immigrants. “The Set” was also not overtly political (although it did include several of those involved with the publishing of S.A.Patriot), but as it functioned during the time of civilized rule in South Africa when the country was demonized by the Liberal/Left around the world, even to emigrate to the country at that time clearly meant making a political statement in favour of the existing status quo. All however were “gut patriots” in both the South African and British contexts, and during one trip which Paul Roper organized in a hired coach to the Wild Coast Casino at the time of the Falklands War the whole bus reverberated with patriotic songs for most of the journey!

Alas “The Set” was often condemned as being purely “hedonistic” by several members of the “religious Right” in Durban (the “Willmerites”), but this criticism was grossly unfair. All “members” tended to work hard and to play hard. Jean Clements ran her own hairdressing salon and was once a South African champion hairdresser, Dawn Dorkin ran her own hugely successful debt-collecting agency, John “Pastry” was a highly qualified accountant who was “head-hunted” on several occasions, Tony Welch was a popular and top professional dentist practicing on The Bluff, and Paul Roper himself was a massively successful sales rep’ (travelling in ladies underwear - a description which often caused much amusement!) whose earnings were sufficient not only to keep the successive communal houses functioning, but also to buy himself a top-of-the-range Mercedes. Practically all of the male “members” of “The Set” were also leading sportsmen. Paul Roper had once won Currie Cup Soccer colours playing for The Transvaal, and seemed unbeatable in practically every ball-game which he turned his hand to. Several “members” played Soccer for Durban Collegians, and many regularly competed in the Comrades Marathon, with Keith Hulse once recording a time fast enough to gain a silver medal - and Paul Roper invariably finishing wearing a pair of ladies panties on his head! Alan Mountford, originally from Stoke-on-Trent and one of the leading “members” of “The Set”, was a fantastic all-round sportsman, excelling at Soccer and Lawn Tennis and even turning his hand to show-jumping, and his younger brother Peter once achieved the incredible performance of finishing in the top ten in the Duzi Canoe Marathon!

During the early 1980s Paul Roper staged amazing fancy dress parties to celebrate his birthday three years running – the final two of which involved hiring a coach and making a “pub crawl” with all attendees in full fancy dress to all of the hotels in the popular Gooderson’s chain around the city! Another regular feature when resident in Westville (where as well as a large swimming pool the house also contained a Lawn Tennis court) was the Blair Athol Grant Lawn Tennis Tournament (neatly combining the name of the road where it was situated with the name of S.A.Patriot’s sports correspondent). This consisted of eight pairs of doubles split into two leagues, with each pair playing all the others in each group over five games, which were played in full regardless of the score. The only snag was that after each game the winning pair (not the losers) had to drink a glass of champagne and orange juice each! The top two in each group then advanced to the semi-finals which consisting of a full set (winners of one group playing the runners-up in the other) with again a glass of champagne and orange juice having to be drunk after each game by the winners. The two winning teams then took part in the final – though this time without any champagne requirement! Paul Roper inevitable won this tournament (regardless of his partner), with Tony Welch seemingly equally inevitably being runner-up. These fantastic days of entertainment didn’t consist only of the tournament itself however. A book was made on the tournament result, and after the final a sumptuous braai was staged where drinks flowed freely, and with even a humourous poem being composed and read celebrating the day’s proceedings!

Unfortunately towards the end of the 1980s, as South Africa started to collapse under the sellout NP government, the activities of “The Roper Set” also started to decline. Paul Roper himself surprised everybody by eventually getting married (he had had a succession of most beautiful girlfriends throughout the years when “The Set” was at its height) and fathered a son. Once the final surrender to the ANC terrorists seemed inevitable, however, the majority of the “members” returned to the UK or onwardly re-emigrated (Tony Welch and “Big Hearted” Billy McCall apparently went to Australia and “Pinetown Pete” Jefferson-Green is believed to have gone to Canada), and sadly all subsequent attempts to re-contact leading members have proved unsuccessful.

Although not overtly political, “The Roper Set” provided one most vital source of strength for the patriotic movement in Durban. It provided a happy and exhilarating “home from home” where patriotic activists could relax and unwind, and thereby re-charge their batteries ready for more hard campaigning in the days ahead. This was something which the boring, moaning killjoys of the “religious Right” – the “Willmerites” – could never provide!

But “The Roper Set” also did something else far more long-term. It provided a “golden vision” of what Western men and women could still achieve even throughout the dark days of the second half of the 20th Century. Those who were “members” of “The Set” were of course of the same blood and DNA as those who three-quarters of a century earlier had created the greatest Empire which the world had ever seen. They were a continuum of the best virtues of “The Happy Valley Set”, though without its main faults. It would not be an exaggeration to state that “The Roper Set” fully epitomized Nietzsche’s Superman..

Perhaps most importantly, however, is the manner in which the glorious memory which those halcyon days continues to inspire the more politically-motivated of the “members”. In the adventurous and self-confident atmosphere of South Africa during the 1970s and 80s “The Roper Set” provided a lifestyle and spirit of joie de vivre which simply couldn’t be contemplated in their British homeland of that time. It is however a self-confident spirit which we detect is now at last re-emerging in Britain again after half-a-century of slumber – as the “Brexit” triumph and the glorious achievements at the Rio Olympics seem to indicate!

