I can not recall the details of the story behind these ruins, and never knew all of the facts, but I understand that these were built as housing by the mines. Yet, the community were unhappy about what was done and felt deceived. (I have not checked these facts, but this is what I was told). Regardless, the lesson stands clear for all to see.
Honesty is depicted as a well spring of life-giving water in this dry and arid world. Dishonesty is depicted in the ruins.
Moordenaarsbaai roughly translates to Murderer's Bay. The local folklore, as I am told by Elize from K9 Pottery Studio in town (a wealth of information when it comes to the town, its history or the wildflowers!), holds that two fishermen became friends. One was married and the other not. One night the unmarried man pushed the other off the rocks at Moordenaarsbaai in order to pursue his wife. It was firmly believed that he was dead and the wife was getting ready to marry the murdering friend when the husband turned up out of the blue and exposed the deceit of his former friend. In true Hondeklip fashion it does not explain the colour of the sand, but the story is worth the telling simply for being a story - and stories are only stories when they are told. Until then, they are merely ideas.
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