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Robben Island

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Robben Island is a Dutch name which means 'seal island'. Located 6,9km off the South African coast, this island was used for centuries to incarcerate prisoners. In the 17th century, the Dutch housed political prisoners from various colonies there, including the leader responsible for the mutiny on the Meermin, a slave ship. Later, the British government sentenced the leader Makanda Nxele to Robben Island for life in his involvement in an uprising in 1819. He later drowned in Table Bay in an attempt to escape. The island was also used for a time as a leper colony in the late 19th century, and during apartheid was used to house political prisoners. Former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 years. (GPS coordinates: 33.8055 S, 18.3691 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population116
Young (0-14)18,1%
Working Age (15-64)80,2%
Elderly (65+)1,7%
Dependency ratio24,7
Sex ratio132
Population density22 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+0%
Higher education aged 20+25,3%
Matric aged 20+40,7%
Number of households58
Average household size1,9
Female headed households36,2%
Formal dwellings100%
Housing owned/paying off1,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage100%
Weekly refuse removal100%
Piped water inside dwelling100%
Electricity for lighting100%

Place names

City of Cape Town Municipality