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Virtual history

A Robben Island video game aims to teach young South Africans about apartheid

By David Smith  /  The Guardian, CAPE TOWN

Robben Island spans 518 hectares and measures 3.57km from north to south. It was used as a prison from the mid-17th century, contains a graveyard for people who died from leprosy and is home to a substantial colony of African penguins.

Organizers hope it will boost the island’s image after recent years plagued by strikes, ferry breakdowns and complaints about tour guides of variable quality and a museum that has rested on its laurels since opening 16 years ago.

Sibongiseni Mkhize, chief executive of the museum, said Mandela had not been consulted about the project but said his foundation was aware of it.

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