1909K. FairbridgeVeld Verse 85Where the high-veld breaks to valley..Stands a kaia looking Northward through the mountains to the plain.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 257Inanda’s Kraal was a cluster of kyas and rondavels.
1911E. London Dispatch 24 Nov. (Pettman)A native living in a kraal at Lydenberg quarrelled with another native, whom he accused of having fired his kya...The first native..set about two dozen newly made kyas alight and fled to the adjacent hills.
1919R.Y. StormbergWith Love from Gwenno 91Together we trek for my future home, which is a glorified mud hut or stone kia, or something of that sort, I’m told.
1956N. GordimerSix Feet of Country 38Two white-washed servant’s rooms (some white people called them kyas,..wanting to keep in their minds the now vanished mud huts which the word indicated).
1936P.M. ClarkAutobiog. of Old Drifter 72Often of a Saturday night I would join these three fellows in their kia for a game of cards.
1941George & Knysna Herald 20 Aug. 2Required to Rent Furnished Bungalow with Crockery and Linen, with Boy’s Kias.
1948O. WalkerKaffirs Are Lively 29Kja means literally ‘home’, and [is] always used of the single rooms or sheds at the bottom of a garden where domestic servants live.
1949A. Keppel-JonesWhen Smuts Goes 185This apparently spontaneous movement..had been anticipated and much discussed in kitchen and kaya.
1950D. ReedSomewhere S. of Suez 269He lives in a little kia, or house, apart from his employer’s, who might rest tranquil if he slept in servant’s quarters within, but now worries often about undesirable guests in the kia.
1956T. HuddlestonNaught for your Comfort 92They (sc. African servants) must live in ‘Kayas’ — single rooms of varying quality built away from the house.
1968Cole & FlahertyHouse of Bondage 78 (caption)Living in her ‘kaya’ out back, servant must be on call six days out of seven and seven nights out of seven.
1971Guardian (U.K.) 29 Sept. 19The houseboys’ Kias (usually one small room) at the bottom of the garden.
1984Fair Lady 14 Nov. 166There was lights on, steady in the big house, flickering in the kayas.
1989E. BreginKayaboeties 2It was a pretty ugly place, even for a kaya; dark and small and stuffy — like a jail, I thought — with a concrete floor and a tiny window and walls so patched with damp and mildew that there was hardly any paint left on them.
1990Style June 120She..has followed an almost entirely African theme for the interior of the house, which she describes, with a gust of laughter, as ‘the modern kaia style, perhaps, and no doubt an interior decorator’s nightmare!’
1990H.P. Toffoli inStyle Nov. 51Hall is now a practising sculptor...He works from home in what he refers to as a kaya at the back of the house.
1992S. Afr. Panorama Nov.–Dec. 52Between 60 000 and 100 000 fortune hunters’ kayas and tin shacks stood wall to wall for several square kilometres.
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