St George's Park History
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Unification St George's Park - Chapter 25 - SACOS versus the NSC
Chapter 25 - SACOS versus the NSC
Harold Wilson

The fight for the sporting soul of the oppressed by SACOS and the NSC was an intense battle. SACOS, during its existence, made four crucial blunders which swung the pendulum in favour of the NSC.

1) Though highly principled, SACOS became staid and unable to adapt to the changing political scenario.

2) SACOS spurned the invitation extended to it in August, 1983, to show solidarity with the United Democratic Front (UDF) when the latter was launched in Mitchell’s Plain.

3) It declined to be a signatory to the Chris Ball (FNB) sponsored advertisement which demanded the release of Nelson Mandela.

4) It refrained from actively participating in the wrecking of the Gatting Cricket Tour.

The National Sports Council (NSC) was a subsidiary of the United Democratic Front which was actually the ANC in disguise. It also surpassed SACOS numerically and had access to the Black townships which SACOS could never attain. The NSC was vibrant and innovative. It was accessible to compromise in order to destroy apartheid.

SACOS, which had up to 1990 played a leadership role not only in the non-racial sports struggle but also politically, held on to strategies and tactics which had become outmoded, outdated, and redundant.

SACOS opposed the ANC, UDF and COSATU, which had become the vanguard of the struggle against apartheid.

The feared alienation of SACOS urged its affiliates to clamour for change - and when that was not forthcoming, the affiliates joined the National Sports Council.

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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