The South Africa Post Office is celebrating Cape Town being the first city in Africa and the Global South to be given the title of World Design Capital by rolling out a series of limited edition stamps. “We are proud to capture this historical event on stamps that will travel the world as ambassadors for our city,” says Johan van Wyk, head of the SA Post Office’s philately division, at the launch of the stamps celebrating Cape Town as the World Design Capital of 2014.
The five stamps and the first day cover sheet were designed by Tamryn Elliot, winner of the stamp design competition held in 2013. Her striking stamp designs reflect the five different themes aimed at igniting the imagination of the public and contributing towards a greater understanding of the multi-faceted nature of design. She said the concept of her stamp design is to inspire fellow South Africans to greatness through the words of well-known South Africans from history.
Nicky Swartz, programme director of Cape Town Design NPC (the implementation agency for WDC 2014), lauded the creativity of the designs. “These stamps depict the theme “Live Design. Transform Life” and the four supporting themes brilliantly. I trust that these stamps will travel all over the world to portray African ideas that speak to every nation.” The other themes are “African Innovation. Global Conversation”; “Bridging the Divide\” – reconnecting the city and reconciling its communities; “Today for Tomorrow\” – sustainable solutions for people and planet; and “Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things\” – inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity.