Mandela centenary celebrated in new money

Photo: Gaopalelwe Sebeela

The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) and Treasury launched new Mandela centenary bank notes and R5 coins at Freedom Park on Friday.

“For the first time in its history of nearly 100 years, the SARB is launching commemorative banknotes, besides a third commemorative R5 circulation coin, in honour of our first democratically elected President, the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” governor Lesetja Kganyago said.

Photo: Gaopalelwe Sebeela

Kganyago said the decision to commemorate Mandela’s 100th year was not only fitting of the tradition of central banks but was also the best way to commemorate his memory.

“What could be more fitting than to commemorate his life through an instrument that we all use every day? Money touches all of us, young and old.”

“There is no more appropriate an occasion than his birthday centenary to honour all that he represents with these commemorative banknotes and R5 circulation coin,” Kganyago said.

Photo: Keitumetse Maako

The bank notes depict Mandela’s journey from a young boy in rural  Eastern Cape, Soweto, Howick, Robben Island to the Union Buildings.

“The commemorative R5 circulation coin features a portrait of Tata Madiba, smiling at the nation he helped build,”Kganyago added.

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Keitumetse Maako, Gaopalelwe Sebeela and Lehlogonolo Ditshego

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