We visited the Port Edward Lighthouse on a beautiful summer’s day. It’s not on the beach, as I had imagined, but is built amongst the houses in a residential area. It is fully operational so my first thought was for the neighbours. I wondered how they slept at night as the lighthouse has two beams, is powered by half a million candlewatts and is visible for 40 kms!
It’s official name is “North Sand Bluff Lighthouse”. Here are some interesting facts:
- It is 24 metres tall;
- Was originally built in 1968;
- And rebuilt in 1999;
- It is about 5 storeys high;
- And has a spiral staircase;
- The lighthouse is owned and operated by the Transnet National Port Authority.
“Sometimes amidst all of the wars,
all you need is to become the lighthouse,
not the sword”