StampNews.com is excited to let our readers know that the South African Post Office is to issue a set of stamps entitled “Bees for Africa” on 12 July 2017.
Designed by The Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences’ student, Jessica Delaney, the aim of the stamps is to educate the public about the need for the conservation of bees.
There is great concern in conservation circles about the dwindling numbers of honey bees mainly as a result of pollution and widespread use of pesticides. South Africa is home to the African bee and Cape bee. The Cape bee is generally confined to the Cape fynbos regions and the African bee covers the region to the north of this area up to central Africa.
The use of pollution and pesticides are a major reason for declining numbers of honey bees, warns Dr. Hanelie Human of the department of zoology and entomology at the University of Pretoria.
“Bees are much more than just producers of honey. They provide an essential pollination service to farmers. Without honeybees, thousands of plant species may die out and fruit and vegetable farming will become virtually impossible. Honey bees pollinate about 50 types of crop across South Africa,” said Dr. Human.