Thursday, August 24, 2017

Republic of Bophuthatswana

The Republic of Bophuthatswana, was a Bantustan (an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity) and nominal parliamentary democracy in the northwestern region of South Africa. Bophuthatswana was the first area to be declared an independent state whose territory constituted a scattered patchwork of individual enclaves. In 1994, it was reintegrated into South Africa, and its territory was distributed among the new provinces of the Orange Free State (now Free State), Northern Cape, and North West Province.

I received this mixed Bophuthatswana cover from South Africa. You can't use Bophuthatswana stamps for international mail, but they can be used together with South African stamps.

Stamps on cover:
Easter (whole set), issued on 01.04.1982.
South Africa:
T.S. McEwen (from set Tugboats), issued on 13.05.1994.
The 50th Anniversaries of United Nations & UNESCO, issued on 24.10.1995.
Visit of Pope John Paul II, issued on 16.09.1995.

I also received a few mint Bophuthatswana stamps inside cover:

The 75th Anniversary of Boy Scout Movement and 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Baden-Powell, 1857-1941, issued on 29.01.1982.
Anti-smoking Campaign, issued on 05.03.1980.

Thank you very much Willy!

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