Magiet was honoured at the 10th annual South African Sports Awards.
Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk collected three awards, including South African Sport Star of the year at the glittering event, where Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) honoured its local heroes.
A hall-mark of Magiet’s career has been the longevity of his contribution, which spanned three decades.
He is remembered by South African fans as a member of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) national selection committee from 1991 to 1999 and as convener from 1999 to 2001. South Africa consistently challenged Australia for supremacy during that decade.
Magiet played an important foundation role, working in association with the late Khaya Majola and Dr Ali Bacher, in rolling out the KFC Mini-Cricket programme, one of the longest development sports programmes in Southern Africa, to remote areas after unification in 1991.
The Mini-Cricket program has been a heartbeat of SA cricket for more than 25 years and has provided a foundation to kids from all backgrounds at grassroots level. Quite a few South African legends, including Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher, took their first steps as aspiring cricketers at the Mini-Cricket program.
Other stars who are still plying their trade diligently, also benefited from Magiet’s expertise, such as Thami Tsolekile and JP Duminy. He took Tsolekile, a former South African wicketkeeper, under his wings and regularly spoke with Tsolekile’s mother while monitoring the progress of the nuggety cricketer.
“I was a development manager in Cape Town and JP spent nine years at an indoor-net at Roeland Street and I told the guys at that stage that he will play for South Africa one day,” he said.
Magiet first served notice of his own skills as a young cricketer when he was selected for Western Province in the 1971/72-season. He represented Western Province in 37 first-class games until 1980/81 and captured 109 wickets as a fast bowler. He also played for the South in the North-South derby under the aegis of the South African Cricket Board (SACB).
Considered an early exponent of the lethal art of reverse swing, he boasts match figures of 10 for 56 among his best returns.
A graduate in social work from the University of the Western Cape, he practised in that field from 1964 to 1982.
Subsequently, he served South African cricket as full-time administrator, selector and development manager until his retirement in 1999, and then became convener of selectors.
In 1986, Magiet was elected on the Western Province Cricket Board as a member of the executive. He was appointed as treasurer of the Board in 1989.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) appointed him as match referee in 2005 and he also served on the national body’s restructuring committee from 2012 to 2013.
Currently, he forms part of CSA’s Playing Affairs committee.
Magiet was one of 21 civilian recipients of the Mayoral Medal in 2009. It was done in acknowledgment of his establishment of 12 soup kitchens across the Cape Flats which fed 4 000 people per week (there are currently 14 active kitchens feeding 5000 civilians per week, mostly children.)
“I am still going at it. Since I started thesoup kitchens, I have had greater inner satisfaction out of doing it than playing cricket. To me, doing this work is much more important and rewarding (than having played cricket),” he reflects.
In 1999, Magiet received an award from the Minister of Sport for his services to Western Province rugby.
Magiet represented Primrose Rugby Club and City and Suburban from 1963, and was a regular participant at the Rhodes tournament as captain and coach until 1971.
The administrator also received a scroll in recognition of his unselfish work in shaping sport in the Western Cape from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in 2012.
A Life President of Primrose Cricket Club and currently president of the club, Magiet has been a leader in grassroots development for more than 25 years. He conducted turf-pitch preparations for a quarter of a decade.
In 2013, he was awarded life membership of Western Province Cricket.
“A feature of his life in cricket has been the magnitude of his involvement,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“His passion for development has endeared him to many South Africans. But he has also excelled as player, selector, administrator, treasurer, turf pitch operator and as a community leader.
“We wish to celebrate his monumental role in Western Province and South African cricket,” he concluded.