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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

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