Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Majaha Nkonyane

The Cen­tral Bank of Swazi­land (CBS), an­nounced that the new E100 and E 200 notes launched at the Cash Cen­tre in Mat­sapha yes­ter­day will be re­leased for cir­cu­la­tion from Fe­bru­ary 2018.

The an­nounce­ment was made by CBS Gover­nor Ma­jozi Sit­hole.

“We are happy to an­nounce that as promised in July the Cen­tral Bank, has re­leased the new E100 notes and E200 notes which will start in Fe­bru­ary 2018. The new notes will be used by re­tail­ers and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions for now, as they con­fig­ure their ma­chines to be able to use the new notes,” he said.

The new notes have been re­leased with new se­cu­rity fea­tures which have been made user friendly for the vis­ually im­paired. Sit­hole said vis­ually im­paired will have ease in iden­ti­fy­ing the new notes as both E100 and E200 notes come with a rough tex­ture on lower edges of the notes.

Some of the se­cu­rity fea­tures in­cluded in the new notes are that they are rough on the fin­ger on the Lig­walag­wala feath­ers, a broader por­trait im­age of His Majesty King Mswati III with a rough feel of his (Ligcebe­sha), neck­lace new Neu­ron con­sol­i­da­tion print and new wa­ter­marks. The new note also comes with a see through regis­ter and a la­tent im­age.

Sit­hole en­cour­aged the na­tion to be proud of their cur­rency and not con­fuse South African Rands with Emalan­geni when re­fer­ring to the lo­cal cur­rency. The new notes have siSwati print on the front side and English print on the back.

The new E200 note will use the same colour as the South African R200 note whilst the E100 note will be us­ing the same brown colour but has more se­cu­rity fea­tures. When asked if the new E200 note can be used in South Africa be­cause of its colour Sit­hole said the Li­lan­geni is still not ac­cepted in South Africa. He noted that Amal­ga­mated Banks of South Africa (ABSA) is able to change Emalan­geni notes to Rands.

The na­tion was fur­ther cau­tioned on the bomb­ing of Auto Teller Ma­chines (ATMs) which has hit the bank­ing sec­tor re­cently. “We would like to cau­tion the thugs that are bomb­ing ATMs, these thugs will be ar­rested and should they con­tinue with this act they will be in trou­ble. The bombed ATM’s are meant for con­ve­nience as there are long queues in banks,” he said.

Lucky Sime­lane) (Pics

OF­FI­CIAL LAUNCH: Cen­tral Bank Gover­nor Ma­jozi Sit­hole dis­play­ing the new E200 and E100 notes while Head of Strat­egy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Zithulele Gina as­sists dur­ing the of­fi­cial launch at Mat­sapha Cash Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

ATTENTIVE: Some of the in­vited peo­ple at the launch.

RE­MARKS: CBS As­sis­tant Gover­nor Mfan­fik­ile Dlamini also had some­thing to say about the new notes.

PRESENT: Enock Mav­im­bela (c) from Swaz­iBank and other in­vited guests fol­low­ing the pro­ceed­ings.

CLARIFIES: Gen­eral Man­ager Op­er­a­tions Lungile Dlamini re­spond­ing to ques­tions posed by the guests.

AND NOW: Cen­tral Bank of Swazi­land Head Strat­egy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Zithulele Gina di­rect­ing the pro­ced­ings.

NEW LOOK: The new E200 and E100 notes on dis­play.

IN FE­BRU­ARY: Sit­hole de­liv­er­ing his speech dur­ing the launch.

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