Please pray for and support all those in their time of mourning.
*A Community Message sent to Diaspora*
Emily Lolo Nobadula's Funeral Details.
Dear Friends , As you may know by now that Mrs Thembi Nobadula has lost another daughter in a space of a few months, I wish to inform you that the funeral details are as follows: Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016, Time: 12:00 noon, Venue: East Finchley Cemetery, 122 East End Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0RZ. This will be followed by a reception: Time: 13:30 at Hornsey Moravian Church, Priory Road, London, N8 7HR. Please inform all the people you think know the family and may wish to show support. Best regards Lindiwe Poswa *May her Soul Rest In Peace*
WALTER HAIN (1924 - 2016)
Former Pretoria anti-apartheid activist Walter Hain, who was jailed and banned before being prevented by the government from working as an architect and forced into exile in Britain in 1966, died peacefully in Neath, South Wales aged 91 on 14 October 2016.
Father of leading anti-apartheid campaigner and former Labour Cabinet Minister and Neath MP, Peter Hain, now Lord Hain, Walter was born on 29 December 1924 in Northdene, Durban, South Africa.
He went to Arcadia Primary school in Pretoria, and both Parktown High School, Johannesburg, and Pretoria Boys High School. He gained his degree in architecture at the University of Witwatersrand, later specialising in the design of hospital laboratories.
At school he played cricket (continuing until aged 80) and rugby. Apart from during the apartheid sports boycott period, he was a Springbok rugby fan and South Africa cricket supporter. He also followed golf, tennis and especially football as a keen Chelsea FC fan.
On 1 September 1948 Walter married Adelaine Stocks who was born in Port Alfred, South Africa, and they had four children: Peter, Tom, Jo-anne and Sally. They have eleven grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
The couple lived first in Pretoria, then briefly in Nairobi, Kenya; Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Pretoria, Ealing in London; Ruckinge, Kent and again Pretoria.
Both Walter and Adelaine joined the South African Liberal Party in 1954 and from 1958 became extremely active in its Pretoria Branch, he its Chairman, she its Secretary.
For their anti-apartheid activism in the Party, the couple were both imprisoned for two weeks without charge in 1961 and then successively issued with banning orders, she in 1963 and he in 1964, designed to suppress their activism.
As the first such married couple to be banned, an embarrassed Government was forced to insert new and special clauses in their Banning Orders enabling them to talk to each other, exceptionally as banned persons who were normally prevented from communicating.
Eventually in March 1966 they were forced to leave their beloved South Africa because they were deprived of earning an income after the Government instructed all architectural firms in Pretoria municipality – to which he was restricted by his banning order – from employing him. The family moved to Britain where they lived in Putney for several decades.
He was active in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and a founder of Architects Against Apartheid.
In 2009 Walter and Adelaine moved to Neath, South Wales.
For their story see Peter Hain, Ad & Wal: values, duty, sacrifice in Apartheid South Africa (Biteback, 2014).
Walter is the author of a widely used architectural design guide, Laboratories (E & FN Spon, 1995), and over his active life regularly wrote political articles and letters for national newspapers and magazines.
His final book was an account with sketches of his service with the Royal Natal Carbineers in Italy during World War Two: Apennine War Diary: An Artist's Sketch Book 1944-45 (Bretwalda, 2015)
A tremendous loss to the tourism industry in South Africa - but even more so to her family whom she adored. Rob, Mackenzie and Madison - and the extended More and van Niekerk families - you are in our thoughts and prayers. For those who would like to attend the funeral /send love and prayers the details are below or on this link ...
We pray for the Brynius family and send our sincere condolences for the loss of Rudy - beloved father, son and husband and their daughter McKayla. And bless all those who have shown such kindness and Ubuntu in the wake of their tragedy.
The Diaspora Committee would like to thank you all for your love, prayers, time and comforting gestures.
We had 3 bereavements in one month: Zoleka Thara lost her sister, Nomasundu Gwetyana lost her Son (both in South Africa). And we lost our sister in the Diaspora - Thandi Maseko-Robertson from Soweto - Johannesburg. She will be laid to rest in Glasgow. We showed ubuntu, we supported all families in various ways. Let us show similar love & support to others in future. "Motho ke Motho ka batho". A word of gratitude to the Diaspora team NCL and Manchester who went to Glasgow for the memorial on Friday.