Saturday, 21 July 2007

July 2007 Edition.


July 2007 edition

By all accounts the guest speaker at this year's graduation ceremony at Queen's University Belfast was the South African primate Desmond Tutu, who evidently made some very ignorant comments in which he tried to compare recent developments in South Africa with those in Northern Ireland.

We do not intend to list all of the 1001 differences between the situations in these two most strategic parts of the globe, but one fundamental difference must be glowingly obvious to all but the primate Tutu. Whereas in South Africa the terrorist ANC have been totally victorious in their complete takeover of the country, and all manifestations of the previous White-ruled nation have been destroyed as a result, in Ulster the terrorist SF/IRA have completely failed to achieve their basic aims.

To be sure, there have been several recent developments in Northern Ireland which have been sickening in the extreme, such as the renaming and restructuring of the RUC and the presence of unreconstructed terrorists in government, but the fact remains that the prospect of a "United Ireland" is now probably further away than when SF/IRA resumed their terror campaign during the late 1960s - indeed it is probably true that the re-unification of the entire United Kingdom is now more likely than an independent united Ireland! The true flag of Northern Ireland still proudly flies across the province rather than the terrorist's flag (unlike in South Africa, where the terrorist government have banned open displays of the nation's real flag), the SF/IRA murder campaign has all but ceased (unlike the ongoing ANC-inspired murder campaign in the South African platteland), and all forms of Loyalist culture are flourishing (unlike in South Africa, where Afrikaner culture is being suppressed).

Hardliners on both sides of the political divide in Ulster have of course been vociferous in condemning the power-sharing government foisted upon the province by Blair's Labour government, but from the Unionist point-of-view the situation undoubtedly could have been far, far worse. SF/IRA have been forced to lay down their weapons and to recognise the Crown's forces of law and order in order to enter the power-sharing government. When one also considers that the First Minister at Stormont is not simply a Unionist but the non-compromising leader of the DUP, Dr. Ian Paisley, then it is quite obvious which side has come out on top.



Although last month's SC/ELC Kent Branch's summer gathering proved a happy and enjoyable occasion, the turnout alas was surprisingly low. As one member travelled all the way down from the Chilterns in order to attend it was therefore particularly disappointing that not more supporters from the county itself took the trouble to patronise this branch event. Current Branch Chairman Robert Shipley announced that because of pressures in his personal life, and his extra responsibilities as the SC/ELC Overseas Liaison Officer, he wished to step down from the Branch Chairmanship. Happily, however, it seems as if another branch member will be willing to takeover this position, so it is therefore hoped that the branch will be able to obtain more support at future such gatherings.



Details of the Springbok Club's forthcoming Rhodes & Founders celebration buffet are as follows :-

Guest Speaker : Mr. ALBERT WEIDEMANN who will speak on the theme : "Zimbabwe - the forgotten land, the forgotten people"

Date : Friday 27th July 2007

Time : assemble from 18.00 hrs onwards, meeting to commence at 19.00 hrs, buffet to be served at approx. 20.00 hrs.

Venue : The MELTON MOWBRAY (the downstairs function room), 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE. (The Melton Mowbray is barely 2 minutes walk from Chancery Lane tube station, in the direction of Holborn Circus).

Albert Weidemann was born at Broken Hill in Northern Rhodesia, before moving to Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia as a child during the early 1960s. He went to junior school in Bulawayo and senior school in the Rhodesian Midlands, before serving in the Rhodesian Army from 1977 to 1980.

Having moved to the UK, he became Deputy Chairman of the Manchester Branch of the MDC in 2000. He has campaigned vigorously outside the Zimbabwe High Commission in London with both Black and White colleagues, and has spoken out in debates and in both the local and international media exposing Mugabe's mass human rights abuses. He writes as follows:-

"History shall no doubt bear witness to Zimbabwe's illegal president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe's scorched earth policy that has escalated year on year over the last 27 years of his autocratic rule, along with his insistence to remain in power at all costs. Yet, Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders and African Union (AU) leaders remain resolute, consistently failing to criticize or condemn Zimbabwe's actions. Why? With mass displacement of the vulnerable, the disadvantaged, the homeless, the sick and the poor taking place, and the eviction of Black farm workers who have lived and worked generation upon generation within the farming industry - persecuting, torturing and incarcerating any and all who question or oppose his draconian rule. Many the world over remain shell-shocked in listening to and watching Mugabe's hysterical rants and attempts at blaming not only the White commercial farmers but the international community at large for Zimbabwe's decline and the demise of it's once vibrant, self-sustaining and growing agricultural economy. In Zimbabwe's first decade they acquired 40% of land from Whites. In 1994 a land tenure commission recommended the best way to achieve distribution was through a land tax, implementing the "fast track" resettlement programme in July 2000. What happened to the land tax recommendations? We all know why his 'fast track' programme was implemented!!"

