An Evening with Lord Peter Hain:
In conversation with Mike Procter and Nick Stadlen
Date & Time: Tuesday 11th July, 7 pm start, doors open from 6:15 pm
Venue: 1, Batholomew Close, London, EC1A 7BL
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How the Apartheid System Affected and Shaped Our Lives
Another rare opportunity to hear Lord Peter Hain, who in his youth was the public face of the anti-apartheid movement in Britain, discuss with South African international cricket legend, Mike Procter how their country’s iniquitous apartheid system shaped their lives.
This time, the discussion will also explore the legal aspects of the world in which they both operated at that time.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
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!!
South Africa’s banishment from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s denied him the international stage. 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 (when 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.
Lord Peter Hain
Born in 1950 and raised in South Africa, he has been in politics for over 50 years. His South African-born parents, Adelaine and Walter, after being jailed and 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 money laundering and corruption involving global corporates in the UK Parliament on behalf of then-President Zuma’s family and the Gupta brothers.
In 2018 he chaired the Nelson Mandela London Centenary Exhibition Organising Committee.
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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.
He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand Business School, Chairman of the Donald Woods Foundation charity, Patron of the Canon Collins Trust, and a Trustee of the Liliesleaf Trust and the Listen Charity.
Sir Nicholas Stadlen
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 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.
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In 2006–07 he conducted a series of in-depth interviews with well-known figures (Gerry Adams, Desmond Tutu, F W de Klerk, Simon 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, speaking 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 researched 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.