1988 Joh Groenewald (RDPSA
1980) Given that he was the editor of the SAP at the time,
surprisingly no announcement was included in the 1988 editions...again
one has to look through later issues of the SAP to find reference
to the foregoing.
Included in notes on the 51st Congress (SAP
Nov. 1989) held on 7 September 1989 under ‘Groot
verrassing vir voorsitter’ there is a
short report in Afrikaans, the title translates ‘Big
Surprise for Chairman’. At a meeting by those
who determine the top Federation awards. Joh Groenewald said
that there were three important awards which include the Weinstein
At that David Crocker stood up and placed
a Weinstein medal around Joh’s neck. A speechless Groenewald
could not understand where the medal appeared from as the
stock was locked in his office safe. Joh had been nominated
for the award without his knowledge and the medal placed around
his neck belonged to Danny Swart, who received it in 1985.
1989 Ralph F. Putzel (RDPSA 1991)...the eminent
postmark student and researcher of the history of postal offices...
(SAP January 1989)
Ralph Putzel’s phenomenal contribution includes his
books on German South West Africa plus South West Africa’s
Mandate period and followed by Encyclopaedia of South
African Post Offices and Postal Agencies in four volumes.
For every collector of Southern Africa the foregoing publications
are a ‘must’!
van den Hurk
South African Philatelist
1990 George van den Hurk (1933
- 2013) - (RDPSA 1991)
...his particular speciality...is Transvaal philately,
its post offices and markings...(SAP Sept./Oct. 1990)
- George was a prolific writer.
1991 Dr Alan Drysdall -
Congress Awards at the Cape Town National, other than his
name, no further comment. (November/December 1991 SAP)
Drysdall (1933 - 2017)
Alan needs no introduction and he was probably one of
the most prolific writers of Southern African Philately...he
is also one of very few who was made an RDP in Great Britain
as well as in South Africa (RDPSA 1995)
He is included in the group photograph
below, which is probably one of the last taken of him.
I wrote his obituary in January 2017 which was published
in several Philatelic Journals.
1992 Dr Sebastian Endrödy-Younga...a
leading expert on European and foreign philately, where he
is regarded as a foremost judge and a member of the Expert
Committee... (Dec. 1992/Jan. 1993 SAP) The SAP report
is more informative than usual, listing previous recipients
and also mentions the DURSA 83 presentation by Hylda Weinstein.
1993 No Award
made (SAP October 1993)
1994 Gerhard Kamffer (RDPSA
1998) - 56th Congress, Benoni 94
...for indefatigable research...(SAP December 1994)
1995 David Zaayer...Pioneer
study and classification of Rhodesia Double Heads and a significant
contributor to the Rhodesia Study Circle...
(SAP December 1995)
1996 - 1997 No Award
Pauw Steyl (RDPSA 2013) - SAP
The 1998 SAP is domineered by events at ILSAPEX
The Congress report only made it into the February 1999
Steyl is noted...Excellence in Philately...
Pauw has researched and written much about early pioneering
philately in South Africa and also the Postal History
of the Eastern Cape.
1999 John Dickson - 61st
Congress at JOPEX 99...for Primary research on early Natal
and sustained publication of philatelic information...
(SAP October 1999)
Harry Birkhead (RDPSA 1982)
Published in SAP December 2000,
only his name, no further detail.
Harry was one of South Africa’s ‘Larger
than life’ characters who did an immense amount
of work for philately.
I first met him in 1983 at DURSA and encountered him
time and again, either at overseas Internationals or
during my frequent visits to South Africa.
his 80th birthday a Tribute to Harry appeared in SAP
2001 John Sandilands (RDPSA
2002) - 63rd Congress at EGOLI 2001, only
his name, no further detail. (SAP October 2001)
64th Congress at ALGOAPEX, only his name, no
(SAP December 2002).
Tim is the only USA based recipient of this medal.
I met Tim in Denver at the 2015 Seminar on African Philately;
he is a keen ‘Pre-Union’ researcher and has
done his fair share of writing (See his comment at the
foot of this page)
2003 Hugh Amoore - 65th Congress
at STAMPEX 2003, only his name, no further detail. (SAP December
United Kingdom (RDP)
(SAP December 2004)
Brian is the author of several books, such as The
Edwardian Stamps of the South African Colonies
(2004) and more recently
The Main Southern African Postal Routes, Rates and Regulations
- 1806 to 1916 (2016)
Brian is a regular contributor to Southern
Africa Philately and is a Co-founder of
this popular publication
See also group photograph below
Lack of Detail
in Congress Reports
As may be seen above; from 2000 the SAP merely notes the name
of a recipient of the Weinstein Medal and in time to come
one may wonder who these people are. Ironically an exhibitor
who has achieved the lowest award, being a ‘Certificate
of Participation’ enjoys more ‘Press’
than those who earn a Manfred Weinstein Memorial Medal!
Then in 2005 a line of information appears followed by absolutely
nothing the following year...not even a name!
2005 Richard Stroud (RDPSA
...for regular research and publications on the Anglo
(SAP December 2005) See group photograph below
is also a prominent and active member of several Southern
Africa Societies which includes the ABW, Orange Free
State, Bechuanaland and Rhodesian Study circle.
