New notes featuring Mr Mandela (Former president of South Africa) on one side and the country’s Big Five safari animals on the other, made their debut in the hands of Gill Marcus, the country’s Reserve Bank governor, who used them to shop for groceries in the capital Pretoria on Tuesday.
She said that the 94-year-old former president was “delighted” by the honour.
“He is delighted, very excited about it. We did show him the designs, the drafts and everything else,” she told South Africa’s Press Association.
“This is our way to pay tribute to him. Madiba [Mr Mandela’s clan name] does represent something special, not only in South Africa. He is really an extraordinary human being.”
Like Mr Mandela, the Reserve Bank governor said, the notes are designed to be “one of a kind” with special security features in a bit to avoid counterfeiting. They will be available from cash machines in the country from Tuesday.