Press Articles

UMagogo’s final resting place

The Swazi Observer

10 October 2007 Manzini – The funeral of Rebecca Masilela, popularly known as uMagogo will go down in history as the most significant in the memory of times of exiled South Africans who lived in Swaziland because they ran away from apartheid.

She was an ANC Godmother

Times of Swaziland

7 October 2007 – Manzini COSATU founder member and former MK operative in Swaziland, John Nkadimeng, yesterday said ANC veterans who fled to Swaziland during the apartheid era found haven in the family of the late Umagogo, Makgomo Rebecca Masilela.

A weekend for two heroes – The Swazi Observer

The Swazi Observer

2 October 2007 Page 12 Mbabane – This weekend will watch see commemorating the contribution of two individuals who, in their own right, were outstanding in the war against apartheid.

Notice of death of uMagogo Makgomo Rebecca Masilela – The Swazi Observer

The Swazi Observer

2 October 2007 Mbabane– It is with deep sorrow that the Masilela family and the extended family of Number 43 Trelawney Park announces the death of uMagogo. She passed away during the early morning hours of Sunday, 30 September 2007, after an intermittent illness.

Book signing of Number 43 Trelawney Park at art gallery

National News

22 July 2007 Page 2 Manzini – If you missed the chance of getting your copy of the recently launched book “Number 43 Trelawney Park KwaMagogo”, the chance will avail itself on Thursday July 26 at the Art Gallery sd.com during its famous high tea occasion as the author Elias Masilela will be present.

Book signing of Number 43 Trelawney Park at art gallery

The Swazi Observer

22 July 2007 Manzini– Art Gallery Director Archie Magwaza presenting Elias Masilela with a portrait. The author of Trelawney Park KwaMagogo Number 43 was in the country for the High Tea and signing of the book.

Warts-and-all view of a Swazi anti-apartheid base

WEEKENDER, The Weekend Review

21 Jul 2007 Page 7 – NUMBER 43 TRELAWNEY PARK KWAMAGOGO Elias Masilela David Philip HISTORIES of the antiapartheid struggle are written from individual perspectives. Sometimes, they gloss and glorify the role of the writer; at other times, they record meticulously assembled facts that are left to speak for themselves.

Lessons of health and history

Mail & Guardian Review

13 Jul 2007 Page 5 – Told in the first person, Elias Masilela’s Number 43 Trelawney Park Kwamagogo (David Philip) puts a tragic, and in some ways nostalgic, human face life in axile during the apartheid years. The book tells the story od 25 PAC and ANC members who passed through Number 43 Trelawney Park.

King didn’t scold Zuma

Times of Swaziland

4 July 2007 Page 3 Mbabane – The royal family has disputed reports that the king has read the riot act for former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma on his intended marriage to Sebentile Dlamini.

Find out what Number 43 Trelawney Park means

The Weekend Review!

30 June 2007When I acquired the book, Number 43 Trelawney Park – KwaMagogo, I did not have a clue of what to expect. Maybe it was just curiosity. I was just taking a chance. I expected it was a story about people I did not know, what would it mean to me?

Elias signing photographs

The Swazi Observer

25 June 2007 page 6 Manzini – Elias had a busy day signing autographs for the people who bought his book during its launch.

His Majesty over the moon

The Swazi Observer

25 June 2007 page 3 ManziniHis Majesty King Mswati III has praised Elias Masilela for bringing up a true reflection of the contributions Swaziland made towards a liberated South Africa.

King Sobhuza epitome of struggle

The Swazi Observer

25 June 2007 Manzini, Cover – King’s representative Prince Mahlaba receiving a gift from ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma who presented it on behalf of Elias Masilela. This was during the launch of a book entitled “Number 43 Trelawney Park KwaMagogo” which was held at Esibayeni Lodge.

Late King Sobhuza II hailed for South Africa’s liberation

National News

25 June 2007 Matsapha, page 8 – Even though ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma shied away from discussing his relationship with Princess Sebentile, Minister Mathendele Dlamini called him “sibali” (brother-in-law).

