Last Shots of the Cold War by Ken Vernon
If you ever spent time ‘on the border’, or has a loved one who did, or even if you just always wondered how war correspondents went about their ‘work’, this is a must read.
As the world stares down the barrel of a ‘second’ Cold War, its worthwhile recalling where the first one ended – in southern Africa!
But far from being yet another boring political tome, “Last Shots of the Cold War” is a rollicking, rambunctious and raunchy look at the real ending of the (first) cold war, which – contrary to public opinion in some parts of the world – dragged to a close not around a table in Geneva, but around a bar in the old German colonial fortified village of Oshakati on the Angolan/Namibian border.
Ken Vernon is an Australian journalist who spent almost 30 years in South Africa, writing on a wide range of topics, but especially covering the conflict in Angola.
He now lives and works on Australia’s Gold Coast.
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Bush Accommodation at Magani Ridge
Self Catering Accommodation for up to 6 persons from R300 per person per night. Discounts available for 6 nights or more.
Bookings can be made by contacting Michelle van Gent on 083 557 3742 (If you are a Moth, let her know, maybe there are extra specials. Her Husband Johnny is a active Moth at Savannah Shellhole)
About Magani Ridge.
Magani Ridge is a self-catering house located in Marloth Park, a 3,000-hectare wildlife conservancy and holiday town situated on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, between Malelane and Komatipoort in Mpumalanga. It is a popular stopover for tourists travelling to the Kruger National Park, Swaziland, and Mozambique, offering a chance to spot four of the renowned Big Five.
Magani Ridge is built deep into the bush. Its a place where weary souls can come to rejuvenate. Its a place where time plays no role . Its a magical place where animals gather around the many Marula trees as soon as the trees bears fruit.
Its a place where monkeys come to show off their babies. Kudu males come and rest under the shade of the trees. Its a place that giraffes call home at night and often you will see them lying at the back of the house.
The house is situated in a pan-handle entrance ensuring complete privacy. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the deck while the African bush starts to greet the nocturnal animals. Listen to hyenas laughing, roaring of the iconic lions and jackals.
Sit around a crackling fire at our newly built fire pit and try to spot a satellite or star gaze .
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is able to accommodate 6 people. The main bedroom has a double bed and an open bath and toilet. The second and third bedrooms are each fitted with 2 three-quarter beds and share a separate bathroom fitted with a shower. Linen and bath towels are provided. Guests must please bring their own swimming towels.
The kitchen is well-equipped and features a gas stove, fridge-freezer and microwave. Crockery and cutlery is provided. The house has air-conditioning and wall fans. The lounge area has an L-Shaped couch and a flat-screen TV. There is also a 6 seater dining table.
Outside is a lovely deck area where you can enjoy your early morning coffee to the sounds of the abundant bird songs and the call of the iconic African Fish Eagle. Snuggle up with a good book on the deck or let hubby show off his braai skills in the built-in-braai.
The cool spash pool has built in seats , and is ideal to cool off with a refreshing drink after a long day in the Kruger. The splash pool is ideally located for children as parents can relax on the deck and keep an eye on your precious loved ones.
Marloth Park is a malaria area , therefore please consult your doctor or a travel clinic before travelling.
Note from Magani Ridge:
We would like honest reviews as we want to know how to improve your stay. Without our guests and reviews we won’t be able to operate.
We sincerely trust that you enjoy your experience at Magani Ridge.
The attached examples of a MOTH desk pad and pop up(tent) calendar for your attention and action.
Tommy Rendle V.C Shellhole based in Rugby , Cape Town have started this initiative to raise much needed funds for our Shellhole. It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward these examples to your different Shellholes with a view to members purchasing these items. Those that wish to purchase can contact the writer directly who will explain the way forward.
We have based our pricing on a minimum of 200 desk pads/tent calendars to be ordered. If for some reason the demand does not meet the 200 mark then it is not financially viable to print as the costs would escalate tremendously, if however the demand went close to the 300 mark then the price would reduce but for planning purposes one should work on the following price:
DESK PAD CALENDAR R55 (based on 200 on 300 price reduces to R47.50)
TENT(POP UP) CALENDAR R10 (based on 200 on 300 price reduces to R8.00)
Adjudant – Tommy Rendle V.C. Shellhole
079 477 1001
PLEASE PLACE ORDERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Vacancy for National Secretary – Positioned Filled
National Secretary Retirement.
Moth Pegram has applied for early retirement on medical grounds with effect from 30 September 2017 and National Executive are seeking a replacement for this post.
The requirements for this post are briefly as follows:
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST OF NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE M.O.T.H.
Moth 90th DVD’s
If you are a looking for memorable set of photos as well as a slide show of the Durban Moth 90th, contact Barry Roper on
[email protected] Please don’t WhatsApp, sms, Facebook a request. Only use the email address.
These are available on 2 x DVD’s (R100 for postage via PostNet)
Licence Disks for your Car
Moth Savannah has licence discs for sale.
