To change the world is reason enough

"To change the world is reason enough" is the autobiography of Dr Ron Press (1929-2009). He was a scientist and a member of the ANC, its armed wing MK, and the SACP who lived most of his life in Bristol after going into exile in the 1950s.
His particular significance for us is that he played the most important role in designing the leaflet bombs and loudspeaker systems that many of us used on our secret missions to South Africa. . He also contributed to the setting up of secret communications networks that were operational in the late 1980s. He was a scientist and in this capacity he made a unique contribution to the titanic struggle against the apartheid regime.

ANC pays tribute to struggle stalwart Ronnie Press

5 November 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) mourns the death of struggle stalwart Ronnie Press, buried today (5 November 2009) in Bristol, England.

Press, who passed away on 28 October 2009, joined the Congress of Democrats in 1953, played an active role in the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the African National Congress (ANC), Umkhonto we Sizwe (ANC military wing) and the South African Communist Party. He also served as Secretary of the Textile Workers' Industrial Union.

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I was a teenage gun runner

Stuart Round, a nice, ordinary 30-something bloke from Nuneaton. But for 15 years he kept a secret - as a youth, he regularly risked his life to smuggle arms to the ANC in South Africa during the apartheid era

The Guardian, Tuesday 13 February 2001

"Nice truck." The South African border guard considered it with almost lascivious interest. The model Bedford of the type once popular in the British army was entering the country on the last leg of a 7,000-mile safari from Nairobi to Cape Town. There were 18 tourists in the back, one tour guide in the front, and a ton of AK-47s hidden under the seats. It was 1986, at the height of the sanctions against apartheid.

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Danny Schechter and Ronnie Kasrils discuss Danny’s time in apartheid South Africa

Special edition of ISSUU devoted to Danny Schechter

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RIP Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," Author, TV Producer, Made Six Films on Nelson Mandela

Known for his work chronicling the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa since the 1960s, Danny Schechter has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

Schechter got his start as "The News Dissector" in 1970 at WBCN-FM in Boston. He went on to become a prolific television producer who won two Emmys. He was executive editor of, co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision production company, and the author of twelve books, including The More You Watch, The Less You Know.

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This interesting report by the BBC, about the truck used for the "Secret Safari" arms smuggling operation, somehow manages to avoid mentioning that the drivers and tour guides were all white non-South Africans, mostly British people, acting in solidarity with the ANC.

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