Four lucky customers have won E5 000 each, making a total of E20 000 from the MTN Smagamaga competition monthly draw.  

These are Menelisi Mngometulu from Dvokolwako, Khanyisile Maseko from Maliyaduma, Nicole Moore from Malkerns, and Raymond Themba from Mafutseni.   Khanyisile Maseko (52), a civil servant under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said the Lord answered her prayers through this promotion.

“The money came right on time. I was worried sick because I was expected to pay E6 500 the following day for my grandchild to enroll in Form 1 at St. Theresa High School in Manzini. I had nothing and I was beginning to lose hope, but the good Lord answered my prayers through MTN Eswatini,” she said.

Kunene has been the bread winner, having lost her husband in 2008. She has two immediate dependents: one child and one grandchild. She is currently building a home in Hhelehhele.

“With the current situation we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things got worse as I had to shoulder additional caregiving responsibilities. Therefore, through this cash prize, MTN lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. For that, I am extremely grateful,” she said.

Mbuluzi Farms Human Resources Raymond Themba (59) who is at the edge of retirement, said the money he won from the promotion provide a huge relief. He heads a family of six and has countless extended family dependents.  

“COVID-19 has affected us in a way I have never imagined. Much as am still employed, some of my close relatives have lost their jobs. As you grow old, your dependents also widen, and you become a shade for those who are facing different shades of difficulties. Through this prize, I got temporary relief from this heavy burden that weighed heavily on me,” he said.

Themba has been an MTN customer for as long as he could remember. He said he enjoyed participating in the competition’s daily quizzes.

“They are informative. And, I have learnt a lot of things through them. I now have an appreciation of what is happening around me in the country,” he said.  

Nicole Moore (74) who is a retiree said when she joined the competition; she did not expect to win anything after joining the competition as she religiously does for several  MTN competitions.

“I decided to try it out and not opt-out because I enjoyed answering the daily quizzes to add on my general knowledge,” she said.

“That is why I was really surprised when I was informed that I have won. At first, I thought it was a scam and I was even more ecstatic when I eventually realized that it was not a scam,” she added.

She disclosed that she would share her cash prize with her husband and their helper.

“My husband is my partner in these quizzes. At some point, there was a question on soccer and since we do not know much about soccer, we asked our helper who gave us the correct answer. That is why he will also get a share of the prize,” she said.

Moore thanked MTN for adding a ray of sunshine to her life.