…as Standard Lesotho Bank launches yet another new service
TŠELISO Shaoli on Friday surprised fellow Standard Lesotho Bank (SLB) staff when he scooped the two top prizes in a competition the bank held for its workers to test a new service.
The service, trending as ‘#nthotsebohlale on social network sites, allows clients to pay for electricity, water, airtime and Digital Satellite Television (DStv) through their mobile phones.
And to the amazement of fellow SLB workers, Mr Shaoli’s cellphone number was drawn twice during Friday’s early morning draw held outside SLB’s Bank Tower branch in Maseru, winning him a Samsung S4 mobile-phone and M1000 shopping voucher to be spent at Life’s Comfort Solutions store.
An ecstatic Mr Shaoli told the Sunday Express soon after the draw that he used his mobile-phone to perform 15 transactions in paying his water bills, as well as purchasing electricity and airtime using his SLB account.
Each transaction eventually multiplied his chances of winning the competition—a strategy Mr Shaoli said he was glad to have adopted.
“I was confident that I would win today. I had placed M750 into my account and made sure I used M50 for each transaction, whether it was for buying electricity, water or airtime.
“As I conducted each transaction, I knew the money was going into something that was useful in my life, so I did not hesitate to assist the bank to pilot the system but at the same time I found it convenient.
“The payments are easy to do as the rest of our clients are going to learn after today,” Mr Shaoli said at the colourful draw, which took place outside SLB Tower Branch along Kingsway in Maseru.
Speaking at the draw, SLB Head of Marketing, Rethabile Mabaleha, noted the new payment system was both cost-efficient and in line with the bank’s vision of bringing convenient banking services to its clients.
“Clients are charged M4.50 each time they purchase electricity and paying for their DStv, with electricity available from M20 and airtime from as little as M2.
“There will be no charges for purchasing airtime, money transfer and balance enquiries so this is a good time for people to open accounts with us so they can be afforded the best experience from our service.
“Following this launch, we would want our clients and potential clients to know that from this moment, we are focusing on another competition with great prizes for them to win. All they need to do is access products using our mobile and online banking services,” she said.
Meanwhile, other prizes won on Friday included SLB hampers and an exclusive lunch with the bank’s executive staff at a posh restaurant in Maseru.