Comedian Skhumba Hlophe has detailed how ‘getting to drive his dream cars’ has fulfilled some of his fantasies and gave him an understanding of why many black people are willing to “risk it all” for fancy rides.
2017 has seen Skhumba’s brand grow more than he anticipated. The comedian bagged a radio breakfast show on Kaya FM and now co-presents a new car show called Change Down with Boity Thulo.
Skhumba told TshisaLIVE that he has been having the best time on the show and the “feeling” he gets when he drives cars is something he has only ever dreamt about.
“I am living out my wildest car fantasies. I mean, growing up our craziest car experiences were just car spinning shows,” he said.
The comedian said the car show has also helped him understand why he has seen a lot of black people go into big debt for big machines.
He said being made to feel “undeserving” of the [expensive] cars increases the satisfaction when “we own” them.
“Because these cars are already “too good” for us to own, when we get a chance to drive or “buy” them, nothing can compare to that feeling. I will admit that the feeling I get when I’m enjoying that luxury or speed makes me understand why my brothers may feel like it’s all worth it. The debt I mean,” he said.
Skhumba said he is happy to be part of a show that helps breakdown stereotypes around cars.
He added that in the townships, people go all out to show off with cars but “proper car maintenance, insurance and prices” are never discussed.
“We often buy cars we can’t afford, then Bra Boy [local mechanic] will service them and sometimes we don’t even consider the insurance payment when we plan to buy these cars. So I am glad I am on a show where a Thembisa boy can help people ‘break down’ some of these barriers.”