The pula is the official currency of Botswana since 1976 when it replaced the South African rand at par. The name is derived from the word “pula”, which means rain in the Setswana language. The Bank of Botswana introduced the first notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 pula, followed by 20 pula in 1978. The 50 pula was introduced in 1990, followed by the 100 pula note in 1993. In 2009, the Central Bank of Botswana introduced a new banknote series adding the 200 pula note.
The 20 Botswana pula note front design features Dr Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete, who composed the National Anthem of the Republic of Botswana, the National Coat of Arms and a stylized drawing of a roan antelope. The reverse of the note illustrates a diamond mining installation and a stylized picture of a roan antelope. The lettering on this side of the note is presented in the Hausa language. This note is part of the 2009 – 2017 series, and its color is purple and rose on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Botswana, Minister of Finance, Governor, This note is legal tender for Twenty Pula, Pula, Banka Ya Botswana, De la Rue 2009, 20.