This year people from around the globe celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela - the first state president of democratic South Africa. To honor this outstanding personality German Post has presented a special stamp. The item designed by André Heers and Annette le Fort features Mandela`s photo that was taken by Paul Weinberg, a South African who was active in the anti-apartheid resistance movement. By the way, this is a joint issue of German Post with South Africa Post that has prepared a stamp with a similar design.
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. Nelson Mandela is also considered to be one of the most significant figures of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. His life is marked by the fight against segregation, against social injustice and the desire for a better world.
The stamp presented by German Post features a photo of a relatively young Nelson Mandela taken three days after his release from prison. It shows Nelson Mandela in profile, looking upwards into the light with an expression of relief. The designers of this beautiful stamp commented on the issue:
“The image captures a range of emotions, mainly hope and faith. His strength and optimism are palpable. We think it is a beautiful image that aptly encapsulates Nelson Mandela’s life. The vivid colours stand in sharp contrast to the stamp’s black-and-white background.”
Take a look at other stamp issues celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.