National Orders are the highest form of recognition that a country bestows on deserving persons. The State President, as the Grand Patron of National Orders, awards them.
To create awareness about these National Orders, the South African Post Office issued a set of six stamps on 26 April 2005.
The stamps feature the following six Orders: Mapungubwe, Baobab, Companion of O.R. Tambo, Mendi, Ikhamanga and Luthuli.