The use of the lighthouse in our branding is significant and makes for an interesting brand story. The Addison family lineage includes a number of lighthouse keepers dating as far back as 1909, and with lighthouse keeping in our blood, we have an ingrained sense to protect and guide.

A lighthouse is a universal symbol for help, reliability, guidance and trust, and as Addsure is in the business of guiding and protecting clients and their assets, it is the perfect symbol to represent what we do in our business.

South Africa boasts some beautiful lighthouses set in some magnificent settings. Here are a few of the most significant lighthouses around the South African coastline:

LIGHTHOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA – KwaZulu-Natal

CAPE VIDAL – St Lucia

The lighthouse is situated within the Cape Vidal Forestry Reserve, north of the Umfolozi river.
This part of the coast is where the Dorethea ran ashore, suspected to have smuggled gold.

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08 July 1985
23 metres
65 metres above sea level
25 sea miles
One flash every 10 seconds
Office of the Chief Civil Engineer
No

COOPER – Durban

Cooper lighthouse is situated near Brighton beach in Durban. Named after Harry Claude Cooper, South Africa’s first and long-serving Lighthouse Engineer, who was involved in the design and development of many lighthouses in South Africa.

The original Bluff Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on the Natal coastline and was commissioned in 1867. It was in use until 1922 and in June 1941 it was finally demolished to make way for World War II artillery guns.

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31 July 1953
21 metres
133 metres above sea level
26 sea miles
One flash every 10 seconds
Office of the Chief Civil Engineer
Yes, By arrangement
Cooper - Durban - South Africa - AddSure

UMHLANGA ROCKS – Umhlanga / Durban

As well as being a functional lighthouse, The Umhlanga Rocks lighthouse has become a well-known landmark in the area.

The lighthouse was completed soon after the Cooper Lighthouse however only commissioned a year later due to the need to import equipment for a subsidiary red sector light.

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25 November 1954
21 metres
25 metres above sea level
24 sea miles
Group flashing 3 every 20 seconds
Office of the Chief Civil Engineer
Yes, By arrangement
UMHLANGA ROCKS - Umhlanga / Durban - South Africa - ADDSURE

DURNFORD – Richard’s Bay

The Dunford lighthouse was named after controversial military man, Colonel AW Durnford, the colonial engineer for Natal around 1870.

A young Zulu man was the Custodian of the lighthouse. He was responsible for maintenance of the ground and had to report any issues to a local shopkeeper who would let the authorities know.

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01 March 1916
12 metres
56 metres above sea level
19 sea miles
Group flashing 4 every 40 seconds
Structural Design office of Transet
Yes, By arrangement
DURNFORD - Richard’s Bay - South Africa - ADDSURE

PORT SHEPSTONE – Port Shepstone

The coastline by Port Shepstone is known for its shipwrecks. The most well known amongst these were the Sao Joao, carrying pepper, Chinese porcelain, cowry shells, cornelian beads and other merchandise and Grosvenor, her hoard which legend insists included jewels, gold and silver bars and some say the fabulous Peacock Throne of the Moguls, believed to be worth millions of pounds.

Visually, this lighthouse is quite unique as it’s painted black and white in chequered blocks.

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1906
8 metres
24 metres above sea level
26 sea miles
One flash every 6 seconds
Chance Brothers
Yes
PORT SHEPSTONE - Port Shepstone - South Africa - ADDSURE