SA stamp issues 2016
The stamp issuing programme is “subject to change”.
Further SA issues for 2016
On 12 June 2016 Philatelic Services announced that the revised stamp issuing programme would run from 26 August 2016 and comprise 10 stamp issues in 14 weeks. However, the programme is still subject to change.
26 August 2016 South African geology highlights
A set of ten stamps were issued on occasion of the 35th International Geological Congress, held in Cape Town. The stamps are for the normal letter (small letter) international airmail rate of R8.40. The stamps are self-adhesive.
The stamps depict spectacular geological formations and have keys to the geological cross sections shown, printed on the back of the stamps.
The stamps depict the following -
Barberton Greenstone Supergroup
Table Mountain World Heritage Site
Griqualand West Supergroup
Vredefort Dome meteor impact site (World Heritage Site)
Bushveld Igneous Complex
Kimberlite volcanic pipe
Cradle of Mankind World Heritage Site
Two commemorative covers were prepared.
14 September 2016 “Telling stories with light”
Ten stamps on the theme “Telling stories with light” were produced in hexagonal format to form a circle. The stamps are self-adhesives for the small letter international airmail rate of R8.40. There were two first day covers.
The artwork is based on slow-exposure photography of people dancing with lights. The “stories with light” stamps are stated to represent the following :
Small Karoo town named ‘Amandelboom” (almond tree)
New constellations over the Highveld
Roof over a rural community
Birth of the universe
Fire drawing of dwellings in informal settlements
A woman at centre of universe
‘Northern lights’ in South Africa
26 September 2016 CITES COP 17
The 17th conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species was held in Johannesburg.
The stamps feature the four African species of pangolins, all of them highly threatened mammals. The four stamps are self-adhesives, for the small letter international airmail rate of R8.40. A sheetlet and a first day cover were made available.
The species are –
Smutsia temmickii – pangolin, ietermagog (south and east Africa)
Smutsia gigantea – giant ground pangolin, reuse-ietermagog (central and west Africa)
Phataginus tricuspis – white-bellied pangolin, witpens-ietermagog (west and central Africa)
Phataginus tetradactyla – black-bellied pangolin – swartpens-ietermagog (central and west Africa)
7 October 2016 Puppetry in South Africa
Five self-adhesive stamps for the small letter domestic rate of R3.60 were produced to depict a variety of puppeteering work. A sheetlet and a first day cover were issued.
The stamps feature irregular partly cut-out profiles and show –
War Horse, a life-size puppet ‘manned’ by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, performing on stage.
Haas Das by Louise Smith, the popular TV character
Gawie de Wet, a Cape puppeteer with one of his puppets
In Medea Res, by Aja Marnewick
Ouboros, by Janni Younge
21 October 2016
South African biospheres
31 October 2016
40th IHF World Hospital Congress
9 November 2016
National Parks (part 2)
24 November 2016
“Smile South Africa”
2 December 2016
South African flight routes (originally scheduled for 18 February 2016).
The second set in the series on Popular Musicians was postponed from July 2015. A sheet was issued of ten different stamps showing musical performers. The stamps were for the standard postage rate (R3.30), self-adhesive and printed in black monochrome.
Depicted are :
Phuzushukela (John Bengu)
11 November 2015 Oliver Reginald Tambo
A sheetlet with one stamp at the standard domestic postal rate (R3.30) was scheduled for issue on 27 October 2015 but “for operational reasons” became available at Philatelic Services, Pretoria, on 11 November 2015.
The stamp shows a photographic portrait of O R Tambo, who was president of the African National Congress from 1967 until 1991.
11 November 2015 World Post Day
A sheetlet with five self-adhesive stamps at the standard domestic postal rate (R3.30) was scheduled for issue on 9 October 2015 but “for operational reasons” became available at Philatelic Services, Pretoria, on 11 November 2915.
