Johannesburg - Honorary life vice-president of the Gauteng Cricket Board Edmund Ntikinca passed away on Sunday, aged 76, the GCB said.
He was also a former Transvaal and South African cricketer.
"Edmund’s commitment to the game, as well as his love for it that stretched across almost half a decade, has played an incredible role within the GCB’s vision and goals.
"I would like to show my sincere gratitude for this selfless act," GCB president Thabang Moroe said in a statement on Monday.
Ntikinca, an all-rounder who could bowl seam and spin and also a crafty batsman, was one of the first black African participants in the South African side against New Zealand in the early 1970’s.
He made his debut as a 19-year old for the black Transvaal team in 1956 and continued to play for more than 40-years until well into his 60’s.
He was also part of the Datsun Double-Wicket Competition that took place at the Wanderers Stadium in the late 1970’s.
After his retirement from playing, Ntikinca continued to be a dedicated member of the Kagiso Cricket Club and a regular face at the Wanderers.
Greg Fredericks, chief executive of the GCB, expressed his sympathy to the Ntikinca's family.
"My sincere condolences go out to them in their time of loss.
"May his legacy continue to live on and inspire others to do the same," said Fredericks.