MASERU — Maseru Central Business District was turned into one rip-roaring party yesterday as the Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) Festive Bonanza came to a close with the much-anticipated car draw taking place at Sefika Shopping Complex.
A colourful, midmorning procession along Kingsway Road culminated in the much-awaited car lottery at Sefika where two Lower Thamae residents — Motebang Mosoke and Clive Soares — drove away in a Toyota Yaris and Corsa Utility, respectively.
The two winners, who were not even present when the draw was conducted, had to be called to the shopping complex after their names had been picked from thousands of other punters.
And when they finally arrived at Sefika, both could still not believe the good news until they were handed the keys to the gleaming, spanking new vehicles.
Mosoke, 24, who is unemployed, was momentarily speechless while his wife — a textile factory worker — broke down in tears.
And when Mosoke finally found his voice, it was only to say life would never be the same again.
“I’m unemployed and sell clothes for a living. This car will definitely make things a lot easier because now, transport will no longer be a problem,” Mosoke said.
Soares said the win had completely taken him by surprise.
“I wasn’t even aware there was a draw today. I only entered the competition five times, so I wasn’t expecting this at all. This is a shock,” Soares, who said he already owns another car, a Golf3, told the Sunday Express.
Five lucky winners walked away with M1000 grocery hampers, while five others won a cell-phone each.
The competition, in which Econet Telecom Lesotho subscribers had to SMS the word Koloi to a given number, had been running from October 23 last year to January 31.
Nico Heyns, ETL operations director told the Sunday Express he was “extremely happy” with the way the Festive Bonanza had been conducted.
“I’m very happy that we painted Maseru red today. I would like to thank everyone, the ETL staff and subscribers, for their continued support,” Heyns said.