New requirements to visit Robben Island ahead of tourist season

2017-10-18 10:36 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Following recent upgrades at Robben Island, new requirements have been implemented for those who wish to visit during the upcoming high season.

According to the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa), all those visiting the island will now have to provide relevant identification when purchasing a ticket.

These could include either their identification documents (ID), passport, birth certificate, drivers licence or certified copies thereof, and are verified when clients check in for their trip.

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Satsa says Robben Island Museum said that this new move is part of an ongoing endeavour to provide guests with the best possible service, and aligned to best practices and auditing requirements. 

Those visiting the island must ensure that they also have their tickets and identification at hand, at all times to be checked before and after boarding the ferry.

Added to this, Satsa says it understands that this is a newly implemented process (without any prior warning), and is both time consuming for operators and difficult to manage with the upcoming high season, but it will be looking for ways to engage with the museum to find a workable solution for all those affected.

Launch of solar plant project

On Thursday, 19 October the minister of Tourism, Thokozile Xasa will be launching a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on the island, which is funded by the Department of Tourism with an aim to support sustainable and inclusive tourism development.

The solar PV mini-grid on Robben Island is part of a broader departmental initiative implemented in collaboration with the management authorities of government-owned tourism attractions to retrofit facilities at eight sites with solar energy generating systems.  

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According to the Department, the initiative supports the theme that the United Nations General Assembly adopted for 2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – allowing for a dedicated focus on tourism’s ability to contribute to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation, peace and mutual understanding.

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