Post Office: Public invited to submit ideas for 2015 commemorative postage stamp calendar

2013-02-11 00:00

THE South African Post Office is calling on the public to submit ideas for the compilation of the 2015 commemorative postage stamp calendar.

The post office issues commemorative stamps annually featuring events and people relevant to South Africa. Proposals for subjects for these stamps are made two years in advance of the year the stamp will be issued. According to Setempe, the South African Post Office’s philatelic magazine, an average of 100 stamp proposals are received for every year.

From these proposals the Stamp Advisory Committee, which consists of non-Post Office members appointed by the Minister of Communications, draws up a shortlist of between 10 and 15 themes per year. The short list is then submitted to the minister and cabinet for approval.

Last year saw commemorative stamp issues featuring John Dube, first president of the ANC, artist George Pemba, South Africa’s role in astronomy, the baby Big Five and, in the SA Bird Series, the smallest sunbirds.

The first new theme issue for 2013 on February 22 will be of particular interest to Maritzburgers as it features Gift of the Givers and Rescue South Africa. Later in the year stamps will be issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial.

Other topics in the past have included South African marine life, Chinese astrology, migratory species and the South African World Heritage sites.

The design of these topics is commissioned by the South African Post Office to local artists, who then turn these topics into miniature pieces of art.

Proposals should be brief, include a short motivation and adhere to the following criteria:

• Topics must be related directly to South Africa

• Events must depict outstanding national and international interests such as:

• The culture and achievements of the South African people;

• The country’s contribution to international affairs;

• The contribution of South Africans to the scientific, cultural and economic development of a broader world society;

• The varied aspects of local life and values;

• The flora and fauna of the country;

• The economic activities of its people; and

• Any other topic which reflects positively upon our values, culture, aspirations and achievements.

Members of the public should provide their preferred topic and a detailed motivation with pictures or photographs not later than 18 February 2011 to The Product Manager, 2015 Stamp Programme, Philatelic Services, Private Bag X505, Pretoria, 0001 or by e-mail to

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