Louis De Waal
1961 UCT 1st XV Intervarsity Winner (Eigth-Man)
Basil was one of those persons who, when you met him, you immediately knew you could go to war with him, should it be required. This happened quite often when I joined Basil with 13 others to face the onslaughts of folk named Villagers, Hammies, Maties and Gardeners to mention a few. He was an inspirational captain who coerced us verbally throughout the battle.
We fought together at UCT and later at False Bay, losing a few battles but mainly winning the 90 minute encounters. When our playing days were over, Basil then spread his battle philosophy to many a school boy.
I was greatly blessed and honoured to have Basil as a friend. He taught us never to give up despite the odds. We will all miss you Bas.
1961 UCT 1st XV
You will recall that I shared a house with Basil, No1 Dean Street, for two years, and these tributes have so clearly described all those things Basil was.
Complex, passionate, intensely private, but hugely generous – spot on – but with huge integrity, wit, charm and a self-deprecating sense of irony which had the astonishing ability to bring the best out in all of us that were privileged to have known him – all our lives will be poorer for his passing.
Thank you and God bless
1961 UCT 1st XV Intervarsity Winner (Centre)
Basil was a great friend. He was a great coach wherever he went, spreading his rugby gospel. We used to insult each other as only great friends do. We all owe him so much. Go well Basil!.
1961 UCT 1st XV
Basil and I lived together for some six years. First, eight of us together at Weltevreden and then as the ranks dwindled we moved to von Holdt Street and then on to Plumstead, where eventually it was just Basil and me. I left at the end of August 1968 to take up a job offer in Pretoria and Basil suddenly upped and married Zita in December 1968.
From some years later onwards, every time we were together, and particularly if our wives were present, Basil would always say to me, “You know Jacot, it’s all your bloody fault, if you had not left Cape Town, you and I would still be living happily together”!
Basil was a dear friend, and particularly in recent years we Skyped or spoke on the phone nearly every week. I miss him sorely as we all do.