MTN Fintech through its MoMo Hackathon initiative meant to encourage new and seasoned innovators in the field of coding celebrated upcoming developers. The main objective of MTN Fintech is to assist local innovators to develop sustainable solutions that will accelerate financial inclusion. The second objective is to foster economic growth in digital solutions for Eswatini. The winners of the MoMo Hackathon were Clinton Vilakti, Siboniso Ginindza and Mlungisi Vilakati. These contestants had been hard at work with their innovations since June and the money they won will assist with future endeavors that will further launch a financial and digital inclusion for all EmaSwati.
As part of its CSI initiative, MTN has contributed E600 000 to address the challenge of youth unemployment and stimulation of economic recovery. Through the MTN Foundation, MTN once again made the contribution which will be shared by JA, YERF, ENACTUS as well as Young Heroes. This was announced during the cheque handover which took place at Mahlalekhukhwini House last Friday. MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Wandile Mtshali said MTN is grateful for such partnerships which are key in the attainment MTN’s CSI objectives. “We are eager to see a country wide impact from this cash injection with youth from the rural areas also benefitting from the programs being implemented by these partners. MTN Foundation Board Chairperson – Busisiwe Simelane “We are incredibly excited to continue collaborating with our partner organizations, JA, ENACTUS, YERF, Young H e r o e s.
T h e s e organizations h a v e exceptionally augmented the MTN Foundation dream of empowering young people in eSwatini in various ways and by supporting such initiatives, we believe we are contributing to the country’s economic recovery process to support the development of young people and youth entrepreneurs who will contribute to the acceleration of economic activities going forward. We have seen the success stories and the wonderful benefits derived from the different programs run by these organizations over years and which have greatly benefited a sizable number of young people in our country” said. Young Heroes, Executive Director – Khulekani Magongo “MTN Foundation’s support is channelled towards tuition fees, protective clothing, and grade testing for the most vulnerable youth all over the country.
MTN Foundation is a catalyst for and ignited scaling up vocational skills training with the Ministry of Education to expand the reach of vocational skills training to rural communities, expand the scope of trades or skills being offered and intake of trainees each year” Junior Achievement (JA), Executive Director – Phetsile Masilela “JA appreciates the support from MTN since 2015. She said this year they would continue to empower young people at Mpaka vocational Centre, targeting 45 young people. “The funds will go a long way into reducing the current unemployment rate in the country.” Youth Fund (YERF) acting CEO – Thabisile Khumalo “It is such an honor for YERF to be part of the event further strengthening our relationship which began over three y e a r s ago with the MTN Foundation. “The commencement of the partnership gave birth to a product which was named MTNYERF Khula Natsi loan product. While the MTN Foundation is a sponsor of this product, our role as YERF is to facilitate its implementation and empower the young people to start and run their businesses in a sustainable manner which is our overall mandate,” Enactus Country Director – Wonderboy Khumalo also shared his sentiments adding that the generous and continuous support MTN has given them over the years allows them to continue to make an impact on People, Planet and Prosperity. Below is a list of the organizations that benefitted from MTN Foundation’s contribution.
MTN Winamanje is your one big chance to win awesome prizes. Having launched this campaign in July, we are rewarding our customers for being active on the network. By simply recharging airtime or buying any MTN bundle from as low as E1, you too could be one of the thousands of Emaswati to win a share of E2 Million in prizes.
December Grand Prize Winner: E500 000
Mid-Campaign Prize Winner: E100 000
Monthly Winners: E50 000
Weekly Winners: Groceries worth E1000
Surprise prizes too.
How does it work you may ask? When you recharge on MTN, you earn points that make you eligible for various prize draws. There are daily, weekly and monthly prizes up for grabs, so every day is an opportunity to win. Simply purchase MTN airtime/bundles and load more to increase your chances. We’ve got you.
