The South African Reserve Bank is celebrating 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth in a unique and fitting fashion with a commemorative currency series as well as a new initiative called #TheMadibaInMe.
A series of commemorative series of banknotes and a R5 coin due to be released into circulation next week honour the birth centenary of the former president.
The series, which is being introduced in Mandela's centenary year, has been designed to take South Africans on a historical journey through the life of the country's first post-apartheid president.
The commemorative currency will be introduced into circulation on July 13, five days before the struggle icon's birthday and each denomination depicts a special part of Madiba's history.
* The R10 note is inspired by the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, featuring Madiba’s humble birthplace of Mvezo.
* The R20 note features Mandela’s home in Soweto, where he defined his political life alongside other struggle icons.
* The R50 banknote depicts the site where Madiba was captured near Howick following 17 months in hiding. This moment set in motion events that would change his life forever.
* Madiba’s time on Robben Island is depicted on the R100 banknote, where he was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in prison.
* The inspiration for the R200 banknote comes from the moment when Madiba greeted the nation for the first time as a statesman.
* The commemorative R5 circulation coin features a portrait of Madiba, smiling at the nation he helped to build.
“This is a proud moment for the SARB and indeed for our country,” said SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago. “It is the first time in the history of the SARB that we issue a series of commemorative banknotes, and there is no more fitting an occasion than the 100th birthday of Madiba. In addition, the SARB will also be issuing a commemorative R5 circulation coin to celebrate this occasion. Importantly, this is all about celebrating the values that live within every South African and about turning the moment of money exchange into a moment of mutual respect. We encourage all citizens to join us in this proud movement.”
The bank is encouraging all South Africans to join the #TheMadibaInMe movement by visiting www.themadibainme.co.za and the SARB’s social media platforms, where they can upload their own profile picture with a frame celebrating what would have been Madiba’s 100th birthday.