Make Money Mondays, Evergreen Content

Helen Zille opens up about money

My parents were refugees.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

I would never spend money on a car. I still drive a little Opel Corsa I bought in 2001.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

The first job I got paid for was when I used to wash hair at the local hairdresser up the road. But the first job I got paid for every week was as a packer at the Benmore Checkers. I operated a till after that.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

South Africa’s long-term trajectory is good… The institutions of our society are working… Voters are waking up to their responsibility of holding Government to account…

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed the spirited Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Zille opens up about money in the audio below (scroll down for more quotes from it).

I certainly don’t have lots of money. It’s never been a motivator for me.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

The school I went to was made of corrugated iron. It was a poor community.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

My parents turned over every penny twice or three times.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

My father started a small scrap metal business that became a medium sized one.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We never tried to keep up with the Joneses.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

I try to save as much as I can.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We own a house in Rosebank in Cape Town.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

My earliest memory of money is collecting empty bottles for the deposit.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We got pocket money aligned to the chores we had to do.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

I got my first bank account when I went to university.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

I don’t know much about investing… My husband looks after all of that.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

As long as you learn by your mistakes it isn’t money wasted.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

My husband is much more frugal than I am… He banned me from shopping…

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

I am not particularly excited about money.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.

Read More
6 techniques you can use to get funding to start (or grow) a business

6 techniques you can use to get funding to start (or grow) a business

Small business guru Pavlo Phitidis discusses the techniques, how they work and how to get them right.

Money market accounts (and Exchange Traded Funds) FAQs answered

Money market accounts (and Exchange Traded Funds) FAQs answered

Personal finance guru Warren Ingram explains what money market accounts are and the difference between various ETFs.

2016 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

2016 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

Bruce Whitfield interviews public speaking superstar Vusi Thembekwayo, who says “Dear 2016: we are glad you are over”.

Meet (outgoing) Old Mutual EM CEO Ralph Mupita (soon to be MTN’s CFO)

Meet (outgoing) Old Mutual EM CEO Ralph Mupita (soon to be MTN’s CFO)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mupita about his life and his exciting (and challenging!) new job at MTN.

Why the SA Institute of Race Relations accepted funding from Coca-Cola

Why the SA Institute of Race Relations accepted funding from Coca-Cola

The institute's Gwen Ngwenya explains why it took money from Coca-Cola to fund research on taxing beverages containing sugar.

The world in 10 years' time

The world in 10 years' time

The six megatrends the World Economic Forum believes will happen in the next decade.