Tuesday, July 13, 2010

#357 South Africa...Thanks Ramjee!

The 20c stamp is from 2000 definitive series showing Royal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus),which is a species of marine angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae, the only member of the genus Pygoplites. It is found in tropical Indo-Pacific oceans. Its can grow as long as 25 cm.

The round stamp in the middle is from 2009 All Your Need is Love issue.

The R2.40 stamp is from 2010 FIFA World Cup Zakumi issue.

Zakumi, the Official Mascot:
Zakumi represents the people, land and spirit of South Africa and Africa. The first mascot used for a FIFA World Cup, was a lion called World Cup Willie. It was introduced in 1966 when England hosted the FIFA World Cup™. Since then every World Cup has had its own special mascot.

Zakumi is a leopard and as a mascot, he will be an ambassador for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. But he will not only represent South Africa and Africa, he will also be a representative of the FIFA World Cup in general and add some fun to the atmosphere of the tournament.

The name ‘Zakumi’ is a combination of ‘ZA’ the international code for South Africa and ‘kumi’, which means ‘10’ in different African languages. The leopard was chosen as a symbol, because it is representative of Africa. Zakumi was designed and made in South Africa.

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