Philatelic artefacts on show

Philatelic examples of SouthAfrica’s unique cultural heritage can be seen at the Cape Town International Stamp Exhibition.

The Cape Town International Stamp Exhibition will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 2 (CTICC2) from Tuesday November 8 to Saturday November 12.

The event will feature 1600 frames of stamps from all over the world. Each frame comprises 16 A4 pages mounted with stamps, which are exhibited in different categories such as aero philately, picture postcards, postal history and social philately.

A highlight of the event will be the award-winning exhibit by Gerhard Kamffer entitled The Road to Democracy. Letters written by Nelson Mandela from Robben Island and other important artefacts of South Africa’s history will be displayed.

The Philatelic Federation of South Africa has announced that the South African Post Office (SAPO) will be issuing a limited-edition stamp that will be for sale at the event. SAPO have also created five unique date stamps that will be used each day of the event to celebrate Nobel Peace Prize laureates Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Nadine Gordimer, Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.

Visitors can create their own memorabilia by purchasing a special exhibition envelope with the stamp and having it stamped with the unique date stamp available each day.

The public can take stamp collections to be evaluated during the event by experts in the field. Entry to the exhibition is free.