Robben Island has become famous
because our past president, Nelson Mandela, was jailed there for 27 years
by the former apartheid government.
Written records show that there has been human
activity on the island for the past 500 years.
It has been used for many purposes, including political, military,
economic and social. However,
it is most infamous for being a political prison during the Apartheid era.
Since 1994, when a new government was elected in South Africa,
Robben Island has been declared a national museum, a national monument and
will possibly also become a World Heritage Site.
It is now regarded as a memorial to the people over their
The island is situated at the
entrance to Table Bay and is about 9 km from the Cape Town Harbour.
It was once part of the mainland and was the peak of an ancient,
now submerged mountain, known as the Blaauberg – which means Blue
Mountain. Robben Island is
3,4 kms long and holds a village with over a hundred buildings on it.
Places to see include the old prison complex, where tourists can
visit the cell occupied by Nelson Mandela for so many years, as well as
some Second World War forts and a beautiful natural environment that
includes a large variety of birds and animals.
One sea mile around the island is also regarded as part of the
museum. Trips to the island
leave from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, weather permitting.
Every year our senior girls visit the island and find it a very
“FROM INCARCERATION TO LIBERATION
THE PUNISHMENT OF THE BODY TO THE FREEDOM
OPPRESSION TO DEMOCRACY THROUGH STRUGGLE”