My earliest memory of money was around 1981… my grandfather used to give me five cents pocket money to take to school… I actually brought back change!— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I lived in a village… until I got to boarding school I just didn’t need it [money]… In 1989 I got R10 per month, and that was enough!— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I took a 60% pay cut to join Business Day.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
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 Arabile Gumede (in for Whitfield) interviewed Absa Spokesperson Songezo Zibi.
Zibi is probably most well-known for his stint as Editor at Business Day between 2014 and 2016.
Before that he was the Communications Manager at Xstrata.
He started his career in communications at Volkswagen South Africa where he was the Public Relations Manager from 1999 to 2006.
What is it about money that keeps him tossing and turning at night?
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
I have about R70 or R80 in coins at any given time.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
When I turned 35 my relationship with money changed.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I had even less money once I started working!— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I buy second-hand cars… as a result I’ve kept my expenses manageable.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I look after a cousin who is unemployed… you don’t just use money for yourself, you also support family.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I started working at age 22.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
Money was a huge consideration when I moved to Xstrata.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
My first bank account was at FNB. I kept it until I joined Absa!— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I only started investing in 2008.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
I realised the country was in huge trouble!— Songezo Zibi, Absa
If money was no object I’d be in politics.— Songezo Zibi, Absa
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.
Recommendedby NEWSROOM AI
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mokoena about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).
The new billionaire is not the person with a billion rand, but the person who can touch a billion people’s lives, says Scott.
Bruce Whitfield interviews former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers about his attitude to money and beliefs about it.
Black Business Council president Sandile Zungu on his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).
Bruce Whitfield interviews Basetsana Kumalo about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).
Bruce Whitfield interviews Sipho Hotstix Mabuse about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nic Haralambous, founder (at the cost of R5000!) of funky sock company Nic Harry.
Can you afford to leave South Africa? Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Barry O'Mahony on what to consider before deciding.
After dithering for fear of spending political capital, SAA is now out of the President’s hands, says Pieter du Toit (News24).
The Gospel star succumbed to a long illness on Wednesday night.
Former public protector says the eight-year sentence was too harsh and it shouldn't matter that he was not a Wits student.
SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.
Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.
Rich. Wealthy. Financially free... Call it what you will; the first million is how you get there. Warren Ingram on his book...