South Africa Gets its Own Currency
South Africa becomes a Republic in 1961, and with this, the country finally gains its own official currency – the Rand. The new decimal currency debuts at R2 to the British Pound and all the coins are produced by the South African Mint.
To help South Africans get used to the drastic switch, price tags are initially marked ‘old’ and ‘new’ style, while the old currency is slowly withdrawn. An extensive publicity campaign is organised to prepare people for the money changeover. Part of the campaign is the immensely popular jingle, ‘Decimal Dan’, which fast becomes a familiar tune on household radios, blaring out its message to a catchy rock ‘n’ roll beat.
South Africa sets a great example with its transition to a decimal system, which takes place years before the British transition, and is executed smoothly and successfully.