Friday, January 30, 2009

Cover from South Africa

Sometimes ago, i received a cover from South Africa. On the cover was a souvenir sheet of my idol, the former South African president Nelson Mandela! This sheet was one of the two souvenir sheets issued in 2008 to commerate his 90th birthday. Although i own a mint set of the souvenir sheets in my collection, this is different... the sheet on the cover actually went through the postage system and was posted from far away South Africa! I am trilled!

The cover from South Africa

The set of souvenir sheets

Posted on 5th Jan 2009, the cover took 9 days to travel a distance of 8,645km or 5,371 miles from Boksburg, Gauteng in South Africa to Singapore!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was the first President of South Africa to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, serving in the office from 1994–1999. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. In accordance with his conviction, Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on RobbenIsland.
Following his release from prison on 11 Feb 1990, Mandela has supported reconciliation and negotiation, and has helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Mandela, including former opponents. Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela. For more info,
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