By the end of next week, South Africans will be dealing with new money: Commemorative Nelson Mandela banknotes are all set for circulation.
As the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday, six forms of our currency will get the Madiba treatment, including all five notes.
An additional image of the former president will replace the rhino, the elephant, lion, buffalo and the leopard in special banknotes made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.
As part of the Mandela centenary celebrations, the SARB will also issue out a new commemorative R5 coin that will also bear the face of the late statesman. Here’s what the institution revealed will be printed on our cash:
“Every commemorative banknote and the R5 circulation coin tell a story of Madiba from a milestone chapter in his life‚ from his humble beginnings in Mvezo‚ to his pursuit of justice in Soweto‚ to his courage on being captured at Howick‚ to his perseverance on Robben Island‚ to the sense of community he showed at his inauguration at the Union Buildings.”
They have an official release date of Friday 13 July. It has been 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 2018, and South Africa has already begun paying its tributes to the iconic leader.
It was his legacy that played a vital role in convincing Barcelona to play a showpiece friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City, back in May. Events are also underway in the UK, Scotland and Germany to pay tribute to the great man.