Vote for your favourite soccer stars and stand to win with PLE SMS voting
We’re passionate about local football, a passion we’ve invested in since 2004 through our PLE Sponsorship. When the pandemic hit, we poured our efforts into ensuring that football lovers could still enjoy a good game through our streaming and vaccination initiatives. Now, we’ve taken it a step further. This year, we’re taking the power back into the hands of the people who matter most; the fans and allowing them to vote for their favourite soccer stars. The PLE SMS voting competition is an opportunity for fans stand to win a variety of great prizes just for voting for the best performing individuals in the Premier League and First Division. Football lovers will also get a chance to connect to the game and have their say in the outcome of winners.
How fans can vote:
Dial *7768# and follow the prompts. Each SMS costs E2.
Fans will get the opportunity to vote for these categories:
· Fans Player of the year
· Coach of the year
· Goalkeeper of the year
Fans stand to win these prizes:
Daily – E20 Airtime
Weekly – 1GB Data
Weekly – E500 MoMo
Terms and Conditions
The promotion starts on the 10th of June 2022 and will be running until the 26th of July 2022.
Each vote cast costs E2.00
Voting is applicable to both prepaid and postpaid MTN Eswatini subscribers.
MTN staff, partners, contractors, and their close relatives are not eligible to vote.
Children under the age of 18 cannot participate
MTN has a right to change the rules or prizes of the competition
MTN Group is pleased to announce the resumption of its Y’ello Care employee volunteering programme after two years of Covid-19. The annual event aims to secure high participation levels of MTN staff in high impact social projects to uplift and empower the local communities in which the company operates.
The programme, kicking off on 1 June until the 21st, is themed “Empowering Communities to Drive Economic Recovery”. The aim is to inspire MTNers to heed the call to upskill local communities in order to drive economic activity and participation through focusing on digital skills training and digital job creation. This is linked to MTN’s strategic priority to build digital skills for digital jobs aligned to the company’s Ambition 2025 Strategy.
“As MTNers it is imperative that we continue to contribute to our societies and ensure that the communities in which we operate see the value of the business in their lives,” MTN Group Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer Nompilo Morafo said.
MTN is committed to adding economic value by contributing to society through its programmes focused on digital education, digital skills and digital skills training. The company believes that reducing the digital skills gap will help address issues of digital and social inequalities while at the same time ensuring the sustainability of the business.
“With a new strategic focus on digital skills for digital jobs, kicking off our Y’ello Care initiatives by focusing on empowering communities to drive economic recovery after Covid-19 through training, upskilling, and knowledge sharing will create lasting and sustainable change. Working with women, youth, disadvantaged populations, and people at risk will help uplift our communities and will add value to the work done in 2019, while pathing the way for new opportunities under this new strategic direction,” Morafo added.
At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connect life and by resuming our Y’ello Care campaign, we strive to ensure that we continue to strengthen and uplift all of our community members in their pursual of economic development within each community.
Close to 2 000 winners of the MTN Smagamaga 2.0 promotion have won prizes worth close to E300 000 between June and July 2021.
The three-month promotion started in May and will end in July, where the overall winner will pocket E200 000! The promotion features daily, weekly, and monthly prizes. About 305 customers have won random daily grocery hampers, while 1 220 have won 1GB daily data, 160 have won the weekly MTN MoMo worth E500, and four have won the E5 000 top four monthly prize. All these are prizes tally up to about E281 650.
The June monthly top four winners were Innocent Dvuba, Ndumiso Ndwandwe, David Mncina, and Nontsikelelo Nkwanyana.
They were awarded their prizes on Tuesday at the MTN head office in Ezulwini.
One of the winners, Innocent Dvuba (35), revealed that he has never held, not to mention won, so much money before. Dvuba, who he hails from Mpuluzi, is currently employed by Rhodes Foods, previously known as Swazi Can in Malkerns.
“I have never had a sustainable job before. You can understand why I have never had so much money,” he reveals.
He said this money would make a massive difference in his life and he provide some of the pressing needs for the mother of his children and his three children.
That is not all.
“I want to invest some of this money to develop my life. I am still weighing my options on the best investment that I may consider,” he said.
Dvuba says he hopes to win the E200 000 grand prize because that can change his life instantly.
