New honour for London Recruits

The South African Communist Party, at its congress in Boksburg, (…) honoured the London Recruits with its Special Recognition Award. Ken Keable went to the congress, as a guest, to accept the award on behalf of all the Recruits and was introduced by Ronnie Kasrils.

Here is the text of his speech
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Newham Teachers’ Association offers its thanks to The Morning Star for the use of its London Recruits article 14/08/2017

The NTA has a webpage for the London Recruits on this website:
http://www.newhamteachers.org.uk/?page_id=184

 

London Recruits – Thanks to NUT For Support

The NUT Annual Conference gave time and support to the new London Recruits Film that is to be released soon. A book signing session sold copies of the London Recruits book and a bucket collection raised £2000+ towards the film production costs.

The London Recruits Film Team offers their thanks:

Ronnie Kasrils is a former South African Freedom Fighter and then Minister. He worked with the London Recruits in the struggle to overthrow apartheid.

Morning Star Newspaper Features London Recruits

The Morning Star newspaper gave a front page billing, with photo, to the London Recruits.

Inside the newspaper, on page 13, Gordon Main wrote a brilliant 3 column, full length article about the London Recruits and the upcoming movie.

Peter Smith, NTA Secretary and former London Recruit, was interviewed and a photograph of him from that era was featured.

The Morning Star has been a staunch supporter of the London Recruits story, the book and the film.

The NUT Annual Conference gave time and support to the story and ran a trailer of the upcoming film.

Gordon Main and Pete Smith photographed with a copy of the Morning Star and with NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney.
Gordon Main (right) and Pete Smith (left) photographed with a copy of the Morning Star and with NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney (centre).

Morning Star PDF
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Thanks to the Morning Star for the pdf and their support. Thanks to the NUT Annual Conference organisers for their support. Special thanks to Kevin Courtney for his support and encouragement.

London Recruits at NUT Annual Conference

Over 1000 delegates were in the assembly hall at the end of a morning’s session of the NUT Annual Conference, when the London Recruits trailer was played alongside a message of thanks from Ronnie Kasrils, London Recruits organiser.

There was a bucket collection to assist with film funds, representative of the incredible support for the London Recruits film project from the labour movement and unions including the NUT who have really got behind it.

Film maker James Barrett said “We are as ever indebted for their support and encouragement.”

NUT Annual Conference 2017. London Recruits Film event with Kevin Courtney (centre), Peter Smith (left) & Gordon Main, film maker (right).
NUT Annual Conference 2017. London Recruits Film event with Kevin Courtney, Peter Smith & Gordon Main.

Newham Teachers’ Association Secretary, Peter Smith, helped organise the event alongside Gordon Main, film maker. Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary supported the event.

Kalushi – South African Freedom Fighter

On Thursday 6th April 2017 I attended the BFI showing of the film Mandla Dube’s “Kalushi” covering the life and execution of South African freedom fighter Solomon Mahlangu:

and do not forget to watch the news following the trailer.

It is a simple construction of the short life of Solomon told in such a way by film that it becomes a crystal clear reminder of the objective of the armed struggle conducted by MK [uMkhonto we Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, “Spear of the Nation”); the armed wing of the ANC] when you look at the events in South Africa today.
Poster for screening of Kalushi film.It has the advantage of using young South African black actors to tell the story of the lives of young South African black people of that time and for me directed the emotions involved in a positive political way in that I have no doubt it will help the young black people of South Africa find their way forward today.
The colonial law, guilt by association, used to impose the death penalty on Solomon is still South African law today is stated in writing at the end of the film.
Kalushi poster
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Peter Smith, NTA Divisional Secretary. One of the London Recruits
and demobbed from MK in 1997 following twenty years of assistance.

London Recruits Film – Trailer

Brilliant feature film coming soon. The sensational story of the young women and men who undertook missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime.
The latest trailer video from the London Recruits Film Team:

Newham Teachers’ Association, the NUT and the TUC have all supported the production of this film through publicity and donations.
Peter Smith, NTA Secretary, was a London Recruit.

See NTA’s London Recruits page for more about the organisation and film.

BFI African Odysseys Committee present the film – Kalushi

The NTA has received the following communication:

From: Peter Smith [mailto:peter_smith1949@btinternet.com]
Sent: 15 March 2017 20:49
To: petersmith@newhamteachers.org.uk
Subject: FW: Kalushi

Dear Sir

My name is Wale Ojo and I am responsible for the screening of KALUSHI at the British Film institute on the 6th April 2017.  I saw the film at the Film Africa festival in November last year  and was immediately struck by its potency and beauty. I immediately made  plans for the film to be featured at the premier venue for cinema in the country, namely the National Film theatre at the British Film institute. I am on a steering committee at the BFI called the AFRICAN ODYSSEYS and we are responsible for putting on films of educational content for an eager and demanding audience.

Please feel free to spread the word to all you know.  I have included a poster of the film and here is a booking link  Kalushi . Please note that booking for seats will be available from March 14th.

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th April for what promises to be a cinematic and landmark event.

Yours sincerely,

Wale Ojo

Peter Smith will attend the screening as one of the London Recruits.

London Recruits film project says “Thank you, NUT”

London Recruits Poster
London Recruits

This video was shown at the 2016 NUT Annual Divisional Secretaries briefing at Stoke Rochford. Peter Smith addressed the meeting indicating that not only was he proud to be a London Recruit but also proud to be a member of the National Union of Teachers, the first British Trade Union to make a donation to the film project.

Ronnie NUT Message from London Recruits on Vimeo.

SERTUC Appeal for Funding for “London Recruits” film

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We have received the following message from SERTUC:

 

 

 

“London Recruits – an anti-apartheid story
Funding required… The inspirational story of the women and men who joined the struggle against apartheid, London Recruits is a film that trade unionists as well as union branches and regions can help bring to the big screen. Full info here http://londonrecruits.com/

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London Recruits