St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 5 - National Political Influences and World War II
Chapter 5 - National Political Influences and World War II
Harold Wilson

The Hertzog Bills of the early 1930ís made serious inroads into the human rights of the indigenous people which culminated into the removal of Blacks from the Common Voterís Roll in 1936 while the Wilcockís Commission of 1937 recommended the establishment of a Coloured Affairs Department which would also remove the Coloureds from the Common Voterís Roll.

War intervened before the latter could be implemented and the subsequent events transformed an apolitical indigenous people into one imbued with militancy and political awareness. They started to clamour for their rights.

The catalyst, World War II, asseverated the independence of European colonies in Africa and Asia. World War II also accelerated the process of democracy and thereby spreading the ethos of equality, liberty and fraternity.

Sport was targeted as a conduit to achieve unity. Cricket was the first code to apply this principle by espousing the view that a single controlling body would be far more effective than the racially and religious divisive bodies operating from club to national level.


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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Discrimination Rears its Ugly Head
Chapter 3 - Establishment of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 4 - Splintering of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 5 - National Political Influences and World War II
Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
Chapter 7 - Change Racial Affiliation to Single Provincial Affiliation
Chapter 8 - In Search of International Competition
Chapter 9 - The Basil D'Oliviera Affair
Chapter 10 - Prime Minister John Vorster Reacts
Chapter 11 - South African Cricket Association's Attempts to Secure Tours
Chapter 12 - Hassan Howa's Term of Office
Chapter 13 - The Advent of SACOS
Chapter 14 - SACBOC's Application to ICC for Associate Membership
Chapter 15 - Dr Piet Koornhof's Attempt to Normalise Cricket
Chapter 16 - In Search of Unity
Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Chapter 18 - Unification Hampered by Problems
Chapter 19 - The Establishment of a New Non-Racial Cricket Body
Chapter 20 - SACU's Inability to Regain Admission to International Cricket
Chapter 21 - Double Standards Resolution of SACOS
Chapter 22 - Boycotts Became a Powerful Weapon
Chapter 23 - Frank Brache and Hassan Howa
Chapter 24 - The Demise of Howa's Role in Cricket
Chapter 25 - SACOS versus the NSC
Chapter 26 - The Mike Gatting Tour
Chapter 27 - Thabo Mbeki the Mediator
Chapter 28 - Retraction of Rebel Tours
Chapter 29 - Steve Tswete the Facilitator
Chapter 30 - Declaration of Intent
Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Chapter 32 - Establishment of the United Cricket Board
SA Reaccepted
The John Passmore Week
Nuffield Week
Non-Whites Invite Kiwi Team
Eastern Province Trials on Merit to be Sought