Wednesday, 16 December 2009

December 2009 Edition.



December 2009 edition

At the time of the fateful 1992 Constitutional Referendum White South Africans were told that only by voting "Yes" would South Africa be re-admitted into international sport (official international sport that is, for as we all know "rebel" international tours took place regularly in practically ever major sport). Unfortunately far too many Whites believed this nonsense and voted "Yes" for solely this reason - although those of us in the "No" camp argued that if the vote did go "Yes" then there would be no South African nation worthy of its name to compete for in a few years time!

Now, 17 years later, the reality which we predicted is clear for all to see. South Africa - once a powerhouse in almost every major sport, even during the days of international sanctions - is now little more than an also-run. Only in golf do South African players still rank among the best in the world, but these golfers are mainly the products of US golf scholarships and have overseas residences. The South African rugby side blows hot and cold, but overall, just like their cricket counterpart, it is a case of slow but steady decline. There are no longer any South African athletes, cyclists, tennis players or squash players competing at the highest level on the world stage, even though for the first few years after the advent of ANC rule many were still ranked in the top echelons. Is it any wonder that this state of affairs has come about in a society where even to attend an evening's training session means taking one's life in one's hands?

To be sure, it still looks as if South Africa will be staging next year's Soccer World Cup in spite of the grave security and infrastructure concerns, but it is commonly acknowledged that, with the exception of the United States in 1994, the South African side will be the weakest host nation ever.

One of the main factors which has influenced the clear decline in South African sporting standards has been the insistence on racial quotas regardless of ability. The Left, of course, always objected to the fact that South African sport was strictly - though fairly - segregated during the days of civilised rule. Their total hypocrisy in now insisting upon racial quotas is therefore breathtaking! We wonder also what those idiots who voted "Yes" in 1992 purely in order to enable South Africa to re-enter international sport are now thinking when their sons and daughters are not able to represent the "new" South Africa solely because they are White?

But there has been one recent particularly worrying development concerning South African sport, namely the production of a Hollywood film entitled "Invictus" which purports to be about the 1995 Rugby World Cup won by South Africa. This tournament, of course, is best remembered for the mysterious food-poisoning afflicting key players of the hot-favourite New Zealand side on he eve of he final, and the comic appearance of the convicted terrorist Mandela (at the time the figurehead President of "new" South Africa) which made the final an international laughing-stock. The film has already been panned for its inaccuracies even in the mainstream media, the most notable falsehood being that Mandela took a long-standing interest in the tournament and used it in order "to unite a divided nation". Try telling that to the relatives of the over 3050 innocent White farmers and farm-workers who have been systematically slaughtered since Mandela's party were handed power! The most sickening revelation, however, has been that the South African captain at this tournament, Francois Pienaar, subsequently made Mandela the godfather of one of his sons. We wonder how, once Pienaar's son grows up and learns that his godfather was a convicted terrorist, Pienaar will be able to look his son in the eye.


The Springbok Club/ELC held a most happy and successful buffet in order to celebrate UDI Day last month. The guest speaker was Mr. Mark Pilbeam, the Chairman of the UK Branch of the RLI Regimental Association. Mr. Pilbeam gave a riveting and highly informative talk about his own experiences during the Rhodesian Bush War, which he illustrated with an excellent PowerPoint display of illuminating pictures from the era. He was also able to tell something about the foundation and work of the RLI Regimental Association, particularly their involvement with the safe relocation of he famous RLI Troopie Statue to Hatfield House. It was a revelation to learn how Mr. Pilbeam had been able to overcome the serious injury which he suffered fighting for Rhodesia during the Bush War, and how he had subsequently been able to overcome his disability in order to live a normal life. This was awe-inspiring for all who attended this meeting, and can only serve as an inspiration for us all to re-double our efforts in our struggle to re-establish the values which Mr. Pilbeam and other brave Rhodesian servicemen and servicewomen fought, suffered and died for in order to try to preserve.



The Springbok Club will shortly be holding their annual Day of the Vow commemoration, the details of which are as follows :-

Date :  Thursday 17th December 2009

Time :  assemble from 19.00 hrs., meeting to commence at 19.30 hrs.

Venue :  The PERSEVERANCE, 11 Shroton Street, Marylebone, London NW1 6UG

(nearest station: Marylebone. Leave Marylebone Station via the Harewood Avenue exit and turn right, then first left into Hayes Place which automatically becomes Shroton Street. The Perseverance is then on the right-hand side.)