A sumptuous array of buffet snacks will be provided at this meeting, and the costs will be £7.50 per head for Full Members of the SC/ELC, £10.00 per head for Associate Members, and £12.50 per head for non-members. To make a booking or for more details please 'phone: 07711-188430.



In late August the London Branch of the SC/ELC aim to hold a Summer Braai at The Peacock Pub, Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town, at which it is anticipated that a most interesting guest of honour will be present. Precise details of this event will be given in next month's SCN.

A new branch of the Springbok Club/ELC is in the process of being formed in the Surrey/Sussex area. Many members and supporters in this region have already been contacted in this regard, but if anyone else is interested in becoming actively involved please e-mail :



In September it is hoped that the SC/ELC will be welcoming a prominent former Conservative MP who has recently published a series of empirical books about the Royal Houses of Europe as guest speaker. More precise details will be given in future editions of the SCN.

In November the Springbok Club will be staging their annual UDI Day celebration buffet, at which it is hoped to welcome a direct descendant of one of the most prominent original Rhodesian pioneers as guest of honour.



The Patriotic Forum (an umbrella grouping of patriotic organisations including the SC/ELC and the London Swinton Circle etc.) anticipates holding two events during October. The first will be a meeting to be addressed by Prof. David Marsland, and the second will be a function to celebrate the 202nd anniversary of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Again further details will be given in future editions of the SCN.



The London Swinton Circle held three separate meetings during early July.

The first was addressed by Mr. Philip Davies MP (Conservative, Shipley), a leading member of the "Better Off Out" group and owner of the racehorse Osolomio. This proved to be a most successful meeting, with Mr. Davies giving a highly enlightening speech in which he relayed current feelings within the Conservative caucus at Westminster, and overall gave a very optimistic view of possible future developments.

The second was the LSC's annual Summer Buffet at which the guest speaker will be Lord Willoughby de Broke, the UKIP peer and elected hereditary member of the House of Lords. Lord Willoughby de Broke gave an excellent speech in which he explained why he had resigned the Conservative whip in the House of Lords to join UKIP, and also outlined the reasons why he believed that it was in Britain's best interests to leave the EU. Alas this function was marred somewhat by some over-aggressive questioning of the guest speaker by one gentleman in particular, who for good measure also launched an unfortunate verbal attack upon a long-standing and highly-respected LSC supporter. Certainly steps must be taken to prevent similar such unseemly behaviour in future.

The third meeting was addressed by Mr. Philip Hollobone MP (Conservative, Kettering), another member of the "Better Off Out" group. In spite of the fact that Mr. Hollobone's speech unfortunately conveyed a very pessimistic outlook for the immediate future, and the fact that a couple of the views which he expressed were at odds with the opinions of most LSC members, he even so gave a most informative and captivating speech, and demonstrated why there is so much hope for us all in the newer intake of Conservative MPs.



New Britain held a most successful event on Sunday 1st July, when in order to mark Canada's National Day they laid a wreath on the grave of Gen. James Wolfe at St.Alfege's Church in Greenwich.

On Saturday 28th July New Britain will be staging a special day's activity in Plymouth in memory of Sir Francis Drake. The highlight of the day will be a challenge game of bowls between the National Chairman of New Britain, Mr. Dennis Delderfield, and the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Cllr. David James, at Plymouth Hoe Bowling Club. This match will take place between 11.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs, and everyone is invited to come along to watch. Following this challenge match, between 12.00 hrs and 13.00 hrs, a short bowls tournament will take place featuring some of the top teams in Devon, after which a selection of wines provided by English wine-growers from Totnes will be sampled and a toast raised to the immortal memory of Drake and his English fleet. The City of Plymouth Sea Cadets have also been invited to parade at this event, carrying a special banner which has been specially made for the occasion. The final event of the day will be a keynote speech to be delivered by Mr. Delderfield on the theme of "Freedom", which will take place in the Plymouth Hoe Bowling Club Pavilion. It is believed that all this will take place on the exact anniversary of the first sighting of the Spanish Armada when Drake was playing his famous game of bowls!



The following flags and other items of Southern African interest are for sale :-

270cm x 180cm real South African National Flag, £130
South African Naval Ensign (Scandinavian Cross version), £80
South African Police Flag, £50
Rhodesia Flag 1968 to 1979 design, £10
Republic of Venda official book, £25
Union of South Africa High Commissioner package, brochures, newspapers and other documentation, £30
British Red Ensign WWII, £80
Queen's Golden Jubilee Union Jack, £10
An Empire Youth Annual, £15
A Pictorial History of South Africa Book, £20
The booklet "The Art of War" issued by the Military Information Bureau of the SADF, £15
A copper ashtray from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, £10
State flag of the US state of Georgia, £10
HMS Coventry ship's badge, £30
Book entitled "British Way and Purpose" £10
Plaque of the Royal Scots Royal Regiment, £15
Plaque of the South Africa State President's Guard, £20
Large Royal Navy White Ensign (good condition), £150.