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Monday, 18 July 2016

July 2016 Edition.

SPRINGBOK CYBER NEWSLETTER

July 2016 edition

Often in the past we have been criticised for being too optimistic and over-confident about the future. The result the EU Referendum of 23rd June has shown however that our optimism and confidence regarding the future of the British nation and peoples has been well founded!

Not only was the result of the Referendum most exciting and inspiring in itself, but the incredible rapid aftermaths only added to this sense of exhilaration. The first of these was of course the speedy resignation of David Cameron (and of course David Cameron must be congratulated upon fulfilling his election promise by holding the Referendum, and then for doing the honorable thing by resigning immediately after the result contrary to his own personal position became known. History will undoubtedly judge him kindly). This of course was followed by the installation of Theresa May’s government pledged to ensuring that “Brexit means Brexit”, and then by massive convulsions within the Labour Party meaning that this retrograde party will almost certainly now split in two, and hopefully then be consigned to the dustbin of history. Even more encouraging have been the increases in active opposition to unrestricted immigration voiced by so many British citizens, who alas had previously been so cowered by the constraints of “political correctness”.

Two aspects of the Referendum have worried us deeply however, Firstly we were dumbfounded by the fact that in Gibraltar the result went so catastrophically the other way. In view of the fact that as recently as 2002 the Gibraltarian people voted by 17,900 votes to 187 to remain British rather than to become Spanish (i.e. more integrated within the EU), yet only 14 years later voted by 19,322 votes to 823 to remain in the EU (i.e. to become closer to Spain) rather than to assert its British identity, this outcome becomes a most worrying mystery. It must be explained. Secondly the result in Scotland, where 62% voted to remain entangled in the EU against 38% who voted for national independence, is a matter of great concern for the future unity of the British nation. The fact that well over a third of Scots voted “Leave” when all four major parties advocated remaining in the EU shows that the outcome there was perhaps not as bad as may have been first imagined. [In Northern Ireland the less than emphatic victory for the “Remain” side can be realistically ignored, as quite clearly the vast majority of the majority voted to Leave. We wonder however how Mr.Nesbitt and his UUP cronies can explain the fact that for all their claims of being staunch Unionists they were prepared to vote the same way as the SF/IRA terrorists!].

Apart from these two worrying concerns the Referendum result brings us nothing but unqualified glee however. The result was not “narrow” as suggested by many “Remain” supporters; the victory margin was over one and a quarter million, which by any standards was both significant and substantial. Furthermore the fact that both Wales and Cornwall voted “Leave” in similar proportions to England gives the lie to the idea floated by the SNP and their fellow-travellers that the Keltic areas of the country were fundamentally more in support of EU rule.

As for the subsequent propelling of Theresa May into No.10 Downing Street, we can certainly think of some far worse potential successors to David Cameron. Theresa May was clearly only lukewarm in her support for the “Remain” side, and indeed once made a speech during the campaign which could have been interpreted as supporting either side. The composition of her new cabinet contains several enlightened appointments, most notably Boris Johnson to the Foreign Office, coupled with several appointments which give great cause for concern, specifically that of David Davis. Likewise the sackings of George Osborne and Anna Soubry were most welcomed, whereas the dismissals of the likes of John Whittingdale and Theresa Villiers were to be regretted. It is far too early to judge whether Theresa May’s government should be praised or condemned however, so we wish her well, and will reserve judgement until sufficient time has passed to make informed comment.

Now is time to rejoice and to celebrate however – but the job is by no means completely finished. Just as we demanded freedom and independence for ourselves, so we should also support efforts by our European friends and allies to achieve similar freedom and independence for themselves. Already the terms “Frexit”, “Nexit” and “Grexit” have entered the international vocabulary - though we do not believe that it will end there. Furthermore a post-Brexit Britain must not become just a glorified Switzerland. Britain has always traditionally been an adventurous outward-looking nation, whose vision and destiny was to look West towards the Open Seas and the Empire/Commonwealth, rather then looking East towards an inwardly-orientated Europe. This traditional national place in the world must now be resumed, particularly in alliance with our brother countries from the Commonwealth. It is our task to put this neo-Imperialist vision firmly back on the agenda.

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SPRINGBOK CLUB NEWS

The Springbok Club held a couple of informal get-togethers last month in order to celebrate the Brexit victory, one in London and the other in Kent. It was particularly pleasing to be able to welcome two old colleagues and supporters at these events, both of whom we hadn’t previously seen for several years – and one of whom had travelled half way round the world just to vote “Leave”!

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Later this month the Kent Branch of the Springbok Club will be staging an informal pub gathering in Dover at which a visiting supporter who sailed back from the Caribbean in order to vote “Leave” in the EU Referendum will be telling something about his recent travels to the West Indies and Bermuda. All members and Kent Branch supporters of the Springbok Club will be informed of the precise details of this event in due course.

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In August the Springbok Club will be holding an event in central London to welcome a prominent conservationist from Zimbabwe on his trip to the UK. Full details will be given in next month’s SCN.

