New banknotes have Nelson Mandela's face

2012-02-11 15:21

Pretoria - New South African bank notes will bear the image of former president Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma announced in Pretoria on Saturday.

The notes would make South Africans remember their achievements, Zuma told reporters at a function also attended by SA Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Saturday marks the 22nd anniversary of Mandela's release from prison.

Marcus said officials consulted widely on the notes, speaking to a wide range of people including Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Zuma said the notes were still being produced.

Earlier on Saturday, German international news agency DPA reported lack of details about the nature of the announcement briefly spooked markets.

The rand tumbled about 2.5% versus the dollar.

"Traders worried that the central bank of Africa's largest economy was about to make a drastic policy or personnel change while markets were closed," DPA said.

However, the Mail and Guardian cited sources as suggesting the announcement would likely be of a celebratory nature and possibly related to Mandela.

Following reassuring remarks from bank officials, who indicated that the news would not be about interest rates or resignations, the rand made a quick rebound.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-11 15:28


      Wouter - 2012-02-11 21:04

      This is very reminiscent of a story I read in the bible a long time ago...something about a golden calf?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-11 21:25

      To all you nice commentators.. Talking about printing new stuff. I got myself a box of extra soft, double sheet, newly printed toilet paper with both sides a full face picture of fat face Malema. Congratulated the guys brilliant enterpreneurship. He can't keep ahead of demand. I hope every- body enjoys having a crap as much as I do. As for Madiba's face on the new notes, I think it's a good way to honour him and lets have respect for it, even if it costs the country a few million Rand. He deserves everybody's respect. Dont think we will ever have another President like him.

      Ian - 2012-02-12 11:12

      History has shown, the moment you start printing money with the face of a 'freedom fighter', the currency goes into free-fall!

      Spotty - 2012-02-12 23:55

      @ Ian. Well, if "Crime fighters" fight crime, and "Fire fighters" fight fire, what do "Freedom fighters" fight ??

      Hugh - 2012-02-13 09:40

      @Ian, nice one, reminds me of the saying about Kings govern a kingdom and Princes govern a principality, who then governs a Country?

      Celtis - 2012-02-13 13:02

      @alansmartSnr. Malema toilet paper won't work for me as he takes no s##t from the boere.

  • Juicecard - 2012-02-11 15:29

    If some European countries can erect statues in honour of our heroe, i feel this is a noble idea

      Chuma - 2012-02-11 15:52

      It's a good Idea yes but one that is meant to be embrace once our country has found some level of stability and ground within itself and the globla sphere. It is good to adopt other countries ways, but it is also vitally important for us to introspect ourself as a country to actually see where we are at, where we are going and what are our main concerns that will hinder us for moving form point A to B. I love the idea though...

      John - 2012-02-11 21:57

      @Juicecard and Chuma The "Noble Idea" is long time existent in North America,South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Let me give you one of the many in Europe: Giant wooden head of Nelson Mandela called "Mandela, 2700 pieces of Life's history" - Essen, Germany The fact that you don't know about the art linked to Madiba is a self explanatory. I don't need to add something more.

  • Marcell - 2012-02-11 15:30

    2.5% drop before the announcement, another 20% to follow soon. Open a foreign bank account and transfer some funds out, sooner rather than later.

      Marcell - 2012-02-11 16:12

      You should beg people to stay. Do some research and you'll see that 5-11 people loose their income for every family that leave SA.

      Marcell - 2012-02-11 16:38

      More like a realist bur thanks anyway for the compliment.

      Tony - 2012-02-11 16:55

      For every negative comment we need 10 positive. I would rather you leave and let us positive people build a positive country

      JeanGreyling1 - 2012-02-11 17:13

      It recovered the 2.5% directly after the announcement.

      simonpetermurrell - 2012-02-11 17:28

      Well you living in Australia so why do you care what happens to the country?

      amananga - 2012-02-11 21:45

      Perhaps its time you ask your employers to pay you in Oras

      John - 2012-02-11 23:40

      @Simon We do care, becouse morons like you don't. Locking in your town house and pretending that nothing happen that how you care?

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-13 10:24

      Amen to you Tony. I would rather the negatives, the corrupt and the incurable racists leave and let those who are concerned abouth this country, who love this country, stay and fight corruption and racism and build a great multiracial nation. It has been done before in history. Had we the right leadership, the right attitude (giving and getting instead of getting and getting)and patriotism untainted by racism we would be able to do it.

