|February 11, 2012
Nelson Mandela banknotes to be issued
South Africa is to issue a set of banknotes bearing the image of Nelson Mandela. President Zuma said the banknotes were a "humble gesture" to express South Africa's "deep gratitude". Speaking at the central bank in Pretoria, Zuma added: "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." No date for the release of the new notes has yet been announced. Production has already begun, but the latest edition of the currency will only be distributed towards the end of the year.