At least 222 MTN Eswatini customers have won prizes worth E123 000 in total from the MTN Smagamaga promotion since it started on February 1, 2021. 

MTN Eswatini Manager Digital and Value-Added Services (VAS) Alex Lushaba disclosed this during the handover of last month’s monthly and weekly prizes to winners at the MTN head office in Ezulwini on Friday.  

These prizes are made of eight winning customers who walked away with E5 000 monthly cash prize in February and March. In addition, 40 MTN customers have won the E1 000 weekly cash prize, while 174 customers won E250 OK Food vouchers. Daily, MTN has rewarded  406 customers with daily data worth 1GB from February 1 to date. 

In March only, four customers won E5 000 each, 20 customers won E1 000 each, 90 customers won E250 food vouchers, and 210 customers won data worth 1GB.  

Lushaba congratulated all the winners. He said the campaign aims to spread excitement by rewarding as many loyal customers as possible. 

“We are pleased to be part of this initiative, and what a better way to heighten excitement, especially during this time, by rewarding our loyal customers who contribute to the growth and success of the company. We look forward to rewarding more customers before the promotion ends,” he said.

The promotion ends at midnight on April 30, 2021. 

Lushaba said the target is to have 400 customers who will win by using 99 cents only per day by the end date.

The four customers who won the E5 000 monthly prizes in February maintained the lead and won an extra E5 000 each last month. This means that they have now pocketed E10 000 each in total from the campaign. 

These were Menelisi Mngometulu (22), a second-year University of Eswatini (UNESWA) Environmental Health Science student from Dvokolwako; Khanyisile Maseko (52), a civil servant under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport from Maliyaduma; Nicole Moore (74), a retiree from Malkerns, and Mbuluzi Farms Human Resources Raymond Themba (59) from Mafutseni. 

Lushaba said the reason they all won for the second time was that the E5 000 monthly winners are selected based on accumulated points over each month, “only the weekly and daily winners are drawn randomly.” 

Menelisi Mngometulu said that after using the first E5 000 cash prize to buy a good smartphone and a router for a sustainable internet connection for his classes, he would use the second E5 000 prize money to start a small poultry business to create multiple income streams. 

“This is very important for me because my father is unemployed and it could go a long way to lift the burden off my mother’s shoulders,” he said. Her mother is a nursing assistant at Dvokolwako Health Centre.  

He said he did not believe it when he was informed that he has won again.

“I do not have enough words to thank MTN for changing my life. This money will go a long way to assist me with my studies. Therefore, I will owe my success to MTN,” he said. 

Khanyisile Maseko said she was also left speechless when she was informed that she had won again. 

Maseko who lost her husband in 2008 is currently building a home in Hhelehhele. 

She used the first E5 000 cash prize to pay school fees for her grandchild to enroll in Form 1 at St. Theresa High School in Manzini.

She said she would use the latest cash prize to buy roofing for her house, which is now near completion. 

“Amid the ongoing health crisis, God has stood up for me in a way I have never seen before this year. I will now be able to roof my house after being stuck for some time because I did not have enough money,” she said. 

She said she stayed on the promotion to increase her chances of winning the E100 000 grand prize and she enjoys learning new things through the quiz. 

“The quiz has helped me to learn a lot of new things that I did not know,” she said. 

‘Prize money filled up my heart after losing my brother’

Just a moment after receiving a sad phone call that informed her that she has lost her brother, Nicole Moore (74) shortly received another call informing her that she had won E5 000 and that filled up her heart. 

“I am not in any way implying that the money made me forget the loss of my dear brother, but that call came just in time to brighten my moment of dullness and my heart was filled up,” she said. 

Moore said she stayed on the promotion because she enjoyed the interesting facts that she learns through the daily quiz. 

She said she will not drop the ball on this because she has set her heart on the E100 000 grand prize. 

“My daughter works at Zanzibar and we have never visited her. If I can win the E100 000 grand prize, I would take my husband and daughter to Zanzibar to visit my daughter,” she said.

Through this promotion, MTN is giving back to customers prizes worth up to E100 000 to enable them to #DoTheMost.  

The company is giving away daily food vouchers worth E250 to three customers and 1GB of data to 10 customers; E1 000 weekly MoMo cash prizes; E5 000 monthly MoMo cash prizes and a whopping E100 000 grand prize!  

To win a share of these prizes, all that customers are expected to do is, SMS join to 7080 at 99 cents per day and answer daily questions to earn points.