Thembi is a stokvel cham­pion

Isi­baya star tells Bon­gani Mdakane she be­lieves in sav­ing for the fu­ture

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STOKVELS have been around for many years as a form of sav­ing money. How­ever, peo­ple think that celebri­ties have money so they don’t need to be part of stokvels.

Pop­u­lar stage and tele­vi­sion ac­tress, Thembi Nyan­deni, tells Move! that she ac­tu­ally be­lieves in sav­ing money for tough times.

The Isi­baya ac­tress, who plays the role of Mk­abayi Zungu, a ruth­less sis­ter to taxi boss Mpiyakhe Zungu, says she sees stokvels as a way of life that ev­ery­one should fol­low.


She says she and her fam­ily de­cided to form a stokvel two years ago.

“We were hav­ing a good time as a fam­ily when we came up with an idea of start­ing our own stokvel. We started pitch­ing dif­fer­ent names for the stokvel. We fi­nally agreed that the suit­able name would be, Nyanda Enhle Stokvel. We are a fam­i­ly­ori­en­tated stokvel with one aim, which is to boost one an­other fi­na­cially and also change our lives. In our stokvel, we have eight mem­bers who con­trib­ute R2 000 each ev­ery month,” Thembi ex­plains.

She adds that when it comes to host­ing meet­ings, they ro­tate the venue and each mem­ber gets a chance to host the meet­ings.


Thembi says that peo­ple should un­der­stand that money is an im­por­tant thing in their daily lives and it should be treated like trea­sure.

“We, as South Africans, should know the value of money. It is not some­thing that you can throw around like stones. The money that you save now will res­cue you when you are in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. With Nyanda Enhle Stokvel, we are sav­ing for a rainy day,” she says.


She says that her fam­ily mem­bers are grate­ful for the initiative as they be­lieve that the in­vest­ment will help im­prove their lives in fu­ture.

“In life, you will never know when you will need a back-up plan. With this stokvel, we know that we are cov­ered. I’ve man­aged to build a house from the money I saved through this stokvel. Build­ing this house would have been dif­fi­cult and costly if it wasn’t for this stokvel,” she adds.


Thembi says that apart from be­ing a mem­ber of her stokvel, she also uses ev­ery op­por­tu­nity she gets to tell young and old peo­ple about ways in which they can save money.

“As an in­flu­en­tial per­son, I go around the coun­try speak­ing to peo­ple about life mat­ters and sav­ing money is one of the is­sues I high­light dur­ing my talks. We all don’t know what the fu­ture holds.

“I tell peo­ple that they should in­vest in stokvels – whether they are for burial, gro­ceries or chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion – be­cause they will get help when fac­ing dif­fi­cult times,” she says.

The ac­tress also warns peo­ple against join­ing stokvels that they know noth­ing about. “I know that some stokvels out there op­er­ate like pyra­mid schemes. Peo­ple need to do their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore they join stokvels so that they don’t lose their hard-earned cash. We need to be care­ful of such stokvels be­cause where there is money in­volved, there are al­ways crim­i­nals who are prey­ing on in­no­cent peo­ple,” she says.


The founder of the mu­si­cal dance the­atre group, Umoja, adds that be­ing a celebrity doesn’t mean that you don’t have to save money for the fu­ture or be­long to a stokvel in your area.

“We are in the lime­light and we be­come tar­gets when we hit hard times. Peo­ple start ask­ing ques­tions why we are broke when we’ve made so much money in show­biz,” she says.

Thembi, who has been on our tele­vi­sion screens for a very long time and played a lead role on SABC1’S Zone 14 and other pro­duc­tions such as 90 Plein Street and Ja­cob’s Cross, says, “It’s painful to see our celebri­ties dy­ing like pau­pers while they made a for­tu­nate in show­biz in their hey­day. That’s why I chose to play it safe and joined a stokvel. I know that my money is safe with my fam­ily. When I get re­turns from the stokvel, I know that I have to spend that money wisely,” she says.

I’ve man­aged to build a house from the money I saved through this stokvel

Thembi Nyan­deni knows too well that fame and money don’t last for­ever that’s why she has de­cided to join a stokvel

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