Category: Sport

Score for freedom

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Rate this OpinionIN THE year that we are celebrating the centenary of President Nelson Mandela, it is only appropriate that I start with a quote by Tata Madiba from a speech he delivered in 1997 at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People….

Schools sport history in SA

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Rate this OpinionBefore the demise of the South African Senior Schools Sports Association (SASSSA) and South African Primary Schools Sports Association (SAPSSA), school sport was a vibrant activity on Cape Flats and beyond, especially during the months of February and March. Sport historians, such as…

Cricketing great ‘Dik’ Abed denied biggest stage

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Rate this OpinionIT COULD be argued that Dik Abed, who died in the Netherlands on Friday, was one of the biggest casualties of what became known, in 1968, as the “D’Oliveira Affair”.  At least, D’Oliveira, banned by John Vorster’s apartheid regime from representing his adopted…

Racist rugby still rankles

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Rate this OpinionThe often accepted dictum is that history is written from the perspective of the victor and not the vanquished. In South African history this is not necessarily the case and we find in today’s democratic dispensation many areas of its inglorious past are…

God defend New Zealand

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Rate this OpinionNEW ZEALAND rugby teams have long regarded games at Newlands as the next best thing to playing on their home grounds – and when the All Blacks run onto the field this evening, they will see why some local fans regard Cape Town…

Why I cannot support the Springbok….

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Rate this OpinionIN AN afternoon of speeches and tributes and camaraderie centred on the life of Salie ‘Lippe’ Fredericks, one of the greatest rugby players never to have represented his country, I wrote just one word, in capital letters in my notebook: IRONY. I wrote…