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-02-13 11:42

      You don't know what you're talking about. Pls do your homework.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-11 15:30

    Nelson Mandels's Who is Nelson Mandels? FFS, it really is not that hard to get it right News24

  • Khaya - 2012-02-11 15:32

    Why not include the face of Malema as well

      Charmaine Paterson - 2012-02-11 15:48

      Because we don't have R1 notes anymore.

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-11 16:02

      Can't they are doing away with the 5c coin.

      Razz - 2012-02-11 16:59

      @Khaya. Good idea to put Malema's bum on as well. Maybe the supremacy will then give their wealth away.

      Fullgospelchurch - 2012-02-11 19:45

      You are SURELY mistaken to even think of comparing the Honorable President Nelson Mandela with a citizen like malemma...

      Glyn - 2012-02-11 20:38

      On the Backside!

      Merven - 2012-02-13 07:28

      @Charmaine, aiming a bit high, don't you think?

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-11 15:40

    Randela sounds good i.e. Ran+dela lol

      Darryl - 2012-02-11 17:00

      Wow, Thulani, you really don't have a clue how exchange rates work do you?

      Burtfred - 2012-02-11 18:19

      Thulani, The big international investors that influence the value of our currency don't give a hoot what the banknotes look like. They never actually see them, they trade in numbers on computers. Nelson's face on our banknotes will have zero effect on the exchange rate, but will however be something for Saffas to be proud of when travelling abroad.

      John - 2012-02-12 08:29

      @Burtfred International investors are interested on DEVALUATION of South African currency. They definetly give a hoot when notes are replaced. International investors are running numbers not in rands Burtfred. Stop dreaming and drinking. Zero effect? you are joke

  • Thulani Zondi - 2012-02-11 15:51

    This is positive milestone for our country. I am perturbed by those people who are negative. This is a great historic event. I cannot wait to have the first note. Oh what a happy day !

  • jc.smit - 2012-02-11 15:56

    It's a nice gesture, but I really think South Africa has some of the best looking notes in the world at the moment, the big five is a great neutral image. Would be nice if they could keep them and incorporate it in some way. I find for example Namibia's notes pretty bland with the same image just repeated. It seems like the ANC (Goverment) uses the image of Mandela everywhere to fool people into believing everything is okay in South Africa. Nelson Mandela is a great man, it's just a pitty the ANC can't use his ideals and just his image.

      Marcell - 2012-02-11 16:08

      Saint nelson is an ancESTOR and we are living in his ideals. Don't be fooled.

  • BenR - 2012-02-11 16:02


  • Khomotso Motso Makwela - 2012-02-11 16:09

    I love the old man and he's done his job greatly but Is it really necessary to change the bank notes? The big five represented africa

      stefanlabuschagne - 2012-02-11 19:52

      Exactly. We love Madiba but surely the animal easthetic on the notes is better - also, why would they use one symbol on all the notes?

      Never-apologize - 2012-02-11 21:41

      Because you can fine the big five every where in the world, but you ONLY find Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Like you would find the queen in England, G. Washington in America

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:23

      You-need-to-apologize for posting the inanity above. What exactly are the `big five', as depicted on the banknotes, and where do they occur, ignoramus? African Elephant, Southern-white or Square-lipped Rhinoceros, African Buffalo, African Lion, African Leopard. Get the hint?

      Tooka - 2012-02-13 14:59

      @ stefan Exactly !. Give the notes 1 year before the fat sack of poo in charge realizes there's 5 notes, so why not have 5 different faces on each, starting with his own disgusting mug. It's anyones guess as to who the other 3 would be, perhaps Winnie would be one of them ?

  • Garth - 2012-02-11 16:12

    Another waste of money by the professional money-wasters the useless, worthless anc. IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT, YOU PORKSWORDS!! ` . . . officials consulted widely . . . including Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.' Now that gives me real confidence. NOT!

      Linda - 2012-02-12 18:36

      Travelstart has special on flights going to Australia. Here's your chance.

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-11 16:12

    Some very good comments. But it is still a waste of time and money. But, on the other hand, change is good. Viva Nelson Madiba

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-11 16:17

    If you don't like the idea, next time when you withdraw the money and you find the great Mandela on it please leave that cash on the ATM or better yet you can go on strike and see how many people will join u.

      makhosonke.mkhaliphi - 2012-02-12 14:44

      nice 1 Lucky, if they dnt want it let thm go 2 hell

      Merven - 2012-02-13 07:31

      And here the entitlement mindset is showing again. Here is a tip Lucky, try working for your money, then you don't have to steal money from ATMs.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-02-13 14:22

      I never understand how the people that are most affected by the pointless wasting of money, just don't see it. Maybe once we are all earning and contributing equally, people will wake up and see what is going on. Why change the face of the currency and why now? Any reasonsons given?

