Issue Dates: 1910-83
Scott Catalogue Value: $1,367.85
Mystic Price: $830.00
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South Africa collection features over 575 stamps – more used than unused – beginning with #1 in unused condition. Many “South Africa – Suid Afrika” attached pairs. Both of the Johannesburg International Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheets issued in never-hinged condition. Collection is most complete from the early 1940s to the late 1960s. Also includes some Semi-postal, Official and Postage Due stamps.
South Africa has three capitals. The first one is Capetown, the legislative capital, where parliament meets. Pretoria, with all government department headquarters, is the administrative capital, and Bloemfontein, where the highest court meets, is the judicial capital.
South Africa is the richest and most highly developed country in Africa. It produces two fifths of all manufactured goods, nearly half of the minerals and one fifth of the farm products of the whole continent. It ranks as one of the world’s chief mining countries and has long been famous for its deposits of gold and diamonds.
The people of South Africa are most interesting. By tradition, they have been divided into four major racial groups – white, colored, Asian, and black. Whites are divided into two groups. The Afrikaners, whose ancestors came mainly from the Netherlands and Germany in the 1700s, speak one of the official languages – Afrikaans – which was developed from Dutch. English, the other official language, is spoken by the rest of the white population. The ancestors of this group came from England, Ireland, and Scotland in the 1800s.
In South Africa, whites once controlled the Parliament and administered the laws. Until the late 1980s, the official policy was to keep the four racial groups strictly separated. In 1991, the government repealed the last of the apartheid laws, and called for the writing of a new constitution giving blacks and other non-whites the right to participate in government. It also ended segregation in public places. Many schools and universities are now integrated. The change was brought about not only by the blacks themselves, but by many nations of the world expressing opposition to apartheid and opposing sanctions on certain kinds of trade with South Africa. Most of these sanctions have been lifted.