(all prices include postage and packaging - all reasonable offers will be considered)

For more details, or to place an order, please contact Mr. Robert Lee Shipley on: 07748-194373, or e-mail:



The Zimbabwe National SPCA (ZNSPCA)’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, has returned to the High Court to discuss the issue of the Shearwater elephants with a judge, as access to the elephants continued to be denied to the ZNSPCA despite a recent Court order granting access. The ZNSPCA continues to question why access is denied. Welfare concerns grow as yet another elephant has died.

ZNSPCA attorney Beatrice Mtetwa stated before the judge that she found the situation extremely unusual in that the ZNSPCA was being instructed to rely on veterinarians that they did not commission. Ms Mtetwa has written to the Director of Veterinary Services and to one of the veterinarians nominated by Shearwater Adventures to organise a visit to the premises where the elephants are being kept. To date, no reply has been received. Both the above veterinarians were included in the court order at Shearwater’s request.

The ZNSPCA’s statutory right to inspect the elephants continues to be frustrated. The ZNSPCA believes it should not have to go to court in the first place to have access to animals for inspection.

In November 2006, 12 juvenile elephants were captured from wild herds in the Hwange [Wankie] National Park to be "trained" for work with Shearwater Adventures. One elephant subsequently escaped and one died days after capture.

The Zimbabwe National SPCA (ZNSPCA) laid charges on 19 December 2006 to initiate a prosecution process against Shearwater Adventures, for cruelty to animals. The ZNSPCA has consistently been denied access to the 10 elephants that were being held in the bomas at Nakavango range in the Victoria Falls. Veterinarians from both Zimbabwe and South Africa have also been denied access to the elephants.

On the 12th January 2007, the ZNSPCA filed a complaint with Zimbabwe Republic Police in Victoria Falls, for obstruction (in terms of section 12 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act) after access to the elephants was again denied.

The ZNSPCA attempted to meet with representatives of Shearwater to discuss the way forward. The board of the ZNSPCA attempted to engage in dialogue with Shearwater’s appointed lawyer but no agreement was imminent. Shearwater Adventures threatened to bring a civil suit against ZNSPCA for malicious prosecution, claiming that its business had suffered due to the ZNSPCA’s actions.

Shearwater eventually agreed to meet with ZNSPCA in the presence of their lawyer on 31 January 2007. In this meeting it was agreed that both parties would release a statement to the effect that they were working together for the betterment of the elephants concerned.

Shearwater have not withdrawn their threat of malicious prosecution against ZNSPCA.

On 19 February 2007, the ZNSPCA expressed concern that access continued to be denied. After phoning Shearwater, the ZNSPCA was informed by the then Managing Director, Allen Roberts, that until press statements were approved, no access would be granted.

Mrs. Mtetwa, the lawyer acting for and on behalf of the ZNSPCA proceeded to the High Court to obtain an order for ZNSPCA to have unrestricted/unhindered access to the elephants.

On 9 March the Honourable Mr Justice Patel granted a Court order to the ZNSPCA, giving access to the elephants. Shearwater Adventures insisted that they wanted ZNSPCA personnel to be accompanied by two vets, namely Drs Foggin and Zvishiri as well as a member of National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on such visits. Shearwater Adventures requested that the ZNSPCA would give them 24-hours notice before a visit in order to facilitate the summoning of two veterinarians to accompany them.

The ZNSPCA gave Shearwater Adventures 2 working days notice of an intended visit/inspection on 26 March 2007. Shearwater personnel insisted that it was ZNSPCA’s responsibility to obtain the relevant veterinarians and because this had not been done, the ZNSPCA was denied access.

Shearwater has given access to numerous individuals and companies but still resists the ZNSPCA. In the interim, another elephant has died, leaving 9 elephants in the bomas.



We have recently received the following request from Eddy Norris of ORAFs (Old Rhodesian Air Force Sods) :-

"ORAFs has been requested to assist with the search for photos relating to the SAS and anything that might work on the cover of a book about the Rhodesian SAS.

"Please direct your replies to

"At this time I am unable to give further details other than saying it will be good one to read and own."



