18 july 1918 5 december 2013 was a south african anti apartheid revolutionary political leader and philanthropist who served as president of south africa from 1994 to 1999. Nelson mandela was incarcerated for 17 years on robben island and 27 years in total.
Robben island has become a world renown symbol and reminder of the dark days of apartheid and the immensely courageous freedom struggle.
Nelson mandela robben island cell. Original lithographs by nelson mandela my robben island is the title of artwork by ex president and nobel laureate nelson mandela. He regarded survival in the inhumane conditions he and his fellow inmates experienced there as a triumph of the human spirit. Robbeneiland is an island in table bay 69 kilometres 43 mi west of the coast of bloubergstrand cape town south africa.
Nelson rolihlahla mandela m ae n d l e. Things to do in cape town and everything you need to know about robben island the attractions history and information for visitors tourists and residents. Nelson mandela is known for several things but perhaps he is best known for successfully leading the resistance to south africas policy of apartheid in the 20th century during which he was infamously incarcerated at robben island prison 196482.
Robben island the unique symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity suffering and injustice with a rich 500 year old multi layered history is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of south africas history that the island represents. Koto bolofos photographic study of the robben island prison that once held nelson mandela. Nelson mandela art.
The island is situated in table bay just offshore from cape town harbour and approximately 7 km west of blouberg beach. I can tell you that wine made from grapes growing outside nelson mandelas former cell on robben island tastes just fine.