The stamps depict historical events regarding the mail (two stamps) and services provided by the Post Office (three stamps). The stamps show –
Early mailboat (1815) and aircraft of the Springbok airmail service (1945) ;
Cullinan diamond, the world’s largest, sent by mail (1905) ;
Electronic operations ;
Motor license renewals from the Post Office ;
7 September 2015 14th World Forestry Congress
The congress, held in Durban on 7-11 September 2015, was preceded by sessions in various forestry areas. A sheetlet of five self-adhesive stamps was issued for the B4 postal rate (large sized envelope, internal) of R8.
The stamps show :
Carving of walking sticks (arts and crafts)
Measuring the growth of forest ferns (monitoring of ecosystems)
Tree felling, with a three-wheeled log hoist in the background (commercial forestry)
Animal life in natural forests :
Cercophitecus mitis, samango monkey, samango-aap
Bradypodion daramanum, Knysna dwarf chameleon, dwerg- woudverkleurmannetjie
Philantomba monticola, blue duiker, blouduiker
Papilio ophidicephalus zuluensis, emperor swallowtail butterfly, kroon-skoenlapper
Plant life in natural forests :
Podocarpus falcatus, Outeniqua yellowwood, Outeniekwa-geelhout
Plectranthus fruticosus, James flower, spoorsalie
Streptocarpus candidus, falling star lilies, sleutelblom, Kaapse primula
Pycnoporus sanguineus, tropical cinnabar bracket fungi, dunhoed-rooirakswam
Lepiota sp, Lepiota mushrooms, woudsampioene
12 August 2015 Jellyfish in South African waters
A pictorial sheetlet was issued with ten stamps showing different species of jellyfish in an undersea environment. The stamps are self-adhesive and marked for the B5 postage (medium sized envelope, internal rate) of R6.55.
Species illustrated are –
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A pioneering aviation unit was formed to assist the Union Defence Force in the First World War operation against the German forces in German South West Africa, 1915.
Five self-adhesive stamps of R6.05 value, depicting the distinctive livery, being the pilot wings, shoulder title and tunic detail, respectively; a Henry Farman biplane; and the 1914-15 Star (medal).
3 March 2015 Raising awareness of wildlife poaching
Poaching of animal life has increased at an alarming rate is threatening not only identified species, but ecological biodiversity. National parks have been called “killing fields”.
Six self-adhesive stamps of R3 value, depicting –
Oribi, oorbietjie, Ourebia ourebi
Grey crowned crane, mahem, Balearica regulorum
Ground hornbill, bromvoël, Bucorvus leadbeateri
Cape parrot, grootpapegaai, Poicephalus robustus
Sungazer, ouvolk (reuse-gordelakkedis), Cordylus giganteus
2 April 2015 Healthy living (care of kidneys)
The World Congress of Nephrology (the branch of medical science dealing with kidneys) was held in Cape Town 3-7 April 2015, attended by close on 6000 delegates.
The five self-adhesive stamps of R7.70 value (overseas airmail) illustrate factors which contribute towards kidney health, being regular medical check-ups, regular exercise, a healthy diet, abstaining from smoking, and limiting of alcohol intake.
Date not confirmed International Firefighters’ Day
The International Firefighters’ Day acknowledges the dedication and courage and modern firefighters who are trained not only in the control of various types of fires, and also as paramedics and rescuers.
A sheetlet of eight self-adhesive stamps was prepared, all for standard postage (R3.30).
The eight stamps show a 1920 Dennis fire truck, a modern fire tender, firefighters in action, an emergency situation, mountain rescue, vehicle accident rescue, drowning rescue, firemen carrying a patient on a stretcher, and a lecture (public information).
26 June 2015 Freedom Charter, 60 years
2 July 2015 South African legends (persons) of popular music
24 July 2015 Kingfishers (birds)
7 August 2015 Women’s Charter
12 August 2015 Jellyfish in South African waters
7 September 2015 7th World Forestry Congress
18 September 2015 Route development forum (?)
28 September 2015 International Year of Light
9 October 2015 World Post Day
World Post Day is commemorated on the birthday of the Universal Postal Union, founded in 1875, the pioneering accord which facilitated international postal communication.
27 October 2015 Oliver Tambo
30 October 2015 SA national parks
30 October 2015 Biosphere reserves of South Africa
4 December 2015 Centenary of Oxford University Press