Nontsikelelo Nkwanyana (34) from Maliyaduma, also won E5 000, which brought massive relief as her work contract was not renewed in September last year. Thereafter, she was out of work and depended on her husband.
“I have been struggling to adapt ever since I lost my job. It’s been tough that I am not able to help out my husband like I used to,” she said.
Thankfully, in the middle of that hard time, she received an SMS about the promotion and decided to try it out because joining only costs 0.99 cents per day.
However, she was not expecting to win, let alone win E5 000.
“I still do not believe that I have won so much money after close to 10 months of not receiving any form of income,” she says.
As the shock of her winning wore off, it became clear to her just what she had to do. After helping her family, her next treat was buying some of the things she could not buy in the past eight months.
She further hopes to win the E200 000 grand prize to start a business and make a decent living.
David Mncina (63) a retired banker from Coates Valley said he joined the promotion because he was intrigued by the amount of general knowledge it provides as he now has a lot of time at disposal after retirement.
“I decided to start playing after seeing an SMS and the game kept me captivated because I found out that I knew most of the answers to the questions. I did not expect to win, I was just absorbed by the amount of knowledge I was gaining and the rest is history,” said Mncina.
Mncina said he immediately started to think about the people that he would share the money with, “I thank MTN for this surprise. I will spend the money with my children.”
The last E5 000 winner Ndumiso Ndwandwe (45) from Mhlume said he acquired a piece of land at Sikhuphe and he plans to use his money to fence off that land.
“I have set my eyes on the E200 000 grand prize because that can enable me to swiftly finish building a home for my family on this piece land,” he stated.
To stand a chance to win with MTN Smagamaga, SMS “JOIN” to 7080 at 99 cents per day, and answer the daily quizzes. The weekly, monthly, and grand prizes are based on total points accumulated.
MTN Foundation and Swaziland Empowerment Limited (SEL) have donated E300 000 to enable Young Heroes to support vocational skills training of 59 young people from different parts of the country.
MTN Foundation provided E200 000 and SEL contributed E100 000. The 59 beneficiaries of this funding under the Young Heroes Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP) are vulnerable young people between 19-26 years old who do not qualify for tertiary admission. This funding will cover their tuition fees, protective clothing, and grade testing costs. They will train in different vocational training centres around the country.
MTN Foundation Board Chairperson Busisiwe Simelane and SEL Board Chairman Langalakhe Dlamini presented this cash contribution to Young Heroes at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha yesterday.
MTN Foundation Board Chairperson Busisiwe Simelane congratulated Young Heroes for sticking to their mission of empowering the country’s youth with vocational skills, so that they may achieve their full potential.
“This is one of the most effective ways to address the high youth unemployment rate in the country by giving them skills that enable them to either get decent jobs or to start their own businesses. We thank Young Heroes for giving us a platform to change the lives of young people,” she said.
Simelane said they decided to fund the programme once again because they have seen good results from their initial investment. MTN started funding the project from its inception in 2013. In 2018, the company contributed E350 000 to the programme.
“We also thank Young Heroes for the solid structure to identify young people who are in need and also for putting up a solid structure of accountability,” she said.
Simelane pleaded with companies to open their doors when the internship time for the programme beneficiaries comes.
“We know this is a difficult time, be that as it may, may we please afford these young people the opportunity to formally practice what they have learned so that they fully complete their learning cycle,” she said.
Simelane invited other companies to come on board, sponsor the programme, and empower more young people.
“If we empower young people, the future of the country will be in safe hands,” she said.
SEL Corporate Social Responsibility Chairman Shaka Ndlangamandla said they hope the number of sponsored young people would increase from the current 59 beneficiaries to at least 200.
“We have also noticed that most of the beneficiaries need assistance with rental and food allowances. We hope we would also be able to assist them with those needs going forward,” he said.
SEL was participating for the second year in the Young Heroes Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP).
From 2013 to date, at least 495 young people have been benefited from this programme and were certified in their fields. Young Heroes Executive Director Khulekani Magongo thanked the MTN and SEL for their contribution.
“We will make sure that the money goes to its intended purpose to enable these young people to be employable, or start their own businesses, and turn around their lives,” he said.