The stamps were officially launched on 15 October in Cape Town and amongst the attendees to the function were the South African Deputy Minister of Communications, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the South African Post Office, the Ambassador and Consul-General of Indonesia to South Africa and the President Director of Indonesia Post.
South Africa and Indonesia have only enjoyed formal diplomatic ties since August 1994, but the link between the two countries stretches back close to three hundred years. The colonisation of Africa and Asia by European powers from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries led to the enslavement of millions of Afro-Asian peoples, and an international slave trade. This slave trade led to the migration of large numbers of Asian and African people to different parts of the world. It was one such stream of people, most of whom were political exiles or prisoners who had opposed the colonisation of their countries that came to the Cape of Good Hope.