The word “Khoi” is pronounced “Coy” by most people and we even have a variation, “Khoe”.  The word once again has a French origin: Abbé Breuil, an expert on rock paintings, donated on his death to the South African Government reproductions of rock art he had painted and copied with great care. Some of the original rock paintings have disappeared.  The paintings had been in the possession of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, together with his descriptions and exegeses. He wrote in French and used the word “Khoi” which in French is pronounced “Qua”.  The word in Khoi-San languages “Qua” means “people” – for instance the Outeniqua (people of the bees), the Namaqua (Nama land people) and Hessequa (people of the trees).

Khoi (or Qua) cattle farmers occupied the valley around Zandvlei until the Dutch took over the cattle farming to provide the passing ships both in Simon’s Town and Table Bay.  The farmers who later kept cattle in the area were the brothers Peck after whom Peck’s Valley is named and who famously owned Farmer Peck’s Inn from which contraband liquor passed from the merchant ships to the Cape. (Glenn Babb)

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