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Nelson Mandela frequently visited Robben Island after his release from prison in 1990

Foreigners to pay more to visit Mandela’s prison

Foreign tourists will for the first time pay more than South Africans to visit Robben Island, where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years for opposing the racist system of apartheid.

The Robben Island Museum in Cape Town said the new entrance fee would be 550 rand ($38; £29) for non-South African adults and 300 rand for children.

For South African adults it would be 380 rand and 200 rand for children.

“We believe that this decision will have a positive turnaround on our long term financial sustainability as an organisation whilst also contributing to an increase in domestic visitors,” the museum’s chief financial officer, Blayne Crocker, said in a statement.

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