1828J. PhilipResearchesI. 156‘Lebricht Aris’..engaged with the Boor..to work six months on his farm, at two dollars (three shillings) per month, and his cost, (victuals,) on condition that the Boor should immediately discharge his debt.
1840Inn sign, Farmer Peck’s (nr Muizenberg, Cape) inA. Gordon-BrownS. Afr. Heritage (1965) Lekker kost as much as you please, excellent beds without any fleas.
1845W.N. IrwinEchoes of Past (1927) 235I..take the opportunity of the first off saddle to stretch myself in the Shade, and, while my orderly sits Smoking or Cooking some Cos (flesh), read your welcome epistle.
1850J.D. Lewins Diary. 20 Sept.People cutting rushes & Ponas grumbling for kost. All he gets from me won’t choke him, damn his eyes.
1899G.H. RussellUnder Sjambok 259But drink, Baasie, drink, and the koss will soon be ready.
1900A.W. CarterInformant, Ladybrand 8 Mar. 14Most of the men had had nothing to eat or drink from Tuesday night and their first cry was ‘Kos’ — Pohl gave away everything he had but of course it was not nearly enough and those that came late got nothing.
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 80Mevrouw seated him on her right hand at the long table, creaking under the weight of lekker kost, served in deep dishes of blue and white Nankin.
1966I. VaughanThese Were my Yesterdays 4At each outspan a new team of horses and a new driver took over, while we ate a picnic meal packed in what we called the ‘kos box’.
kos geld [Dutch geld money], an allowance for food; but see also quotation 1857;
koshuis/-hœɪs/ plural koshuise [Afrikaans, huis house], a boarding house or school; also attributive;
kos-mandjie/-maɪŋki/ [Afrikaans, mandjie basket], a food-basket.
1795‘J.H.C.’ inG.M. ThealRec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 217What he received was an allowance..for his maintenance,..30,000 Dutch florins per annum, together with his Costgeld, the whole amounting..to 1,116 dollars 5 schellings and 2 stivers per month.
1857J.M. OrpenHist. of Basutus 73‘Kost geld’ (food money) is the slang term among the Boers for the purchase-money of a slave, and is supposed to mean payment for the food the seller has been at the expense of providing for the slave before the sale.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 51The soldiers in Nassau bastion..received weekly about six pounds of bread, and an allowance of one penny three farthings kost geld with which to buy other food.
1977F.G. ButlerKaroo Morning 132Some of them came in wagons..wearing old-fashioned but spotless clothes — to hand over their children to the free Koshuis.
1986Personality 1 Sept. 34By the time they get back to their koshuis dinner is long since over — but they’ve still got to eat.
1988V.R. Jacobs inStyle Apr. 6I once lived in one of the ‘Residences’ so prevalent in Pretoria — a cross between an hotel and a boarding house with a dash of the old ‘koshuis’ thrown in.
1989Sunday Times 22 Oct. 23More Conservative Party mutterings, this time about Free State koshuise being opened up.
1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 23Everyone was packed into the Cape cart waiting at the door, the kost-mandje was roped on behind.
1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 24Shouldering the kost-mandje as lightly as though the solid food inside were feathers.
1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 30Come, Gamdin, it is time for lieffin and our kost-mandje holds enough for twelve.
1972L.G. GreenWhen Journey’s Over 7I can remember the days of the kosmandjie and the station coffee stalls.
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