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The Newspapers

As we all know, South Africa has a very sad racist past. For years the world tried to convince the Nationalist Government to change the apartheid policies, but to no avail.

The world soon cottoned on to the fact that South Africans love their sport and decided that that was going to be their avenue of attack.

The newspapers reported on the saga which eventually led to South Africa's isolation from world sport.

These newspapers have been placed in the Duckpond Pavillion as a reminder not to repeat past mistakes.

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Evening Post, Saturday, August 31, 1968.
DOLLY BREAK FOR VORSTER
But issue will arise again over Maoris.


Special Correspondent.
Pretoria - The exclusion of the Coloured cricketer, Basil D'Oliveira, from the MCC side to tour South Africa this summer has merely postponed the tortuous decision the Prime Minister will ultimately have to make on international touring sides with non-White members.

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Evening Post, Saturday, September 12, 1968.
NEW DOUBTS ON MCC TOUR
Ban on Dolly as writer poses fresh problems.


Special Correspondent.
London - The announcement by the South African Premier, Mr Vorster, that the non-White cricketer, Basil D'Oliveira, will not be allowed into South Africa as a cricket reporter seems likely to create new uncertainty about the MCC tour of South Africa.

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Eastern Province Herald - Tuesday, September 17, 1968.
Surprise announcement by selectors.
D'OLIVEIRA CHOSEN FOR MCC TOUR
Replaces Cartwright who is declared unfit.


London - Sapa - Reuter
South African born cricketer, Basil D'Oliveira, was last night chosen for the MCC tour of South Africa. D'Oliveira was a last-minute addition to the English side. He was picked as a substitute for bowler Tom Cartwright, pronounced unfit.

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Evening Post, Saturday, Tuesday, September 17, 1968.
NOW IT'S OVER TO VORSTER
Dolly's selection brings issue to head.

Special Correspondent. - Sapa-Reuter.
London - England's cricket selectors, who started a storm by excluding the Coloured cricketer Basil D'Oliveira from the MCC side to tour South Africa, may have sparked another rumpus by chosing him for the team at the last minute.

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Eastern Province Herald, Wednesday, September 18, 1968.
Vorster: We will not have a team thrust upon us by people wishing to make political capital.
Griffiths: The team has been chosen all along with no shadow of doubt only on cricketing ability.
TOUR BY MCC OFF
Dolly's inclusion not acceptable - Vorster


From Donal Prosser - Herald Parliamentary Correspondent.
Bloemfontein - The MCC tour of South Africa is off because of the inclusion, on Monday, of the Coloured former South African cricketer, Basil D'Oliveira. Addressing a Nationalist meeting here, the Prime Minister, Mr Vorster, announced that the team was unacceptable to the South African Government.
He said: "Whereas we are and always have been prepared to play host to the MCC, we are not prepared to receive a team thrust upon us by people whose interests are not the game but to gain political objectives which they do not even attempt to hide."

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Eastern Province Herald, July 8, 1969.
BATTLE TO RESTORE WRECKED WICKETS
Anti-SA gesture damages 17 pitches.
Vandal's action deplored by Oxford captain.

Herald Correspondent.
Oxford - Groundsmen are working desperately here to repair the 45-yard-long trench which vandals dug across the historic Oxford University cricket square, where the touring Wilfred Isaacs XI are due to play the university team tomorrow.
The vandals, as yet unknown, managed to get in and dig the 4in X 9in deep trench, which has ruined 17 pitches, in spite of a security guard with a dog who has been on all-night watch since Saturday.

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Eastern Province Herald - Monday, October 20, 1969.
British Minister for sport bowls Bland.
Cricket Tour Warning from UK
D'Oliveira ban behind main objection


London - Sapa-Reuter
Mr Dennis Howell, the British Minister for Sport, said here that next year's South African cricket touring team should stay away from Britain. He also warned that South African cricket star, Colin Bland, a Rhodesian, would not be able to enter the country if he still had a Rhodesian passport.

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Evening Post - Friday, December 12, 1969.
Problems Ahead for MCC
Big expense: Protesters will go flat out.


Sapa - Reuter - AP
London
The English cricket administrators, by deciding that next year's tour of England by the South African cricketers will go on in full, have surprised the public by their refusal to give way to the threats of the anti-apartheid protesters.

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Eastern Province Herald - Friday, December 12, 1969.
Unanimous vote delights cricket lovers.
MCC Decides 1970 Tour Will Go On
Anonymous committee to probe all aspects.

Herald Correspondent
London
Cricketers, cricket authorities and thousands of enthusiasts all over the country last night welcomed the MCC announcement that the 1970 Springbok cricket tour of Britain would go on as planned, in the face of threatened demonstrations and disruptions.
In announcing the unanimous decision of the 20 delegates, making up the Test and County Cricket Board, that the tour should go ahead, Mr Billy Griffith, secretary of the MCC, indicated that nothing short of Government intervention, either by Britain or South Africa, would halt the present plan.

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Eastern Province Herald - Wednesday, December 17, 1969.
Cheetham tells of cricket plans
Non-White List of Possibles
Selection criteria will be on merit.

Herald Correspondent
Johannesburg
The convener of the South African Cricket Association's selection committee has asked the secretary of the Non-White Cricket Board of Control for a list of the "better players and a description of their abilities". This was said last night by Mr Jack Cheetham, president of the SACA.

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Weekend Post - Saturday, February 14, 1970.
Bacher's Answer to Demos.
Boks would welcome multi-racial sport.


Special Correspondent
Cape Town
Ali Bacher, the Springbok cricket captain, and every member of his team, would welcome multi-racial sport in South Africa as soon as the Government allow it.
This is the Springbok captain's answer to the demonstrators who wish to stop the tour of Britain.

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