Serbia issues Mandela stamps
The Postal Services of the Republic of Serbia has issued a commemorative Nelson Mandela stamp and envelope in celebration of ANC centenary. The stamp is an artistic composition which contains a portrait of Nelson Mandela, emblem of ANC, map of Africa and national flag of South Africa, together with a text, in Serbian and English, which reads “100 years of selfless struggle 1912-2012”. The artist behind art processing was Marina Kalezić, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. The commemorative stamp was printed in the circulation of 25 000.
The memorial album was forwarded to the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, with a letter from the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Boris Tadić. In addition, the album was presented to the Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane by H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, at the Executive Council of African Union in Addis Ababa earlier this year.
At the same time, the billboards, dedicated to Mandela and ANC jubilee, have been placed prominently next to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the capital Belgrade. First billboard portrays Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, who happens to be an honorary citizen of Belgrade, since 15th of May 2007, for his contribution to the "fight for equality, peace, and development of democracy in the world." The quote chosen for the billboard reads: 'Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.' The second billboard is dedicated to the ANC jubilee. The project was done in coordination with the City of Belgrade – Secretariat for Culture.
Additionally, H.E. Mr. Goran Vujičić, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of South Africa, attended the ANC Centenary Celebrations in Bloemfontein from January 7th to January 8th, 2012.
Serbian government, even as a part of Yugoslavia, opposed apartheid system and its discriminatory laws and supported leading anti-apartheid groups, especially ANC. Since establishing diplomatic relations in 1992, economic cooperation in the fields of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy and transport has been rising.
Embassy of Serbia in South Africa