Mike Ribi Cell 082 429 4616. E-mail [email protected]
Jimmy Frieslaar Cell 083 307 8384, [email protected]
Savanah Shellhole Moth Clothing
Moth Savannah Shellhole can supply MOTH formal clothing, eg long /short sleeve white shirts, jerseys or casual, casual clothing such as caps, T-shirts, golf shirts. All clothing is good quality and GHG Approved.
Click here for the Savannah Shellhole Moth Clothing Order Form and catalogue..
GHQ approved name badges for blazers and summer dress
Pin R30.00 (Ideal for Blazer)
Magnet R35.00 (Ideal for Summer dress)
Delivery and payment options will be discussed with applicant with every order.
Old Bill Busts
Dickie Fritz Shellhole commissioned Mike Franks to cast some Old Bill Statues from original statues that we have in our Sanctuary.
The purpose of this is to raise much needed funds for the maintenance and upgrading of our MESCA cottages at the Dickie Fritz Complex.
The Old Bill replicas are cast in resin and finished with a bronzed effect.(please refer to pictures)
There are 3 types of Old Bill busts:
|Old Bill Bust||R250.00||Approx (h) 20cm x (l) 15cm x (w) 14cm|
|Old Bill Desk Mounted||R180.00||Approx (h) 25cm x (l) 22cm x (w) 9cm|
|Old Bill Wall Hanging||R160.00||Approx (h) 16cm x (l) 15cm x (w) 3,5cm|
Click Here for an order form.
Please forward your completed order for to Fax number 086 573-3457 or email to: [email protected] or contact Jorge on 083 226-6467
Moth Office Supplies
CD`s and DVD`s of Warriors Gate Plaques and R&R, Parade, Banquet,Show and interior of the Gate
Contact the Moth Office on 031 3048618 for your orders.
Stainless Steel Hip Flask
Stainless Steel Hip Flask with Warriors Gate Motif R80.00
Available from Cedric Carr at Warriors Gate 083 307 7464
email [email protected]
Wooden crosses for memorial services or parades,available from Inchanga / queens own shellhole
Terry basson o.b Inchanga Queens Own
Limited edition (300) MOTH Poster
Price: R200 all inclusive.
To place an order, e-mail [email protected]
Funds raised from this project will be used to maintain our Shellhole, which is falling apart!
Thank you in anticipation,
Jack SwanepoelOld Bill,
Moth O’s Book on CD
A must for all Moths, young and old – Old Soldiers Never Die in CD format….Cost R100.00 plus postage. If you want a copy please email Barry Roper – [email protected]
All Proceeds go to Warrior Gate.
Books by Peter Court
I D SMITH Limited Edition Print
I would like to elaborate on what we chatted about yesterday concerning the project I undertook with Mr Ian Douglas Smith, former Prime Minister of Rhodesia.
I approached him to consider his involvement in an aviation art project I had envisioned depicting him flying a Spitfire over Italy. It involved research I undertook at the RAF Museum and The Imperial War Museum and the Public Records Office, all in London. The research was necessary because Mr Smith explained that his flight logs had had all been lost when the Air Force sent his belongings to the wrong location, while he was recovering from a terrible accident. He had this accident while taking off from Idcu aerodrome in a Hurricane in October 1943.
He returned to No. 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron in May 1944 which had now been transferred to Corsica. The painting depicts 2 MK IX Spitfires with Mr Smith flying MK227 on a strafing mission with MH532 over Italy in June 1944. On the 22nd June of that year he was shot down over Italy, where he joined a group of Partigiani in their anti-Nazi operations. He eventually escaped across the Alps to the safety of American lines.
Mr Smith was happy to become involved and ultimately I produced a limited edition of 720, all of which he individually signed, as did the artist Deon Stahmer. Mr Smith wanted at least 10% of the proceeds to go to charity. To this end we would like to offer the following proposal:
Is it possible to for you to supply us with your members’ email addresses, alternatively for you to forward an email from us to them? In return I would like to donate 2 prints to the Order, perhaps one for your HQ and another one to be raffled. Furthermore, from the price of R1980 (as sold to various Rhodesian organisations worldwide) I would like to donate R500per print to the Order to use as you see fit. Alternatively you could decide to pass over a portion of the R500 to your members and sell the print for a reduced price to them.
I do this in the knowledge that you perform invaluable assistance to those who have served and require this assistance for any number of reasons, as do various members of the Rhodesian organisations mentioned above.
I have attached some information to authenticate the project.
If any questions are raised during your meeting tomorrow, please feel free to contact me on the number below.
I appreciate your consideration of this request and look forward to hearing from you in due course.
082 771 5946
Re-print of Old Soldiers Never Die – Now Available
For more information click here or contact
Cape Western Provincial Dugout
Philip McLachlan – Adjutant
c 082 823 5813
f 021 852 8249
t 021 851 4480
Need your medals mounted?
Contact Pieter Spiller ([email protected]). Ph0825543208 (Based in KZN)
Contact Pieter for a quote.