  • arlene.dubois - 2012-02-11 16:20

    Who the hell is Nelson 'Mandel'?

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-11 16:27

      I see you got a thumbs down for pointing out the error as well, I tweeted the error :)

      Thulani Zondi - 2012-02-11 16:29

      Mandela is an icon that symbolise our liberation against oppressors. He is a hero that transform s.a to be a free country for both oppressed and the oppressor. If you need more information you can visit luthuli house for free political education

      Garth - 2012-02-11 17:20

      There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. :Leonardo da Vinci Thulani, where do you fit in?

      bizarro.jerri - 2012-02-11 17:32

      @Perfume: I bet you were the kid in class, right in front, with his arm up in the air, going "pick me,pick me, pick me...I know the answer, you're wrong I'm right and I tweeted it.." Idiot...

      bizarro.jerri - 2012-02-11 17:35

      btw, Nelson Mandel, Nellie to his friends, is a long lost cousin of comedian Howie Mandel and illegitimate son of late 1950s crooner Johnny Mandel. I would proud to have this man on my hard-earned money...

  • Marius - 2012-02-11 16:23

    Its a piece of paper. It gets disgustingly dirty, it can tear, burn, and fade over a period of time. With it, you are something, without it, nothing. I much rather prefer Madiba's face on it than Van Riebeeck's.

  • Thulani Zondi - 2012-02-11 16:24

    MANDELA is an ICON. Mandela brand is only second to coca cola brand internationally speaking. To claim that it is a waste of money is an understatement. What about the strong brand that will boost our ailing rand ? Let us not play the race cards here. Mandela brand will enhance our rand. To me that is benefit of changing our currency

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-11 16:28

      Please tell me how will it enhance the rand????

      Burtfred - 2012-02-11 18:24

      Jeez thulani I hope you're not in international banking. You know zero about international economics.

      Anthony - 2012-02-12 11:36

      zondi --clearly u are an economist --lol

      jc.smit - 2012-02-12 20:17

      So by your reasoning we should just put Coca Cola on the notes...

      nicholas.hiltermann - 2012-02-17 09:09

      Mandela is a great man. Erect statues, make commemorative notes, stamps and even clothing. But this was done as a propaganda stunt by the ANC to subversively stamp their brand on the currency for the next 20 years. Do you not see?

  • JamesBotha1 - 2012-02-11 16:35

    Zuma delay an appointment in order to deliver a message of "National interest" from 13h00 to 15h00 just to say Nelson Mandela's face on it? The market decline slightly as a result of this... It is obvious Zuma has decided to withhold vital information to the public. I wonder how many people seem to believe the story...

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-11 22:04

      @ James.. no insult intended but you've got it wrong. When it was annouced yesterday that Showerhead was going to make an important annoucement at 13:00 today the Forex thought it may be about nationilization or something like that. The Rand dropped by 2.5% against the dollar and 3.2% on the Euro I thought I was going to loose quite a lot. However..Before he had even finished his speech and the gist got known, all the currencies bounced back to their normal value. You should invest or just watch Forex.

  • Thami Jeffrey - 2012-02-11 16:46

    To all of you with a problem of having Mr Mandela on a bank note, you don't have to use it you know...LOL. Just withdraw it from the atm and leave it there, I'll come pick it up! I sure think it's a brilliant idea...change is GOOD, try it!

      Rosie - 2012-02-11 23:23

      You can get Sipho's money. He will want to exchange his SA money for Euros,Dollars and Pounds for lesser ofcourse because he will be so desperate to get rid of the icon'S FACE.

  • Gary - 2012-02-11 16:56

    It will be this good thing ever happened to our country. big up to that.

      Sipho - 2012-02-11 20:20

      Is it going to put more money in your pocket?

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:29

      Absolutely Sipho. And it is going to take money out of our pockets - by forcing the SA taxpayer to fork out for this latest useless, worthless anc self-sodomising.

      Tooka - 2012-02-13 15:12

      @ Sipho : Yes!, it's going to put many millions more in your pocket bru! - Just like it did in Zimbabwe.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-11 16:59

    no complaints about Madiba on our money.... a MAJOR complaint however that no-one took the initiative to give us a nice coin for the Soccer World Cup- and I'm talking about general circulation. PATHETIC! I have a nice 2010 soccer coin from Portugal...but from SA....Nada

      zamom - 2012-02-13 14:07

      There were commemorative 2010 R5 coins in general circulation.Mnr

      Tooka - 2012-02-13 15:15

      For someone complaining about such a thing, do you ever look at your coins? There's plenty of them circling about.

