Hon Speaker, the SA Reserve Bank has unveiled South Africa's new series of banknotes which features the image of Isithwalandwe Nelson Mandela. In the centenary year of the ANC, it is a fitting tribute to Tata Nelson Mandela as an ANC President who became a symbol of our country's struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy.
This development signifies the deep gratitude of the South African people for his life spent in service to the country and for the cause of humanity worldwide. It honours an outstanding leader and a patriot. Banknotes are a window on the country as a whole - its people, heritage and culture.
Equipped with a unique combination of security features, the new series of banknotes is amongst the best in the world, with enhanced features for the visually impaired, including raised print on both sides. The new banknotes will be the tender of choice in the Southern African Customs Union. Of course, this will help us as South Africa to enhance prospects of robust regional economic integration. I thank you.