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All supporters are also reminded that once again the Springbok Club has been specially invited to participate in the annual “Raising of the Flag” ceremony in Norfolk. This year this event will take place on Sunday 11th September, so it is hoped therefore that all friends and supporters will diarise this date, and will make a special effort to attend this most inspiring and enjoyable event. Overnight accommodation can always be arranged in Cromer, which is only a few miles away from where the event takes place. For more information please either ‘phone: 07711188430 or e-mail: springbk@netcomuk.co.uk

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SWINTON CIRCLE NEWS

The Swinton Circle was successfully re-established at a re-launch meeting held last month. In view of all the disasters which were encountered at and following the disrupted meeting of 31st July last year it was unanimously decided that three former members of the organization who were implicated in the problems which occurred both on this date and subsequently should be barred from ever joining the re-launched Swinton Circle, and that the organization would advance only slowly in order to ensure that it was firmly established before embarking upon any large-scale expansion. One positive and very encouraging development was that the 343 Group has agreed to merge with the re-launched Swinton Circle, and it is also anticipated that another patriotic organisation will be doing likewise soon. The first event being planned by the merged organisation will be an Autumn Buffet, which has provisionally been arranged for central London in October, at which it is hoped to welcome a prominent personality from the “Vote Leave” campaign as guest speaker. For more information please e-mail: swinton@netcomuk.co.uk

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MEET A SURVIVOR NAMED VINNIE

We have recently received the following important message from the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary :-

“In South Africa rhino poaching continues to escalate rapidly leaving rhinos defenseless and at the mercy of ruthless poaching syndicates. Extinction is no longer a by-product of poaching but it’s very objective. Every 6 hours a rhino dies a brutal death. Others are orphaned, injured or maimed for the rest of their lives.

“This mail is about one such survivor; a young rhino bull called Vinnie. He was very small when his entire family was wiped out in a single poaching incident, but Vinnie survived; desperately clinging to life despite the injuries he sustained. Against all odds Vinnie made a full recovery and is now a young rhino and in urgent need of a new family. Vinnie lives with a Brahman bull that has been his constant companion. It is however now time that both find new families of their own, but in Vinnie’s case he will need to be relocated to a reserve where he can be physically protected against poachers.

“SanWild has been working very hard to facilitate this. We have found a protected and well-armed reserve at an undisclosed location that can accept Vinnie and introduce him to another survivor who also escaped a brutal death. When her partner was gunned down and his horn removed, she managed to get away despite being shot high up on her back where the bullet intended to kill her, narrowly missed her spinal cord. She has made a full recovery.

“There are a number of on-going fundraising drives for Vinnie like our new online shop where you may purchase a variety of ‘I love Vinnie’ items including T-Shirts, Tank Tops, Sweat Shirts, Hoodies, Coffee Mugs, Pillows and Tote bags. Kindly please note all these items are manufactured in and shipped from America. They are of a high quality and dispatched within days of your orders being received. Some people may find the items expensive, but please do try and keep in mind that they are sold to raise funds for Vinnie's rescue and not necessarily to create awareness for our project.”

For more information about how you can help Vinnie and other animals threatened by poachers in the “new” South Africa contact the Sanwild Wildlife Sanctuary direct at: www.sanwild.org

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BREXIT BRINGS RESULTS!

It has been incredible to witness the escalating number of international sporting triumphs achieved by British teams and individuals in the days immediately following the EU Referendum victory for the Brexit campaign. These have included :-

1) A whitewash series victory by the England Rugby Union Football side in Australia.
2) Series victories without any defeats by the England Men’s Cricket team against Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in all the Tests, ODIs and T20 tournaments.
3) A total whitewash of victories by the England Women’s Cricket team against Pakistan in both the ODI and T20 series.
4) Unprecedented success by the Welsh Association Football team by reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championship.
5) Triumphs for Andy Murray in winning the Men’s Singles titles at both the Aegon Tournament and the All-England Lawn Tennis Championship.
6) Victory in the quarter-finals of this year’s Davis Cup by the Great Britain Lawn Tennis team against the much-fancied Serbian side.
7) Triumph for Chriss Froome by winning this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné.
8) Five stage wins so far in the Tour de France by British cyclists, with (at the time of writing) Chris Froome wearing the Yellow Jersey.

We are of course not trying to claim that all these triumphs were a direct result of the vote to Leave the EU. What we are saying is that this outcome has increased national self-confidence and euphoria significantly, and that this may well have had a knock-on effect on the performances of British competitors. In fact significant increase in national self-confidence and morale actually started with the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games – whose successes were mainly due to the organizing genius of Lord [Sebastian] Coe and the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Although Boris Johnson of course subsequently played a leading role in the “Vote Leave” campaign, we don’t know for certain what the position of Lord Coe was on this issue – but even so his role in increasing national joy and self-confidence so massively by organizing such gloriously successful Olympic and Paralympic Games probably qualifies him to be hailed as another – if somewhat unlikely – hero of the “Vote Leave” triumph!

[ The one major sport where British competitors have not achieved significant post-Brexit success seems to have been Golf – so perhaps in view of this year’s Open result we should now be expecting “Swexit” shortly to be on the cards! ]

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REMEMBERING DR. VERWOERD

Our friends from the HNP of South Africa are to be congratulated upon reminding us all that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr.Hendrik Verwoerd, and have done a most praiseworthy service by circulating a series of five articles about the great man’s life and career. Although these articles are all in Afrikaans (we could always forward copies to anyone upon request) one quotation in particular stands out to remind us all of what Dr.Verwoerrd managed to achieve for South Africa whilst Prime Minister. This quotation was from Lord Deedes, the former Bill Deedes - British Cabinet Minister, editor of the Daily Telegraph, confidant of Sir Dennis Thatcher (husband of Margaret Thatcher) and admirer of Dr.Verwoerd. It reads as follows :-

“While South Africa (in the Sixties) grew to be the economic giant of the continent, the other (Black) Commonwealth members sank into poverty”..