Minister Mathende calls Zuma sibali

National News

25 June 2007 Manzini, page 9 – Even though ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma shied away from discussing his relationship with Princess Sebentile, Minister Mathendele Dlamini called him “sibali” (brother-in-law).

Number 43 Trelawney Park KwaMagogo book launch

The Swazi Observer

25 June 2007 Manzini – Author of the book, Number 43, Trelawney Park, kwaMagogo, Elias Masilela and a guest picture during the official launch of the book at esibayeni Lodge on Saturday night. Also in the picture is businessman ‘Top Hits’ Dlamini.

SD’s role in liberation of SA

The Swazi Observer

25 June 2007 Manzini, page 2 – 3 – Prime Minister Themba Dlamini opened his remarks by honouring Magogo for the big role she played in the cadre’s lives, by driving them towards the common cause of total liberation of South Africa.

Zuma once detained at Lomahasha

Times of Swaziland

25 June 2007 Manzini, page 2 – Africa National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Jacob Zuma was once detained in Swaziland after being found in possession of an firearm and lived rounds of ammunition.

Zuma rekindles fires of liberation

National News

25 June 2007 Manzini, page 1-2 – For once in history the Kingdom of Swaziland was showered with accolades for its role in the liberation struggle. African National Congress Deputy President Jacob Zuma lifted the country’s profile by paying homage to the local efforts towards the liberation of Africa, especially South Africa. This was an auspicious occassion hosted by Elias Masilela during the launch of his book.

The Going-on at Granny’s place

Sunday Tribune News

24 June 2007 Page 16No 43 Trelawney Park – it sounds like a spy novel, and you wouldn’t be far wrong. If it could speak, this house in a quiet suburb of the town of Manzini, Swaziland, would have a multitude of fascinating cloak-and-dagger tales to tell.

Zuma’s private meet with king

Times of Swaziland

23 June 2007 Manzini – Mshini Wami Hits SD: Former South Africa Deputy President Jabob Zuma (c) on arrival at the Number 43 Trelawney Park (Masilela homestead) yesterday. Scores of people were happy to see him before he was whisked to a private meeting with His Majesty King Mswati III.

KaGogo embraced – KwaMagogo the struggle

Weekend Observer

23 June 2007 Manzini – Today, Elias Masilela, a patriotic son of the soil. launches his book titled “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo”. This book documents his personal account of the lives of today’s South African ANC leaders as they operated from his home in Trelawney Park in Manzini, which within the struggle became known as kwaMagogo.

About KwaMagogo

The Swazi Observer

22 June 2007 Manzini page 8 – The book is split into four parts, one is the origin of the house, another being contributions by the author’s siblings, the third part is about relations with comrades in Swaziland and the fourth is about the conclusion of the 40 year history.

SD comes alive at KwaMagogo

The Swazi Observer

22 June 2007 Manzini page 8 – The book is split into four parts, one is the origin of the house, another being contributions by the author’s siblings, the third part is about relations with comrades in Swaziland and the fourth is about the conclusion of the 40 year history.

Deputy President Jacob Zuma expected tomorrow

National News

22 June 2007 Manzini page 3 – African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Jacob Zuma is expected to be a guest during the launch of a book called Number 43 Trelawney Park kwaMagogo, tomorrow.

SD to host ceremony for SA freedom fighters

The Swazi Observer

13 June 2007 Mbabane page 9 – A cleansing and healing ceremony for South African freedom fighters who died in Swaziland during the apartheid era will be hosted by the Kingdom in a two day spiritual ceremony proposed to be held at the end of this month.

KwaMogogo House number 43 launch

The Swazi Observer

11 June 2007 Manzini – Elias Masilela launches one of Swaziland’s greatest accomplishments as a people through the escapades of freedom fighters who saved the Africans.

How ANC attacked from Trelawaney Park

Times of Swaziland

23 May 2007 Manzini – Writing this book was motivated by numerous defining moments in the life and history of the Masilela family, as I observed them through the eye of a young boy growing in an environment full of tumult.