MTN Makoya Winner 2018



E91 Wins Shop Assistant Ford Everest Worth Half a Million Emalangeni

Khanyisile Nkambule (46), was the lucky customer who won the first Ford Everest Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) worth about half a million Emalangeni which was up for grabs under the first leg of the MTN Makoya Promotion.

Nkambule spent E91 which translated to 91 points. Her continued use of MTN products, SMS, data and voice services made her the eventual winner of the car described as one of the safest, smart, green, and quality cars produced by Ford. These traits were outlined by Ford dealership, Carson Motors, who has partnered with MTN for the Makoya promotion.

When Nkambule was announced the winner of the car, she failed to control her emotions, tears of delight streamed down her face, she wobbled, and eventually sprawled to the ground. She had to be assisted to be on her feet again.

The announcement that changed her life came at a time when she was wondering, and asking herself why her name was left out from the rest of those who were receiving E1 000 Mobile Money cash prizes.

“This was the least I had expected to win. I sat there and asked myself, why am I being left out from those who were receiving cash prizes, yet I was informed that I was amongst the winners? Even when I heard about that someone will drive home a brand-new car, it never at any point, crossed my mind that I could be the winner, much as I would have loved it. Imagining myself winning the car seemed like a pie in the sky,” she said.

“For once, I remembered that the Lord works in mysterious ways. He can turn around a hopeless person like me, and make her worthwhile,” she further stated.

This could not have come at a better time for Nkambule, as she had just turned 46 on the 16th of October. She received her gift from MTN a few weeks later, which is on the 30th.

“No one could afford to give me such a gift on my birthday, but MTN did. My life has completely changed, and it will never be the same again,” she said.

Although Nkambule doesn’t have a driver’s licence yet, Nkambule said she would soon enrol for driving lesions. At the moment, her car will be kept by Carson Motors.

She did nothing out of the ordinary to win the car. Like the rest of MTN subscribers, all she did was to stay on the MTN network, and earn points when buying and using data, Mobile Money, and voice, or when sending SMSes.

She is a mother of three, and her husband is employed as a driver in South Africa. Her accomplishment was enough to change her daughter’s perception about competitions.

“I didn’t believe in competitions before, but my perception has now changed. This is the fairest competition I have ever seen. Thank you MTN for changing our lives,” said Nkambule’s daughter, Lindelwa.

Nkambule was congratulated by MTN Chief Consumer Officer Sam Shongwe, who stood in for Acting Chief Executive Officer Sibusiso Nhleko, MTN Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Otuo-Acheampong, Carson Motors Sales Manager Brian Shabangu, and KPMG representative Mthokozisi Khumalo.

The draw results were validated by KPMG, they also observed the draw together with representatives from Gaming Board, and the media.

MTN has also disbursed over E110 000 Mobile Money weekly prizes to 110 customers since the campaign launch to its culmination.

The MTN Makoya Promotion is part of the company’s wide range of activities which were aimed to appreciate customers for their unwavering support over the past 20 years, since MTN was established in the Kingdom of Eswatini in 1998.

“Continue using the life-changing and number 1 network in the Kingdom of Eswatini,” said MTN CCO Sam Shongwe.

The Makoya Promotion recorded over 190 000 unique cell phone numbers, and over 395 million entries or points in total. Each E1 that customers were spending on the MTN network between May 23 and October 23 was equivalent to one point.

MTN is expected to soon launch the second edition of the promotion, wherein it will be giving away the last Ford Everest. The second draw is anticipated to be held on February 2019.

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