Guest Speaker :  Mr. MARK TAHA

Mark Taha is a well-known and highly-respected observer of Southern African affairs. He has been closely involved with a number of patriotic and pro-South African organisations over the years, stretching back to his keen membership of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society during the 1970s. More recently he has served on the National Committee of the 'Campaign for an Independent Britain'. Well informed and widely read on Southern African history and politics he will be speaking entirely in a personal capacity. The title of his address will be APOCALYPSE SOUTH AFRICA, in which he will examine the predictions made in several novels published at the time of the fall of Western rule in South Africa around 1994, and analysing how accurate they have proven to be.

N.B. In view of the unfortunately delay in finalising arrangements for this event, and the anticipated postal delays caused by he Christmas rush, it has been decided not to send out postal invitations for this meeting, but rather to rely upon e-mail and word-of-mouth communication. If you know of any friends and/or supporters who may not be on our e-mail circulation list then please try to inform them all of the details of this important event.



The 2010 Springbok Club/ELC AGM will be held in January 2010, after which it is hoped to show a PowerPoint presentation featuring pictures of conditions in Durban today.

Later during 2010 the Springbok Club/ELC is planning a visit to Hatfield in order to pay respects at the RLI Troopie Statue there.

In April 2010 the Springbok Club will be celebrating Van Riebeeck's Day with a special braai, at which there will be appropriate musical entertainment.

In May 2010 the Springbok Club/Empire Loyalist Club will be celebrating Empire Day with a visit to the RE Museum in Gillingham, where special re-enactments will be taking place.

More precise details about all these activities will be detailed in future editions of the SCN.



The Kent Branch of the Springbok Club/ELC is planning to hold an informal get-together at Canterbury during February 2010. Full details will be announced in a future edition of the SCN.

The London Branch of the Springbok Club/ELC is planning a trip to the RAF Museum in Hendon early next year. Again more precise details will be given in future editions of the SCN.



The Swinton Circle held a most pleasant and successful meeting earlier this month, at which the guest speaker was Mr. Albert Poggio OBE, the official UK representative of the Government of Gibraltar. It has been several years since Mr. Poggio last addressed the Swinton Circle, and he was able to detail events which had affected Gibraltar since that time. In particular he was able to relay how attempts by the UK Labour Government to compromise the position of Gibraltar in order to curry favour with Spain had been largely stymied, not only by the forthright resistance of the Gibraltarian people themselves and the masterstroke of Chief Minister Peter Caruana in calling a national referendum to confirm the Rock's constitutional position, but also by the massive popular support for Gibraltar which erupted in the UK at the time of some of the more devious sell-out attempts by the wretched Peter Hain. All in all a most encouraging address for all of us from Mr. Poggio.

The Swinton Circle will be holding a most important meeting in central London on Tuesday 17th January 2010 which will be addressed by a leading member of the House of Lords. All members of the Swinton Circle will be notified of the full details about this event in due course, and more information will be given in next month's SCN.



Readers will be familiar with the excellent work being done by Francois Hugo and the Seal Alert-SA organisation in protecting the well-being of seals around the coast of southern Africa. But it is not only in the waters around southern Africa where our fellow-mammals of the sea are at constant risk and danger. A supporter has recently informed us of an eye-opening web-site entitled "Look out for Seals" which highlights the dangers posed to seals in the waters around Scotland, and how the SNP administration in Holyrood is seemingly doing nothing to remedy the terrible situation (yet another reason why the Holyrood Quango should be abolished!). This excellent site can be accessed at :-



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

"The important Argentine website INFOBAE has just had two articles up about the arrival of the new Typhoon fighter jets in the Falklands. The first, based apparently on a report in The Sun newspaper, reports that Britain was 're-inforcing' its military presence in the Islands with these planes and describing this as a provocation. The second article reports a spokesman for the British Embassy in Buenos Aires saying the Typhoons are simply a replacement for the Tornados stationed in the Falklands, that have reached the end of their useful life, and that this is therefore not a re-inforcement. The El Malvinense [sic] website carries a report similar to the first of these articles (with a photograph of a Tornado, not a Typhoon, to illustrate the newly arrived planes)."



