Lime washed houses Kassiesbaai
Hannie du Plessis: Lime washed houses Kassiesbaai – professional photographer.
Now declared a National Heritage Site in its entirety, Kassiesbaai gathers its name from the offerings of the ocean on which borders it lies. The name came about as the residents used the washed up paraffin cases (“kassies” in Afrikaans) from the shipwrecks to build their houses. The wood from the paraffin boxes combined with lime and thatch from the area were used to build the now characteristic cottages of the coastal fishing village.
Built behind the rolling dunes of golden sand, the cluster of lime-washed houses has nurtured generations of fishermen since some 200 odd years ago. Kassiesbaai is also one of the rare communities that have managed to hold onto their land and their traditions in spite of apartheid, shared ownership of the land and the decay of time.