Publications by Richard are Ceylon - The
Camps for Boer Prisoners of War 1900 to 1902: their
Postal History (1989) and
The Postal History of the Burgher, Refugee and Concentration
Camps of the Anglo-Boer War
Richard signing ‘The
Leamington Spa in 2015
2006 Franco Frescura - Congress
report ‘Zero, not even the person’s name’
(SAP December 2006)
Cedric Roché (RDPSA 1992)
69th Congress at PEZAPEX 2007
...for outstanding work in philatelic research and
study... (SAP December 2007)
Cedric’s diverse philatelic interests are noted
Dec 92/Jan 93 SAP and include postal stationery, officials,
revenues, postmarks and local posts.
Annual Indexes for the SAP Cedric
Roché complied these in the 1970’s up to 1978.
Anyone who is a researcher appreciates the value of such indexes.
The alternative is to laboriously page through every single
edition in the hope of finding a certain note, article or
2008 Chris Mobsby (RDPSA 2001) -
Congress in Pretoria...for philatelic research and writing
of a consistently high quality spanning many years...
(SAP December 2008)
responded to my appeal
for input and wrote...If I were asked to describe
my contribution to South African philately, I would
be inclined to emphasise my membership of the Editorial
Board of the S.A. Philatelist from April 2004 to May
2007. During that time and subsequently I published
a 29-part series of articles on the '‘local’
stamps of the world, in all some 72,000 words and 348
In addition, in the last 14 years or so, I have contributed
more than sixty sundry articles, including most recently
a series on ‘Interesting Covers’, in all
a further 43,000 words...
Chris Mobsby is well known for his interest in Cinderella’s
and to that end he was nominated to the Roll
of Notable Cinderella Philatelists (RNCP)
2009 John Kaupe...for
over 30 years in-depth research of second SA Republic stamps,
Expertising work in SA and the UK and for numerous articles
on Transvaal issues... (SAP October 2009)
2010 Jan Stolk - 72nd Congress
in Johannesburg and the first Western Europe recipient based
in the Netherlands...for much research and publications
on SA and SWA Postal Stationery. Jan is planning a trip to
SA in 2011 and will collect his award... (SAP December
2011 No Award made
Peter Prime - He was a UK resident who lived
near Chester. Congress at CENTAPEX in Port Elizabeth...Awarded
posthumously to the late Peter Prime, who produced three
outstanding ‘definitive’ reference works based
on original research; ‘The History of the Medical
& Hospital Services of the ABW’ (1998)
‘British Army Postal Cancellations of the ABW’
(2003) and ‘British Press Censor Cachets
of the ABW’ (2012)... (SAP December 2012)
2013 Peter van der Molen (RDPSA
2000) - 75th Congress at JOMAPEX ...for
his prolific research and superb publication on Swaziland
and for various other articles... (SAP December 2013)
2014 Mike J.H. Tonking (RDPSA
2016) STAMPSHOW in Pretoria ...for his outstanding research
of the Union of South Africa and SWA, for his articles in
‘The SA Philatelist’ and ‘Springbok’
and for his ready willingness to share his knowledge...
(SAP December 2014)
2015 Chris Board - 77th Congress,
CAPEX ...for his outstanding research into aspects of
Transvaal Philately... (SAP December 2015) Chris Board
was presented with his medal at the 14th Annual Southern
Africa Philatelic Conference in Leamington Spa. See
group photograph below
Presentation at the Annual Conference in Leamington
Chris is an avid researcher which includes Cape Colony
Stationery, Interprovincials and Union of South Africa
2016 Otto Peetoom - 78th
Congress at SAPDAPEX...for his huge role in the development
of the current interest in Southern African Philately...(SAP
December 2016) Medal presented at the 15th Southern Africa
Philatelic Conference at the Honiley Court Hotel in the
The photograph at foot includes 5 out of 29 recipients of
the Manfred Weinstein Medallion.
Otto (That is me) is the editor of The Rhodesian
Philatelist (Since 1993)
Co-founder and editor of Southern Africa Philately.
Also editor of The Runner Post,
the journal of the Bechuanalands and Botswana Society. On
average I currently produce in the region of 200 pages of
philately every year. I promote Philately on various websites
(six in total)
Peetoom - Conference Organizer since
2010 reads out the PFSA citation for his Dad's Manfred
Left Brian Trotter Presents the Medal
to Otto Peetoom
Review of the Manfred Weinstein Medallion
It is essentially a ‘South African’ award, thus
it is not surprising that the predominant number of recipients
hail from South Africa.
It was only in its 11th year that the honour was bestowed
on an overseas Philatelist (Alan Drysdall 1991) and only
one other individual joined the list before the turn of
the century (John Dickson 1999).
At the close of the 20th century the tally was South Africa
(12) Overseas (2)
In the 21st century the ‘Overseas boys’ have
made their presence felt and currently the score is South
Africa (9) Overseas (7).
An Overview of the Recipients
(1981 to 2016)
No Awards made in 1983, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997
and 2011 (Six years)
Awards to South Africa based Philatelists
1981 & 1982, 1985 to 1990, 1992, 1994 &
1995, 1998, 2000 & 2001, 2003, 2006 to 2009, 2013 and
2014 (21 Awards)
Overseas Recipients (9 in total)
1991, 1999, 2004 & 2005, 2012, 2015 & 2016 (Seven
United States of America - 2002 Europe
(Netherlands) - 2010
This article was researched and collated on my own initiative
with full acknowledgement to its various sources...its
aim is to be informative and to further promote philately
in general... The information is presented in a factual
manner and gleaned from a journal that is in the public
It does not contravene anything whatsoever...however a petty
and fanatical faction wishes to hi-jack my information,
place it on a different website and claim it as their initiative...Shame