Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more
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Saturday 12 December 2009
Sunday 01 November 2009
Sunday 18 October 2009
Mpho Skeef was born to a Zulu father and white mother at a time when apartheid forbade such liaisons. She has, therefore, rather more life experience than the average conveyor-belt diva.
Saturday 17 October 2009
Tuesday 13 October 2009
Ever since Peter Hain was "too busy" to declare £100,000 worth of donations to his deputy leadership campaign last year, the Welsh Secretary has not been the beneficiary of a great deal of public sympathy. Perhaps until now.
Friday 11 September 2009
The venue for Saturday's Tri-Nations showdown between New Zealand and South Africa is one that has special significance for the visiting Springboks.
Saturday 15 August 2009
Friday 24 July 2009
Anthony Fabian's film tells such a bizarre story it could only be based on the truth.
Monday 08 June 2009
Barney Zackon was forced into exile in Britain, at 37, at the height of his career as a defence lawyer and political activist in apartheid South Africa. His courageous work as a Cape Town attorney arranging the defence of a flood of African insurrectionists in the critical years after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960 must have been behind the banning order served on him, with no reasons given, by the Justice Minister B.J. Vorster in March 1965.
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Back in the 1960s, a white speech therapist working at Cape Town 's Groote Schuur hospital made a grim discovery in her life.
Wednesday 03 June 2009
It has been half a century since the Anti-Apartheid Movement was formed in London to campaign against the racially motivated marginalisation black people in South Africa.
Saturday 30 May 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
The 1974 Lions left Britain midway between two general elections and visited a South Africa in the grip of the disgusting apartheid regime. So politics and sport mingle, inevitably, in two TV films shown this weekend: 'The Invincibles' on Sky, and 'The Lions' Roar' on BBC Wales this evening. Denis Howell, the minority Labour government's sports minister in '74, advised against the tour, calling it "a moral matter"; both Howell and Ted Heath, the Conservative leader, welcomed the victorious tourists home in person. "They used us as pawns and it was pathetic," JJ Williams says. Bernie Habana (Bryan's dad) and the current South Africa coach Peter de Villiers recall segregated stadiums and crowds of caged-off black spectators cheering wildly when the Lions scored against the all-white Springboks. Did the tour undermine apartheid or give it succour? Fast forward to this year and an intriguing irony. A plan for the Boks to play a warm-up match against New Zealand Maori – in Soweto – was abandoned because South African law prohibits teams selected on racial lines.
Friday 22 May 2009
Best known for his Man Booker shortlisted The Good Doctor, Galgut's long awaited sixth novel opens on a thrillerish note. Adam Napier is on his uppers, having recently lost both his job and his home.
Wednesday 06 May 2009
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