The panel on the commemorative envelope depicts a black rhino (Bhejane in isiZulu) pregnant with new life. She is browsing in an enchanted forest where all the elements are brought together – the sun, a rainbow, stars and flowering indigenous bush. Behind her is the symbol for an amonite, part of our ancient history.The design on the canceller is one of the five original designs done by Goodness Basolivumeleni in 2003.The isiZulu words used in the designs are ilanga, which means the sun, indlovu meaning elephant, ihlahla meaning a tree and lihle ihlahla a beautiful tree.
On the farm Pro Nobis near Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal, a group of embroidery artists have made a name for themselves by creating extraordinary artwork. They are part of Tunga Embroidery Studio, which has been developing the creative skills of rural Zulu women since 2003. To celebrate this unusual art form, the South African Post Office will issue a miniature sheet with one stamp and a commemorative cover on 30 May 2014.“The purpose of Tunga Studio is to enhance the quality of life of each embroidery artist,” says Beulah. “In ten years they have grown in confidence to express themselves in their work with pride and to experience joy in their achievements.”