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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!
 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...
@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...
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,
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....
Very Nice ! . thanks Michael
Lost Diamonds! / Re: RIP Inge Ruf
« Last post by henniek on April 03, 2018, 05:49:36 PM »
Condolences to you Georg , and the family . Thank you for letting us know
Lost Diamonds! / RIP Inge Ruf
« Last post by georg ruf jr. on April 02, 2018, 04:51:26 PM »
My mother Inge Ruf passed away on Easter Sunday at 7:45pm.
On the 30th of March, my mom tumbled over something hitting her head on a rock. The injuries were so heavy, that she fell into coma after having blood removed from her head. Seeing that she had several sepsis she had to undergo several examinations. By doing this they discovered cancer all over in her body. It was hard seeing her suffer, and though she's being missed, I know she has been releaved.
Especialy in the last 10 years my mom was spending as much time with her family as she could. 3 sons, 2 daughter in laws, 5 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren.
We miss you...
Lost Diamonds! / Re: RIP - Peter Pienaar
« Last post by Mike Thurtell on March 15, 2018, 02:17:11 PM »
I still reminisce (sp?) to my family about the wonderful polonies, cold meats and cuts of meat that was available at the butchery.
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: VS - 2018
« Last post by Michael Alexander on March 14, 2018, 12:48:39 PM »
Take that back, talking to Kelly this fine morning, JD did not get the VS he was looking for..... Company must keep some old time local knowledge I guess....     Toilet-Reading Toilet-Reading
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