2022 CT Stamp-only 500ppi (1)

Philately on Air

View a video clip of the 2022 Cape Town International here

ZOOM meetings

February 2024

Pretoria Philatelic Society

Thursday 8th – 19:00

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Pretoria Philatelic Society

Thursday 22nd  – 19:00  

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South Africa Stamp Exhibitions

                              SAVPEX 2024

South Africa’s Ninth Virtual Philatelic Exhibition (SAVPEX), a one-frame exhibition, proudly hosted by the Orange Free State Philatelic Society under the auspices of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa will be held from 15 June 2024


30 April 2024:  Receipt of Entry Form and Payment


25 May 2024:  Receipt of Uploaded Exhibit


July 2024:  Announcement of Results, exhibits will be available for viewing on the PFSA website


Entry form: click here to complete online

IREX (Prospectus): click here


Contact: Joof van der Merwe – josuav528@gmail.com 

                                                                                                                                                                                        National 2024

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 to 13 July 2024

Pietermaritzburg, KZN

The 2024 South African National Stamp Exhibition  – MARPEX 2024 – will be hosted by the by Maritzburg Philatelic Society


Venue: Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg


Entries close: 31 May 2024


Delivery of Exhibits: 9 July 2024


Entry form: click here to complete online

Prospectus: click here


Contact: John Handman – john@radium.co.za

      André du Plessis – pfsastamps@gmail.com



South Africa’s Eight Virtual Philatelic Exhibition (SAVPEX), a one-frame exhibition, proudly hosted by the Orange Free State Philatelic Society under the auspices of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa

The exhibition attracted 86 entries from all over the world. Results were announced, and exhibits are uploaded to the PFSA website and can be viewed under “EXHIBITS ONLINE


Congratulations and well done to the organizers Emil Minnaar RDPSA and Joof van der Merwe for a job well done. Also, a big thank you to the exhibitors and jury members for their contributions


We are looking forward to the next one in 2024!




The Spaven flaw – British Colonial postage and revenue key plate issues 1902-1911

Traditional GB & Commonwealth – 95 Points


Australian Philatelic Federation


                                          NATIONAL 2023

Under the auspices of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa



For results click here





British Honduras, King Edward VII and King George V

Traditional – Large Gold

Grand Prix Award

Dr Ian Matheson


Natal: Edward VII

Traditional – Large Gold

SA Post Office Shield

Mr Roger Porter


Stamp portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Traditional – GB and Commonwealth – Gold


Mr Pat Flanagan



The journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle – Large Gold




First Saturday, every month. Greek Orthodox Church Hall, corner Roper St and Lynwood Rd, Brooklyn


Open: 08:30 with Auction at 10:30


Contact: Paul van Zeyl  randstamps@gmail.com



Second Saturday every month. Kyalami Country Club, 433 Maple Rd, Kyalami AH, Midrand


Open: 08:00 with Auction at 10:30


Contact: Clinton Goslin   atlasauctioneers@lantic.net

Kenny Napier




Last Saturday, every month. Edenvale Bowling Club, 6th Avenue, Edenvale


Open: 08:00 with Auction at 10:00


Contact: Kenny Napier   kenny.napier@mweb.co.za



Usually first Saturday, every month. Bellville Valley DRC Hall, c/o Postma & St Andrews Streets, Bellville


Open: 09:00 – 12:30



Ken Joseph of Philatelic Friends (072 5971287) ken@philatelicfriends.com

Robert Harm (082 925-7103) robertharm9@gmail.com



Classic Motorcycle Club, 137 Tara Road, Bluff, Durban


Second and last Saturday, every month


Open: From 09:00


Contact: Zbigniew Kawecki (079 465 7468)       z.kawecki57@gmail.com 



Last Sunday of the month 1ST Hillcrest Scout Hall, 16 Shortlands Avenue, Hillcrest


Open: 09:00 – 13:00


Contact: Kim Breytenbach: sunbird.stampauction@gmail.com




The 85th Congress of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa was convened at the Kyalami Country Club, Midrand on 13 October 2023


Members attending Congress

Congress 1

First row L to R: Ian Matheson RDPSA, Awards Custodian; Cynthia Gillespie, East Rand PS; Adél Bulpitt, Pretoria PS; Marge Viljoen, Postmark & Postal History Society; John Handman, PFSA President 2024; Clive Carr, PS of Johannesburg; David Brown, Port Elizabeth PS; Howard Green RDPSA, Hon. Life Vice President; Peter van der Molen RDPSA, Hon. Life President; sitting in front Victor Millard, Royal PS of Cape Town.

Second row: Vernon Mitchell, Reg. Vice Chairman Eastern Cape; André du Plessis RDPSA, COO, Exhibitions; Neil Cronjé RDPSA, Chairman Management Committee; Gary Pienaar, PS of Johannesburg; Jim Findlay RDPSA, President Philatelic Foundation; Diederik Viljoen, Reg. Vice Chairman Western Cape; Hugh Amoore RDPSA, Royal PS of Cape Town; Kenny Napier, SAPDA.

Third row: Les Lotter, Edenvale PS; Beate Carey, Sandton PS; Chris Carey, Sandton PS; Alastair Macduff, Witwatersrand PS; Nicolene Barnard, OFS PS; Peter Oppenheim, Reg. Vice Chairman Gauteng; Derek Roth, Hon. Treasurer.

