Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Nelson Mandela’s Image to Be on New South African Banknotes

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma said new banknotes in the country will bear the image of former president Nelson Mandela.

Zuma made the announcement in Pretoria today on the 22nd anniversary of the release from prison of the Nobel Laureate who led the country out of apartheid to become its first black president in 1994.

“It is a befitting tribute to the man who became a symbol of his country’s struggle for human rights and democracy,” Zuma said.

Mandela, 93, spent 27 years in prison for plotting the overthrow of segregationist rule and served as president before stepping down in 1999 after one five-year term. He is now retired from public life after campaigning for children’s rights, global peace and greater access to treatment for AIDS sufferers. South Africa’s Constitution allows for no more than two presidential terms.

Mandela’s image will be on all banknotes, replacing pictures of the so-called big five African animals -- the rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard.

South Africa’s rand extended declines by almost 1 percentage point to a low of 7.7847 to the dollar yesterday after the central bank announced on its website it would hold a press conference with Zuma, central bank Governor Gill Marcus and Pravin Gordhan to make an announcement of “national importance,” without giving details. The currency traded at 7.7493 as of midnight local time.

Marcus said she regretted the market speculation about the announcement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Franz Wild in Johannesburg at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.