Hendrik Verwoerd was of course not born in South Africa, but in the Netherlands. With the current upsurge of self-assertion throughout the European continent exemplified by defiant opposition to Third World immigration and by Britain’s “Brexit” vote, is it being too melodramatic to hope that somewhere in the Netherlands today there is another little boy (or perhaps girl!) who one day will help re-assert the outward-looking destinies of the great European nation-states, and will thereby help to re-establish civilised rule in South Africa?

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"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

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CREST PUBLISHING BOOKS

The latest book published by Crest Publishing is entitled: “BOWLS - QUIRKS, CHIRPS AND ANECDOTES". This is not an instruction manual but rather a cheerful, humourous and sometimes controversial chronicle about the game and its history worldwide. Written to celebrate 40 years in the sport by the author, Glenn MacAskill, it should be of interest to all bowlers and other sports enthusiasts.

For more information about all books published, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 4178, Honeydew, Johannesburg, 2040, South Africa, e-mail: glennallanmacaskill@gmail.com, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at: www.crestpublishing.co.za. Special discounts are available to ex-servicemen, Rhodies and Springboks!

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"THE SAINTS" – a unique documentary in support of the book on the brief history of the RLI.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?

No.212 – Mnr. MARTIN SCHONTEICH of Durban and Cape Town

Martin Schonteich was of German ancestry, and when we met him and got to know him well he was studying Law at the University of Natal, Durban, during the mid-1980s. He was a very friendly, genuine and intelligent person, and could always be relied upon to do as he promised. He was also very active within the Conservative Party of South Africa, and once stood under their banner for Gillitts council, and also served as Chairman of the CP’s Youth Branch at UND. Around 1990 he moved to Cape Town in order to further his studies, specializing in criminology. He maintained good written contact with us throughout the early/mid 1990s, and indeed spoke at the first Springbok Club meeting following the merger of the White Rhino Club and Rhodesian Forum in 1996 when he toured the UK and Europe with his fiancée. He spoke then of moving to his ancestral homeland of Germany once he was fully qualified, but unfortunately contact with him inexplicably ceased shortly after this. We would therefore be very keen to learn what happened to him and where he is now – be it still in South Africa, in Germany or elsewhere.

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RECOMMENDED WEB-SITES OF THE MONTH

Michael Shrimpton has written a most thought-provoking article about the tragic assassination of Jo Cox MP, which appeared in the on-line publication UKIP Daily. If the assertions made are true then it answers many questions about this fiendish crime. This article can be accessed at :-

http://www.ukipdaily.com/assassination-jo-cox-mp/

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LAND LIES

Sir,

Sadly, the majority population is still given to believe by ANC and EFF that the land was "stolen" from them by Whites. The fact that there was no "ownership" of land before Europeans introduced this concept to southern Africa is not taken into account. Land was occupied by conquest or because it was sparsely inhabited by nomads, and it was the tribal chief's prerogative as to where his people could graze their cattle or plant their crops. Title to land is a foreign concept. The ruling party has taken the place of the tribal council, with its leader as the chief African-style democracy in respect of land ownership is evident in Zimbabwe.

Yours etc.,

Johan Geelvink, Pretoria, South Africa.

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TRUMP CARD

Sir,

Donald Trump is a bit of a Curate's Egg. Last week Trump gathered 1000 Christian and religious leaders mainly evangelicals in a meeting and promised to :-

1 - Defund Planned Parenthood (BIG PLUS)
2 - Stop Obamacare, forcing people and companies and organizations to fund birth control and provide abortion to their members
3 - Took a couple of heavy hitters on as advisors on faith
4 - Says he will remove the 501C charitable status on Churches which will let them speak freely and endorse candidates. The Church should never have agreed to this.

So things look different. Trump is better than Clinton, but I still prefer Putin to them all!

Yours etc.,

P.W.N., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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LEARNING THE LESSONS

Sir,

This latest attack in Nice just proves that Brexit was the right thing to do. Why can’t people see this?

Yours etc.,

Craig Selvage, Sydney, Australia.

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OBITUARY

CHERYL RODRIGUES

It was with great sadness and shock that we learnt of the recent tragic death of Cheryl Rodrigues, the wife of Johnny Rodrigues, the founder and Chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

Cheryl Rodrigues was born as Cheryl Whyte on the 15th December 1956 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. She came from a family of avid motorcycle enthusiasts and rode a motorcycle herself in her youth. As a young girl, she was labelled as “quite a tough cookie” and a bit of a tom-boy. She was only 5ft tall but nothing stopped her fiery, witty and determined spirit from achieving anything that she set her mind to. As well as riding motorbikes, and racing her cousin’s go-kart around the farm roads, affectionately named “the race track”, she also did a spot of ballet - which she hated. She made all the clothes she wore too. Cheryl was a stunning woman with brownish black hair and beautiful brown eyes which would captivate your soul if you ever did have the pleasure of meeting her.

