1965 – I.T.U. Plenipotentiary Conference

I.T.U. Plenipotentiary Conference

14 September – 12 November 1965

The 1965 Plenipotentiary Conference was held in Montreux, Switzerland and marked the Centenary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Conference introduced several changes in the structure of the Union: the Administrative Council was enlarged from 25 to 29 members, and the membership of the IFRB was reduced to 5 instead of 11.

The development of satellite communications as well as the creation of regional telecommunication unions to solve problems of a regional nature obliged the ITU to reorganise its Administrative Conferences so as to be able to deal separately with international and regional questions.

The Conference decided to define 2 types of Administrative Conferences:

  • World Administrative Conferences to deal with telecommunication questions of a worldwide character concerning all types of telecommunication services (telegraphy, telephony, radiocommunications, broadcasting, space communications, maritime and aeronautical services, etc.)
  • Regional Administrative Conferences to deal with problems of a regional nature; the subject may concern either a given geographical region or a specific telecommunication service of a regional nature. The decisions of these Conferences should be in conformity with the Regulations of the World Administrative Conferences and not conflict with the interests of other regions

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1968 – Central African Trade Fair

Central African Trade Fair

2 – 12 May 1968

The 1968 Central African Trade Fair ran from 2 May to 12 May, 1968. It coincided with the 75th Anniversary of Bulawayo celebrations.

From 1969, it became known as Trade Fair Rhodesia.


1981 – Opening of Kamuzu Academy

Opening of Kamuzu Academy

21 November 1981

Kamuzu Academy was officially opened 21 November 1981 in Mtunthama, 150 kilometres north of Lilongwe. Initially it had 300 pupils. It was named after, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the former President of Malawi.

Whilst Kamuzu Banda was still in power, the school only accepted the three best students from every district, who had to write a separate examination from the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Everything from uniforms to bedding, shoes, socks, textbooks, lab equipment, paints and sports attire was free.

The academic facilities comprise a library modelled on Washington’s Library of Congress, an auditorium, science labs, band, art, and home economics rooms, an outdoor amphitheatre and computer rooms.

The school’s sports facilities include a 33-metre swimming-pool, a 10-hole golf course, a pavilion overlooking a running track and main sports field, tennis courts, squash courts, two further sports fields, as well as outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.

It is now a private boarding school.

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Hartley Hills Centenary

28 September 1969

Hartley Hills was named after Henry Hartley who emigrated from England as a child with the 1820 settlers.  Interest in gold exploration in the interior was revived when Henry Hartley found gold reef in “ancient workings” north of the Mupfure River (formerly the Umfuli) although he could not remove samples due to a prospecting ban imposed by Mzilikazi. However the legend goes that a shot and dying elephant collapsed on a gold bearing quartz outcrop.

A group of investors in Natal formed the South African Gold Fields Exploration Company under the leadership of Sir Thomas Baines. C J Nelson was appointed chief geologist. Meetings were held, and about £3,000 subscribed for shares to equip a party of 34 Australians to carry out mining on the Tati goldfields.

On 28 September 1869, Thomas Baines and Nelson pegged the first gold claim in Mashonaland.

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QSL Cards: 1971 – 13th Jamboree on the Air

13th Jamboree on the Air

1971 – 13th Jamboree on the Air

13th Jamboree on the Air

16-17 October 1971

The 13th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) was held 16-17 October, 1971. JOTA is an international Scouting and Guiding activity held annually; it is on the third full weekend in October. First held in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of Scouting in 1957, it was devised by Leslie R. Mitchell. It is now considered the largest event scheduled by the World Organization of the Scout Movement annually.

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  • Keith Harrop


1984 – 75 Years of Scouting in Zimbabwe

75 Years of Scouting in Zimbabwe

3 December 1984

Scouting in Zimbabwe began in 1909 and saw the first Troop formed in Bulawayo with Sir John Chancellor being appointed as the first Chief Scout Commissioner. It was not long before the movement spread and in 1982 it is extremely strong and flourishing with a combined Scout and Guide membership of 25,000. The Scout movement caters for all boys between the ages of 8 and 18 years, and its policy is to encourage loyalty, integrity and responsibility through a medium of open air activity in order to progress to better citizenship through a process of merit and proficiency badges.

In 1984 it celebrated it’s 75th Anniversary.


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1960 – Opening of Kariba Dam

Opening of Kariba Dam

17 May 1960

The Kariba Dam project was planned by the government of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Northern Rhodesia had decided earlier in 1953 to build a dam within its territory, on the Kafue River, a major tributary of the Zambezi. It would have been closer to Zambia’s Copperbelt, which was in need of more power. This would have been a cheaper and less grandiose project, with a smaller environmental impact. Southern Rhodesia, the richest of the three, objected to a Kafue dam and insisted that the dam be sited instead at Kariba.

The Kariba Dam is a double curvature concrete arch dam in the Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The dam stands 128 metres (420 ft) tall and 579 metres (1,900 ft) long.The dam forms Lake Kariba, which extends for 280 kilometres (170 mi) and holds 185 cubic kilometres (150,000,000 acre⋅ft) of water.

The double curvature concrete arch dam was designed by Coyne et Bellier and constructed between 1955 and 1959 by Impresit of Italy at a cost of $135,000,000 for the first stage with only the Kariba South power cavern. Final construction and the addition of the Kariba North Power cavern by Mitchell Construction was not completed until 1977 due to largely political problems for a total cost of $480,000,000. During construction, 86 men lost their lives.

It was officially opened by the Queen Mother on 17 May 1960 as part of her Royal Visit.

Initially the dam was managed and maintained by the Central African Power Corporation.The Kariba Dam is now owned and operated by the Zambezi River Authority, which is jointly and equally owned by Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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1964 – Malawi Independence Trade Fair

Malawi Independence Trade Fair

4-7 July 1964

On 6th July 1964, Malawi achieved independence. The newly formed republic held a trade fair at Blantyre during independence. Delegates visiting included those from Ghana and Liberia.


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  • Department of State News Letter, Issues 33-44 (USA)


2021 – Cape Town 2021

Cape Town 2021

Your chance to visit Cape Town. Participate in the International Philatelic Exhibition (IPEX) in Cape Town in March, 2021. See Gerhard Kamffer’s award-winning exhibit ‘The Road to Democracy’ featuring letters written by Nelson Mandela from Robben Island. IPEX (Cape Town) will be a 2000 frame specialised international exhibition under F.I.P. patronage.


The Court of Honor

The Court of Honour will feature award-winning international exhibits. Special sections will be devoted to an exhibition of the philatelic Gems of Africa; and to Gerhard Kamffer’s award-winning exhibit, the ‘Road to Democracy‘.

Rhodesian Study Circle

More information about member meetings will be available closer to the event date.

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