New R5 coin hon­ours OR Tambo

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

A SE­RIES of com­mem­o­ra­tive coins will help pre­serve South Africa’s her­itage and pride.

As the coun­try cel­e­brates the birth cen­te­nary of global icon OR Tambo, the South African Re­serve Bank (SARB) has launched a new R5 circulation coin in his hon­our.

The coin – com­mem­o­rat­ing his birth – is part of a se­ries of four new com­mem­o­ra­tive coins honour­ing the late strug­gle stal­wart. The other three are col­lectable spe­cial edi­tion coins and can­not be cir­cu­lated.

Launched at the OR Tambo Cul­tural Precinct in Benoni, east of Jo­han­nes­burg re­cently, the coins high­light the role that Tambo played in se­cur­ing a demo­cratic South Africa.

Speak­ing at the launch, SARB Gov­er­nor, Le­setja Kganyago, said the coins hon­our the role played by Tambo in de­feat­ing apartheid.

“The coins which have been launched carry in­tegrity and will carry the legacy of the late Oliver Tambo for­ward.

“Tambo’s con­duct was one of in­tegrity, trust and ac­count­abil­ity and th­ese mat­ter a great deal to the SARB,” said Kganyago.

The back of the gen­eral circulation coin fea­tures a neck badge and walk­ing stick, while the ob­verse de­picts the na­tional coat of arms, year of is­sue and ‘South Africa’ writ­ten in English and Xit­songa.

The col­lectable coins are not re­deemable at banks and can­not be used to pur­chase prod­ucts or ser­vices, while the gen­eral circulation coins are worth their face value only and should be used rather than pre­served, to al­low as many South Africans as pos­si­ble to ex­pe­ri­ence their beauty.

Oliver Tambo’s son, Dali Tambo, said that his fam­ily feels hon­oured by the move.

“The coins that the Re­serve Bank and the South African Mint have pro­duced are not only beau­ti­ful but are a plat­form of her­itage. They are a plat­form of re­mem­brance and an ex­pres­sion of the com­mit­ment to the val­ues and ideals that my fa­ther stood for.

“My hope is that you will do many more and that we’ll soon see coins de­pict­ing Chris Hani and so many oth­ers who played a mas­sive role. My fa­ther would have liked that,” said Tambo.

Oliver Tambo was born on 27 Oc­to­ber 1917 and was an anti-apartheid ac­tivist who served as a pres­i­dent of the ANC. He died in 1993.

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