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.
"To develop and promote Robben Island as a world-class heritage site which symbolizes the triumph of the human spirit over adversity"
a) Recruiting, retaining and developing the best talent. b) Acquiring and utilizing the best operational resources. c) Responsible conservation and maintenance of the World Heritage Property. d) Healthy stakeholder relations. e) Enhanced marketing and public relations. f) Delivering transformational experiences to all visitors. g) High quality intellectual input in research, interpretation and representation to enhance the narrative.
RIM is managed by an Executive Management Team (EMT) that comprises of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Heritage Officer (CHO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This EMT strategically drives the operations of RIM while it’s Senior Managers and all other staff implement all the day-today activities. The CEO is the operational head and accounting officer of RIM and thus serves as a permanent member of RIM’s Council (see section on governance of RIM). Other EMT members participate in Council meetings when required.
EMT and the Senior Management Team meet weekly and full staff meetings are held quarterly. This enables the effective and smooth functioning of RIM.
RIM is governed by a Council appointed by the National Minister of Arts and Culture, for a period of three (3) years. The duties of the Council are described in the Cultural Institutions Act 119 of 1998. Essentially, the Council is responsible for formulating policy and determining the objectives of the RIM, fundraising, overseeing and guiding financial management and accounting, and ensuring that all the moveable and immovable property is properly managed and safeguarded.
The Council also determines the conditions under which the public may visit the Island, the admission prices that may be charged for visits and appoints the CEO. The appointment of the CEO is done in consultation with the Minister of Arts and Culture. .