She was a very intelligent lady who excelled at school and wanted to go onto university. Her command of the English language was exemplary as well as her artistic skills and she could play the piano and piano-accordion by ear fluently. Cheryl painted some of the most beautiful works of art, which people would ask if they were in fact paintings or photographs. Her attention to detail was impeccable.

Cheryl met Johnny Rodrigues in 1974. She was crossing the road in front of his car which was parked at the robots…..he had never seen such a beautiful woman in all his life. He told her that he would be coming to visit that afternoon, to which she aptly replied…”well, I won’t be there”. On arriving at her house in the morning, as promised, she had gone off on her motorbike to the swimming pool. On her return, later that afternoon, Johnny then told her that he was going to marry her; her response was “sure buck”. Needless to say, they fell madly in love and were married in Salisbury later that year. A year later Lorraine came along, followed by Brigitte and later on Shane.

During Cheryl’s 42 years of married life to her love, Johnny, she played softball and was selected to play on an all girls football team in the Currie Cup in South Africa, which she received her Provincial colours for. After relocating back to Zimbabwe she was selected to fish for Zimbabwe under the National Bank Angling Team and fished the Tri-Nations International in Namibia and did very well. She received her National colours as a result of her efforts.

Cheryl also started writing a book about the ZCTF and Johnny, which she only completed 12 chapters, which it is hoped to complete and make available to the public so everyone can hear her story.

She supported her husband Johnny, her children, grand-children and son in-law Gavin, wholeheartedly in everything they did. She was Johnny’s fishing partner attended all the car races that he and their children competed in as well as supported her children in their karate at the World Championships in 2014 where her daughter Lorraine and grand-daughter Kylie both won silver medals. Her son Shane has also made a name for himself with his life-like pencil drawings of animals too.

Cheryl always loved animals. In 1998, Johnny and Cheryl formed The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. Cheryl would do oil paintings of the animal’s native to Zimbabwe to try to raise awareness and funds to help the ZCTF grow. The funds raised were used to help send anti-poaching units run by Johnny in the Kariba area to stop the netting of tiger fish. They also raised funds towards saving Hwange when it was hit by the severe drought in 2005. The ZCTF bought fuel, spares for pumps, uniforms and boots and assisted towards the National Park’s rangers’ wages during that time. Cheryl accompanied Johnny on one of the trips to Hwange to deliver the first batch of 10,000 litres of fuel, from a total of 65,000 litres actually delivered. After installing the pumps and the water began to pump into the pan, they witnessed the thirsty animals coming out of the bushes to drink the much needed water. Many different species came down to the watering hole that day. Cheryl was awe-struck by the euphoric atmosphere in the air whilst the animals drank water at the same time…… they did not sleep that night, they sat at the watering hole savouring the moment before them.

There are so many instances whereby the efforts of Johnny and Cheryl resulted in animals being relocated to safer areas, M99 being purchased for the local vets too. Only a few of their accomplishments have been spoken about as there are too many to mention. This was all made possible from the proceeds of Cheryl’s paintings and the many donations that came in from animal lovers all over the world.

Cheryl sat tirelessly for days and nights sending out the ZCTF reports and helped Johnny expose the truth about the famous Lion, Cecil who was killed by the infamous Walter Palmer. This led to the Cecil Act being passed by the US government preventing all imports of trophy hunts from Zimbabwe into America, as well as many airlines coming on board to stop the transportation of any trophies in the future. The United Nations have tabled a wildlife act to protect all endangered wildlife and aquatic life around the world. We still await the outcome of their decision. There will be a Cecil rally in Washington DC, USA on the 30th July 2016 in honour of Cecil and the growing continuous efforts to save the endangered lion. This has all come about because of the Cecil Act; the King of the Jungle, Cecil, never died in vain. To date this has to be one of the greatest achievements accomplished by the ZCTF and for conservation world wide.

Today, the world has lost a great conservationist; a lover of all things created by God and has left everyone connected to her empty, full of despair and sorrow. Although she has taken a leave of absence to go and help God care for Cecil the Lion and Tusker the Elephant and the animals she so dearly loved and tried to save, she did leave us with one thing………..her legacy. A legacy that will live on in our hearts forever and that we will continue to fight for the animals until our last breath and we meet her again because she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“Take nothing but pictures,
Kill nothing but time,
Leave nothing but footprints”
John Kay

The quote above was written by John Kay, and pretty much sums up everything Cheryl Rodrigues believed in and lived by. Our sincerest condolences are extended to Johnny, his children and grandchildren – and to all the animals which Cheryl cherished.

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

June 2016 Edition.

SPRINGBOK CYBER NEWSLETTER

June 2016 edition

On Thursday 23rd June 2016 all British voters will have the opportunity to vote on the future of their country. They can vote either to remain entrapped in the artificial and retrograde European Union, or to regain their sovereign independence.

For those of us who were actively involved in the “No” campaign during the previous referendum of 1975 on what was then called the European Economic Community (colloquially known as the Common Market) this has been an unexpected dream come true. Everything which we predicted would come about if Britain was to remain in this alien grouping (something advocated both by the pseudo-Conservative traitor Edward Heath and by the scheming ultra-Socialist Harold Wilson) has come about, as anyone who had taken the trouble to read the Treaty of Rome would have realized. The EEC/EU wasn’t and never was intended to be a mere economic union. It was always intended to be a political project, whereby the belligerent aggressors from the two World Wars of the 20th century could achieve their goal of domination of the European continent by “peaceful” means after they had failed to achieve the same aim by armed invasions.

