I love it when we wake up in the morning and out of the blue somebody in our house comes up with an impulsive idea for an adventure. This is what happened on Easter Sunday morning. The plan was to meet up with family in the waterfront to go on those Red sightseeing buses around Cape Town. We got ready and hurtled out the door. In the rush I forgot my cellphone at home and I remembered thinking that there wouldn't be anything worth taking pictures of so it wasn't a problem. I was incredibly wrong.
We decided to take the blue route of the tour which took us to the wine route and then on to Hout Bay making our way back to Cape Town via Camps Bay and Sea Point. The weather was perfect and the traffic was subdued.After stopping for something to eat at Groot Constania we made our way back to the bus to continue our tour. The highlight of getting back on the bus was the bright red and yellow earphones we were given at the beginning of the tour.Once plugged back in you felt like you had your very own personal tour guide.
Here comes the part that I haven't been able to shake since I saw it. As the bus slugged its way up suikerbossie we started to get a glimpse of Llandudno and the the amazing picture of the sun hitting the vast expanse of ocean. Our tour guide began to tell us about how the wealthy of the wealthiest live there and that nobody really knows how it got its name other than it is a name of a seaside town in Wales.As we rounded a few more corners the tour guide prompted us to turn around and see the white beaches down below. Something caught my eye almost on the opposite end of the seaside village near Sandy bay. A metal structure protruding from the point. It fascinated me. I wondered what they were doing there and how did they get such a huge metal structure all the way there.As the tour continued I kept peering back long after several winding turns in the road.
Struggling to sleep that night I sat up at 02h30 and grabbed my cell phone. I needed to know what exactly it was and how did it get there. My first port of call was google maps. Wow! it wasn't even on land. It was on the rocks in the ocean and it has a name... "Wreck of Bos 400".
It is much bigger than I had seen. I proceeded to read the stories and articles of the fate of the Bos 400. I wont bore you with all the details, but I will tell you to google it for yourself if you interested in the details. The short story is that this hunk of metal is a french barge that ran aground being towed by a Russian tugboat to Cape Town in June 1994. Now you might remember this being reported on the news in 1994, but in my defense I was still wet behind the ears and had no interest in the news.
Here is what really stood out for me. This barge was the biggest floating crane in Africa, being one of the most powerful crane barges in the world capable of lifting 1200 tons and was worth a whooping 70 million US$. Not anymore of course. That is astounding. Talk about purpose, but its up against the rocks now. In reading further i find it it ironic and almost immediately related this to our theme for the year "#IHAVEPURPOSE"
The barge was towed by a tugship and the sea conditions were terrible. The towline snapped leaving the barge at the mercy of the ocean. Can I point out at this stage that a barge floats and has no engines to propel or guide its way in water let alone a stormy ocean. Its fate was sealed and crashed up against the shoreline. There have been several attempts to salvage the wreckage but have all proven to be impossible. It has been left to corrode.
Drawing the parallels to our theme this year you can be the biggest and the most powerful boasting all your capabilities, but if you don't have an engine you going to land up on the rocks. Sitting up in bed in the early hours of the morning I realised that this is really something to be aware of. I have had many chats with students who have the most amazing dreams and who have the potential to be the biggest and most capable,but if they don't use their engines(heart and brain)they will become adrift and have the possibility of landing up on the rocks.
We are very different to the barge in that we all have engines(hearts and brains). Sometimes we rely on the towline far too much that when it snaps we are not prepared to deal with the stormy ocean or even still water. Whether it is drifting or crashing it is not part of your purpose.
This is one of the biggest objectives we have at Peak to empower students to have the ability to think for themselves and to stand independently.
Do you know how to use your engine when the towline snaps?
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