South Africa

Post Office Name State or Province Postal Code Date of Existence and/or known dates Notes postmarks and postal history images
Schildpadfontein Transvaal - 1910 if possible that is the same city named "skilpadfontein" in the Bophuthatswana homeland. 

     
           
           
           
<<I believe Schilpadfontein was the original name of the town situated in the Transvaal. It opened around 1910. It was renamed Skilpadfontein in 1953 and was later transferred to Bophuthatswana control in 06.12.1977 until Bophuthatswana was reincorporated to Transvaal. I believe there is / was only one place using those names. >> (source: Alan Mc Gregor, specialist philatelic dealer in the Rhodesias and British Africa)

 

 

Bophutatswana

Bophuthatswana (meaning gathering of the Tswana people), officially the Republic of Bophuthatswana (Tswana: Repaboleki ya Bophuthatswana; Afrikaans: Republiek van Bophuthatswana) was a Bantustan – an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity – and nominal parliamentary democracy in the northwestern region of South Africa. Mmabatho was its seat of government.
Historically, Bophuthatswana's significance is twofold: it was the first area to be declared an independent state whose territory constituted a scattered patchwork of individual enclaves, and during its last days of existence, events taking place within its borders led to the weakening and split of right-winged Afrikaner resistance towards democratizing South Africa. In 1994, it was reintegrated into South Africa, and its territory was distributed among the new provinces of the Orange Free State (now Free State), Northern Cape, and North West Province. (source: wikipedia)

 

 

Post Office Name State or Province Postal Code Date of Existence and/or known dates Notes postmarks and postal history images
Skilpadfontein   0434 1953>current