Last month the South African Post Office launched a commemorative stamp in honour of the late anti-apartheid activist, Albertina Sisulu. Ma Sisulu, as she was affectionately known, would have celebrated her 100th birthday in October last year, and the stamps, which celebrate the centenary of her birth, recognise the many sacrifices that Sisulu made in the pursuit of a democratic South Africa.
Speaking of the government’s efforts to honour the legacy of not only Sisulu, but the countless other women who played a vital role in the anti-apartheid struggle, Communications Deputy Minister, Pinky Kekana, said:
We create such endeavors so that young girls can know and learn that our history is a gendered history. The narrative of our liberation is not only history but there’s also ‘her-story’ and it counts just as much.”
The photographs featured on the stamps reflect Ma Sisulu at different stages in her life, and were obtained from the Sisulu family archives. More than 100 000 sheets of the stamps have been printed, with most of them having been sold already. Appropriately, for a woman who dedicated her life to the fight for democracy, the stamps can be used for any standard South African letter, and cost R4.55, the price of an ordinary stamp, making them accessible to the general public.
Cover image of Albertina Sisulu’s grandson, Duma, courtesy of www.iol.co.za