Instead of saying “I do” in an office at Home Affairs, 20 couples from less fortunate backgrounds will be whisked off to Robben Island on Valentine’s Day to experience their special day on the unique setting of Robben Island. This is the result of a 16-year-long partnership between Robben Island Museum and the Department of Home Affairs. The couples will share the ceremony on Robben Island with their families.

This Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2017, couples who would not normally be able to afford their own wedding will have their dream wedding as they enjoy a beautiful wedding on Robben Island. “To commemorate our 20th Anniversary this year as Robben Island Museum, we are celebrating 16 years of hosting mass weddings in partnership with the Department of Home Affairs on the island,” shares the Senior Manager (Marketing & Tourism) at Robben Island Museum, Nomonde Ndlangisa.

The Minister of the Department of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, says that they are proud to be a part of this initiative because of the significant role marriage plays within communities and in building strong families. “As the Department of Home Affairs, we congratulate and wish the couples well on this new journey. Our authorised marriage officers will be dispatched to the island on the day to make this a happy experience for the couples and to also ensure that the marriages are officiated in accordance to our mandatory *requirements,” Gigaba adds. Participating couples have been chosen by the Department based on their diversity and interesting romantic stories.

The couples will arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to catch the 08:00 ferry. The ceremony will take place from 09:00 at the Robben Island Chapel. Once the couples have exchanged their nuptials, they will enjoy their first lunch as husband and wife while enjoying the spectacular Cape Town vista view from Robben Island. The area will also be an opportunity for the couples to take their wedding photos on the beach and to capture the iconic and other scenic areas on the island. Guests and the newlyweds will be serenaded by popular crooner and heartthrob Nur Abrahams at the reception. The couples will return to Cape Town at 17:00.

“Love is in the air and we really can’t wait to make these couples’ dreams come true. This also wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsors who have joined forces to make this day a success: Pick n Pay, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and African Equations,” concludes Ndlangisa.

For media queries or to RSVP, please contact me, Morongoa Ramaboa, directly on | 011 317 3861 | 083 465 5118. For more information about the weddings, please contact Bongiwe Nzeku (Marketing & Tourism Manager) on | 021 413 4200.

For more information about Robben Island Museum, please visit: or contact: / +27 (0)21 413 4200.



For media queries, please contact:

Morongoa Ramaboa

083 465 5118 |


Nomonde Ndlangisa

076 297 4406

More information about Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, developing and marketing Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997.

RIM implements a wide range of conservation, educational, tourist development, research, archiving and general heritage programmes that are designed to achieve its mandate; conserve the Island’s natural and cultural resources and heritage; and promote it as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.

RIM is also responsible for managing and maintaining the assets of the Island. These include the Maximum and Medium Security Prison Complexes, Robert Sobukwe’s House, the Curio and Village Shops, the Village Precinct and associated recreational facilities, the Helipad and runway on the Island, World War 2 memorials, power generation and water processing plants, Jetty 1 and the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, the Mayibuye Archives, the three (3) ferries that transport people to the Island and the fleet of buses used by tourists on the Island.