SA stamp issues 2016

The stamp issuing programme is “subject to change”.


Further SA issues for 2016


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 -
Karoo Supergroup
Barberton Greenstone Supergroup
Table Mountain World Heritage Site
Griqualand West Supergroup
Witwatersrand Supergroup
Vredefort Dome meteor impact site (World Heritage Site)
Bushveld Igneous Complex
Kimberlite volcanic pipe
Phalaborwa Carbonatite
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 :

            The city

            Small Karoo town named ‘Amandelboom” (almond tree)

            New constellations over the Highveld

            Roof over a rural community

            Birth of the universe

            Reel dancing

            Fire drawing of dwellings in informal settlements

            Laser pointers

            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



            Six panorama-size self-adhesive stamps for the standard domestic letter rate of R3.60 were issued in a sheetlet, and two commemorative covers were produced.

            A biosphere is a natural biome within which the government and its agencies try to promote sustainable development.

            The stamps depict landscapes with, over the image, stylised line drawings depicting elements of the area.  The six biospheres are –

Kogelberg (Western Cape)

Cape West Coast (Western Cape)

Waterberg (Limpopo)

Kruger to Canyons (Mpumalanga-Limpopo)

Cape Winelands (Western Cape)

Vhembe (Limpopo)  

            Note the stamp issue was delayed until December 2016.



31 October 2016         40th IHF World Hospital Congress



            The 40jh congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) was held in Durban from 30 October to 3 November 2016.

            A miniature sheet was issued with at centre at stamp showing a prominent Red Cross.  A surrounding pattern of icons represent hospital activities.  The stamp was for the international small letter airmail rate of R7.70. 

            Note the issue was delayed until December 2016.


24 November 2016     “Smile South Africa”



            A miniature sheet with one stamp for the international small letter airmail rate of R7.70 was due for issue.  The stamp depicts a toothbrush with toothpaste spelling the word ‘Smile’ on top of the toothbrush.

            A Philatelic Services statement says the issue was inspired by the 10th World Endodontic Congress held in Cape Town, 3-6 June 2016.

            Note the issue was delayed until December 2016.


[9 November 2016]     South African National Parks           


            A sheetlet with six self-adhesive panorama-size stamps was announced.  The stamps, for the domestic standard letter rate of R3.60, feature the following parks:

                        Marekele (Waterberg, Limpopo)



                        /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park


                        Tankwa Karoo

            Two commemorative covers were prepared.

            Note this issue has been postponed to 2017.


[2 December 2016]     South Africa’s international flight routes


            A sheetlet with one stamp for the domestic standard letter rate (now R3.60) had been announced for 18 February 2916.  The stamp shows an aircraft against a map of Africa south of the equator.

            Note this issue has again been postponed, to 2017.




8 January 2016   Popular Musicians

            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 :

Dolly Rathebe

Gé Korsten

Margaret Singana

Busi Mhlongo

Chris Blignaut

Phuzushukela (John Bengu)

Paul Ndlovu

Moses Molelekwa

Dan Hill

Zim Ngqawane


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 ;
Parcel services


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 –
    Rhizostoma sp.
    Chrysaora africana
    Chirodropus gorilla
    Periphylla periphylla
    Drymonema sp.
    Crambionella stuhlmanni
    Pelagia noctiluca
    Chrysaora fulgida
    Eupilema inexpectata


Information on new stamp issues has been provided by Philatelic Services, a division of       the South African Post Office Ltd.


5 February 2015         Centenary of the South African Aviation Corps

            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

Black rhinoceros, swartrenoster, Diceros bicornis

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