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All new SA banknotes to bear Mandela's image - Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma
11 February 2012

President says move is a fitting tribute to icon of struggle for democracy

Statement by President Zuma at the Announcement of South African Bank notes to bear Madiba's image, South African Reserve Bank, Pretoria, South Africa

February 11 2012

The Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan,
The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Ms Gill Marcus,
Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Today is a very important day in the history of the democratic South Africa.

On 27 April 1994, South Africans from all walks of life came together and voted for the first time to bring about a free and democratic South Africa.

Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an icon of our struggle, was elected as the first President of this new democracy, and began leading government and the people of South Africa towards a free, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.

It was a difficult period. It was an era of uncertainty for all South Africans. At the same time it was a period of great expectations. They wanted to see all their problems of centuries disappearing overnight.

They wanted to see their political freedom translating to tangible socio-economic freedom without delay.

Madiba and the first democratic government brought the nation together, managing the expectations and fears to build one nation.

It needed a president like Madiba to lead a bruised nation like ours on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation, and he acquitted himself exceptionally well, as he has always done, in every aspect of his life.

Our country has done extremely well in building this young democracy and ensuring stability, because of the foundation that was laid by President Mandela.

Before 1994, President Mandela had led his organisation the African National Congress, which has just celebrated a centenary, in a selfless, committed, dedicated struggle, to free all the people of our country.

This outstanding leader and patriot represents a group of exceptional men and women in our country who demonstrated their unfailing love for this country and its people, even in the face of repression and possible death.

Today, on behalf of Government and the people of South Africa, it is my honour and pleasure, to announce that new South African bank notes will bear the image of President Mandela, the first President of a free, democratic South Africa.

We are happy to make this announcement on the anniversary date of his release from prison, which marked the beginning of a new era of hope for our country and the world.

The South African Reserve Bank is in the process of producing the new bank notes.

It is a befitting tribute to a man who became a symbol of this country's struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy.

With this humble gesture, we are expressing our deep gratitude as the South African people, to a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity worldwide.

The banknotes will make us remember and appreciate our achievements in order to continue the journey towards a more prosperous society.

The Mandela family is today burying the sister of Madiba, makhulu Nokuthamba Mandela in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. We extend our deepest condolences on this loss, and wish the family strength.

As we mark this historic day, let us remember Madiba's words in his inauguration address in 1994;

 "We understand it still, that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well, that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world''.

We thank Madiba for his love, guidance and leadership at all times.

I thank you.

Issued by The Presidency, February 11 2012

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madiba on banknotes
its about time :)

by caitlin on February 11 2012, 16:50
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New Bank notes
Not necesari

by Nipho on February 11 2012, 21:51
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Bashing of whites in Western Press continues...
Bashing of whites in Western Press continues...
... I notice that the bashing of white SAcans in the Western press continues to this day... see Geoffrey York's article in the Canadian Globe and Mail, where he finds an angle to damn white SAcans for . .more

by K on February 12 2012, 00:38
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Bashing of whites in Western Press continues...
Bashing of whites in Western Press continues...
... I notice that the bashing of white SAcans in the Western press continues to this day... see Geoffrey York's article in the Canadian Globe and Mail, where he finds an angle to damn white SAcans for . .more

by K on February 12 2012, 00:45
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New Banknotes
I sincerely hope that the new notes will be worth more than the present ones

by Exsoutie on February 12 2012, 05:09
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Unemployment
This important announcement is a sure fire way of fixing unemployment and so on.

by exsoutie on February 12 2012, 05:57
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Not sure ... honour the dead not the living
The idea is fine in principle but I feel things like street names and pictures on bank notes should be done to honour the memory of someone who passed away.

I don't expect any street in the Western Cape to be named Helen Zille St any time soon - . .more

by Sad Days on February 12 2012, 08:24
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Real reason for new banknotes
Why now? It's just another part of the ANC's centenary celebration, to put the face of their greatest leader on banknotes, at of course the taxpayer's expense.

by Pieater on February 12 2012, 08:30
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Public relations triumph
This is surely one of the biggest Pubic relations achievements the ANC have managed for years. Every time a bank note is handled the ANC will be advertised. For the less sophisticated it is an endorsement of ANC power... Their overwhelming control of . .more

by Wendy on February 12 2012, 20:16
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Great move -- Reckless way to have handled the announcement

The world does not trust the ANC. That's why the Rand dropped.

It is reckless to, on a trading day, announce an upcoming "important" annoucnement concerning the reserve bank that would be made on a non the weekend. Why? For political . .more

by Honkey on February 13 2012, 06:56
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mandelamandelamandelaaaaaaaalalalalalaaaaaaaa
As long as the Whites pay and being discriminated against - mandela brides, mandela streets, Madela boulevards, Mandela Medical Centres, mandela Hospitals, Mandela airways, mandela schools , Mandela Universities, mandela notes, mandela freedom, mandela . .more

by mandelamandelamandelaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! on February 13 2012, 07:41
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it is the story of RSA, not white bashing.
the golden rhino article refers to the history of this country as it should be recorded, no sugarcoating. it is unfortunate that people like k would take offence and feel ashamed to own up to the perverted actions of their folklore. they should be . .more

by stalwart on February 13 2012, 08:31
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Why all the notes?
Without taking anything away from the great man, is it necessary to have his face on all the denominations?? Why can he appear on the 100's and 200's and keep animals on the rest?

by Airwolf on February 13 2012, 08:48
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Something to think about - who would a young Mandela vote for today ?
Mandela may be appearing on the banknotes but I can say with 100% conviction that if Mandela today was the same age as the fresh faced young lawyer that we see on the bank note image, he would be voting for the DA. Simple as that. He would be appalled at . .more

by Sad Days on February 13 2012, 10:18
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Who needs Bush Meat?
Perhaps it's to prepare the people, both internally and externally to the not so distant time when starting with the rhinos there will be no more wildlife, just to be replaced by tours to the various Mandela mansions and looted Robben (robbers Island . .more

by Injala Apera on February 13 2012, 10:35
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The return of the Golden Rhino @K
"When the astonishing Golden Rhinoceros was discovered on this arid hilltop in 1933, many whites in South Africa refused to believe that something so exquisite could have been crafted by a black African civilization. It must have been imported from Egypt, . .more

by Veja on February 13 2012, 13:00
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Mandela
Mandela loved the ANC and he will never vote DA. Please exept it. Mandela will never be a liberal. You clearly dont know much about the young or the old Mandela. He will never vote DA even if he is angry at some people in the ANC.

Please dont . .more

by Sad Days on February 13 2012, 13:51
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Sorry Sad Days.........
I used your name by accident. Truly Sorry

by Republican on February 13 2012, 13:53
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@fake Sad Days comment above
You are missing the point - I am not talking about today's Mandela - an old man who is a fraction of his former self. No, I am talking about a young Mandela, just qualified as a lawyer, transported by time machine from 60 years ago to 2012. THAT Mandela, . .more

by Sad Days (real one) on February 13 2012, 16:22
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Stalwart and Veja
Tpoint is not the golden rhino, it is the framing of the story.

The rhino was discovered by Afrikaners, then preserved by Afrikaner academics, who worked to have the site protected for posterity.

For that, the author of the piece . .more

by K on February 13 2012, 19:10
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