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

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



The editor has now established his own page on "Twitter". Please feel free to have a look and become a "follower". It can be accessed at :-



A recent issue of "Project 2010 - Preparing South Africa for the World" (the official circular of the 2010 Soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee) makes extremely interesting reading. It seems as if there are some very significant developments looming before the staging of next year's tournament - if indeed this still comes to fruition!

"SAFA: Major concern over looming elections

"FIFA has expressed its concerns over the upcoming SAFA elections saying the national governing body has rejected its request to postpone the event until after the World Cup. And FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke this week issued a terse message - global football's governing body will not tolerate any disruptions to World Cup preparations. 2010 Local Organising Committee Chairman Irvin Khoza will challenge the group's Chief Executive Danny Jordaan for the South African Football Association presidency in two weeks time. FIFA is concerned that tensions over the post could jeopardise the final countdown to the tournament. 'If we have the feeling that the organisation of the World Cup is not under control anymore, we can take the lead in some of the organization,' Valcke said.

"Meanwhile, the elections have taken a new twist. Whoever wins the presidential race will have to vacate his position in the LOC. According to the agreement between FIFA and the LOC, no individual can hold two positions at the same time. The SABC reports that Valcke says although the election of the SAFA executive is an internal matter, there is a clause in the FIFA/SAFA agreement that the international footballing body will take over proceedings should they feel there are problems within SAFA. As Jordaan is involved in the day to day organisation of the 2010 World Cup, it could be disastrous if he wins the elections and he's forced to vacate his LOC position.

"Jordaan said the election should be postponed as per FIFA President Sepp Blatter's appeal, 'because the interests of the World Cup are paramount'. Asked whether he supported a postponement, Khoza said: 'It's not about Irvin, it's about Safa'. According to a report on the IOL site, SAFA's acting CEO Raymond Hack disagreed with Valke. 'I think that's totally incorrect. Yes, maybe in Dr Jordaan's case, because you cannot be the president and an employee of the association. Corporate governance doesn't allow such a thing. Dr Khoza is the chairman of the LOC, you can be president and the chairman, it's not a paid position, it's an elected position.'"



The editor of the SCN, in his position as Organiser/Secretary of the Springbok Club/ELC, was invited to speak in a debate staged by the Durham Union Society (Durham University's official debating society, and the third oldest university debating society in England) last month, in order to oppose the motion "This House believes Africa's problems are Empire's fault".

This event turned out to highly significant, and confirmed the increasingly powerful profile that the Springbok Club/ELC has obtained on the national stage. The Committee of the Durham Union Society unquestionably deserve the highest of praises for organising such a professional event, which commenced with a succulent dinner and then proceeded to the debating chamber where an audience of over 200 students had gathered.

There proved to be both good and bad aspects to this debate. We will commence with the bad. The person asked to second the opposition to the motion was Mr. Albert Weidemann, who of course has spoken at Springbok Club meetings twice in the past, and who had given every indication of being supportive of the organisation's basic aims and objectives. After the two Left-wing proposers of the motion (one an academic who looked as if he was about a million years old, and the other a ZANU-PF sycophant) had moved and seconded the motion, with the Springbok Club's Organiser/Secretary's opposition speech sandwiched in between, it was Weidemann's turn to second the opposition. What transpired, however, was a complete shock to everyone, for he started off talking about matters which had nothing whatsoever to do with the motion, and then towards the end of his speech more or less came out in support of the motion! Of course if these really were Weidemann's views then all well and good - everyone after all is entitled to their opinions. Likewise, if he has recently altered his views (which certainly appears to have been the case) then similarly there could be no objection, as again everyone is entitled to change their minds. What CANNOT be forgiven, however, is for somebody to agree to speak on one side of a debate and then to do the exact opposite. If he had changed his opinions since accepting the invitation then the only honourable thing to have done was to tell the President of the Union of this fact and to pull out, so that an alternative speaker opposing the motion could have been found. It was not only the Springbok Club's Organiser/Secretary who he let down and betrayed in this regard of course, but all of the students who attended this debate, who all came - including those who supported the motion - expecting a balanced 2 against 2 debate, not 3 against 1! The other disappointment was that the motion was carried (perhaps not surprising as it turned out to be a 3 against 1 ambush!) - though only by acclamation, and many in attendance believe that it was only the volume of "yeas" which carried the motion, and that the actual count was in reality very close.

