Throughout his prolific acting and directing career, Albert Maritz has left audiences begging for more.
From deep inside himself, Albert has been mining his soul for nearly four decades to bring characters to life. And he’s left an indelible mark on stage and screen in South Africa.
Thanks to his father, well-known actor Dawie Maritz, he had acting in his genes. “Best thing was that I grew up in radio studios and back-stage – even having my own shifts as announcer at the Goodwood Show,” he said. At age 12, he made his debut appearance on stage and the rest, as they say, is history.
Armed with drama credentials from the Akademie vir Dramakuns and the University of Stellenbosch, he also holds a Higher Education Diploma from UNISA. Albert started his freelance acting career in earnest with a PACT contract in 1985. His own theatre production company, Allie-se-Produksies, produced musical shows for the likes of Johannes Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis, Nataniël and The Jazz Pioneers.
Over the years he’s garnered many award nominations for radio, TV and stage. On stage he made a name for himself in productions such as Deon Opperman’s critically acclaimed Stille Nag; Breyten Breytenbach’s controversial Die Toneelstuk; Yerma; and most recently as Heidi’s grandfather in the musical Heidi.
Albert explained that his training in education stood him in good stead as producer-director for a number of educational and development programmes aimed at women and young people in the Cape. These have included Prokara, Survivor, Stop the Tears and Lang Tentakels.
“Since 2004 my work as producer and director focused on reviving interest in classic South African works – particularly Afrikaans plays. Among these are DJ Opperman’s Joernaal van Jorik; Adam Small’s Kanna hy kô hystoe; Pieter Fourie’s Faan se Trein, Faan se Stasie and Mooi Maria; Die Van Aardes van Grootoor by Pieter-Dirk Uys; Athol Fugard’s Playland; Chris Barnard’s Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër Pa and Taraboemdery; as well as PG du Plessis’ Die Nag van Legio.
“As director I enjoy finding cohesion between different people. It also presents a great opportunity of working with different artists’ arsenal of talent and artistry.”
At various times presenter, director, editor and scriptwriter for television, he said his oldest love, which again has surfaced, was reading short stories for Radio sonder Grense and dubbing.
Over the years Albert’s face has become a familiar one on film and TV in a number of single dramas and well-known series: Galery, Konings, Torings, the highly-regarded Arende, Africa P.I., Egoli, Buurtwag and Dwaalster. Most notably, his role as Captain Willie Nagel in the 2006 kykNET drama series Orion made him a household name. His latest TV acting role concluded in October after 13 episodes as lead actor in Alles Malan. Albert also starred in films opposite Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Joseph Fiennes and Jennifer Hudson. Currently he can be seen in Liewe Lisa, ‘n Man soos my Pa, Blood and Glory and Griekwastad.
As a Melkbosstrand resident since 1997, Albert is over the moon with his life in the avenues. Not only is Melkbos his all-time favourite West Coast spot, but he also loves the restaurants, with Castello Amaré being on his hot list.
Formerly a keen paddle skier until the wisdom of age made him more cautious, he now spends his free time cycling, boxing and practising yoga.
To veg out I watch Game of Thrones
As sport spectator I like athletics, rugby, cricket & netball
I love eating pizza, or veggies when caught in the act
My signature drink is espresso
Favourite reads are good Afrikaans books
Pets are Belgian Sheepdog Daantjie, Dachhunds Tundra & Bubbles and grandma Golden Retriever Nina
From microlight flights to getting up close and personal with sea birds, Bloubergstrand has plenty to offer adventurous residents and tourists alike. So, instead of whiling away the time in yet another eatery, saddle up for a memorable experience.
Having treated more than 83 000 sea birds over the last 37 years, SANCCOB conserves and protects SA’s sea birds by rehabilitating the ill, injured, oiled and orphaned. Private groups can book an exclusive 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour to experience sea bird rehab first-hand at select areas of the sanctuary. Open seven days a week from 9h00 until 15h00, the cost is R60pp and R50 per child. Book: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICROLIGHT SCENIC FLIGHTS
Get the adrenalin pumping by soaring over farmlands and the Atlantic Ocean in a microlight. Uninhibited views in all directions with sky-high flight and low-level dips skimming the waves make for an extraordinary event. The Sky Adventures tours start and end at Wintervogel Airfield off the R302 outside Durbanville.
Sunrise is the golden time for flying. Bring along your camera, warm clothing and closed shoes. Open cockpit cost: R1 010 (30 min) & R1 910 (60 min). Enclosed cockpit cost: R1 045 (30 min) & R1 890 (60 min). Book: 073 3347911.
