President Jacob Zuma unveils the new series of South African banknotes at the Reserve Bank in Pretoria. The new notes bear images of former president and struggle icon Nelson Mandela. Picture: Liza van Deventer
Johannesburg - New bank notes featuring former president
Nelson Mandela will enter circulation on November 6, the SA Reserve Bank said
"The Reserve Bank is proud to be able to honour South
Africa's struggle icon and first democratically elected president in this
way," Sarb governor Gill Marcus said in a statement.
"Our currency is a unique symbol of our nationhood,
with many of us handling banknotes every day."
The new banknotes feature Mandela on the front and pictures
of the "Big Five" animals on the back, Sarb said in a statement.
The new banknotes will circulate with the existing currency
and both will be legal tender.
The launch has been preceded by a public awareness campaign
that includes television, radio and print advertisements as well as electronic
media and social networking.
There have also been roadshow and events throughout the
country and abroad in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and
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