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IN AN effort to marry history with the future, US technology giant Google and Robben Island Museum have partnered to make the museum accessible to the world via the internet.Google Maps on Wednesday released its first-ever Street View imagery of Robben Island, as well as an audiovisual tour hosted on Google Cultural Institute.The newly launched guided tour of the island includes a virtual visit to former president Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and activist Robert Sobukwe’s house. This imagery and tour provide glimpses into the story of the island and some of its more famous prisoners.Robben Island is one of SA’s foremost tourist attractions and heritage sites. It was the island where many freedom fighters were imprisoned and Mandela spent 18 years of his life.Robben Island Museum CEO Sibongiseni Mkhize said on Wednesday the partnership with Google meant that the museum would be more accessible to people all over the world."The reason Robben Island is now a museum is to educate people...

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