’MALERATO Nthontho and Simon Dlamine on Friday became the last two winners of the remaining Toyota Etios vehicles in a colourful grand finale of the Vodacom Fortunes competition at Sefika Shopping Complex in Maseru.
The two cars were part of a total of 10 cars, airtime, smart phones and shopping vouchers worth over M1 000 000 the telecommunications giant put up for grabs in a competition which started in April this year.
Vodacom Lesotho Marketing Coordinator, Tsotetsi Seema, said the competition was well received by Basotho and had been very successful.
“We have given away eight other cars in the preceding months and these two were the final ones in the competition,” Mr Seema said.
“The competition started in April with customers entering the competition when they bought airtime bundles and dialling *111#. The competition is ending today but the bundle packages will still be available.”
In the finale, 14 Vodacom customers, who had been selected in a draw were already guaranteed of prizes as they vied for the ultimate reward; the final two cars. As they searched in the Vodacom branded containers, Ms Nthontho and Mr Dlamine emerged the car winners while the other contestants took home phones and shopping vouchers.
The car winners were beside themselves with joy as the momentous event dawned on them.
“I am very happy to win this car. I really don’t know what to say, I am speechless. Thank you Vodacom Lesotho,” said Mr Dlamine.
On her part, a tearful Ms Nthontho said. “I have mixed emotions, I feel very happy and shocked at the same time. I never expected to win even though I was called to be part of the competition.”
Speaking on behalf of the car winners, ‘Maliako Lebona from Khubetsoana said winning a car was a dream come true as it had always been her wish to own one.
“I would like to thank Vodacom Lesotho for making my dream come true,” Ms Lebona said.
“It had always been my wish to own and drive my own car. I only bought bundles worth M2 once in a while and yet I was rewarded with a car. I am really enjoying my new car which I won in June this year and still learning to drive it.”
Another winner, Foka Makara, said winning a car was a pleasant surprise as he never imagined himself winning anything.
“I bought the airtime bundles unaware of the competition,” Mr Makara, said. “When I received a call from Vodacom, I thought it was a scam as I knew I had not entered any competition. I just want to encourage Basotho to keep on buying bundles so we all own vehicles through Vodacom Lesotho.”
Meanwhile Mr Seema said through Vodacom’s M-pesa money transfer system, customers can pay for their insurance bills, Maseru City Council rates, electricity and water among others.