  • Trent Hodges - 2012-02-11 17:02

    And in a related story the R10 note will be discontinued- as there are no more rhinos left

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-02-11 17:02

    I respect this old man but his name has been just dragged into the light unnecessarily. Yes, Mandela is an Icon but were the owners of the money or investors consulted. How if ANC loses power one day and the government of the time replaces Madiba's picture with someone they think is an icon? It would discredit Madiba's legacy. The neutrality of our wild animals would still be much better. I would like to see a fake bank note with wild animals' pictures instead of Madiba's.

      linda.l.mndayi - 2012-02-11 17:22

      No chance mate, till the ending of the world this nation will always remember and idolize the man who gave birth to it; Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. A terrorist to haters and a father of the nation to reasoning men.

  • atteraeternus - 2012-02-11 17:08

    What a waste of time and money. This country needs to burn.

  • atteraeternus - 2012-02-11 17:08

    What a waste of time and money. This country needs to burn.

      linda.l.mndayi - 2012-02-11 17:28

      How is it a waste of time and money anus, the money was gonna be printed anyways

      thys.kotze - 2012-02-11 22:05

      @ Linda. Developing new notes cost a lot of money because it has to incorporate security measures to combate fraud. On the other hand it's also to make it easier (supposedly) for governments to track money used in illegal activities.

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:38

      @linda - you should have thought before insulting, because your ignorance is on display, for all to see.

  • Tamba - 2012-02-11 17:09

    It is about time that we have Mandela on our notes, Why the US Dollar has the faces of the eailer presidents, UK has the queen on the sterling, and why not SA? I like it...

      Darryl - 2012-02-11 17:15

      Your comment might have made sense if we had Paul Kruger or Shaka Zulu on our notes. The Presidents on the US notes are all dead founding fathers unaffiliated with any modern day politics. The queen is also politically neutral and doesn't partake in party politics. Mandela is both alive and not politcally neutral. This is just another waste of money and part of the re-politicising of SA society.

      Tamba - 2012-02-11 17:32

      Mandela is the epotomy of modern day SA and rightly so. in 1994 all fields were levelled off, whilst they have to be politically neutral and not necessarily dead, they must have achieved great strides in furthering humanity and putting Mandela’s face on the note is an honour which is best befitting such a man of his calibre.

      Merven - 2012-02-13 07:36

      How is the fields levelled off with BEE and AA? Just reversed racism.

  • Simon - 2012-02-11 17:27

    yeah please make some new notes,the ones they give as change at the shebeen are dirty and floppy.thanks zoom zoom....

  • Eduard - 2012-02-11 17:50

    what ever.....why do we make people out to be God?

      Sipho - 2012-02-11 19:52

      Yes, why?

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-11 18:06

    ALL American notes have some people's faces on them, the British pound has the queen, so whats the big deal...ViVa Madiba......Icho...! Sign of total emancipation...

      boatmedic - 2012-02-11 18:21

      they are all dead!!!

      Sipho - 2012-02-11 19:53

      Only where dictators rule, are their faces on banknotes!

      frank.hartry - 2012-02-11 21:46

      Look. Mandela is a nice chap. But this is politics and not everyone supports the ANC inspite of the fact that most people like and repect Madiba. The Queen of England is on its bank notes but she is apolitical and does not support any particular in the UK. Mandela naturally supports the ANC and this move ensures that the ANC will be in power for the next 100 years and beyond. The reserve bank changes the notes face every eight years and in all probability the next face on the notes will be Jacob Zuma. That will be his desire. The ANC cannot differentiate between the ANC and state as with Zuma who cannot differentiate between his role in the ANC and his role as the state president. This is the years of the ANC century and Zuma is going to milk it for all its worth. I am a white person who fully agrees with majority rule and am fully aware that there are many good men and women in the ANC who could lead this country to glory like Mandeala did. But i cannot bring myself to respect Zuma until that day he is man enough to prove his innocence in court of the very strong allegations of corruption illegally withdrawn without PROVEN valid reasons. One month before the charges against Zuma were withdrawn, the very same NPA under Mpshe maintained that it had a strong winnable case against the wily Mr Zuma.

