Wednesday, 6 October 1999

October 1999 Edition.


October 1999 edition
The Springbok Cyber Newsletter has subscribers all over the world, and one of our strongest places of support has turned out to be Australia. The Springbok Club already has one functioning branch and two other embryo branches in Australia, and have also established friendly links with another pro-South African organisation in Queensland.

In November, however, Australians go to the polls for what is a vitally important referendum - to decide whether Australia should remain a Monarchy or become a republic.

Our organisation, of course, believes totally that the ties of culture and ethnicity are far more important than geography, and we view Australians as our brothers just as much as we do White South Africans and Britons. Criticisms can be made of the present British Sovereign (particularly her willingness to kow-tow to third world terrorists such as Mugabe and Mandela), but this should not obscure the fact that the institution of the Monarchy is far stronger and more important than any particular monarch. It gives a tangible and almost mystic link between our kith and kin throughout the globe, no matter where they may be residing.

In retrospect the result of the 1960 South Africa referendum (on the same subject as the current Australian plebiscite) was even more disastrous for the country than the referenda of 1983 and 1992 - though we of course fully understand the reasons why so many of our Afrikaner brothers wished to establish a republic. The break with the British Monarchy in 1961 meant that the links of kith and kin were also broken, and the eventual descent towards the chaotic tragedy of a multi-ethnic "rainbow" South African identity was thereby perhaps inevitable.   

Australia therefore must not make the same mistake as South Africa. As recent events have only too vividly illustrated, the Asian hordes lie only a few miles north of Darwin. We therefore urge all our supporters in Australia to work tirelessly for a strong vote in favour of retaining the Monarchy in their November referendum.



Production of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile No.35 has now almost been completed, and we anticipate it will be published before the end of the month. Now would therefore seem to be a good time to subscribe - if you haven't already done so. Once again our subscription rates for 12 issues are :-

UK & Europe     :       £8.00 (second class)    £9.00 (first class)
Southern Africa :       R120.00 (surface mail)  R180.00 (air mail)
North America   :       $18.00 (surface mail)   $27.00 (air mail)
Australasia     :       $20.00 (surface mail)   $30.00 (air mail)

Don't forget that all payments should be sent to :-
Patriotic Press, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.

(all subscriptions and donations should be made payable to "Patriotic Press", but South African supporters are asked to make everything payable to "N.Lamprecht".)



The Springbok Club will be holding a very interesting and important meeting in London next week, when our guest speaker will be Mr. Lars Karnestam from Sweden, and we hope to see as many of our supporters and their friends there as possible.

Lars Karnestam comes from Solna, just north of Stockholm, and has been an active Swedish patriot since his youth. He has for long taken a keen interest in both South African and British affairs, having visited South Africa twice and Hong Kong once. During one of his visits to South Africa in the late 1980's he spoke for the Patriotic Forum (in a way the predecessor of today's Springbok Club) in Durban, and gave an enthralling address. He is currently in the process of establishing a branch of the Springbok Club in Stockholm and is co-ordinating the growth of the organisation in Scandinavia. In his talk - which will be illustrated by picture slides of his times in South Africa - he will outline what initially made him so pro-South African, his personal experiences in South Africa, and why he believes so firmly in the aims and objectives of the Springbok Club.

The details of this important meeting are :-

Date  :  Tuesday 12th October 1999

Time  :  19.30 hrs.

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



Although we still have a small quantity of real South African flag lapel-badges left (price £5.50 each, from BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX - all payments to be made payable to "Patriotic Press"), a number of our supporters have been enquiring about the possibility of obtaining larger flags - both of the "flag-pole" and "table-standard" variety.

Does anybody know where these might be obtained, or anywhere which might manufacture such items? Perhaps some of out friends in Ulster could supply us with the details of any sympathetic flag/bannerette retailers over there?

(Another supporter tells us that he has a quantity of real South African flag stickers available however. Although we don't know the precise details, if anyone is interested please let us know and we'll gladly put you into contact with the gentleman concerned.)



We are happy to be able to report that the on-line magazine "Out of Africa", which we mentioned was in the process of being established a few months ago, is now up and running. It is a truly magnificent and professional achievement which has been produced by the journalist Tom Henshaw in Western Australia. It's basic aim is to keep expatriate South Africans around the world in contact, and to report on all those who have made a success in their new countries of residence. Although of course (for obvious reasons) it is not political in contact, it is even so a most praise-worthy enterprise, and we can certainly recommend it to all our supporters - not only to read but also to submit your own entries. It can be downloaded from the following address :-



COVOS BOOKS of South Africa are specialist publishers of Africana, and offer a range of most interesting and illuminating books which will appeal to many of our supporters. Amongst the titles they stock are:-

FIREFORCE - One man's war in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, by Chris Cocks. Hard cover with dust jacket, 228 x 155 mm., 368 pages, 120 black and white and colour photos, plus maps and sketches. Widely acclaimed as the classic account of counter-insurgency warfare in Africa. Includes the RLI roll of honour, citations and operational orders. Price R185.00.

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

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

[UK supporters might also like to know that the Springbok Club is now selling copies of both these books, price £20.00 (Fireforce) and £17.95 (How We Kept the Flag Flying). All payments should be made payable to "Patriotic Press", and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.]



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

No.15 :  Mr. KOOS BOSHOFF.

Koos Boshoff lived in Montclair, and worked as a security guard in a number of south Durban factories. He was a keen and active supporter of both the Conservative Party and the Civic Action League, and always proved convivial and lively company. He is believed recently to have moved to Pietermaritzburg.



In view of the contemporary importance of events if Australia, we are pleased this month to recommend an excellent patriotic Australian web-site entitled "Proud to be a British Australian". This is worth having a look at for the picture of Ginger Spice alone! It also features an interesting voting feature entitled "Who is the greatest Briton of all time?" - and we know that a number of South African expatriates have already supported the claims of Cecil Rhodes! It can be accessed at :-


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See you again next month!