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Nelson Mandela is 94 years old, but he’s lived enough for all of us. His life has had the ups and downs of a hero, and millions have been helped and inspired by his extraordinary sacrifices. Mandela’s greatness was immortalized this week when his face was put on currency that is now in circulation in South Africa.
These are the first South African bank notes to carry the image of a black person.
President Jacob Zuma says the banknotes were a “humble gesture” to express South Africa’s “deep gratitude”.
Mr Mandela, 94, is one of the world’s best loved figures after spending 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid.
Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus was the first to use the new banknotes when she spent 160 rand, about $18 (£12) on some nuts, beetroot, a watermelon and a cucumber at her local shop in the capital, Pretoria.
She said that Mr Mandela was delighted with the design.
She also noted that South Africa tries to update its currency every seven years for security reasons. The new design includes watermarks and a metal strip, while raised printing was added to assist the visually impaired.