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 – WESTERN CAPE

Green Point – Cape Town

This was the first lighthouse structure built on the South African coast and was commissioned on 12 April 1824. The original building consisted of a tower surrounded by two lanterns. The original lanterns were equipped with a single wick Argand lamp which used sperm oil as fuel. electrified in March 1929. A  400 watt metal halide lamp is currently in use.

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16 metres
20 metres above sea level
25 sea miles
One flash every 10 seconds
Hermann Schutte
Yes

Green Point - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE AGULHAS – Agulhas

The third lighthouse built in South Africa is situated at Cape Agulhas (the village of L’Agulhas), t the southernmost tip of Africa.  Michiel van Breda (the founder of Bredasdorp) donated the land on which the lighthouse was built.  Building work was completed in December 1848 and on 1 March 1849 it was lit for the first time.

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27 metres
31 metres above sea level
31 sea miles
One flash every 5 seconds
Lt. Col. Charles C. Mitchell
Yes

Cape Agulhas - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE POINT – Simon’s Town

The first lighthouse was built in 1860 on the highest point in the area but unfortunately it was too high. Regular cloud cover deemed it useless as an effective navigational aid. In 1919 it was replaced by a new lighthouse built a short distance away, lower to the water.

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HC Cooper
9 metres
87 metres above sea level
32 sea miles
Composite Group flashing 3 every 30 seconds

Cape Point - Simons Town - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE COLUMBINE – Paternoster

Cape Columbine got it from the British ship, Columbine, which was wrecked here in 1829. This is one of the few places where one can stay at a lighthouse as the former light keepers’ homes have been converted into tourist accomodation. A little known fact is that Cape Columbine is the first lighthouse seen by ships coming from South America and Europe.

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01 October 1936
15 metres
80 metres above sea level
30 sea miles
One flash every 30 seconds
HC Cooper
Yes

Cape Columbine

CAPE ST. BLAIZE – Mossel Bay

The lighthouse tower is spectacularly placed on a cliff on top of the Cape St Blaize cave overlooking Mossel Bay.  This cave is an important archaeological site as generic research has shown that that all humans come from a core population of around 600 individuals who lived here 165,000 years ago.

St Blaize is the patron saint of people who suffer from sore throats.

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John Goodman
15 April 1864
14.9 metres
73 metres above sea level
25 sea miles
Group flashing 2 every 15 seconds

Cape St. Blaize - Mossel Bay - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

DANGER POINT – Gansbaai

The HMS Birkenhead was wrecked in 1852 off Danger Point, which was named so by Bartolomeu Dias 16 May 1488 due to the treacherous reefs and rocks below the water. The Birkenhead became famous because it was the first shipwreck where the “women and children first” protocol was applied. Seven wrecks today litter the rocks beneath the lighthouse.

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R Cochrane
01 January 1895
18.3 metres
45 metres above sea level
27 sea miles
Group flashing 3 every 40 seconds

Danger Point - Gansbaai - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE HANGKLIP – Pringle Bay

Cape Hangklip got its name from the ‘hanging’ shape of the nearby mountain. Over the years a number of ships were wrecked at Cape Hangklip. The “Ternate”, a Dutch wooden sailing ship ran aground in 1680 and the German sailing vessel the” Louise Scheller” which ran aground in 1882.

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25 November 1960
22 metres
34 metres above sea level
25 sea miles
One flash every 10 seconds
Chief Civil Engineer’s office
No

Cape Hangklip - Pringle Bay - Cape Town - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE INFANTA – WITSAND

Cape Infanta lighthouse is situated in the Protea-rich San Sebastian Private Nature Reserve, just south of the Breede River mouth. The lighthouse has a 15 meter tower and was established in 1979 (commissioned on 15 March of the same year) after the collision of 2 large tankers: the Venpet and the Venoil, off the Eastern Cape coast.

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15 metres
53 metres above sea level
24 sea miles
Group flashing 3 every 20 sec
Chief Civil Engineer’s office

cape_infanta_lighthouse

DASSEN ISLAND – YZERFONTEIN

This lighthouse is situated 10 miles west of Yzerfontein on Dassen Island, which is one of the many underwater mountains along the west coast. It was established in 1893 and is home to a thriving population of penguins and cormorants.

Dassen Island lighthouse is one of the most isolated lighthouses and needs to be manned at all times due to the large amount of vessels that have been wrecked in the area. Tortoises and rabbits were brought to the island in order to provide food for any shipwreck survivors!  The large number of ‘dassies’ on the island is the reason for its name.

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28 metres
47 metres above sea level
26 sea miles
Group flashing 2 every 20 sec
Chance Brothers, Birmingham, England

Dassen Island

DORINGBAAI – LAMBERT’S BAY

The original lighthouse at the small fishing harbour of Doringbaai was established in 1963. Unfortunately, this lighthouse was destroyed in a storm in 1991, and was rebuilt by 1993 as a new structure: A black and white cylindrical concrete tower.

Today, this bay is known as a popular calving spot for the Southern Right whales during the months of May to November. The abandoned fish factories near the lighthouse are the only remnants of a time when pilchards and sardines were abundant on this coast line.

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24 metres
36 metres above sea level
25 sea miles
Group flashing 2 every 10 seconds

doringbaai

ROBBEN ISLAND – CAPE TOWN

This lighthouse is situated on the historically important Robben Island, 9km north of Cape Town. Technically, this was South Africa’s first ‘lighthouse”: a fire was kept burning on a small platform, on the highest point of the island. This was in 1657 and established by none other than Jan van Riebeeck. He also established a penal colony on the island in 1658 and it was declared a maximum security prison. Remnants of World War II include bunkers and large guns built by the British.

The island got its name from the word ‘robben’ – Dutch for seals – from the large amound of seals around the island and today it is a very popular tourist destination, mostly due to Nelson Mandela having spent years in imprisonment on the island.  The current lighthouse was established on 1 January 1865.

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No
John Scott Tucker
18 metres
47 metres above sea level
24 sea miles
Occulting, one flash of 5 seconds duration, every 7 seconds

robben island