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On 28 November 1987, a South African Airways 747 Combi, 'Helderberg', crashed into the sea off the north east coast of Mauritius on a flight from Taipeh, Taiwan to Plaisance, Mauritius. There were no survivors. This tragedy has a direct bearing on the decision to form a philatelic society in Mauritius as it was the cause of a meeting between the two founder members of the society, Yvan Martial and Mico Antoine.

The outcome of the meeting was a special feature in the daily newspaper 'l'express' of 4 December 1987 on Captain Dawie Uys, the pilot of the ill-fated airliner and renowned South African aero-philatelist. The article of 'l'express' was subsequently reproduced in "The Aeroletter"  No. 48 of March 1988.

In February 1988, Yvan Martial met once more with Mico Antoine and it was decided to published all the post-independence stamps in 'l'express' on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Independence.

In May 1988,'Philatelic Corner' under the pen name of WMA started to appear on a fortnightly basis. The interest generated by  'Philatelic Corner' confirmed the need for a philatelic society in Mauritius and in July 1989, the decision to form the Mauritius Philatelic Society was taken.

On 17 October 1989 a managing committee was formed and the constitution of the Society adopted at a meeting held in Port Louis.

On 30 November 1989, the Rules and Regulations of the Mauritius Philatelic Society were approved by the Registrar of Associations.