The more positive aspects of this debate were far more important however. In gatherings after the debate, both in the debating chamber itself and at the student bar afterwards, the Springbok Club's Organiser/Secretary was dumbfounded and uplifted by the extent and forcefulness of support which he received from students who attended the debates (many specifically expressing sorrow at the way that he'd been ambushed by Weidemann), and it seemed clear that most of the leading members of he Union fully subscribed to his arguments regarding the virtues of the British (and other European) Empires in Africa. The following day a get-together was arranged for supporters of the Springbok Club/ELC in County Durham. Although the numbers who attended this gathering was disappointing their enthusiasm was good, and joined by one important student who had been at the debate the day before it can certainly be seen that the embryo for a Co.Durham Branch of the Springbok Club/ELC has now come into being.

The full text of the Springbok Club/ELC's Organiser/Secretary's speech to the Durham Union Society can be accessed at :-



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

Now you can make your own Biltong at a fraction of the price you pay right now and ...... you can make it the way YOU like it!

Please visit and see all they have available.

You will never be without some REAL South African Biltong again!


FLAGS etc.

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

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

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

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

[We really want to be able to produce the next edition of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile, No.37, as soon as possible, but in order to do this we need to clear our existing stock of back-issues first. Supporters can help us in two ways in this regard, either by making donations which will enable us to distribute more copies, and/or by providing address details of people who might be interesting in receiving copies.]




Details the disasters of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and illustrates the similarities between Mugabe's rule and that of Mandela/Mbeki in South Africa. It can be ordered on-line at:


"THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion

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


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

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

Available from:

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


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

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


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

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


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



No.13£ :  Miss LORRAINE SCOTT of Durban.

Lorraine Scott was one of the leading beauties in Durban society during the late 1970s. She had earlier stayed in London for a while, where bizarrely she had become an Arsenal fanatic! She formed a relationship with a top Natal table-tennis player and successful businessman towards the end of the decade, though sadly nothing has been heard of her since. A number of her admirers would be very keen to learn what became of her and where she is now.



We have recently been alerted to an excellent web-site in PDF format giving a most informative overview about Falkland Islands history. It can be accessed at :-





Dennis Delderfield is an ars*hole. I told you often in the past to cut all links with this man. He only came along to your meetings in order to advertise his own events, and then left early, usually without paying. The man is a prima donna, only interested in his own ego.

Yours etc.,

"Anti-EU", London, U.K.

[This opinion is clearly over the top. Although we have serious issues with Mr.Delderfield for the manner in which he's seemingly betrayed our friendship in order to suck up to sinister elements who are in conflict with our movement, the fact remains that the ideological position of his New Britain party is far closer to our own ideals than that of most other political parties, and he has obtained many significant achievements in the past. The recent actions of Mr.Delderfield - who is now well into his 80s - are more tragic than reason to condemn. Ed.]




My mother always said building the channel tunnel was a great mistake, because Britain's strength was always that it was an island, and the 22 miles of water across the English Channel was its greatest defence, in fact protected it from invasion in both WW1 and WW2, unlike the rest of Europe where all countries have endured centuries of being overrun by enemies and having incursions across borders. Now the channel tunnel is a major way for illegal immigrants, the modern invaders, to enter the country.

Yours etc.,

Bob Vinnicombe, Sydney, NSW, Australia




Great September edition of the SCN regarding the "On Tour with the Queen" documentary. I saw something similar on an American network, with an African-American re-tracing his roots to Africa. He was surprised at how pro-British some of the people he found were - and his kids hated the place as there were no MacDonalds.

Yours etc.,

Peter Ward, New York, U.S.A.



It was with great sadness that we recently learnt of the death of Gayle Hoenig. Gayle was a great animal welfare activist from Colorado in the United States, but her activism for the well-being of animals around the world led her to realise that many of the current regimes in Africa - particularly the ZANU-PF regime in Zimbabwe - were not only detrimental to animal rights, but were also uncaring towards human beings of all races within their borders - and Gayle was not afraid to say this. Gayle, a relatively young and beautiful woman (her mother is still alive) suffered a serious stroke earlier this year, but seemed to be making a good recovery. This of course makes the news of her death even more distressing. She must not be forgotten, and her work continued. A special web-page has been set-up in order to pay tribute to her, and this can be accessed at :-


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