From Bo-Kaap to Buckingham Palace

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The irony of being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) would not have escaped Basil D’Oliveira when he arrived at Buckingham Palace with his wife, Naomi, and son, Damien, to receive this award from Queen Elizabeth II in 1969. South African-born, but classified coloured in terms of the Republic’s race laws, D’Oliveira would have struggled in the land of his birth to win recognition as a human being, let alone a cricketer. That is why he came to England to play professional cricket.


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