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April 22, 2009

Celebrate our democracy by visiting Robben Island

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Robben Island, photo courtesy April Killingsworth

As South Africans exercise democracy today by voting in the 2009 general elections, they will also, no doubt, take advantage of the public holiday.

What better way to do so in Cape Town than by celebrating our freedom?

Take a tour to Robben Island, the island-museum that was once “home” to South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years on the island out of the 27 years he was imprisoned.

Robben Island is situated about 9km offshore from Cape Town. Ferries to the island depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and each tour takes approximately 3.5 hours.

Visitors are guided by former political prisoners and will hear first-hand the story of Robben Island, making for a personal and poignant tour.

Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site on December 1, 1997. It is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions. Why not make yours an extra-special visit? Go to Robben Island on voting day and remember how precious your vote is and the price that people paid to attain the right to vote.

For more information visit www.robben-island.org.za or call +27 21 413 4200.

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