2010 postage stamp.jpgZimpost and other members of the Southern African Postal Operators Association (SAPOA) have launched a joint postage stamp to celebrate the first ever Soccer World Cup finals to be played on African soil.


The commemorative issue is the third joint stamp to be issued by the philately taskforce of the Southern African Postal Operators Association and consist of nine postage stamps.


The stamp features include a graphic image of soccer players in action, a soccer ball, national flags of each country as well as the Zakumi which is the official 2010 World cup mascot.


Announcing the launch ZIMPOST Managing Director Mr. Douglas Zimbango said the stamp issue which will cost US$0,10 cents is a once off edition but will appreciate in value in future years.


“9 SAPOA member states put together 50 000 Euros to launch this stamp as a way of celebrating the World cup,” said Mr. Zimbango.


Commenting on the state of the postal industry Mr. Zimbango said postal usage has declined from a peak of about 60 million letters per year in 2002 to an estimated 24 million letters per year although it is expected to increase due to business activity.


Added Mr. Zimbango,”Letters still constitute the biggest chunk of our business although there is a larger number of corporate mail compared to personal”.


SAPOA has 14 SADC member states but the commemorative stamp will be issued out in only nine member states including Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.