Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Nelson Mandela on cover from South Africa

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress party from 1991 to 1997.

Mandela was born in 1918, and many countries issued stamps to mark centenary of his birth last year.
Minisheet on the right was one of many issued to celebrate that event, but this one is joint issue with Germany, released on 18.7.2018. Other stamps on cover:

The 300th Anniversary of Stellenbosch (Oldest Town in South Africa), issued on 8.11.1979.
Moore's Crinum, issued on 1.7.2013.
Eland (from set Tugboats), issued on 13.5.1994.
The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Amajuba, issued on 27.2.1981.

Inside cover was 3 minisheets with Mandela: already mentioned joint issue with Germany, joint issue with Pan African Postal Union (also released on 18.7.2018.) and The 90th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela, issued on 15.7.2008.

Thank you Willy!

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