In case you missed Thekiso Anthony Lefifi’s colourful Sunday Times’ interview with Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord, we’ve got it for you right here.
How responsible are you with money?
Ninja: I never used to care about money because I never had it. Now I have money and I still don’t care about it because it keeps pumping into my bank account like water from a burst dam wall. Yo-landi says I’m miles too careless with money.
Yo-landi: I’m conservative, but very generous when it comes to helping people who deserve it.
What is the worst thing you’ve done for money?
Ninja: Opening for Linkin Park in Europe. We got paid $30000 for 30 minutes. We only like performing for people who specifically come to experience Die Antwoord.
Yo-landi: Waitressing at the Dros in Cape Town, serving steak, chips and beer to big, fat, drunk men.
What is the worst thing you have done with money?
We tried to shoot the I Fink u Freeky video twice before we shot it a third time with Roger Ballen and finally got it right.
The first two attempts cost just over R700000, but the footage didn’t stick together, so we canned it and tried again. The final video was one of the cheapest, most successful videos we’ve ever made. We learned a lot – we treated the cost of the first two “test-shoots” like school fees – third time lucky.
How do you deal with debt collectors?
We have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever been in debt. Before we were broke, we had zero debt, and we still have zero debt. We buy everything cash, straight up.
Have you ever been “summoned” by your bank manager and what was the reason?
Yo-landi: Ja, to sign an autograph and take a photo for his teenage daughter.
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What is the most you have ever spent in a single day?
Ninja: I never really check the prices of anything, so I really don’t know.
If you were to register and own the word “Zef”, how much would you charge people to use it?
Ninja: Well, we do own a little company called Zef Entertainment that has a few cute divisions such as Zef Recordz, Zef Filmz, Zef Fashion, Zef Toyz and Zef Video Gamez. Zef Entertainment operates out of Johannesburg, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Our focus is on our next-level Zef products, rather than licensing the use of our brand name.
Do believe in giving beggars money?
Yo-landi: The Dalai Lama says it creates bad luck to give beggars money because it traps them in a degenerative reality.
What do you think about artists who go bankrupt?
Ninja: They are not fertile enough.
Do you have fears of going bankrupt?
Would you buy a house next door to Julius Malema in Sandton?
Ninja: No, because Sandton gives me a dull feeling in my balls.
Do you carry cash or do you prefer plastic money?
Ninja: Plastic is slick, but cash is sexy.
How do you tip?
Yo-landi: I tip so large. If you are nice to me and do your thing with flying colours, you’ll get the biggest tip you’ve ever got in your life. I don’t tip people who are rude and make out like it’s a big fat miff mission to serve you.
What is the most expensive item you have ever bought?
We don’t really buy expensive stuff. It’s weird. When we were broke, it was always so hard to get funding for anything, but as soon as we blew up, people just started throwing cash at us left, right and centre. Also, all our really expensive stuff we get, we get for free as gifts – like my matt-black Subaru with the loudest sound system in the southern hemisphere.
How did your childhood experience influence your attitude to money?
Ninja: My dad was super-hardworking, and he quit his job and started his own company when we were young.
My dad was never in debt, but he always just had his chin above water financially. So, at Wimpy, we were only allowed a burger with chips and a Coke, never a cheeseburger and a milkshake. That was pushing it. I always really wanted that extra cheese with my Wimpy burger and that sweet-ass bubblegum milkshake on the side. So, from a young age, I decided that one day I’m going to be rich.
How does your profession influence the way you deal with your personal finance?
Ninja: Stay fertile, and money is going to keep on coming. Money is energy.
How often do you go shopping, or do you have a personal shopper?
Yo-landi: Malls are irritating when you’re famous. The best thing about Woolworths is that they deliver to your home. I love Woolworths.
How much do you spend on your tattoos?
Ninja: Nothing. I get them for free from my homie, Tyler B Murphy, or I poke them myself.
How do you invest your money?
Ninja: Property. Plus, my bankers in Luxembourg know a thing or two.
If you were given R5-million now, in what would you invest each million?
Ninja: My bru, dis kleingeld (bra, that’s small change).
How important is financial education to you?
Ninja: I don’t know anything about money except that you get everything you deserve and wie laaste lag, lag die lekkerste (he who laughs last …)
Which financial publication do you read?
Ninja: I’m reading the Steve Jobs biography at the moment – it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever read. My best books are The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Neuromancer by William Gibson and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
Do you buy self-help books?
Ninja: I once bought a book called How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis. It really worked!
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