Thembi is a stokvel champion
Isibaya star tells Bongani Mdakane she believes in saving for the future
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.
SAVING WITH HER FAMILY
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.
INVESTING FOR A BETTER FUTURE
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.
GIVING TIPS ON SAVING MONEY
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