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Photographs Comment Board / Re: One Plant Today!
« Last post by henniek on May 06, 2018, 04:27:25 PM »
during the recession 1979 / 80. all the plants were mothballed except no 4 plant . and  to recommission them after rusting away for 2-3 years  , cost many millions of Rands
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Photographs Comment Board / Re: One Plant Today!
« Last post by Michael Alexander on May 02, 2018, 09:24:59 PM »
Only 3 plant left and still going strong.... All of 1 & 2 Plant have been removed....and most of 4 plant...  PTF plant, the most Southern plant commissioned around 1990 is currently being deconstructed......
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Photographs Comment Board / Re: One Plant Today!
« Last post by henniek on April 27, 2018, 08:08:17 AM »
a few more
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Photographs Comment Board / Re: One Plant Today!
« Last post by henniek on April 27, 2018, 08:03:29 AM »
a few more
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Photographs Comment Board / Re: One Plant Today!
« Last post by henniek on April 27, 2018, 07:59:51 AM »
few pictures of treatment plants when they were still in good working order
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Hi Willem,

Firstly sorry about the old man's passing and sadly the wealth of knowledge / history that went with him.

Thanks for sharing the little bit of history though.

A lot of people do not realize the historical influence MDC had on the  establishment of DeBeers Marine and it is mind boggling to think that DeBeers back in the very early days did not believe in Sea Diamonds, took a man like Sammy Collins to show them the way!
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 you rock
hi my dad worked on the Colpontoon from 1965 till 1967.willem heyns,and was transferred to windhoek when marine Diamond bought the then "suidwes lugdiens"
he was in charge of stores on the barge and told me many stories about the rough seas at that time...would love to hear from people who worked with him who might stilll be living..he sadly passed away july 2002...
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@John, Optima is in a state of darkness now, has been for the last four years.

The temple and the foyer are still exactly the same,

The keys are with one of the PM's ,

Sadly, the numbers dropped below the required number . There are still two/three Optima that travel to Phoenix of Namaqualand for meetings. Seeing the the historical connection between the two lodges.

PM John Darne, now retired to Cape Town, organises MARK meetings at OPTIMA once a year.

Indeed a unique Temple going to be covered by the sands of time...
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Whats the status of the Lodge these days Mike it would be a shame to see its demise was a big part of my life while in Omund. What will happen to all the artifacts still inside,
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Lost Diamonds! / Re: RIP Inge Ruf
« Last post by Michael Alexander on April 04, 2018, 07:25:55 PM »
Hey Georg, sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time....
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