Marthinus (Martiens) van Bart was born in Johannesburg on 24 November 1948. He is married to E.S. van Bart, cultural historian. Their best friend is Burchard, a pure black, highly intelligent Cocker Spaniel.
Marthinus started his media career in 1967 as presentation assistant at the SABC. After completing his ACF training in the SA Navy in 1968, he went to the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and completed the BA degree with Psychology and Philosophy as major subjects. For post-graduate (Honours) studies in Philosophy, he went to Stellenbosch University in 1974, and in 1975 also completed the Higher Education Diploma, majoring in School Phychology (teacher-psychologist) and Geography. He is a member of the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.
As a member of the editorial staff of Die Burger he specialized in general news, magistrates courts and the Supreme Court. He was then promoted to editor of the Overberg supplement Hottentots-Holland-Burger, later becoming editor of the property supplement Woongids (later WoonBurger, Kaapse Eiendomme, finally Eiendomme). Since 1992 he also was editor of the cultural supplement, KultuurKroniek, in 2002 renamed to Erfenis, part of the week-end supplement By.
Marthinus was personally involved with fund-raising, promotion and managing of the restoration of the Hugenote-Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat, first Afrikaans medium school in South Africal; the erection of the Anglo-Boer War Cape Rebel Monument on Labori in Paarl, as well as the restoration of the St. Stephen' s Church on Riebeeck Square in Cape Town (also the very first public theatre in South Africa called the African Theatre - erected during the First British Occupation of the Cape of Good Hope). He is still a member and past Chairman (by rotation) of the St. Stephen's Restoration Board.
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