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
Buy Bitcoin, get rich? Here’s whether you’re missing out on a goldmine…

Buy Bitcoin, get rich? Here’s whether you’re missing out on a goldmine…

The Money Show Bruce Whitfield interviews famed tech commentator Simon Dingle.

Small business lessons from New York and London

Small business lessons from New York and London

Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator’s Pavlo Phitidis about his whirlwind fact-finding mission abroad.

Want to retire rich? Mind your mind (not only your money)

Want to retire rich? Mind your mind (not only your money)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Financial Life Planning Institute Certified Financial Planner Kim Potgieter.

Spur CEO opens up about his letter to majority-Afrikaner union Solidarity

Spur CEO opens up about his letter to majority-Afrikaner union Solidarity

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder.

Lebohang Khitsane makes cutting edge tombstones (fancy a QR code on yours?)

Lebohang Khitsane makes cutting edge tombstones (fancy a QR code on yours?)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the CEO of Bataung Memorial Tombstones.

5 consequences of slower inflation (e.g. removal of zero-VAT rating on fuel)

5 consequences of slower inflation (e.g. removal of zero-VAT rating on fuel)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Investment Solutions Chief Economist Lesiba Mothata.

Popular articles
Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Tax advisory company Grant Thornton has extended remote working and flexible staff hours since the City's announcement.

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

"Dear Dirk, I refer to your open letter published on Maroela Media on 23 May in which you make some contentious statements..."

Trade union Solidarity sets the record straight on Spur 'boycott'

Trade union Solidarity sets the record straight on Spur 'boycott'

Spur boss puzzled by union support of the boycott, but Solidarity's Dirk Hermann clarifies letter was in his personal capacity.

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

MEC for Education at Western Cape says an investigation will be launched into the school tragedy.

Another damning State Capture report, this time by academics

Another damning State Capture report, this time by academics

Stephen Grootes says this report looks into how state capture came about going back to 2009 with the arrival of the Guptas.

Buy Bitcoin, get rich? Here’s whether you’re missing out on a goldmine…

Buy Bitcoin, get rich? Here’s whether you’re missing out on a goldmine…

The Money Show Bruce Whitfield interviews famed tech commentator Simon Dingle.