Title: “Laaiplek hawe”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, 30x40cm, 2016
Laaiplek is a small harbour for fishing trawlers on South Africa’s West Coast. Laaiplek means “loading place”. It is close to the town Velddrif, on the mouth of the Berg River. Velddrif had its own river harbour, upstream from Laaiplek. This harbour serviced a fish canning factory that was set up after the Second World War to employ returning soldiers. Over time the river became too shallow, rendering this harbour unviable. As a result the Laaiplek harbour was constructed in the river mouth, but closer to the ocean.
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