Stamps celebrate Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014

2014-02-28 13:54

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Cape Town - The SA 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.  

Elaborating on how African ideas can speak to the world, she mentioned the instant messaging application Mxit that allows Africa’s youth to communicate with each other at minimal cost, giving them free access to a range of community and education services.

Closer to home the Central Business District in Cape Town’s eastern precinct, has been given a new lease on life as an official “Design and Innovation District” that aims to incubate and support young creative businesses. 

According to Van Wyk, these stamps are aimed at igniting the imagination of the public and contributing towards a greater understanding of the multi-faceted nature of design.

“It is an honour for the SA Post Office to launch these stamps at the Design Indaba, a multiplatform, multidisciplinary project that celebrates and promotes the creative industries.”  

The stamp issue is part of the official WDC2014 programme and was allocated a unique geotag number #WDC263 (visit

The SA Post Office printed 100 000 stamp sheets and they are available at your local Post Office branch.  

According to the Post Office, this is a very limited run compared to the five million items it delivers daily.
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