Let us look at the disasters which have befallen the British nation and people since their lunatic decision to remain in the EEC at the 1975 Referendum :-

• British manufacturing industry has been mainly either destroyed or taken-over by foreign interests
• The British fishing industry has been obliterated
• British agriculture has been emasculated and immersed in masses of bureaucratic red-tape
• The United Kingdom has been invaded by millions of ethnically and culturally alien migrants and their descendents, thus threatening our national identity
• Employment opportunities, housing, the NHS and other public services have been detrimentally effected by these migrants
• Crime has risen out of all proportion as a direct result of the general lawlessness of many sections of these migrants
• Our traditional friends and ethnic-brothers in the Commonwealth have been spurned and forced to seek other more unattractive trading partners
• The very union of the United Kingdom has been threatened by the EU’s regional policies and clandestine support for the SNP
• EU rules and regulations enacted by faceless bureaucrats now take precedence over UK laws
• Britain’s national defence is threatened by EU policies not in the interests of our own national security, and by the creation of an EU army
• The EU’s open-door policy towards the swarm of migrants invading from the Middle East and North Africa threatens our own borders
• …. and even after Margaret Thatcher’s rebate we still have to pay the EU £13 Billion per year for the privilege of enduring all of the above!

In view of all these catastrophically detrimental effects which have resulted from membership of the EU, it is difficult – almost impossible in fact – to understand why any British voter would want to remain in the EU – unless they have personal financial interests in the EU, or else are adherents to some egalitarian theology. Very charming people are these “Remainers” who put their own financial aggrandizement ahead of the well-being of their own nation and fellow-countrymen!

In spite of all the detrimental effects of membership of the EU and the erosion of national sovereignty, the British nation has however somehow managed to survive – far better than most of the other previously great European nation-states in fact. If there was one event that showed that the United Kingdom did still have sufficient self-confidence and ability to “go it alone” and to achieve greatness then it was through the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, which were universally acknowledged as probably the best organized Games ever, and which were arranged and conducted completely on a national basis. The pride and the confidence which the British people derived from the 2012 London Games not only showed that they had no need to be part of some EU entity in order to achieve success on the world stage, but furthermore set in motion a national renaissance which resulted directly in the forthcoming poll.

We therefore urge all of our readers resident in the UK not only to make sure that they vote “Leave” on 23rd June, but also to canvass and to persuade as many of their friends and contacts as possible to do likewise. Although opinion polls are showing an increasing lead for the “Leave” campaign, the result is by no means certain, as the “Remain” side have powerful EU financial resources behind them, and over-confidence could still prove to be a dangerous foe.

But we should not only be concentrating at the negative aspects of remaining in the EU. Our campaign should be primarily positive and optimistic for a future outside the EU. The motto of the Patriotic Forum (an umbrella grouping of patriotic organizations which both the Springbok Club and the Swinton Circle are part of) is “Out of Europe and into the World”. There is a golden future waiting for Britain out there once the country returns to its traditional vision of looking towards the Open Seas and its ethnic brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth around the globe. The days ahead will inspire us!

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SPRINGBOK CLUB NEWS

The Springbok Club was most pleased to welcome its long-standing friend and supporter Bob Vinnicombe from Sydney in Australia as guest speaker earlier this month. Mr.Vinnicombe gave a most interesting and informative talk in which he gave details about the current Australian political situation (specifically in relation to the forthcoming Australian General Election), and also expressed his views about future Commonwealth liaison and solidarity, particularly in relation to the forthcoming EU Referendum in the UK and the victory earlier this year in New Zealand to retain its true national flag.

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Later this month the Springbok Club will be staging a trip to a site of historical interest in London, which will be followed by an informal pub gathering at which it is hoped that two visiting supporters from other parts of the world (who will be returning to the UK mainly in order to vote “Leave” in the forthcoming EU Referendum) will say a few words about the situations in the respective parts of the world where they have been living. In July the Springbok Club will be holding its annual Rhodes and Founders Day celebration meeting, at which it is hoped that a supporter with close family connections to the late Hon. Ian Douglas Smith will be speaking, and during August the Kent Branch of the Springbok Club will be staging a trip to a site of historical importance in East Kent. Full details of all these events will be circulated to all members and supporters once they have been finalised, but for more information e-mail: springbk@netcomuk.co.uk

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All supporters are also reminded that once again the Springbok Club has been specially invited to participate in the annual “Raising of the Flag” ceremony in Norfolk. This year this event will take place on Sunday 11th September, so it is hoped therefore that all friends and supporters will diarise this date, and will make a special effort to attend this most inspiring and enjoyable event. Overnight accommodation can always be arranged at Cromer, which is only a few miles away from where the event takes place.

