One of the reasons that I wanted to move to Cape Town was that I have always been fascinated by Nelson Mandela and interested in the history of South Africa. The history of a nation always functions as a backdrop to understanding the here and now and it is therefore important also for our internships here. In the start of our stay we visited the Robben Island Museum, District Six Museum and the Bo-Kaap .
Robben Island is located about 15 km from Sea Point and Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 of the 27 years he served. Robben is Afrikans and means seal, so the name means ” Seal Island.” It is in the hallways of Robben Island that the South African democracy was born, which makes it a special place to visit. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and current President Jacob Zuma.
During apartheid many areas in the city were forcefully removed and declared White-Only areas and one of these areas where District Six. District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. The the District Six Museum opened in 1994 came into being. It serves as a remembrance to the events of the apartheid era as well as the culture and history of the area before the removals.
The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area. Jan Van Riebeeck ( 1619-1667) was a dutch administrator and colonizer and his hedge is located in the Kirstenbosch Gardens and is know to be the start of apartheid.
Robben Island with Table Mountain in the background
On the way back from the island
Our guide at Robben Island – a former political prisoner
Bjørn, Henrik, Maria, Kristiane, Martine, Stine, our guide, Vlora, Yasmin and me
A cell at Robben Island
Vlora, Yasmin, Stine, Maria, Kristiane and I in Bo-Kaap
The District Six Museum
Maria in Kirstenbosch