Iconic Waterfront eateries turn 21
Two iconic Waterfront restaurants in Knysna, 34 South and Drydock, turn 21 this month.
The restaurants are owned by local businessmen Leslie Pieters and Charles van Tonder.
Pieters says the birthday celebrations will take various forms. “There will be live music at the Waterfront, significant discounts across the board, as well as lucky draws with great prizes such as weekend getaways, whale watching experiences and more,” he says.
Looking back, Pieters remembers the early days: “Although it was called the Waterfront, there was no water. The harbour and residential canals were behind schedule and were still being excavated… A number of shops opened and closed within a year or two… Luckily many locals soon saw the benefits for the town and it became a huge success. We’ve had many millions of visitors over the past 21 years.”
The successful partnership between Pieters and Van Tonder is also a major contributing factor. They have worked together as partners and friends in numerous projects since they joined forces 21 years ago. “We have been part of the growth of Knysna and we are thankful for the loyal and wonderful folk of the town who not only support us but also send their guests to us. We, in turn, are privileged to be able to offer employment to a workforce of 350 people,” Pieters concludes.
For details of the celebrations on 8 and 9 December, visit Facebook/ Drydock Food Company and 34 Degrees South.
Back from left: 34 South and Drydock directors Leslie Pieters, Keith Davis, Andrew Korkie and Charles van Tonder with four of their longestserving staff members (front) Daphne Mareqe, Louise Davids, ShannonLee Smith and Colleen Jantjies.