Friday, 18 September 1998

September 1998 Edition.


September 1998 edition

Many thanks to all those friends who sent positive responses to the initial edition of the "Springbok Cyber-Newsletter". It was good to learn that it hit such a receptive chord.

Thanks also to all those supporters who attended our August meeting. This turned out to be a good success, with a higher turnout than for several months, and with some most interesting and very welcomed new faces in the audience! All who attended will agree that John Samuel spoke brilliantly, and gave some very detailed and perceptive updates on the current situations both in South Africa and in Northern Ireland. The greatest applause of the evening, however, came when he stated that Mandela was simply a terrorist murdered who should still be behind bars! Fuller details of Mr. Samuel's speech can be found on the Springbok Club web-page:-



Just a reminder that details of our next meeting are as follows :-

Date : Thursday 24th September 1998   Time : 19.30 hrs.

Venue : The Morpeth Arms, 58 Millbank, Pimlico, Westminster, London SW1.

We will have two guest speakers for this event. The main speaker will be Mr. Derek Turner (editor of the influential Conservative magazine RIGHT NOW!), but our special guest will be Mr. Mikka Mikonmaa, a leading official of the Finnish-South African Friendship Society.

We have deliberately planned this gathering to coincide with the Rhodesian Christian Group's reception with Ian Smith the previous evening, and hope that many people who are planning to come to London for this event will therefore be able to stay over an extra night and attend our Springbok Club meeting on the 24th also.



We are happy to be able to report that the Organiser's trip to Sweden proved a great success. An embryo branch of the Springbok Club was successfully established in Stockholm, and will be run by two good and long-standing Swedish friends of South Africa, Lars Karnestam and Eric Magnusson. Hopefully regular gatherings will commence there in the next few months, and indeed another trip is being planned for next year in order to address a future branch meeting. If anyone has other contacts in Sweden who might be interested in this venture then please let us know, and we'll pass on the details to the Stockholm branch.



A Kent Branch of the Springbok Club is to be launched on Friday 18th September in Whitstable under the chairmanship of Mr. Colin Lucas. If anyone in Kent (or who has contacts in the county) is interested in attending (late though the time now is!) please e-mail us and we'll let you know the precise details. It is tentatively planned to stage a larger meeting later this year in the Canterbury area where the Organiser will give a talk on the history of the "Save Rhodesia Campaign". If anyone in other parts of the U.K. is interesting to forming a branch in their area and would also like to hear this same interesting and informative talk please let us know and we'll make arrangements.



Our planned trip to Amsterdam is still on schedule for October. Precise details have still to be finalised, and will announced in the October edition of this cyber-newsletter. Even so, if anybody is interesting in attending please let us know as soon as possible, so that accurate arrangements can be made.



We have recently made good contacts with the Falkland Islands Association in London. The Falkland Islands, of course, suffered their own take-over by alien forces in 1982 - but were quickly liberated by their kith and kin of the British armed forces. Perhaps this could still act as an inspiration for the beleagured Whites of Southern Africa! Anyway, we have a very interesting video-recording of life on the Islands which we think might make an excellent attraction for a future meeting. If anyone therefore knows of a venue in central London with video facilities then please let us know. [Incidentally - early days though it is - a trip to the Falklands is being planned for the year 2002 - the 20th anniversary of the liberation! - so again, if you are interested, please contact us.]



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

No.2 :  Mr. Pieter Janse van Rensburg of Durban.

Piet van Rensburg worked as a guard on S.A.Railways in Durban during the 1980's, and was a good friend of S.A.Patriot. He lived successively in Montclair and Queensburgh, but was last known living in McKenzie Road near Durban Central Railway Station. Alas he seems to have moved from there, but we're very keen to be able to re-make contact with him if possible.



Another regular feature, in which we recommend a web-site which we feel may be of interest to our readers. This week's site is probably well known to many supporters, it being the official Rhodesians Worldwide web-page - but even so we thought we'd include it in case anyone still hasn't had chance to see this superlative site full of Rhodesiana. It can be accessed at :-


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