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Blue skies & water, mountains & sunshine! Taken at southern coast of Robben Island which is surrounded by rugged coastline and powerful waves even on a fine weather day. Table Mountain and Cape Town can be seen on the horizon usually are shrouded in fog. Robben Island is an island in Table Bay located about 7 nautical miles off the shores of Green Point was a former maxmum security prison acquiring a reputation as South Africa's most notorious penal colony. Now a museum and a World Heritage Site

Why was it virtually impossible to escape from this island is largely due to the freezing temperature of wild water across which is also inhabited by great white sharks. The isolation was a definite factor in trying to break the spirit of the prisoners. There was no contact with the outside world in any form including newspapers to ensure that inmates had no idea what was happening in South Africa or the rest of the world. Private letters were restricted to two per year and thoroughly censored before being handed over. The section -B of the prison was where the most important prisoners were housed.

The last political prisoners left the island in 1991, and the rest is history .......



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WShop1 : Barbed wires and boundary prison fence
WShop2: B-Section Courtyard which housed Mandela and other major political prisoners

Nikon FA, 20mm AF Nikkor F2.8,
Nikon circular Polariser 62mm
Slidefilm Kodachrome 64

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