South Africa is a country occupying the extreme south of the African continent and bordering with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
South Africa was a British colony formed in 1910 by the reunion of four colonies (including Natal and Transvaal). The first stamps were issued from this date.
The first stamp represents George V.
In 1961, a referendum established the South African Republic separated from the Commonwealth. The first stamps of the Republic are titled "Republic of South Africa" then "RSA" from 1967. From 1997, the name of "South Africa" appears on the stamps.
Paintings from different landscapes of South Africa (1978) :
South African raptors (1998) :
The apartheid policy led, from the 1970s, to the creation of Bantustans (territories destined to become independent in order to remove all South African citizenship from black populations), in particular Ciskei, Bophuthatswana, Transkei and Venda. The stamps issued by these entities are grouped into different sub-sections.
Stamps of Ascension Island
This island was discovered by a Portuguese navigator in 1501 on Ascension Day.
Before 1922, St. Helena's stamps were mainly used. After this date, the island issued its own stamps as a British colony and St. Helena dependency. Ascension Island is currently a British overseas territory.
Ascension Island now issues many thematic series, including the local fauna.
The first souvenir sheet was issued in 1969 with the theme of the coat of arms of the Royal Navy.
Botswana is a country in southern Africa surrounded by Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Since 1966, Botswana is a Commonwealth republic and issues its own stamps. Before 1966, the stamps used were those of Bechuanaland.
One of the first thematic series, issued in 1967, is about birds.
In addition to traditional thematic series, Botswana also issues stamps on local life.
• Life in the Okavango Delta (broadcast in 1978)
Traditional foods (issued in 1985)
The first souvenir sheet, issued in 1968, commemorates the opening of the National Museum of the Arts.
Cameroon is an African country overlooking the Gulf of Guinea and mainly surrounded by Nigeria to the north, the Central African Republic to the east and the Congo and Gabon to the south.
This territory was a German colony from 1884 onwards and stamps were issued between 1896 and 1914 (German stamps overloaded "Kamerun" then the specific series of imperial yachts).
In 1915, Cameroon was occupied by a Franco-British expeditionary force. During this period, each power issued its own stamps in addition to common emissions.
Thus, the British emirates stamps of German overloaded Cameroon "C.E.F. (Cameroons Expeditionary Force) and the French stamps Congo, the panther series in particular, overloaded "French Occupation of Cameroon".
After the war, part of Cameroon was entrusted to Great Britain (this territory was integrated into Nigeria) and another to France which became a protectorate. The first stamps were issued from 1921 with Congo stamps overloaded "Cameroon".
From 1925, specific series of stamps were issued for this colony.
Cameroon gained independence in 1960 and then issued its own stamps.
Eritrea is a country in East Africa, bordered by the Red Sea and mainly surrounded by Sudan and Ethiopia. Former British colony, British forces used, between 1942 and 1948, British stamps overloaded. From 1952, Ethiopian stamps were used until independence in 1991. Since 1993, Eritrea has issued its own stamps. The first series focus on the referendum on self-determination and the Eritrean flag. This series issued in 2000, represents the national flag as well as various local symbols. The first two souvenir sheets were issued in 1996 for the Atlanta Olympics.
Ghana is a c0ountry in West Africa bordered to the south by the Gulf of Guinea and surrounded by Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. It is a British dominion since 1957 and a Commonwealth member republic since 1960. Before 1957, this territory was the British colony of the Gold Coast and the stamps were issued in that name.
Ghana's first stamps, issued in 1957, are surcharged Gold Coast stamps.
The first series issued in 1957 (N ° 1 to 9) :
Subsequently, Ghana issued its own stamps.
Series issued in 1959 on the occasion of the second anniversary of independence (N ° 35 to 38) :
The first souvenir sheet was issued in 1959 on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln.
Upper Volta stamps
Ruanda-Urundi is a territory of East Africa having constituted 2 districts of German East Africa, east of the Belgian Congo. In 1916, the Belgian army occupied this part of German East Africa while the rest was occupied by the British. In 1924, the S.D.N. entrusted a mandate to Belgium.
Belgian trusteeship continued until independence in 1962 when the territory was separated into two countries that took the names of Rwanda and Burundi. After 1961, Rwanda and Burundi issued their own stamps.
Senegal is a country in West Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean between Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau. Former French colony, Senegal is a republic since 1960 and has issued its own stamps since that date.
Seychelles are islands of the Indian Ocean located 1100 km north-east of Madagascar.
The capital, Victoria, is on the island of Mahé.
Seychelles is a former British colony.
Since 1976, it is an independent republic member of the Commonwealth. She emits since her own stamps.
Sierra Leone is a country in western Africa, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, south and west of Guinea and northern Liberia. As a British colony, it has issued stamps since 1861. Since 1961, Sierra Leone has been an independent state that became a Commonwealth member republic. Since 1961, Sierra Leone has issued its own stamps
Somalia is an eastern African country bordered by the Indian Ocean and surrounded by Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. It has been an independent republic since 1960. It was formed by the meeting of Italian Somaliland and Somaliland. Since then, she has issued her own stamps. Before 1960, the stamps used were those of each founding country, Italian Somalia and Somaliland.
South Kasai is a province of the Belgian Congo. After the accession of the Belgian Congo to independence in 1960, South Kasai became an autonomous province and issued its own stamps in 1961 (some stamps were issued by overprinting stamps of the Belgian Congo).
In 1962, the province was reinstated in the Congolese Republic.
Swaziland is a territory of southern Africa surrounded mainly by Mozambique, Natal and Transvaal. Former protectorate then British colony, Swaziland has been autonomous since 1967 and independent since 1968. The stamps of Transvaal and South Africa were used until 1933.
Since 1968, it is an independent kingdom, a member of the Commonwealth.
Togo is a territory of West Africa surrounded to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by Ghana, to the east by Benin and to the north by Burkina Faso.
Togo is a former French colony (see stamps in the corresponding section). In 1956, French Togo became an autonomous republic and in 1960 an independent republic.
From that date, Togo issued its own stamps entitled "Republic of Togo" and then "Republic of Togo".
The first stamps of 1960 are series for the Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley and summer in Rome.
The first airmail stamp of the Autonomous Republic was issued in 1957 to celebrate the anniversary of this event.
Togo then issued airmail stamps until 1990.
The first blocks and leaflets of Togo were created in 1959 on the occasion of the founding of the Togolese Red Cross (a series of 3 sheet blocks which were issued serrated and not serrated).
Tristan da Cunha are islands of the Atlantic Ocean (including Nightingale and Tristan) located southwest of St. Helena. Tristan da Cunha is a British colony and has been issuing its own stamps since 1952. Before 1952, the same stamps as in St. Helena were used
Tunisia is a country in North Africa bathed by the Mediterranean north and east and neighboring Algeria and Libya. Stamps were issued from 1888 under French protectorate. Algeria has been an independent kingdom since 1956 and a republic since 1957. Since then, it has issued its own stamps.
Zaire is the name taken by the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Belgian Congo) from 1971 to 1997. Before and after the period when the country was named Zaire, the stamps were issued in the name of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zimbabwe is a country in southern central Africa south of Zambia and north of South Africa. Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia. Before 1980, the country issued stamps on behalf of Southern Rhodesia. Since 1980, it is an independent republic member of the Commonwealth and issues its own stamps.