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FLAGS etc.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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"GOVERNMENT BY DECEPTION" by Jan Lamprecht details the disasters of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and illustrates the similarities between Mugabe's rule and that of Mandela/Mbeki in South Africa. It can be ordered on-line at:


"OF RICE AND MEN", by Jimmy Walker

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

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

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"THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion is a devastating indictment of the "new" Labour administration. For more details about the book visit:


"THE THOUSAND STEPS" by Dr Helen Anderson

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


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

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

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

For more information, or to make an order, please contact Crest Publishing at: P.O.Box, 97910, Petervale, Transvaal, 2151, South Africa, or e-mail:



No.104 : Dr. FERDI HARTZENBERG of Lichtenburg.

Dr. Hartzenberg was leader of the Conservative Party of South Africa, and spoke at a Springbok Club meeting way back in 1997. Alas, with the increasingly dictatorial rule of the ANC regime in the "new" South Africa opposition politics has become steadily more irrelevant, and as a result all contact has been lost with Dr. Hartzenberg and other members of the former Conservative Party of SA. We have recently been contacted by Dr. Hartzenberg's nephew Joshua Hartzenberg however, who has evidently been trying unsuccessfully to contact his uncle for some time now. If anybody can help Joshua with Dr. Hartzenberg's current address details then please contact him direct at:



The Ulster Society promotes all aspects of Ulster-British heritage and culture. Their developing web-site is always worth a visit, and can be accessed at:




I am a fairly competent church organist: lost in a concert hall or cathedral, but more or less adequate for an average sized church. Despite outward appearances a church is not a peaceful place, and after the decades all I wanted was out, out, OUT. Twenty years later I was approached by a senior member of our Anglican church with the usual request. To my eternal shame and regret I complied.

My predecessor had resigned after a row. This is quite usual, but in this case caused me some difficulty. Most English hymns have more than one tune, and custom invariably decrees which particular hymn-tune should be used. In this case not even the top clergy could be of assistance, so I decided to use the tunes current at my previous church. It soon became apparent that none of my tunes were known to any of the Coloured domestics, who formed far too large a part of the congregation. They rushed up and tore my hands from the keyboard. This happened twice, so I pulled out. A new and competent Black priest was soon afterwards appointed, and I gratefully thought my troubles were over. Actually they had only just begun. A non-stop routine of walking up and banging the organist's chair began. The seating of this church is such that when the congregation is standing for the hymns, the organist is invisible from the front of the church. It is hard to concentrate while this is going on, but I persevered. But when several of these viragos seized the organ stool and tried to shake me off, I did what I should have done long before, and walked out.

God Bless Africa indeed, but NOT the Whites in the Anglican Church!

Yours etc.,

Richard Deane, Cape Town.




The purpose of the Association of the Commonwealth Realms is to ensure we do not complete with existing organisations, but rather to complement them by bringing into the debate on Europe the concerns of those other nations who rely on the Crown for their constitutional security.

By the time you receive this letter I expect that John Clemence will have addressed your meeting. He is a chap greatly underestimated and should long ago have been knighted rather than the sorts of people who have been honoured in recent years.

The main problem, of course, is keeping the Australian Monarchist League alive in spite of rising costs. As you would have been noted from my recent e-mails, there is so much to be done, and yet, as Rhodes so wisely said, so little time.

Yours etc.,

Philip Benwell, National Chairman, Australian Monarchist League.




Thank you for being so brave as to expose what is happening in South Africa. My own brother was murdered outside his farm in 2003. I do trust that after reading the article "The Unlucky Country" people all over the world would take sides with those White South Africans who are left behind and cannot get out of the country.

Yours etc.,

Ray Absalom, Auckland, New Zealand




It was with extreme sadness that we recently learnt the tragic news of the sudden death of Norman Potter.

Norman Potter was born at Rochdale in Lancashire, but emigrated to Rhodesia together with his brother immediately following World War II. An engineer by profession, specialising in heavy diesel engineering, he quickly made his mark in his new country, settling at Gatooma. Here he met and married his wife Beryl, and they had two sons together. He subsequently served in the Rhodesian Army, rising to the rank of Sergeant-Major in the Staff Corps, and became an active member of the MOTHs (the Memorable Order of Tin Hats) after leaving the army.

Following the fall of Rhodesia he moved first to Australia, but then back to southern Africa where he settled in Durban. With the decline of South Africa he eventually returned to the UK however, settling at Herne Bay on the Kent coast. His commitment to the cause of his southern African kith and kin still wasn't over however, for he became a very keen, active and popular member of the Kent Branch of the Rhodesians Worldwide movement, as well as attending a number of functions staged by the Kent Branch of the Springbok Club.

Norman Potter will be greatly missed by all who knew him and admired him so much. He embodied all that is best in our race, and all the time that the British nation can continue to produce men like Norman then we will have nothing to fear for the future. Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Beryl, his grandson Josh and all other members of his family.


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