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:02

      @ Kusleg. There are are a whole lots of "queens" here in ZA that would love to have their pic on our banknotes.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-13 14:41

      @Frank, I have to agree. All this does is open it up to every current, past and future president the ANC will appoint. Everyone will want to have their face on a bank note and the higher the denomination, the better. Wait for the R1,000 Zuma banknote.

  • Sam - 2012-02-11 18:14

    @Lucky Manaswe, but he explained he was suffering , and couldnt go to school

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-11 18:20

      what are u talking about?

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-11 18:57

      Ok, this is just madness.

  • Muzerewa - 2012-02-11 18:28

    while growing up i observed alot and listen alot. SPOKE little cos ppl jus fuss ova small things at times some are worth worring about. but i wondered if ppl thought about their actions or wat. i see ppl commenting and they turning on each other, ppl it is that persons opinion not fact what he or she feels. so here we go again political leaders think wat they will and do and we support and turn agaist each other while they meet have coffee etc.

  • Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-02-11 18:38

    Seems like the Anc is keeping true to their tradition of focussing on what is unimportant and ignoring the real issues this country faces..

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:39

      Agreed - useless, worthless anc tying to detract from their ineptitude.

      Anthony - 2012-02-12 11:47

      best comment here today riaan

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:04

      Things could be worse. They could put Malema's face on banknotes next.

  • Nicola Killops - 2012-02-11 18:51

    I think it is great, but I find it ironic because Madiba is a humble man. Unlike other 3rd world leaders, the last thing he wants is glorification and all the fan fare at the expense of his people. Did anyone ask him if he wanted this...I imagine he would have passed. He is a true hero.

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:50

      Nicola, you have no idea, do you? Mandela is one of the most egotistical, self-serving womanisers around. Maybe not in his dotage though. Also . . . heroes do not kill innocents.

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:06

      At this point in time, Madiba has alzheimers. Logically, that will mean that our banknotes will forget their value too.

  • Jerzy - 2012-02-11 19:25

    Marcell, we will make a special note just for with a pic of Vis Visagie in military attire posing with the folks from Oranje. That should give you a woody

  • Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2012-02-11 19:25

    Not a bad idea... The guy deserves it after all his done for SA.... Long live Madiba!

      Sipho - 2012-02-11 19:55

      What has he done?

      Anthony - 2012-02-12 11:50

      sipho---he saved this country from a blood bath in 1994

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:09

      Madiba might have had noble intentions, but the ANC certainly don't have. He must be totally ashamed of the party that holds him up as their idol, while committing near-atrocities behind his back.

  • Barefoot - 2012-02-11 20:18

    oh again if you say it's a waste of time and money how so? 'm of the view that new notes are made on a daily basis to replace old ones, look at your notes now probably most of them have Gill Marcus signature not Mboweni how did they do it?

  • Zezethu Zeze Mkondweni - 2012-02-11 20:56

    Racism is a disease! Lol! Its a damn shame! Whether u black or white, racism is just bad for ur health! Stop hating!

      Garth - 2012-02-12 06:51


      Zezethu Zeze Mkondweni - 2012-02-12 07:10

      Garth, u got it all wrong! I was refering to the nasty comments that have been posted talking bwt ppl who r just attacking each other. And u should have read my comment carefully. It says nothing bwt ANC! And i still submit, racism is a disease!

      Garth - 2012-02-12 08:46

      Apologies Zezethu. You are correct, blinded by my own anti-anc thoughts and not taking my own advice(to read other people's posts without one's own thoughts clouding one's perceptions). And yes, I agree.

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:11

      I don't think that racism is an issue here. It's the blatent political manipulation that is the real problem. Putting Mr Mandela's face on our banknotes is a purely political move, and highlights the ANC's self-masturbatory tendencies.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-11 22:05

    Sorry but some of the commentators don't seem to understand. It is not normally done to have the face of a living politician who vigourously supports one particular political party, in this case the ANC. The Queen is apolitical and does not support any particular party in the UK. Like George Washington was simmilarly honoured, it would have been normal to have honoured Mandela on bank notes in about 200 years time as an icon of the history of South Africa. In a few years what is to stop ALL of the ex ANC presidents being on various bank notes from Dube to Zuma. Once such a practice starts it will never end. What is to stop corrupt ANC politicians ending up with their faces on the notes. By the way, the greatest prime minister of the UK was Winston Churchill who led his country from the disaster of Dunkirk to the ultimate victory during WW2. However he never ever had his face on a bank note.

