Nelson Mandela as South Africa's most respected citizen

November 4th, 2014 is glad to inform that Pitcairn Island Post is to issue a series of stamps dedicated to Nelson Mandela. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and possibly South Africa's most respected citizen.

He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality and fostering racial reconciliation. The issue consists of four stamps that are to be released on the 3d of November.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a communist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

The Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau commemorates the life of this great man one year after his death. Mandela is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata ("Father") and is often described as the "Father of the Nation".