This month, Guernsey’s will hold an online auction of memorabilia related to South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Robben Island Museum aspired to be part of the reconstruction and development of the national soul.
While the idea of touring an infamous prison from the comfort of your couch may seem weird at first, you’ll be glad you did.
Sofie did a half-day Robben Island tour from Cape Town, South Africa. This post provides practical information on how to go to Robben Island and a review.
Dire Straits: Robben Island Museum operators determined to keep top tourist attraction afloat; Marianne Thamm; Daily Maverick
Considering that over eight million people have visited UNESCO World Heritage site the Robben Island Museum in the past 20 years, the near sinking of a chartered passenger vessel, the Thandi, and the emergency evacuation of around 70 passengers on 15 September is an anomaly. But it has highlighted a problem that has plagued the museum since it first opened to the public in 1997 – to get the some 350,000 visitors per annum safely on and off the island. On Wednesday members of the museum executive and the South African Maritime Authority briefed the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities on the incident.
Robben Island is not any ordinary island in the sea but has a long history of political imprisonment with the great leader Nelson Mandela being one its most famed political prisoners.
And one of the inmates who made the prison to attract global attention was prisoner 466/64, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela, referred to as Madiba or Tata (Father of the nation), who was later to become President of South Africa, spent 18 of his 27- year jail term in Robben Island prison. He never gave up. The bold inscription on the walls of the docking area, THE HUMAN SPIRIT CANNOT BE MENACLED, or another, THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, are testaments to the struggle and the never-say-die mentality of Mandela and his other freedom fighters during the anti-apartheid struggle.