      Irene - 2012-02-12 01:49

      Dawn ~ You're sure right about the 'different standards'.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-11 22:23

    To be printed in Sweden.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-13 14:45

      That would make perfect sense because then they might as well just keep it there because most of our money is off to Sweden in payment of profits on the e-Tolling system very soon.

  • wooshie72 - 2012-02-11 22:34

    Ironically, the money spent to change the notes could have been spent elsewhere, on the poor, who will in turn not see enough of these new notes. Sad but true.

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-02-13 17:44

      new notes are made on a daily basis to replace old ones, look at your notes now probably most of them have Gill Marcus signature not Mboweni how did they do it?

  • Ouklip - 2012-02-11 22:49

    There is nothing wrong with the idea. South Africans (we) will honour a great and honorable man. When I read some of the comments I have a feeling Mr. Mandela was wasted on us.

      Bobo - 2012-02-11 23:51

      Well said Irene !

  • IrvinMan - 2012-02-12 06:04

    It a good idea especially while He is still alive. He should enjoy the feeling of the honour.

  • Wayne Ashley Wright - 2012-02-12 07:26

    Great news. A real hero that should not be forgotten.

  • Moruthane Bauba Madihlaba - 2012-02-12 08:25

    The only difference between Mandela and the rest of the other freedom fighters is that Mandela had an opportunity of becoming the (1st democratic) president of the country and nothing much. I realy dont understand why all this attention is given to him whereas our grandparents had a hand in this project... They might as well include my grandpa on their notes because he also lost his life while trying to bail out this country from oppression unless maybe if it is only for ANC(NGUNI people) affiliate.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-02-12 08:42

    n Ou uitgediende terroris, op ons geld. Dis maar goed so.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-12 17:05

      Jy praat deur jou neus. Het jy al ooit een van sy boeke gelees? He paid in jail for his terrorist acts. He is a very, very wise man - and you would know that if you bothered to read.

  • Thapelo Thaps Ramphaga - 2012-02-12 09:13

    oooh what a good news it is we are proud of this it sound nyc it will make us not to forget our hero the man who did and fight for us i dnt think is there anythng wrong 2 dis bcoz all africans surely we are proud of him de father of all nations Madiba we love,hope the process will continue nothing will stop this

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:15

      Mandela was held up for the world to see, and this distracted the eyes of the world from what was really happening in ZA. Look at the acts of the ruling party to see how they've raped and sodomised this country. The ANC is an absolute insult to Madiba.

  • Thapelo Thaps Ramphaga - 2012-02-12 09:14

    oooh what a good news it is we are proud of this it sound nyc it will make us not to forget our hero the man who did and fight for us i dnt think is there anythng wrong 2 dis bcoz all africans surely we are proud of him de father of all nations Madiba we love,hope the process will continue nothing will stop this

  • Thapelo Thaps Ramphaga - 2012-02-12 09:15

    oooh what a good news it is we are proud of this it sound nyc it will make us not to forget our hero the man who did and fight for us i dnt think is there anythng wrong 2 dis bcoz all africans surely we are proud of him de father of all nations Madiba we love,hope the process will continue nothing will stop this

  • kosmonooit - 2012-02-12 10:38

    Beats Jan van Riebeeck hands down!

      Grant - 2012-02-12 18:48

      I bet that when Jan van Riebeck was on the R10 you could buy a hell of a lot more than you'll be able to buy with a Mandela R200 note. So have the poor people scored?

      Spotty - 2012-02-13 00:17

      Van Riebeeck arrived in Three Ships. Now, the poor cannot even afford Three Ships.

  • Graham - 2012-02-12 10:55

    What a retarded idea! Surely the will just perpetuate the ANC culture of entitlement. Mandela was probably the first one to start the looting. Why has he never once spoken out about it or the attach on the judiciary and the press?

      Garth - 2012-02-12 12:09

      Agreed - spots do not fade, their edges blur, making them less distinctive, so as to deceive the unwary. I remember part of one of his pre '94 speeches to `big business' on their futures in SA: "Bring your chequebooks . . .".

      Nkateko Sono - 2012-02-12 22:27

      I find it so hard to understand why people have not moved on from the past yet. Please explain it to me. Is it that hard?

  • henk63 - 2012-02-12 11:50

    The ANC is emulating other countries to the north. At this stage, they are frantically looking for any little thing they can tout as "accomplishments", even if the have to go back 100 years. From now on, we will always have the president's face on our money. Next, it wil be obligatory to have a portrait of him in every building at every entrance. Before long, we will be expected to curtsy every time we walk past a portrait of our "esteemed leader". TIA after all.