South Africa Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designed by Annamarie Wessels

The Legacy of the Slaves

South Africa Postal Service has issued six new stamps that have the standard postage value and are named "The Legacy of the slaves" on the 1st of May 2004. These commemorative stamps each depict a time in history when slaves were used to build and serve their masters. An explanation of each stamp is as follows:

  • Slaves and the development of Afrikaans Language (Top Left) - developed from a melting pot of cultures the Afrikaans language evolved from a mixture of Dutch, German, English, Arabic and local languages as slaves tried to communicate with their owners. Afrikaans language was first published in Arabic script (use of Arabic script to write languages other than Arabic) in 1856 and called Ajami.
  • Architecture (Top Right) - slaves were used to build many buildings that date back to the Dutch colonial period. Examples of the some of these buildings include The Slave Lodge in Cape Town built in 1679 and the slave bell at Vergelegen in Somerset West.
  • Cuisine (Middle Left) - the slaves had a big influence on the kind of food that was eaten by the Africans. Slaves from India and Indonesia introduced cooking methods and food customs that created the cuisine enjoyed by many Africans of the time. Some of the dishes depicted on the stamp are sosaties, bredie, bobotie, and koesisters.
  • African and Chinese indentured Mine Workers (Middle Right) - South Africa's British rulers made recruiting agreements with the Portuguese authorities in Mozambique from where many mine laborers came. But sources still proved inadequate, and in 1904 - 60,000 indentured Chinese laborers were brought in.
  • Furniture Making (Bottom Left) - some of the furniture made by slaves in the early 18th century is depicted on this stamp. A Stinkwood chair and a yellow wood cupboard with Stinkwood inlays.
  • The Development of the Sugar Cane Industry (Bottom Right) - in 1860 slaves were brought in from India to help build the sugar cane industry in Natal. The slaves included not only farmers but carpenters, accountants and mechanics. Depicted on the stamp are workers in the sugar cane fields with the palatial Lynton Hall in the background. The hall built in 1895 was once other home of sugar baron Sir Frank Reynolds.

"The Legacy of Slaves" stamps can be purchased as a mint set, Control Block of 4, Full Sheet, or a commemorative Envelope. No specification are available at this time.


The Legacy of the Slaves Commemorative Envelope


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.sapo.co.za Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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