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'Randela' notes go into circulation

2012-11-06 07:16

Johannesburg - New bank notes featuring an image of former president Nelson Mandela were expected to start circulating on Tuesday.

The notes would feature Mandela on the front and pictures of the "Big Five" animals on the back.

The old bank notes would still be legal.

Public awareness campaigns to inform locals of the change were run on television, radio and print advertisements as well as electronic media and social networking

Roadshows were also done all across the country as well as in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus showed approval to the changes.

"(We are) proud to be able to honour South Africa's struggle icon and first democratically elected president in this way," she said in a statement.

 

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-06 07:26

    Well at least they feature Madiba and not Zipper - if they did we would have the Mampara as a currency...

      Lorna Harrison - 2012-11-06 07:49

      Yes a tru legend!

      michangel.justice - 2012-11-06 13:01

      and the man that appear on the notes is not even part of launch, now that once again raise serious issues concern the real health status of madiba. Why not a live broadcast of the man in who's honor the notes were made???? Our government are brilliant to use the media as a cover-up, but i say it again, a foreign spy will reveal us the truth very soon.

  • juannepierre - 2012-11-06 07:44

    Gross. Africa just wants to be like the west, so now we can also have ugly notes with a man's face on it.

      kajo.smith.3 - 2012-11-06 12:07

      I beg to differ, this is the best note yet...

      jan.vos.353 - 2012-11-06 13:48

      No Thabo.p.m don't waste money in changing the notes with political faces, keep the animals on the notes as is, or if they have to change the display put other animals like the other part of the big five on. People like you Thabo.p.m makes EVERYONE Sick!!!

  • piet.swart.946 - 2012-11-06 07:44

    Long overdue. Mandela is the father of democracy and reconciliation in South Africa. Whatever the idiots have done before or after his rule is irrelevant. Mandela is my hero.

  • erich.voigt - 2012-11-06 07:49

    Zuma thinking: "Me Next! Me Next!!!"

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-06 08:13

      Why? He already has all the money...

      jan.vos.353 - 2012-11-06 13:51

      JZ's photo won't fit on a bank note, you'll need a bank blanket....

  • mike.bester1 - 2012-11-06 07:51

    History states :Only Dictators and dead people have their faces on money?. Road shows all across the country as well as in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe.. WTF, what was wrong with our money as it was , why waste ,sure the poor will appreciate MANDELA more for a house with his name on it ,rather than a new banknote with his face on it??

  • mike.bester1 - 2012-11-06 07:54

    Road shows all across the country as well as in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe.. WTF, what was wrong with our money as it was , why waste ,sure the poor will appreciate MANDELA more for a house with his name on it ,rather than a new banknote with his face on it??

  • mike.bester1 - 2012-11-06 07:54

    Road shows all across the country as well as in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe.. WTF, what was wrong with our money as it was , why waste ,sure the poor will appreciate MANDELA more for a house with his name on it ,rather than a new banknote with his face on it??

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-11-06 08:00

    Im so not looking forward to this!

  • nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-11-06 08:14

    First I thought it was a misprint....I like the R andela. Long over due indeed!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-06 09:37

      Irukanji, I'll take your 'worthless' Randelas if you don't want them...

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-11-06 09:06

    SO NOW OUR MONETARY UNIT IS CALLED A RANDELA??

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-11-06 09:19

      no South African Rand

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-06 09:38

      Not officially quartas, relax.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-06 11:29

      The Rand is now known as a Madiba, the cent is a Zuma. 1 Madiba = 100 Zuma's

  • rurapenthe - 2012-11-06 09:20

    'Randela' is the descriptive word given to notes bearing Mandela's image. Thats why its in QUOTES. Now people are running around saying its the new name of our currency.. *facepalm* There's no hope for some people...

  • erich.goosen - 2012-11-06 09:25

    Vouw! I am over my initial shock. I first read Mandela goes into circumsition.

      rocky.bell.5 - 2012-11-06 14:47

      ........giving 10% discount

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-11-06 11:44

    My goodness Zuma is still alive .... wondered where he has been hiding .....???? Mandela deserves this, but only him ...

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-06 13:20

    As much as I respect the man I will not kiss my money goodbye anymore.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-06 13:35

    Money launderers must take their money in for exchange on the new notes.i hold one in my hand already.not my favorite note though.i mean to say my heart is still in the old one.big five loyalist.

  • rocky.bell.5 - 2012-11-06 14:43

    We should for a change have fruit depicted on the bank notes, like Grenadelas.

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-11-06 16:33

    Will rather pay by credit card than carry Randela notes in my wallet. Totally against any past president, politician, queen, king or any other person who people have made a god out of, having their image on bank notes and coins. Same applies to street names and towns/cities and I felt exactly the same during the apartheid era. The history they may have created should be left in the history books and no where else. We get Mandela rammed down our throughts morning, noon and night. Give it a damn break for once and for all.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-06 20:04

    I said if you have nothing to say, just shut up we won't complain. We love Madiba notes.

  • kabelo.marule - 2012-11-07 10:56

    legend or not, there was nothing wrong with the old notes!!! I've seen the new ones and honestly, they look like monopoly money.

  • nkaiseng.plaatjie - 2012-11-07 11:46

    ugliest notes ever

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