On 15 December 2013, following a period of mourning, the world said its final goodbyes to South Africa’s global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Watched by millions of viewers on television screens throughout the world, Madiba was laid to rest during a state funeral in the small village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. He died on 5 December at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95, leaving a rich and unique legacy not only to South Africa, but also to Africa and the rest of the world.
Stamp in honour of a global icon
In Nelson Mandela’s 95 years he accomplished what many thought impossible. Held prisoner for 27 years and later becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president, he practiced reflection, negotiation, forgiveness, reconciliation and incredible perseverance, making him one of the most remarkable and respected individuals of modern times.
In honour of this global icon, the South African Post Office will issue a special commemorative miniature sheet and souvenir folder on 11 February 2014.
Printed in silver to reflect the richness of Mandela’s wisdom, his legacy and his stature, the miniature sheet features a portrait of Madiba in duotone − a method of changing a monochrome original illustration or photograph to two shades or colours and printing it using two different plates.
Born on 18 July 1918, in Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa, Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s. He joined the African National Congress in 1942 and for 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the apartheid government and its racist policies.
In 1993, Mandela and the then South African President FW de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president following a landslide victory for the ANC in the country’s first democratic elections.
Stamp issue date: 11 February 2014
Photograph: Nelson Mandela Foundation
Design: Thea Clemons
Stamp size: 30 x 30 mm
Miniature sheet size: 65 x 85 mm
Perforation Gauge: 14 x 13 ¼
Paper: 102 grams TR8 OBA free gummed stamppaper
Print quantity: 5 000 000 souvenir folders
Printing process: Offset Lithography
Printed by: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., The Netherlands
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