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SWINTON CIRCLE NEWS

The Swinton Circle will be staging a special meeting on Monday 27th June, at which the organization will be formally re-established, a revised Constitution adopted and a new Committee elected. The main purpose of this meeting, however, will be to hold an open discussion on the theme “The Future – Where do we go from here?” in the light of the EU Referendum result – no matter which way it goes! This debate will be to discuss and to decide upon future strategy and activities, not only for the re-launched Swinton Circle, but also for the patriotic movement as a whole. All supporters of the Swinton Circle will be notified of the precise details of this meeting in the very near future, but if anyone else would like to attend simply let the organisation know by e-mailing: swinton@netcomuk.co.uk

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MESSAGE FROM THE “NETWORK FOR ANIMALS”

We have recently received the following important message from Mr.Brian Davies, the founder of the “Network for Animals” organisation :-

“David Cameron is expanding his evil badger cull this year. Not content with killing 3,916 innocent and lovable creatures already, his new cull is likely to triple the magnitude of their slaughter. I was born in Wales and I will speak out for the animals that can’t speak for themselves whatever the cost – I believe that it takes an evil man to approve of atrocities inflicted on defenceless animals.

“The badgers in nine counties are now at risk. Please contribute whatever you can afford to fuel this vital campaign.

“Your financial support is vital and it will help to ensure that brave and dedicated wounded badger patrollers in cull counties have the resources to enable them to find and care for wounded animals, train new recruits to fight for the badgers, and create a national information network to expose the wickedness of Cameron’s cull, a slaughter that that has no scientific support.

“We face a powerful opponent but we are more, much more than David Cameron, and we will prevail in the end.

“For the animals,

“Brian Davies, founder”

The “Network for Animals” web-site, through which donations may be made, can be found at: https://networkforanimals.org/

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WE TOLD YOU SO!

On 24th April 2016 the “new” South African Sports Minister announced that the country’s sporting federations covering Rugby Union, Cricket, Athletics and Netball were to be banned from bidding to stage international tournaments because they allegedly did not create enough opportunities for Black players.

At the time of the 1992 South African Constitutional Referendum many leading sportsmen and women and officials openly advocated a “Yes” vote to national suicide because they claimed it would mean that South Africa would be able to return to international sport. We argued at the time that although South Africa might be able to return to the official international sporting arena for a few years, there would soon be no country to represent – certainly not as far as White sportsmen and women were concerned.

This latest pronouncement by the ANC regime simply confirms how accurate we were in our prediction all those years ago. We however will not be holding our breathe for an apology from all those idiots who rejected our advice at that time – those who were prepared to sacrifice their entire country and the future opportunities for their children and future generations just so they could enjoy a few short years of international sporting competition!

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BOOK REVIEW

HOW LONG WILL SOUTH AFRICA SURVIVE? THE LOOMING CRISIS by R.W.JOHNSON (C.Hurst and Co, 2015)

reviewed by Mark Taylor

The author is a former ANC activist who once lectured to Jacon Zuma. I have no doubt that Zuma is personally the friendly and likable chap Johnson says he is and less that South Africa is now an USCWAP state – “Up Sh1t Creek Without A Paddle!”.

Back in 1977, Johnson wrote a book with the same title minus the last three words. He was already disillusioned with the ANC, having observed it in exile, but expected its military wing “Umkhonto we Sizwe” (MK) to become a serious threat before the old South Africa gave in after the 1980s. That was his mistake - if the old government's sole opposition had come from the MK they could have hung on forever. What brought them down was financial rather than trade sanctions -Botha tried to keep a lid on things from 1985 but de Klerk held that "we can't go on like this". Perhaps he gave too much but I don't believe he had any real choice. The old South Africa had no significant defenders left, no major Western leader or government not paying lip service to the sacred cow of "one man one vote".

We all know what's followed – South Africa had the 18th largest GDP in the world in 1977, the 33rd in 2013. Its exports have fallen by a fifth since 2005 alone. Whatever apartheid's failings - I never supported it - the state actually functioned. The economic growth was among the highest in the world. The bureaucracy, schools, public services, armed forces and police functioned with nothing like the corruption of today; no Nationalist PM would have dreamed of building himself a palace like Zuma's, or lasted if he had. Nor would they ever have failed to take action in the case of a drought. Zuma is now the chief thief of a kleptocracy which keeps taking from an ever-decreasing pot. The cure is in the people's hands - they can bite the bullet and elect a government in touch with economic reality in 2019. Rejecting it and turning to a maniac like Malema of the EFF would have consequences worse than even Zimbabwe.

Zuma was originally given high office by Madiba himself - Mandela's personal virtues were unfortunately counterbalanced by his being a lousy President. Mbeki tried to get rid of him - there were 600 charges against him - but failed. Johnson cites the famous 1940s dystopian novel, "When Smuts Goes", which ends with 21st century South Africa having broken down under a Zulu dictator. To quote an even more famous 1940s book: the “Beloved Country” has a lot to “Cry” about.

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BOOK OFFERS

"LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALFRED JAMES TOMLINSON: MEMOIRS OF AN AFRICAN PIONEER AND BSAP OFFICER" is now available at Amazon.com, and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. This book contains excerpts from Lieut. Tomlinson's writings detailing his experiences as a member of the BSAP in Southern Rhodesia, where he rose from the rank of an ordinary trooper to retire as the commanding officer. It also includes the personal story of Majaqaba Ncube, a man who was enslaved by Lobengula when his entire village was massacred by the chief's soldiers. After he escaped, Lieut. Tomlinson saved him from certain death and gave him a job. They lost contact and were reunited after 45 years, when Majaqaba presented Lieut. Tomlinson with an earthenware jar.

