He has received the ultimate cricketing accolade – the life-time achievement award – on two occasions.
The 73-year old was acknowledged for his contribution to South African cricket over a period of more than four decades when he received the esteemed prize at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards ceremony on Tuesday 26th July.
His contemporaries and fans of Western Province remembered his exploits for the provincial team which spanned almost a decade between 1971/72 and 1980/81 in which he scored 917 runs in 37 matches and took 109 wickets with a best of 10-56.
Magiet might not have conceptualized the art of reverse swing at pace, but he almost mastered it. When he was in his pomp, he had few equals. His 109 wickets came at an average of 13.63 and an economy rate of 1.83, while his strike-rate of 44.5 was up there with the finest.
He was a member of the South African selection committee from 1991 to 2001 and was chairman of the committee from 1999 to 2001.
During that era, only Australia was able to compete with South Africa. The Baggy Greens were imperious in that era, specifically from 1995 to 2001, but South Africa, spearheaded by Allan Donald with support from Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Makhaya Ntini and Shaun Pollock, asked probing questions.
Magiet, the late Khaya Majola and Dr Ali Bacher were inspirational figures in rolling out the KfC Mini-cricket initiative which are part of the rhythm and heart-beat as a development sports programme in South Africa which reached even the remotest rural areas after unification in 1991.
Magiet possesses that rear eye to spot unique talent.
He told some friends when he saw JP Duminy at the age of nine at an net practice in Roeland Street that the middle-order batsman would represent South Africa one day.
When Duminy scored that superb unbeaten 50 at the WACA, followed by a magnificent 166 at the MCG in 2008 to propel South Africa to a series-win against Australia, the visionary Magiet’s prophetic words was vindicated.
In 2015, he also received a life-time achievement award from the minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula.
Magiet was a graduate in social work from the University of the Western Cape and practised in that field from 1964 to 1982.
He served as full-time administrator, selector and development manager until his retirement in 1999 and then succeeded Peter Pollock as chairman of selectors.
During the 1980’s, he was a member of Western Province’s executive and was appointed as treasurer of the Board in 1989.
CSA appointed him as match referee and he also served on the body’s restructuring committee from 2012 to 2013.
One of 21 recipients of the Mayoral medal in 2009, Magiet was honoured for his civilian work in establishing of 12 soup kitchens across the Cape Flats which fed 4000 people twice a week.
Despite physical ailments, Magiet is undaunted and is continuing the social work in touching communities who is in need of nutrition and upliftment.
“I have travelled six hours on a Monday and it was tough on my knee but I have mentored somebody else to complete the delivery and I pay him to do the work (of the soup kitchens) physically,” said Magiet.
The long-term administrator was humbled by Tuesday’s accolade: “I just feel honoured to receive the life-time achievement award of CSA. It is an acknowledgement for all the efforts that I have put in over the years to establish cricket.”
Probed about the future of South African cricket, Magiet said: “South Africa possesses a rich talent pool in sport, but we must attempt to identify those ball-players lure them to cricket. Some of them are drawn to baseball or rugby or other sports.
“Our challenge is to make it attractive for them to play the game. That is why mini-cricket is so important. It is such a popular festival. We must ensure that many of our scouts attend the mini-cricket festival.
“We have the talent to get back to the summit of test cricket. We must just have the spirit to play for one another,” Magiet added.