Fourth row: Emil Minnaar RDPSA, Hon. Life Vice President; Joof van der Merwe, OFS PS; Louwrence Erasmus, Afr. Filatelievereniging Pretoria; Danna Strydom, outgoing PFSA President.

Back row: John Rycroft, Pinelands Stamp Circle; Werner Barnard, Bellville PS; Herwig Kussing, Port Elizabeth PS; Mias van Pletzen, Afr. Filatelievereniging Pretoria; Anton Putter, Stellenbosch Filateliese Vereniging.


Opening remarks to Congress by

PFSA president, Danna Strydom

Main table Congress a

Peter van der Molen RDPSA FRPSL (Hon. Life President), André du Plessis RDPSA (COO), Danna Strydom (President), Neil Cronjé RDPSA (Chairman Management Committee) and Derek Roth (Treasurer)


delivering his opening address

to Congress


Philatelists awarded with top PFSA awards


Roll of Distinguished Philatelist of South Africa (RDPSA):

Brian Trotter

Vic Sorour


Skinner Cup:

Organising Committee of the Cape Town International Exhibition 2022


Manfred Weinstein Memorial Medallion:

Michael J Smith FRPSL (Orange Free State Study Circle)

Orange Free State (OFS) and Orange River Colony (ORC) postal stationery


WE Lea Cup:

Joof van der Merwe ( Orange Free State Philatelic Society)

Meritorious service in promoting philately and contribution to SAVPEX


Jack Hagger Trophy:

André  du Plessis RDPSA

Best article on philately of Southern Africa published in The SA Philatelist in the last two years (2021/22)


Federation Plaque:

Gerrie Conradie

Promoting philately in the Mossel Bay area and meritorious service as key members of Die Posboom Filatelievereniging, Mossel Bay


Barry Green (Port Elizabeth Philatelic Society)

For his multifaceted contribution to philately and performance of service at all times with honesty, integrity and energy


Zbigneiw Kawecki (KwaZulu Natal Philatelic Society)

Promotion of philately amongst non-Federation members in the Etekweti, KwaZulu-Natal region over many years


Dave McWilliams (East London Philatelic Society)

Promotion and outstanding service of philately in the East London and border region over many years


Ian Shapiro (Spink of London)

For his friendship and outstanding service to SA Philately over many years


Diederik Viljoen (Bellville Philatelic Society)

Constant contribution to philately in the Western Cape over a long period, specifically for promoting thematic philately in the region


Federation Certificate:

Louwrence Erasmus (Afrikaanse Filatelievereniging van Pretoria)

For fostering exhibitions through his enthusiasm and participation


Gawie Hugo (Paarl Filatelievereniging van Pretoria)

Commendable work as member of Paarl Philatelic Society promoting philtely and assistance with the take over process of CT 2022 frames by Federation


Garry Osthoff (Orange Free State Philatelic Society)

Recording the murals on the entrances of the South Africa Post Offices in his book


Letters of Appreciation was addressed to all authors of articles the past year in the SA Philatelist



President: John Handman

Vice President: Gawie Hugo

Honorary Life President: Peter van der Molen RDPSA FRPSL

Honorary Life Vice Presidents:

Howard Green RDPSA

Emil Minnaar RDPSA

Chairman, Management Committee: Neil Cronje RDPSA

Treasurer: Derek Roth

COO: Andre du Plessis RDPSA

Vice Presidents (Regions):

Region 1: Gauteng and North West: Peter Oppenheim
Region 2: Eastern Gauteng: Colin Bousfield
Region 3: Pretoria, Mpumalanga & Limpopo: André du Plessis RDPSA
Region 4: Free State/Northern Cape: Dr Leon (Jake) Jacobson
Region 5: KwaZulu-Natal: John Handman
Region 6: Western Cape: Diederik Viljoen
Region 7: Eastern Cape: Vernon Mitchell
Region 8: Outside Areas: Richard Stroud RDPSA

 John Handman

PFSA President for 2024

Vic Sorour signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists of South Africa (RDPSA)

Emil Bührmann RDPSA receiving the Skinner Cup on behalf of the CT 2022 International Stamp Exhibition from Howard Green RDPSA

Diederik Viljoen receiving a Federation Plaque from Danna Strydom

Louwrence Erasmus receiving a Federation Certificate from Danna Strydom


Nicolene Barnard, Anton Putter and Ian Matheson RDPSA

Howard Green RDPSA, John Rycroft and Gary Pienaar at the back

Herwig Kussing RDPSA, Beate Carey and Chris Carey

David Brown, Marge Viljoen and Mias van Pletzen

Lunch on the Patio, Jacques Kuun and Kenny Napier


Ian Shapiro from Spink opening the Stampshow

Visitors viewing the exhibits

Herwig Kussing RDPSA at SAPO’s stand with Dineo Poo on left

Lesedi Jan and Boitumelo Mothibamele represented BotswanaPost

Collectors busy scratching


Ian Matheson RDPSA the MC

Danna Strydom receiving a past president token from Ian Matheson RDPSA

Jury Chairman, Emil Minnaar RDSSA, delivering the jury report

Joof van der Merwe receiving the WE Lea cup from Danna Strydom

Andre du Plessis RDPSA receiving the Hagger Trophy from Danna Strydom