On the eve of Africa’s Travel Indaba, starting on Monday, Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, said the recent announcement by the South African Reserve Bank to upgrade banknotes and coins for the first in more than 10 years, will be a conversation starter.
Changes include the addition of pictures depicting the ‘Big Five’, as well as new animals and plants.
Mayor Rabie said she is thrilled to see the Southern Right Whale on the R5 coin and the Cape honey bee replacing the aloe on the 10c pieces
The Southern Right Whales come to the shores of the Cape Whale Coast in about June each year to mate and calve in the shallow waters.
Hermanus has gained the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world because of the excellent vantage points that the cliffs along Walker Bay provide.
Many other villages, such as De Kelders and Gansbaai, also have fantastic land-based vantage points but in whale season you’ll even be able to spot whales while lying on the beach or eating breakfast on your patio.
The new currency is expected to be distributed by June 2023.
Overstrand Municipality is extremely proud that our area is recognised in this way.