ELECTRIC BIKE TOURS
Enjoy nature – no sweat! Nigel Daws of E-lectric Ventures not only personalises e-bike tours for couples or groups, but also offers half- or full-day packaged adventures under professional guides, Monday to Sunday. Choose between the Sunset Cheese & Wine from Seaside Village to Koeberg Nature Reserve, the Beach & Treat from Blouberg to Melkbos, Capaia Wine Estate, the !Khwa ttu Bush Camp Out and the West Coast Experience tours.
Prices range between R600 and R1 500pp older than 12. Book: 083 2507803 or www.e-lectricventures.co.za.
Think Bloubergstrand and beaches spring to mind first and foremost. There’s a plethora of choices – whether family R&R, soaking up the sun, enjoying eats or an adrenalin fix.
Kite Beach hardly needs describing. It’s kiteboarding heaven, but also a great spot to laze around, what with all the ice cream vendors under one’s nose. Bloubergstrand beach is where city meets nature and it’s popular for family outings, as well as paradise for dogs. And when the tide’s in, the promenade is right there to reach your daily step target.
Secluded and above all, sheltered from the Cape Doctor, Kleinbaai (Small Beach) is perfect for kids, licking ice cream cones on one of the benches and watching the waves break over the rocks. On a calm day, there’s also the option of kayaking or floating around on a lilo in the bay.
Not only does the name roll off the tongue, but Big Bay is an epic spot for Instagramable Table Mountain shots. Apart from being a surfing and kiteboarding favourite, its big plus-factor is the myriad of eateries a stone’s throw away at Eden on the Bay.
One kilometre from Big Bay is Eerste Steen in the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. Here you can braai to your heart’s content and take long beach walks in either direction. Derde Steen provides the stoke for surfers thanks to its exposed beach break offering fairly consistent surf. A bit further along is Kreeftebaai, Kelpbaai, Haakgat and Holbaai. Hardy anglers attest to good fishing for galjoen, stumpnose and steenbras at these spots, although the kelp beds are problematic at Kelpbaai.
As the saying goes, ‘Sky above, sand below, peace within’. Enjoy!
1 – 3 The INTERNATIONAL TEQUILA FESTIVAL allows agave lovers to taste and learn from the makers of fine brands to the tune of live bands – Fri 2pm, Hamiltons Rugby Stadium, 1 Stephen Way, Green Point, 062 6494439. Cost R150 – R399
2 To raise sterilisation funds for African Tails, well-known adventurers tell all at XPLOREX ADVENTURERS SHARING TALES FOR TAILS and you can grab a bite – 9am, Italian Club, 16 Donegal St, Milnerton, ph 021 5107360. Cost R375
9 – 10 STELLENBERG OPEN DAY is for garden lovers and funds go to St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children – 9.30am, Stellenberg Gardens, 30 Oak Ave, Kenilworth, ph 0219340352. Cost R50 & garden tea R30
10 Participants show up in white and finish in a colour splash for THE CAPE TOWN COLOUR RUN – 9am, Sea Point Promenade. Cost R50 – R300
16 The best in local music at LIEFDE BY DIE DAM – 9am, Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, email@example.com. Cost: R75 – R695
29 – 30 Just in time for Xmas presents, THE GIFT FAIR will sell art, crafts, clothing, jewellery, gadgets & beauty products – 12pm, Jasminium Restaurant & Conservatory, CTICC. Cost: free
29 – 1 Dec Live music, great beers, good food and kids’ activities at the CAPE TOWN FESTIVAL OF BEER – 3pm, Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point. Cost R99 – R150
29 – 1 Dec Meet the makers, sample gin, vodka & rum and eat at the GIN TO MY TONIC SHOW – 5pm, CTICC. Cost R190
1 Dec Jeremy Loops’s SUMMERSAULT FESTIVAL connects international musicians and an SA audience. Picnic baskets on order – 11am, Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Cost R290
6 – 31 Dec Get dressed outrageously and rock to THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, a favourite since 1973 – various times, Artscape Opera House. Cost R100 – R500
7, 14, 21 & 28 Dec Free storytime for ages 3 – 8 at BOOK LOUNGE SATURDAY CHILDREN READINGS – 11am, Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, ph 021 4622425.
13 & 20 Dec Attend a free concert at THE V&A SILO CONCERT SERIES and then see the latest exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA – 7 pm, Silo District, V&A, ph 021 4087600.