Yvonne Chaka Chaka understood from an early age that money didn’t grow on trees. She joined Sumitra Nydoo on My Money and Me, sharing her life lesson on money and how that shaped her philosophy on spending and savings.
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The internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and teacher learnt about the value of money from an early age. Growing up, her dad worked as a driver and her mom was a domestic worker, so life wasn’t easy.
When her father died, her mother brought up Yvonne and her two sisters on her meager salary of R40 a month.
Her life lessons with money started in her childhood when her dad would bring home fruit for Yvonne and her sisters and little Yvonne would sell the fruit to make money.
“For me, money was something that you have to work hard for and something you have to respect. It doesn’t grow on trees. Money talks. When you have money, things happen for you.”