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.
Malawi Postal Stationery
1970 – Air Malawi Air Letter
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.
- Department of State News Letter, Issues 33-44 (USA)
Royal Tour of South Africa
19 July – 4 August 1979
In 1979, Queen Elizabeth II, on behalf of Britain toured Tanzania (19-22 July), Malawi (22-25 July), Botswana (25-27 July), and Zambia (27 July – 4 August). The tour was to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Lusaka. She toured with Prince Philip and her son, Prince Andrew.
The aim of the tour, with the United Nations, was to achieve peace and justice in Southern Africa and to play an active part in the development and strengthening of the Commonwealth by promoting successful co-operation between industrialised and developing countries for the benefit of both.
The visit to Zambia was considered a risky undertaking due to the questionable level of safety for a visiting monarch in Zambia at the time – a VIP flight had recently been attacked in Zambian air space. Many were strongly of the belief that the Queen should not go ahead with the tour. However, Elizabeth was resolved to make the trip.
Aerogrammes of British Central Africa
This listing will deal with the special printed forms used in the three countries of British Central Africa as a means of providing an inexpensive air mail service using a custom designed air letter form. It is not confined to postal stationery (that is stationery produced bearing an imprinted valid postage stamp and sold by or on behalf of a postal authority) but will include air letter sheets and aerogrammes issued without an imprinted stamp, provided there is evidence of the use of that form of air letter sheet or aerogrammes in one or more of the countries.
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