Today Sizwe and the team talk about expensive surnames and ask the question, “Do you have an expensive surname in your family tree?”
The inspiration behind the question happened on Tuesday after Sizwe discovered a discussion about Pearl Modiadie’s baby daddy’s surname.
“People found out that Pearl Modiadie’s baby daddy’s surname is Oppenheimer,” says Sizwe.
The team isn’t sure whether the surname belongs to “the” Oppenheimer’s, but they do work with a Motsepe.
That’s Pontsho Motsepe to be exact, the team’s traffic reporter.
Side note, Modiadie tweeted “I have no personal affiliation to the Oppenheimer family”.
I have no personal affiliation with the Oppenheimer family.
— 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥 𝐌𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐞 (@PearlModiadie) September 22, 2021
It came from the lady herself, so there is no disputing it.
Back to the drive team and their team member’s possible connection to the South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe.
Motsepe has been asked this question all her life, “are you part of “the” Motsepe?”
“All my life, it’s the worst thing ever!” says the Kaya 959 traffic reporter.
“Oh my gosh. Are you Patrice Motsepe’s daughter, or is he your grandfather? Do you have money to give us money?”
“Guys I’m broke…I wish I was, but God was like, no!”
“It is what it is,” says Motsepe.
Motsepe argues that it’s just a surname and one that she didn’t choose.
On the other hand, surnames can be changed by choice, especially if you’re a woman.
This lead Sizwe to flip the script by sharing how some guys change their surnames if they marrying into a prominent family.
“…in the Mandela family, even when guys marry into the family, they take the surname.”
Not all Kaya 959 listeners agreed with that statement:
A few listeners believe that a Surname is just a surname:
And on the other hand, there are a few who recognise the benefits, and the downside of having an expensive surname:
The question may have started a debate on whether an expensive surname is worthwhile, but down inside, it’s safe to say that an expensive surname can open a few doors, for the right or wrong reasons.