Bringing knowledge to Cape Town

2016-06-28 06:00
 The Logos Hope will be docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront. PHOTO: nicole mccain

The Logos Hope will be docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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The world’s largest floating bookshop has sailed into the Mother City, bringing with it over 400 volunteers from 60 countries.

On board are even a few local faces, visiting their home for the first time since joining as crew on the Logos Hope.

The Logos Hope, a non-profit International Book Fair and Youth Service Project vessel, will be docked from Friday 24 June to Monday 11 July.

Logos Hope, operated by GBA Ships, a German registered non-profit organisation, sails across the globe with the purpose of bringing knowledge, help and hope to the nations of the world.

Logos Hope’s book fair sells books for a fraction of retail prices, making it affordable for all walks of life. They also offer educational activities and theatrical performances on board the ship.

Many of the crew have never been to Cape Town, the final stop on the ship’s South African leg.

However, Neil Meiring is coming home after a 16-month stint at sea.

The mechanic from Kensington joined the ship after working as a car mechanic in the Cape Town CBD.

“I felt the Lord leading me to resign. During my last week of notice, I heard about the (Logos Hope). I had no ambition of joining, but the Lord led me,” he says.

Meiring started his journey working in the galley, before receiving safety training and moving to the engine room. He now works as a general mechanic.

“I still get seasick on every journey,” he says, laughing.

“Coming to Cape Town was the best feeling. When I saw Table Mountain, my heart wanted to jump out.”

Over the past four decades the fleet of GBA Ships has been warmly received in over 500 ports in more than 160 countries, as the ship provides good educational literature and promotes unity in diversity.

Opening hours: 10:00 to 21:30 on Wednesdays, 14:00 to 21:30 Sunday to Tuesday. Entrance fee is R5. The ship is docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront.


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