From Boy Scout Bob a Job to Freedom Fighter

From Boy Scout Bob a Job to Freedom Fighter

1950 youth, self politicised.

During the writing of ‘Consider the Verdict’, I become of the opinion, that Nelson Mandela had let the African people down, allowing the exclusion of his people, from the Economy and the Land to continue.

I asked, “Was he conned, or was he a collaborator?”

Following this question that I asked myself, my mind never stops receiving Nelson Mandela input, why was his family and friends excluded from Nelson Mandela’s life after release, this exclusion becomes a topic of the guide book ‘Passport to Soweto’, extracts included in the Chapter, “Was Nelson Mandela’s mind, manipulated?”

Off the interaction with the Orlando East community, where both ANC and PAC elders are involved, I am taken through the period 1940 to 1960, exposed to political history that I had not touched on before, history that explains the ANC split in 1958.

PAC Veteran and member when PAC was founded, John Mahapa, arrested with Robert Sobukwe on March 21, 1960, has greatly contributed towards my Africanist mindset development, born in 1940, still a child in 1955, my friend that moved from Boy Scout to Freedom Fighter overnight, thanks to the Drum Magazine.

To my surprise, many young Township boys belonged to Scout Groups in the Townships. Twice a year, during their school holidays, they were required to perform ‘Bob a Job’ doing work in their communities, earning a ‘Bob’, which was added to their Scout Troop coffers.

While still a student at an Orlando East Primary School, one of the community leaders, Job Rathebe, offered the Boy Scouts an opportunity to earn money for themselves. Friday afternoons, Saturdays, and on occasions Sunday mornings, they worked at the Drum Magazine, rolling and packing Drum magazines for distribution.

Early struggle by the South African black people, was driven by the educated groups, the Fort Hare students, the academics, the lawyers, the teachers, the journalists, the doctors, who brought together their friends and families as momentum built.

The Orlando East Secondary School youth, were bubbling with energy as they awakened to the Freedom movements in other parts of Africa, from living in a situation where freedom was not thought about, freedom not considered, almost impossible, they were becoming enlightened, they were the youth that ignited the fight for freedom, a fight that has been hidden from our heritage.

The Drum magazine, reading while rolling, while packing, brought them exposure to the African countries fight for freedom, the youth moved towards achieving dignity and freedom;

Jomo Kenyatta: 

The “dangerous explosion” among the Kikuyu that he had predicted in 1930 erupted as the Mau Mau rebellion of 1952, which was directed against the presence of European settlers in Kenya and their ownership of land. On October 21, 1952, Kenyatta was arrested on charges of having directed the Mau Mau movement.

Julius Nyerere;

On his return to Tanganyika, Nyerere was forced by the colonial authorities to make a choice between his political activities and his teaching. He was reported as saying that he was a schoolmaster by choice and a politician by accident. Working to bring a number of different nationalist factions into one grouping he achieved this in 1954 with the formation of TANU (the Tanganyika African National Union).

Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana

He formed in June 1949 the new Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP), a mass-based party that was committed to a program of immediate self-government. In January 1950, Nkrumah initiated a campaign of “positive action,” involving nonviolent protests, strikes, and noncooperation with the British colonial authorities.

Patrice Lumumba;

After his release, he helped found the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party on 5 October 1958, quickly becoming the organization’s leader.

This group of youth, as scholars self-politicised by 1955, while they worked at the Drum, rolling and reading the magazines, seeking Dignity and Freedom.

Atrocity 6:

In the late 1950s, Drum Magazine develops the youth as self-politicised Africanist, but in a few years time, the Sharpeville Massacre is not covered by Drum Magazine, even though they had two eye-witnesses on the ground.

Jim Bailey, the owner of Drum, did not approve the publication of any reports of the Sharpeville massacre, his Father, Sir Abe Bailey, a diamond tycoon, the family and business links to the economy, in my opinion, influenced this decision.

Today, as John and I discuss Drum’s failure to contribute to the Africanist struggle, failure to remove white rule when it should have been removed, John laments,

“I must stop my songs of praise for the Drum Magazine.”


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Soweto tour success

Soweto tour success comes to Taste of Africa guides.

Nettie and I have driven the Passport to Soweto  initiative since March 2017, a radical change in what the visitor to Soweto would experience, the must do museums no longer.

We have learnt daily, as we drive the hidden South African history, the history that resides in many of the Township elders.

Change is difficult for all of us to accept, and our guides are no different, on many a day, the guide carried instruction to visit one of the Heritage Value Site, the participant waited, we contributed, but always an excuse why they never reached the site.

Passport to Soweto
Passport to Soweto

Yesterday we had two Italian groups in Soweto, 14 sleeping overnight, 16 arriving in the morning, and Cedric was booked to host a Swedish family of 3.

Logistically, the guides were unable to avoid my directions.

The energy in and outside of Heritage Value Site 3, bubbles for 3 hours.

When the dust has settled, I text guide Stanley to enquire, and his report confirms our belief with regard to the direction we are going:

Hi Stanley, how did the visitors react to the Mahapa visit? 

That’s what they want. Thank you Ced to introduce such a wonderful tour to our visitors.

I don’t really know what to say about what you are doing to our visitors, cause this is an amazing experience to them.

Could we ask for a better stamp of approval?

Cedric and Nettie de la Harpe

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Soweto our hidden history

Soweto our hidden history, the 1955 youth groups, moving from Boy Scout to Freedom Fighters by the time they were 19 years old, a must do visit.

Passport to Soweto free book today, excited about what you read? then buy the book, and enjoy your Soweto tour, not a tour, a full-day visit for an additional cost of R 300 per person, become a partner in the Economic Development of the Township:

Soweto our hidden history
Passport to Soweto, your guide to Soweto that will allow you to partner in the Economic Development of the community.

The Passport to Soweto enters the final stage of drafting and editing, and we are ready to release a .pdf book to read for free off this webpage link.

We do this for a few reasons;

1:   It allows the potential visitor access to understanding the various Heritage value Sites, giving insight into the experience the visitor will have.

2:  The readers input will allow us to take some of the focus off the ‘why’, and bring the magic of the Heritage Value Sites to the fore.

3:   It will assist other Township Communities and Rural Villages, to have insight into the Economic Transformation plans that we have put in place in Orlando East, and we presently have in development process, Alexandra Township, Kliptown, Meadowlands, & Diepkloof.

4:   The release of the link, will sell our initiative, and allow the pioneering perspective ‘investors’, to communicate any of their interests / concerns, before buying their Passport to Soweto, which allows access to the Heritage Value Sites.

Enjoy the read.

Passport to Soweto read it here for free

Buy Passport to Soweto today:

See you in Orlando East soon.

Cedric and Nettie de la Harpe, your Passport to Soweto facilitators.

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