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A Unique Encounter

Lord Peter Hain and Mike Procter in discussion
with Sir Nick Stadlen, followed by a Q&A session.

The Politician/Campaigner and the South African Cricket Legend discuss the international sporting ban in the 1970s/80s
and its legacies for them and for South Africa.

Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm. Doors open 5.45pm
Venue: South Africa House,Trafalgar Square,London WC2N 5DP

 

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The Discussants

Lord Peter Hain, Politician

Born in 1950 and brought up in South Africa, Peter has been in politics for over 50 years. His South African-born parents, Adelaine and Walter, after being jailed and then banned for their anti-apartheid activism in Pretoria were forced to leave for exile in London in March 1966 after the Government instructed all architectural firms from employing him. Aged 19, Peter became a British anti-apartheid leader, especially in stopping all-white South African sports tours from 1969 onwards.

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Lord Peter Hain, Politician

Born in 1950 and brought up in South Africa, he has been in politics for over 50 years. His South African-born parents, Adelaine and Walter, after being jailed and then banned for their anti-apartheid activism in Pretoria were forced to leave for exile in London in March 1966 after the Government instructed all architectural firms from employing him.
Aged 19, Peter became a British anti-apartheid leader, especially in stopping all-white South African sports tours from 1969 onwards.
In December 2015 he received from South Africa the OR Tambo National Award in Silver for his ‘excellent contribution to the freedom struggle’.
In 2017-18 he exposed in the UK Parliament money laundering and corruption involving global corporates on behalf of then President Zuma’s family and the Gupta brothers.
In 2018 he chaired the Nelson Mandela London Centenary Exhibition Organising Committee.
In 2017 he chaired the Oliver Tambo Centenary UK Committee.
He is a Vice-President of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).
MP for Neath 1991-2015, he served in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for twelve years, seven in the Cabinet.
As Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, he negotiated an end to the conflict, bringing old enemies together in government in 2007.
In November 2015 he was introduced to the House of Lords.
The author of 21 books, including Mandela His Essential Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) his memoirs Outside In (London, Biteback 2012; and his parents’ story Ad & Wal: values, duty, sacrifice in Apartheid South Africa (London, Biteback, 2014.
Chairman of the Donald Woods Foundation charity, Patron of the Canon Collins Trust and a Trustee of the Liliesleaf Trust and the Listen Charity, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand Business School.

Sir Nicholas Stadlen High Court Judge (ret) and
Film Maker

Sir Nicholas Stadlen is a former judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was appointed to the High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division on 2 October 2007 and took early retirement on 21 April 2013.

In 1968 he was working as a busboy in a restaurant in Manhattan, after winning an English Speaking Union scholarship to a school in New York, when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. 

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Sir Nick Stadlen High Court Judge (ret) and Film Maker

Sir Nicholas Stadlen is a former judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was appointed to the High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division on 2 October 2007 and took early retirement on 21 April 2013. In 1968 he was working as a busboy in a restaurant in Manhattan, after winning an English Speaking Union scholarship to a school in New York, when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. He travelled to the South where he witnessed the extraordinary events following his death and saw at first hand the face of violent racism. It awakened in him a lifelong interest in the struggle for racial equality in the Deep South and South Africa. As President of the Cambridge Union, he got to know Bishop Trevor Huddleston and invited him to speak about the fight against apartheid. From 1972 to 1975 he was the first Secretary of the British Irish Association and organised meetings on Chatham House rules in colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, bringing together for the first time Loyalist and Republican leaders and British and Irish ministers and opinion formers. The Association is still going strong. In 2006–07 he conducted a series of in-depth interviews with well-known figures (Gerry Adams, Desmond Tutu, F W de Klerk, Shimon Peres, Hanan Ashrawi, Tony Benn and David Blunkett) which were podcast by The Guardian under the series title Brief Encounters. They are still available on the Guardian website. As a QC he led the successful defence of the Bank Of England in the BCCI litigation, during which he made the longest speech in British legal history when he spoke for 119 days. In 2006 he was named Barrister Of The Year. He was knighted in 2008. Since retirement in 2013, he has been researching the history of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2015 he organised and chaired a colloquium at Wits University in Johannesburg on the life and legacy of Bram Fischer, the QC who saved Nelson Mandela from the gallows at the Rivonia Trial. In 2015-6 he was awarded the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow Fellowship, at St Antony’s College, Oxford where he did research on the Bram Fischer papers. The following year he organised and chaired a pilot series of seminars on law and politics at St. Antony’s. In 2017 Sir Nick produced and directed a documentary film entitled Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes, featuring the then remaining survivors of the Rivonia trial, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni and Ahmed Kathrada, along with defence lawyers Lord Joel Joffe, George Bizos and Denis Kuny, which tells the story of the Rivonia trial. The title reflects Denis Goldberg’s words to his mother at the end of the trial on hearing that he and his comrades had been spared the death sentence, and Sir Nicholas said that he was inspired to make the film after spending a day with Denis. The film won the audience award for Best International Film at the 2018 South Africa International Film Festival and has been shown on M-NET in Africa and Channel 5 in the UK. The Motion Picture Association of America hosted the US premiere in Washington and Sir Nick has done over 40 screenings and Q&As in South Africa, the USA, England and Scotland.

Mike Procter: Founder, Mike Procter Foundation

Mike Procter is a South African cricket legend. A fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, he proved himself a colossal competitor in English first-class cricket. Such was his impact at Gloucestershire, the county was renamed in the popular press as Proctershire!!

He was denied the international stage by South Africa’s banishment from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s. 

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Michael Procter
South African Cricket Legend and Founder of the Mike Procter Foundation

Mike Procter is a South African cricket legend. A fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, he proved himself a colossal competitor in English first-class cricket. Such was his impact at Gloucestershire, the county was renamed in the popular press as Proctershire!!

He was denied the international stage by South Africa’s banishment from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970 and South African cricketer of the year in 1967.

Since his retirement as a player he has been South Africa’s team coach (1991-94), national team selector, International Cricket Council match referee (2001-08) and a regular TV and radio commentator and pundit between 1994/2001 and 2016/18). Since retiring, he has also been Director of Cricket between 1988 and 1991 at Orange Free State (at the time that Hanse Cronje and Alan Donald were starting their careers); Northamptonshire (who won the One Day Cup during his tenure); and Natal.

In 2014, he initiated the Mike Procter Foundation to run a project to enhance the lives of the children who attend Ottawa Primary School, in a settlement close to Durban. By introducing sport into their lives he has used cricket as a vehicle to improve self-esteem and an escape from the realities of their daily lives. With many of the children being HIV positive and in some cases orphans they face a daily struggle against hunger and crime; it is, without doubt, one of the toughest challenges Mike has faced.

The discussion will start at 6:30pm and finish at 8:30pm, doors will open at 5:45pm, with a welcome drink served upon arrival.
Your e-ticket admits 1 person. It includes canapes, drinks and receiving a signed copy of Mike Procter’s autobiography “Caught in the Middle” at the event.

An additional book may only be purchased by those who have purchased a ticket (£30) to attend the event.

If you have ordered additional copies of Mike Procter’s Book, you will be able to collect them at the event.
Please ensure you bring along your emailed ticket and receipts. Thank you.

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All net proceeds will go to the Mike Procter Foundation bringing sporting opportunities to a settlement in Durban.

Presented by the Mike Procter Foundation in association with On The Page Events and hosted by the South African High Commission.