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The 16th Southern Africa Philatelic Conference
3 - 5 November 2017

Venue - Strawberry Bank in Meriden, CV7 7NF
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Dear Members
As you all ought to be aware, each year in November a Southern African Philatelic Conference is staged on a weekend. Those attending arrive on Friday afternoon, on Saturday there are invited displays and on Sunday it is bring whatever you like. If you can’t make it for the weekend, why not come for a day, Saturday is probably the best. Each year there is a nucleus of members who not only belong to the Bechuanalands and Botswana Society, but to several others.
Regular faces are Don Jefferies, Colin Hoffman,
Otto Peetoom, Brian Trotter, Alan MacGregor and
Paul van Zeyl. Peter Thy may attend and Brian Hurst is expected as well. I am hoping to persuade a few others to come along.

Over the years, Bechuanaland displays have been rather thin on the ground and I intend to remedy that this year.
I have spoken to the organiser of the event, my son Simon Peetoom and suggested we take a Saturday slot and present a collective display, perhaps with a title A Journey into Bechuanaland and onto Botswana.
The idea being that all those with an interest in Bechuanaland will bring something along to ‘fuel’ the theme.

I suggest starting with Stellaland, then the Warren Expedition. A selection of British Bechuanaland Stamps plus covers...

  Combination covers from Rhodesia and/or Pioneer mail...Tati Excised used at Francistown...Boer War...WWI...more stamps/covers... Postage dues plus covers...Some Revenues...a selection of modern Botswana. The object is to entertain the audience and to make it interesting.

I will bring some spare copies of The Runner Post (free of charge) and who knows we may pick up a new member or two and/or sell a few Postal Stationery books.

This is an initial appeal for anyone who may wish to attend this year’s conference and for those attending to decide what they wish to bring along starting from 5 pages or more...there is plenty of time to put some form of programme together and it will be encouraging to see Bechuanaland flying its
flag at the conference...I have read and seen far too much doom and gloom
that occurred in the past...we can brighten up the day with a general display and entertain those present.
Please respond and make a few suggestions.
Otto Peetoom - 5 August 2017

As a result of the foregoing far, Gordon Jefferies will show an array of Bechuanaland Specimens, Brian Trotter will show early covers including the Boer War Period. Otto Peetoom will provide a selection of Stamps including Modern Botswana, Postage Dues, Die Proofs and Postal History. Alan MacGregor hopes to attend and if he does will bring some interesting items along. Paul van Zeyl will also participate.

The Runner Post No 96 along with Southern Africa Philately No 7

Will be posted during Mid-September 2017

2016 Commemortives may be viewed

2016 15th Annual Conference Report

The Annual National in South Africa (October) honoured two of our members

Paul van Zeyl invited to sign the Roll of Honour
Otto Peetoom awarded the Manfred Weinstein Memorial Medallion

Join Today - The Bechuanalands and Botswana Society
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Each member receives six Journals per Year The Runner Post x 3 and Southern Africa Philately x 3
The country celebrated fifty years of Independence in September 2016
Gibbons Stamp Monthly included a series of articles, being a Review of fifty years of Stamps In the April GSM - Part I Covers the definitive Issues
July GSM covers the Commemoratives Part II - August Commemoratives Part III - September GSM - Part IV Miniature Sheets

New Page added Botswana Booklets & Postage Dues

Botswana - 2016 Issues are now on display
Botswana - Fifty Years of Stamp Issues
1966 - 2015 A seperate page has been introduced to review fifty years of Stamps
If you missed the Joint Philatelic Weekend at Leamington Spa in November 2016
Make sure you don't miss it in 2017!
See details above
The Runner Post No 95
Includes News and Views
A Philatelic Forum - Society Archives,
1961 Bechuanaland Decimal Definitives
Rare Stamps update

Articles include
Early TATI Cancellations Revisited
The Bechuanalands Society 1984 - 2017
An extensive review
What has happened to Karl Seligmann Book?

Pictorial Postcards, Postmark Update
Recent Issues

Southern Africa Philately No 6
A 44 page journal nearly 20 different subjects

A Philatelic Forum (7 Subjects)
Articles include
1941 SA
Red Cross Special War Appeal
Early Days at the Victoria Falls
The Last Antarctic Expedition on the Quest
The Boer Invasion of Natal
Aerogrammes and Southern African Rarities
WW II Labels Part I - Red Cross
Penalty Stamps of South Africa
The Boer War in Bechuanaland
The Siege of Mafeking and its Relief

The Runner Post No 94
Includes News and Views
Annual Accounts & Constitution changes

A Philatelic Forum Rare Stamps update
Articles include - 1938 Kalahari Air Mail
1961 Decimal Overprints
An extensive review

A review of 50 years of Miniature Sheets
Pictorial Postcards
Recent Issues

Southern Africa Philately No 5
A 44 page journal nearly 30 different subjects

A Philatelic Forum (15 Subjects)
Articles include - Shipping Postmaster Cancels Rhodesia & Nyasaland Postage Dues
1914 Airmails
South Africa Major Union Varieties
Cape - Re-addressed Mail
Navy League Labels
The Boer War in Bechuanaland
Warren Expedition - A letter from Sudan

The Runner Post No 93
Includes News and Views
A Philatelic Forum snippets of information and a report on NY-2016

Articles include - 1961 Decimal Definitives
Sunset covers and Emil Tamsen

Recent Issues - A review of 50 years of Stamps
This is Africa - Mail to Botswana
There and Back -Postmark update

Southern Africa Philately No 4
A 44 page journal with 30 different subjects

A Philatelic Forum (12 Subjects)
Articles include - Antarctic Bouvet Island Bechuanaland - The Warren Expedition
Union Steam Ship Mail
RSA Major Commemorative Varieties
Pioneering South African Philately
Southern Rhodesia 1953 Definitives
Natal - 1911 The Natal Railway System
Basutoland - Used Basutoland Officials

Issue No 92 June 2016
Issue No 91 February 2016
Issue No 90 August 2015
Issue No 89 March 2015
Southern Africa Philately - A Supplementary Journal sent to all members along with each edition of The Runner Post
Issue No 4 October 2016
Issue No 3 June 2016
Issue No 2 February 2016
Issue No 1 September 2015


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