South African stamps 2015  

Information on new stamps 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.

26 June 2015     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)

The stamp issue was originally scheduled for 4 May 2015.

26 June 2015  Freedom Charter, 60 years            

One R5 stamp in a sheetlet was issued for the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, a manifesto on civil rights signed at Kliptown in 1955.

11 August 2016  Women’s Charter            

One R5 stamp in a sheetlet was issued to mark the Women’s Charter, a statement on women’s rights, which was signed at the founding of the Federation of South African Women in Johannesburg in 1954.

14 October 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

14 October 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
  • Carybdiabranchi
  • Chrysaora fulgida
  • Eupilema inexpectata

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

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

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

8 December 2015       Centenary of Oxford University Press            

A sheetlet with a child art stamp for the standard domestic letter rate (R3.60) was prepared for issue.  A small number of stamps was available for a culminating ceremony of a child art competition, the winning design being from Junaid Opperman (14) of Hoërskool De Rust, Western Cape.  Oxford University Press is largely involved in the production of educational books.