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  • Shaykh Yusuf Marouff (c.1626 - 1699)
    Shaykh Yusuf ['Abidin Tadia Tjoessoep] was born in 1626 of noble birth in Goa in the East Indies. He fought alongside and supported Sultan Ajung of Bantam, Goa, in his war against the Dutch. Twice Shay...
  • Olive Emilie Albertina Schreiner (1855 - 1920)
    Olive Schreiner (24 March 1855 - 11 December 1920) was a South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual. She is best remembered today for her novel The Story of an African Farm which has be...
  • Mahatma Gandhi, महात्मा (1869 - 1948)
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , born 2 October 1869[1] – 30 January 1948), commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent c...
  • Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
    Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela (fondly known by his amaXhosa clan name, ‘Madiba’), served 27 years in an Apartheid Prison on Robben Island, emerging to become South Africa’s first democratically elected...
  • Field Marshal The 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, KG (1850 - 1916)
    Why is Kitchener an Ambassador of Darkness ? He killed 27000 woman and children in his concentration camps during the Anglo Boer war.Read Emily Hobhouse's account of these atrocities below. Field M...

People on South African Stamps

The following list has been compiled from my stamp collection which stops in 2006. Please join the project if you wish to add people from years after that date. CJB.

People in the list below who have Geni profiles have bold links. Other links are to biographical pages on-line - mostly Wikipedia.

It would be good to link as many of the people as possible to profiles on Geni.












The pilot Neville Lewis (1895-1972) Portrait. The third subject in the series was the pilot, Lieutenant Bob Kershaw, who in March 1941 became the first South African to be made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. He achieved this honour in East Africa, after he had landed under fire to rescue his flight commander, Captain Jack Frost, whose plane had been shot down. He had then flown with Captain Frost on his lap in his single-seat Hurricane for three-quarters of an hour before landing back at their base. Kershaw was recommended for the Victoria Cross for this deed. Later in 1945, he was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage and devotion to duty.



  • Rosina Magola (2000) (SACC1348)
  • Solomon Mahlangu (2009)
  • [ Teng) Politician
  • Nelson Mandela (1992) (SACC860,987,1025,1444–1453) South African Nobel Laureates (1996) Politician
  • Princess Margaret (1947)(SACC112)
  • Thabo Mbeki (1999) (SACC1204) Politician
  • Elana Meyer (2000) (SACC1276) Sport
  • Dr Andrew Murray (1978) (SACC444) Missionary
  • Chief Minister Patrick Mphephu (Venda) (1979) SACC3


  • Alfred Nobel South African Nobel Laureates (1996) (SACC981,989)



  • Barbara Palmer (1942)

The nurse Neville Lewis (1895-1972) Portrait. Barbara Palmer trained at Addington Hospital in Durban before the war. In 1940 she joined the South African Military Nursing Services and served for a period in South Africa at No 110 Military Hospital. It was while she was stationed there that Lewis produced the portrait. In 1941 she was transferred to the Middle East and served in turn at Nos 104,105 and 106 Military hospitals until 1944, when she returned home to marry.

  • Terence Parkin (2000) (SACC1346) Swimmer
  • Clive Edward Peter (1942)

The Sailor. Neville Lewis (1895-1972) Portrait. he portrait of Clive Edward Peter was used to represent the sailor. Before the outbreak of the war, Clive Peter had trained in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in East London. In September 1940, he joined the South African Seaward Defence Force, but was seconded to the Royal Navy, where he remained until the end of the war. He served as a Leading Signalman for practically the entire war, before being commissioned as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant in April 1945. One of the ships on which he served was the frigate HMS Nigella which docked in East London Harbour to be refitted during the war.


  • Maria de la Quellerie (1952)(SACC136)


  • Lucas Radebe (2000) (SACC1353) Football
  • President Frank N Ravele (Venda) (1989) SACC197
  • Jan van Riebeeck (1952) (SACC138)
  • Jonty Rhodes (2000) (SACC1345) Cricketer





  • Hendrik Verwoerd (1966) (SACC 183,258-260) (1960) (1960/05/31) (1966) Politician
  • Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (1860) (1878) (1888)
  • President Marais Viljoen (1981) (SACC498) Politician
  • John (Balthazar Johannes) Vorster (1978) (SACC453-454,497) - R.S.A. 20th Anniversary (1981) Politician


  • Dr Trevor Wadley (1979) (SACC459) Inventor of the Tellurometer
  • Pieter Wenning 1980 Artist
  • Christiaan de Wet (2002) (SACC1459)
  • Anton van Wouw (1992) Sculptor