Stormers flank Siya Kolisi, who made his Springbok debut against Scotland in June, talks to Jana Marais about Audis and nabbing naughty boy’s lunches
How responsible are you with money — stingy, careless or too conservative?
I am learning to be better with my money by starting a few investments. I like to spoil friends when I do have money, so I would say I’m in between.
What is the worst thing you’ve done for money?
I have never done anything [bad] for money, but I used to take the naughty boys’ lunches at school while they were waiting for detention.
What is the worst thing you have done with money?
I probably spend too much on clothing.
Have you ever been ‘summoned’ by your bank manager?
No, not yet.
What is the most amount of money you have ever spent in a single day and what were you doing?
I bought a return ticket to Australia to go see a good mate of mine, Sam Lane.
What is your favourite souvenir from your rugby travels, and how much did you spend on it?
On the last Springbok tour I bought an awesome leather jacket for R6500.
If you could buy a house anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live?
That is a difficult question, because I still need to explore the world, but I would imagine Brazil would be nice. A big plot in my home town [Zwide, near Port Elizabeth] would also be good.
Are you an easy tipper, or do they have to work hard for it?
I think everyone should leave a tip, because you never know what that person’s situation is and you could make a difference in his or her life.
Do you believe in personal finance advisers? Do you have one?
I recently got a financial adviser who teaches me how to invest for the future, which I think is important no matter what you are earning.
What is the most expensive item you have ever bought? How much was it and how special was it for you?
Probably the trip to Australia, which was special because I hadn’t seen my friend for a long time. It was also nice to go to Australia and see the country without playing rugby.
If money was not an issue, what is the most expensive item you would buy for yourself?
An Audi R8, for sure.
What is your most treasured possession?
Definitely my Audi A3.
How did your childhood experience influence your attitude to money?
We were not wealthy in our household, so every cent counted. I really appreciate money and am grateful for every rand I earn.
How does your profession influence the way you deal with your personal finances?
A lot of my teammates have more experience dealing with money matters, so I know I can get really good advice whenever I need it.
Do you have a monthly budget? Do you stick to it? How often are you over your monthly budget?
Ha, ha. I try to stick to it.
How do you invest your money?
I have invested with a company called Skybound Capital so far.
Should you be given R5-million now, how would you spend it?
I would buy properties for all my family members. Once I knew my family was taken care of, I would get an Audi R8 Spyder and invest in some property for myself.
• This article was first published in Sunday Times: Money Careers