Basil D’Oliveira, a pioneering cricketer, is being celebrated in Cape Town for his significant contributions to the sport during a time of racial prejudice. He was forced to leave South Africa and play for England, causing political turmoil when he was selected to tour South Africa in 1968. D’Oliveira’s legacy shows the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, inspiring future generations to pursue excellence.
Cape Town will award Civic Honours to several notable citizens, past and present, who have made significant contributions to society both locally and globally. The ceremony will take place in December and will recognize a diverse group of individuals, including lawyer Albie Sachs, cricket legend Basil D’Oliveira, pop icon Brenda Fassie, humanitarian Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, and renowned playwright Athol Fugard. However, the most exciting recipient is Krotoa, a historical figure from the Khoi community.
After 12 years, the City of Cape Town is once again awarding Civic Honours to recognize the exceptional achievements of its residents. The prestigious recognition serves to acknowledge those who have made significant contributions to Cape Town and beyond. An official ceremony will take place in December to honor the selected individuals and associations.