Tuesday 9 August 2016

804. Botswana Commemorates 50 Years Of Independence.

  Botswana Post commemorated the country's 50th anniversary of Independence by releasing 8 stamps on 1 August 2016. The theme of the issue is "Fifty Years of Progress" and the 8 stamps depict various aspects of the countries infrastructure and services and the people who work in them or benefit from them. How refreshing to see ordinary people depicted on such an issue rather than politicians and other "celebrities" as some countries would have done (the issue from Barbados released earlier this year comes to mind). Various people are named on the stamps and I take it that those are the people who contributed to the designs. 
  An excellent set - not only is Botswana a beacon in Africa in its progress and democracy but also in its philatelic policy and service. Rating:- *****.

  I have seen no news yet of an issue of stamps from Botswana's neighbour, Lesotho, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary of Independence on 4 October 2016. The Lesotho postal administration has not issued any new stamps, as far as is known, since 2010 when it participated in the third SAPOA omnibus which commemorated South Africa's hosting of the 2010 Football World Cup.

  Australia Post's Olympic gold medallist stamps have started to appear - the first 2 are:-

 The women's swimming 4 x 100m relay team (Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie and the Campbell sisters, Bronte and Cate). I presume this stamp, sold in a $10 sheetlet of 10, will be issued tomorrow on 10 August 2016. The issues are designed by John White and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14.5. Rating:- ****.

  Also, presumably, to be released on 10 August is a stamp to commemorate the gold medallist in the men's swimming 400m freestyle, Mack Horton. The technical details are the same as for the above issue. Rating:- ****.

  The Malawi Post Office issued 7 x K350 single-stamps miniature sheets and a miniature sheet containing 7 different stamps on 6 August 2016 on the subject of Endangered animals of Malawi. The issue was designed by MacDonald Mbablule and lithographed by Cartor. Rating:- ***.

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