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Postage stamps and postal history of Namibia

A stamp issued in 1990 to mark Namibian independence.

Namibia, formerly known as South-West Africa and German South-West Africa, has a long history of postal services, starting in 1814 with postal runners delivering messages among mission stations. The first stamps were printed during the German colonial period. Currently NamPost is responsible for running postal services, managing 135 postal offices in the country.

Pre-colonial period

The first postal services in Namibia (then known as South-West Africa) started in 1814 with the deployment of messengers facilitating communication between the early mission stations at Warmbad and Bethanie and later to Keetmanshoop and Gross Barmen. This service was expanded in 1846, connecting the South-West African mission stations to those in South Africa. [1]

German colonial period

The first post office of South-West Africa was founded in Otjimbingwe in 1888, further offices were established in Windhoek (1891) and Swakopmund (1895).[1]

South African period

The South African Army overran the colony in 1914–15 and the territory was controlled by South Africa until Namibian independence in 1989.

Independent Namibia

Namibia has issued regular definitive and commemorative stamps since independence in 1989. NamPost is the company responsible for postal service in Namibia. It currently has 743 employees in 135 post offices, and reserves of N$2.51 million. CEO of NamPost is Festus Hangula.[1]

In 1989, the last stamps of South West Africa were a set of 15 depicting minerals and mining. These were unusual in that, only a short while after their issue, the illegal Republic of South West Africa was declared independent, becoming Namibia. As the stamps were new, most of the designs were kept with only the name changed (cuprite was dropped and willemite added for the Namibian issue). Another problem was that one of the stamps, for boltwoodite, had an error in its chemical equation. This was corrected in the Namibian issue.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Heinrich, Dirk (1 August 2012). "Vom einfachen Postläufer zu NamPost" [From simple postal messenger to NamPost].  
  2. ^ Minerals on Stamps by Paul Glover, 14 November 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2011.


  • Stanley Gibbons Postage Stamp Catalogue – Europe and Colonies (London: Stanley Gibbons Ltd). various editions. 
  • Rossiter, Stuart & Flower, John (1986). The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald.  

External links

  • AskPhil – Glossary of Stamp Collecting Terms
  • Encyclopaedia of Postal Authorities
  • Birds on the stamps of Namibia by Rob and Jane Wilkinson
  • NamPost – Philately
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