Monday, July 19, 2010

Swaziland issues World Cup Minisheet


The Philately Task Force of the Southern African Postal Operators Association (SAPOA) has issued a third joint stamp issue, with nine of fourteen countries participating, namely:


The FIFA World Cup in South Africa is an international event with great historic importance to the African continent. It will be the first FIFA World Cup ever to be hosted in Africa and will inspire hope and aspiration throughout Africa.

Africa is blessed with enormous economic potential and with the successful organization of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the African economy in general will surely change in a more positive direction.

African football has developed considerably with a general improvement in the game in the continent. All this is thanks to the greater number of competitions and the development plans and support of FIFA.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will kick off in South Africa on the 11th of June in Johannesburg, where South Africa will play Mexico from Group A. The final match will also be played in Johannesburg exactly one month later, namely the 11th of July 2010.

The postage stamp series to be released for this auspicious occasion is an exclusive gold foil minisheet, consisting of 9 postage stamps, as well as a First Day Cover. The minisheet will be released in each of the nine participating countries in their own denomination.

The designs feature a graphic image of soccer players in action, as well as a soccer ball, the national flag of each country and last but not least: Zakumi, the official mascot specially designed for the World Cup in South Africa. The name Zakumi is a composition of ‘ZA’ standing for South Africa and ‘kumi’, which translates into ‘10’ in various languages across Africa.

The Stamps were designed by Anja Denker while the First Day Cover was designed by Nurveen Ratty. The 4 color offset stamps were printed by the firm of Joh Enschede Security Printing of the Netherlands on white stamp paper with embedded gold foil.  The are two types of perforation used on the minisheet.  The horizontal/Vertical perforations are 44mm by 44mm while the circular perforations are 37.55mm.

For more information about the Swaziland Post Office click here