The South African Post Office has joined forces with the rest of the world to create awareness of the prevention of blindness by issuing a stamp and commemorative envelope on 13 October 2005. Designed by Saskia van Wyk, the stamp design is minimalist with only a coloured outer frame and white inner area. The Word "Hello" is embossed in Braille.
Disorders and diseases of the eye and visual system are widely prevalent among South Africans. The best statistics currently available indicate that more than six, and possibly as many as nine, South Africans out of every 1 000 are legally blind. In other words, approximately 360,000 South Africans are blind today. Many thousands more have significant visual impairments and millions more need eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.