Maloty and Emalangeny
In the previous articles of our heading, we have already sang a laudation of a monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa – Randa. This currency is respected not only in his native country, but far beyond. In several neighboring African states, it (officially or semi-official) walks on equal rights with local drugs. And on the global foreign exchange market, it is quoted among world currencies "Second Plana". This status, of course, is not so honing as "first-beam" dollar or pound sterling, but also not at all bad. It has a monetary unit of only 10-15 states, among which, by the way, there is not a single Eastern European. Especially surprisingly, on the territory of South Africa, two more small, but proud currencies successfully survive.
Paradox explains simply. These currencies exist due to the presence of two territories, which, although in South Africa, have nevertheless all the attributes of independent kingdoms.
One of them – Lesotho – surrounded by the provinces of South Africa from all four sides. Other – Swaziland – has 60 common borders in the east kilometers with Mozambique. But in economically, both mini countries are equally closely related to South Africa. Independence still needs visible symbols. In Swaziland, one of these characters is the national currency – Lylantangeni. Interestingly, on the price tags in Swaziland stores and shops of this word you will not find almost anywhere. Instead, it will almost always be written in other – Emalangeni. Yes, and abbreviated this currency is indicated by the Latin letter E, and not L, as it would be expected.
The point in the features of the Si-Wati language, on which the inhabitants of the kingdom say. In it, the multiple number is transmitted by the change of not the end of the word (as in all more or less familiar languages), and its start. So say "Lylantangeni" can only pro "One Lylantangeni". And if more than one, then it is already "Emalangeny".
South African mini-kingdoms are largely similar to each other. Therefore, as soon as you figure it out in the linguistic subtleties of Si-Wati, it will be quite easy to figure out why Lesotho’s monetary unit is called "Loty", And in the price tags and the price lists they write there "Maloti" or just letter m.
Correctly, at se-seed – the official language of the country – Loths can be only one. And a few are already "Malot". To finally enter you into the case, let’s notify that Loty is divided into 100 lisen.
However, national pride and its attributes are one, and harsh economic reality is quite another. The currency of a powerful neighbor feels in both kingdoms almost as freely as in the territory of South Africa. Rand in Lesotho and Swaziland is accepted everywhere. Locals do not take only a metal South African coin. If you change dollars or some other SD in local banks, then at your request, as a rule, without problems, you will be given not to malota (or enamenning), but ranks.
Recalculate one to another exclusively just. Monetary units Lesotho and Swaziland "Tied" South African in the 1: 1 ratio. Last week in South Africa at the official rate, the US dollar was 4,5395 Rand, therefore, in Lesotho he cost M4,5395, and Swaziland – E4,5395.
In Lesotho, banks, changing currency, can only be found in the capital – Maseru. They open in 8.thirty. On weekdays work up to 15.00 (for one exception: on Wednesday – up to 13.00), and on Saturday – up to 11.00.
In Swaziland, banks have in all more or less large towns and villages. Schedule their work depends on the location. In the capital, Mbabane they are open from 8.00 to 16.00 (on Saturday – until noon), but the smaller the town, the earlier there the bank closes.
From foreign currencies (not counting Randa) banks in both countries prefer US dollars and pounds sterling. They work both with cashsels and travelers. If you are going to visit Swaziland, you should purchase Barclays Bank checks. Departments of this bank can be found there in almost any settlement.
In Lesotho or Swaziland, you will most likely get from South Africa. And back, almost certainly, go through the same way. Before returning to the homeland of Nelson Mandela, finish from the remaining "Royal" Banknote. If the local monetary units are equal in Swaziland and Lesotho, then it is quite different in South Africa. Complete there Emalangenia or Malota is impossible in principle, and in the bank they will be taken, then without any pleasure and at the lowered course. And in the kingdoms for this do not even look for the bank. In any store, local money in the ranks will be switched to you honestly – 1: 1.