Trish also writes romantic suspense and romantic comedy fiction. www.trishjaxon.com

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"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

Available from: www.diadembooks.com

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CREST PUBLISHING BOOKS

The latest book published by Crest Publishing is entitled: “BOWLS - QUIRKS, CHIRPS AND ANECDOTES". This is not an instruction manual but rather a cheerful, humourous and sometimes controversial chronicle about the game and its history worldwide. Written to celebrate 40 years in the sport by the author, Glenn MacAskill, it should be of interest to all bowlers and other sports enthusiasts.

For more information about all books published, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 4178, Honeydew, Johannesburg, 2040, South Africa, e-mail: glennallanmacaskill@gmail.com, or visit the Crest Publishing web-site at: www.crestpublishing.co.za. Special discounts are available to ex-servicemen, Rhodies and Springboks!

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"THE SAINTS" – a unique documentary in support of the book on the brief history of the RLI.

DVD available along with other premium titles of historical interest from Msasa Enterprises. Visit www.rhodesianvideos.co.za or write to msasasa@iafrica.com for more information. UK contact telephone: 07415 753 340.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?

No.211 – Mnr. PIETER VAN ROOYEN of Pietermaritzburg

Pieter van Rooyen established the HNP structure in Pietermaritzburg during the mid-1980s – not a city which seemed particularly fertile ground for the party. Born in Pretoria but educated in Durban, Pieter van Rooyen was a very friendly and cultured man, and represented the HNP in the Pietermaritzburg South constituency during the 1987 General Election. It is believed that he left the HNP to join the CP of South Africa around 1990, but it would be interesting to learn what precisely did happen to him.

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RECOMMENDED WEB-SITES OF THE MONTH

The Bermuda Historical Society’s Museum in Hamilton is an excellent institution containing fascinating exhibits and information about the colony’s history and development. Of particular interest to South Africans, however, is the extensive and superbly presented section about the Afrikaner prisoners-of-war who were detained on the island during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. The museum itself is well worth a visit, but its web-site, although currently still under construction, is also worth checking out. It can be accessed at :-

http://www.bermudahistoricalsociety.com/

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

ECONOMIC ARGUMENT

Sir,

'Refugees' in France have left the first safe country they arrived at and are seeking to move to a country with better benefits. They are therefore no longer refugees but economic migrants.

Yours etc.,

M.G.H., London, U.K.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Sir,

It seems as if you’ve had big problems from someone named Paul Griffin. I seem to recall that the leader or the extremist BNP political party is named Griffin – Nick or Nicholas Griffin I believe. I wonder if they are related?

Yours etc.,

J.Bell, London, U.K.

[ When Paul Griffin first made contact with us in early 2014 he went to great efforts to emphasise that he was no relation to the BNP leader. It puzzled us greatly at the time how he would know the name of the leader of such an obscure fringe party, but to be fair he may simply have spotted his name in a news report and it registered with him because it was the same name as his own. – Ed.]

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OBITUARY

“JOCK” SPOONER

We regret to announce the death on April 4th, peacefully in an Adelaide hospital after a long illness, of veteran British patriot Richard James “Jock” Spooner.

Jock was born on March 29, 1943 in Norwich. When he was a baby the family moved to Glasgow. When they moved again to Birmingham when Jock was in his teens his Brummie schoolmates seized on the Scots brogue he had acquired (which he later lost) to dub him “Jock”, a name that stayed with him.

In the early 1970’s when running a taxi business in Birmingham Jock became increasingly concerned about the transformation being wreaked on many areas of his city by massive New Commonwealth Immigration. As a result he joined, and became active in, the National Front, rising in 1974 to the position of Chairman of the Party’s Birmingham Branch and Chairman also of the West Midlands Regional Council.

As a key figure in the West Midlands, Jock aligned himself with the democratic British-inspired wing of the National Front led by former Conservative candidate John Kingsley Read. When the extremist totalitarian faction within the Party led by former British Nazi party chief John Tyndall seized control at the end of 1975, Jock followed Kingsley Read and the other genuine British patriots into the National Party of the UK, which sadly though winning two Councillors in Blackburn in May 1976 proved short-lived.

Jock meanwhile had built a career working on the oil rigs, first in the North Sea and then off the coast of New Zealand. In the late 1970’s, prior to settling down in Australia, Jock toured South Africa and Rhodesia and was much impressed by the safe, civilized and prosperous way of life there. Not qualities overly evident in these areas today, alas!

In Australia Jock worked operating heavy machinery for New South Wales railways. He was also active in defending the interests of his fellow railway workers, to the extent that by the 1990’s he was serving as the Trades Union Representative on the NSW Rail Employment Appeals Tribunal, where he sat with an employer’s representative and a judge. Jock was also active with the lobbying group Australians Against Further Immigration.

After his retirement Jock travelled widely, indulging his interests in history, especially ancient and Roman history, visiting sites across Europe and the Middle East. In August 2006 he returned to the UK on a visit, when he attended a Springbok Club event and gave a short talk about the current Australian situation at an informal pub gathering afterwards. All who he met on this occasion were very impressed with the man, but alas this turned out to be his last trip to the UK as sadly he was afflicted by cancer shortly thereafter, which he battled bravely for many years.

Jock’s many friends in Britain and Australia will sadly miss this doughty fighter.

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