An interview with the author:
- Why did you decide to write a book about the Marina?
The Home Owners Association contracted with me to research, do interviews, collect historic photos and news clippings and write a coffee table book on the fascinating 30 year history of the Marina Martinique. They further contracted with me, as a publisher, to organize professional photographers, layout artists and organize the printing of a very smart hard cover book for the 800 families who live in the Marina and to create a keepsake for their childrens’ children.
- When did you first start writing and when was the book completed?
The contract began in April 2019 and it became a labour of love for six days a week for seven months as we scanned 5000 photos and I contacted key people all over South Africa who had been instrumental in creating the Marina, which was dubbed “The Ultimate Marina”.
- In short, what can people read about in the book?
On one level, the classic photos grab your attention with short punchy captions describing, for example, how Oswald Buchner had the vision to create a marina with access for boats to cruise through a harbour and lock system into the sea at Aston Bay. On a deeper level, the text describes the story of high finance, the building of Belafonte- a Mississippi type paddle steamer, the multimillion rand swindles of Masterbond in the 1990’s who scammed pensioners’ monies, and crashed the Marina project. It shows the remarkable ingenuity of a few dedicated honest people who recovered the Marina from this scandal and put the Marina back on its feet. From 2000 till present, through Stage 2 and 3, the dream homes and safe environment have caused this magnificent lifestyle estate to become a showcase for Jeffreys bay and the Eastern Cape.
- What is the cost of the book?
The cost is R385
- Where is the book available?
From the Marina office. Tel 042 292 0200
- What other books have you also written?
I have written 7 editions of coffee table books called legends of Jeffreys Bay. Most of them are sold out now, but they stay in peoples’ homes forever. Families and visitors love to see how Jeffreys was in the “good old days”. They also want to read about our local people and their interesting life stories. Also, as our town grows and new businesses open up, it’s important to showcase them and this makes for fascinating reading.