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Government Launches Braille Postage Stamp

Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from SABC News, South Africa, October 14, 2005: www.sabcnews.com

The first-ever braille postage stamp in South Africa has been launched during a function in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. The launch followed a weeklong programme to stamp out blindness. This coincided with the World Sight Day. Many people had their eyesight restored through cataract removal at various health centres.

The stamp has the word "hello" in braille embossed on it. To mark the event, the Post Office also stamped an envelope. About 280,000 stamps were issued countrywide.

"I am very happy that we are recognized because this is the thing we have been striving for as blind people, to be recognized by the government, that we form part of the new South Africa," said Nkosiphendule Goniwe.

After this launch, various blind institutions will be visited and informed about the new stamps.

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