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Foreigners to pay more to visit Mandela's prison

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Nelson Mandela frequently visited Robben Island after his release from prison in 1990

Foreign tourists will for the first time pay more than South Africans to visit Robben Island, where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years for opposing the racist system of apartheid.

The Robben Island Museum in Cape Town said the new entrance fee would be 550 rand ($38; £29) for non-South African adults and 300 rand for children.

For South African adults it would be 380 rand and 200 rand for children.

"We believe that this decision will have a positive turnaround on our long term financial sustainability as an organisation whilst also contributing to an increase in domestic visitors,” the museum's chief financial officer, Blayne Crocker, said in a statement.

Read: A Robben Island prisoner's memories

Mandela's art for sale in New York

A pastel drawing by former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $90,000 (£46,000 to £69,000) when it goes on auction today in New York.

The piece, called The Cell Door, is drawn from memory of his years of imprisonment on Robben Island.

"When my father retired as the president he didn't have much to do," his daughter Pumla Makaziwe Mandela, who is selling the piece at Bonhams auction house, is quoted as saying.

"I think for him, art was a good way of expressing himself or trying to come to terms with his history and his (I wouldn't want to say) demons but just coming to terms with his whole life."

The Cell Door by Nelson Mandela
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