The money subject is generally considered to be a taboo topic and can make some people break out in sweats. Nedbank recently launched an engaging series called The M Word, geared at getting people more comfortable about talking about their finances, making better financial decisions and saving.
They’ve enlisted the help of comedians to bring the lighter side to a serious conversation, while still offering valuable insights.
Lazola Gola, the younger brother of fellow comedian Loyiso, says he initially struggled with negotiating a rate with prospective clients when he first started out, fighting an inner battle between going after what he knows he deserves and doing it for the love of the craft.
“At first when I started it was very awkward because I feel like I’m gold-digging, I’m not going for the craft,” he says.
But over time, he has got more comfortable with going after what is rightfully his and says there’s no shame in it. “I’ve learnt there are slimy people out there and if we talk about money, it’s out there, it’s transparent and no-one can mess with us,” he advises.