Youth Struggles

Remembering 40 years of student and youth struggles for equality and justice. Start with the 1976 student uprising in Soweto.



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Women's Month

Throughout history South African women have struggled for better live. During the early 1990s the Womens's Nationals Coalition (WNC) went out to women across the country and asked them to speak about the past and hope of the future...



Our Mission

The Robben Island Museum ( RIM), operating as a site or living museum aims to develop the Island as a national and international heritage and conservation project for the new Millennium. In managing its resources and activities, RIM strives to maintain the unique Symbolism of the Island, nurtures creativity and innovation, and contributes to socio- Economic development, the transformation of South African society and the enrichment of Humanity.

How to use the Mayibuye Archives

While RIM encourages maximum access to its collections, special terms and conditions apply, to make sure that the collections are adequately preserved for future generations. The RIM’s archival collections are available to researchers and the general public from Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm, by appointment only. Those wishing to consult the collections must complete an application form before access will be granted, including details of their research topic. Materials are to be consulted in the Archives reading room only, under the supervision of staff. Where photocopies, microfilm/fiche, transcriptions, audio copies, video copies or digital copies of any archival material exists, these will be used in lieu of the original. Unless the use of material has been restricted by donor requirements or by legal agreements, or is fragile and vulnerable, photocopying of documents will be permitted. In cases where users wish to publish, exhibit, broadcast or reproduce any parts of the archival collection, a separate permission request must be competed, and the necessary licensing contract signed. Standard licensing fees will be charged.

There are more than 20 printed catalogues relating to the historical papers, a fully indexed catalogue of the sound and oral history collections, and detailed computer databases for the film and photographic collections.