Special feature: Beyond the Boundary – state of transformation in South African cricket

By Antoinette Muller & Leila Dougan 1 August 2016

It is hard to disagree that South African sport has failed to transform at the top level, but  cricket’s political association in South Africa stretches way further back than apartheid. Daily Maverick’s ANTOINETTE MULLER and Chronicle’s LEILA DEE DOUGAN visited the heartlands of black cricket in South Africa to explore why cricket and politics will always be bedfellows; the work being done by CSA at grassroots, and how high performance and transformation go hand in hand.

Read Beyond the Boundary here.

Transformation has always been a hot topic in South African sport. In April it culminated in a decision by Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula to ban four South African sporting bodies, including Cricket South Africa (CSA), from bidding for or hosting major sporting events.

Today the sport’s numbers — in the national team at least — paint a grim picture. That in 20 years there has been just one regular black African Test cricketer is cringeworthy. But is this down to lack of will, a lack of effort or simply because cricket’s very core is inherently elitist, making it very difficult for those from a disadvantaged background to climb up its ranks? And, if it is so exclusive, what is being done to break down those barriers?

To understand the entire story, read Special Feature: Beyond the Boundary.

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Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.

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