Vo­da­com launches M5m com­pe­ti­tion

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

VO­DA­COM Le­sotho ( VCL) has launched its re­vamped Mega Mil­lions com­pe­ti­tion in which a va­ri­ety of prizes worth over M5 mil­lion are up for grabs.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia dur­ing the launch cer­e­mony on Mon­day, VCL Se­nior Spe­cial­ist: Mar­ket­ing and Brand­ing Sekonyela Mata­mane said the com­pe­ti­tion co­in­cided with the 20th an­niver­sary of the telecommunications gi­ant’s es­tab­lish­ment in Le­sotho.

“We, at VCL, are happy to cel­e­brate 20 years of op­er­a­tion in Le­sotho con­cur­rently with the beau­ti­ful Moun­tain King­dom’s 50th In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary,” he said.

“We are proud to con­tin­u­ously look back at the legacy that has been built over the last two decades where we have achieved no­table growth in terms of our cov­er­age be­ing ac­cessed in 3G mode na­tion­wide.

“We have fur­ther ex­celled at driv­ing in­no­va­tion by con­tin­u­ing to of­fer smarter so­lu­tions and push­ing bound­aries to max­i­mize the value of our net­work.”

Dur­ing 2015’s Vo­da­com Mega Mil­lions com­pe­ti­tion which ended last Oc­to­ber, VCL cus­tomers won an ar­ray of prizes worth M3 mil­lion that in­cluded 15 brand new Chevro­let Util­ity ve­hi­cles, cash, gro­cery vouch­ers, smart phones among oth­ers.

The prizes up for grabs in this year’s edi­tion in­clude two houses worth M400 000 each, 15 Toy­ota Etios hatch­back ve­hi­cles, M750 000 in cash prizes, M500 000 worth of VCL air­time and 1 800 smart phones.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mata­mane, the com­pe­ti­tion started on Mon­day this week and would end on 30 Septem­ber 2016.

He said VCL con­tract, pre­paid or top up cus­tomers can reg­is­ter for the com­pe­ti­tion by send­ing a text mes­sage of the word “Mega” to 54100. The cus­tomer would then re­ceive a se­ries of mul­ti­ple choice ques­tions via the SMS plat­form on a daily ba­sis with each cost­ing M1.

“The more points the par­tic­i­pant earns, the more chances they stand to win,” said Mr Mata­mane,” adding that they would be daily, weekly and monthly draws in which over 45 000 peo­ple would win.

He said win­ners of the house prize had three al­ter­na­tives.

“The first op­tion is for VCL to secure the win­ner a brand new house worth M400 000, while the sec­ond al­lows the win­ner to make build­ing ren­o­va­tions worth M400 000 to their ex­ist­ing house. The third op­tion is for VCL to build the win­ner a house at a pre­ferred loca- tion with an ex­ist­ing lease,” Mr Mata­mane said.

“By giv­ing these op­tions, we wish to give peo­ple the free­dom to choose the lo­ca­tion and their own de­sign of the de­sired house. It will be up to the win­ner to de­cide which dis­trict they want their house to be built.”

VCL cus­tomer, ‘Maliau Mosae who won a ve­hi­cle in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion said dur­ing the launch event that her eco­nomic for­tunes had greatly im­proved af­ter tak­ing home the Chevro­let Util­ity mini-bakkie.

Ms Mosae, who hails from Ha Abia in Maseru, said she sold the ve­hi­cle to a se­cu­rity com­pany soon af­ter win­ning it and es­tab­lished a busi­ness with the pro­ceeds.

“My hus­band and I sold that ve­hi­cle we won for over M100 000 to a se­cu­rity com­pany soon af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“With the pro­ceeds, we started a poul­try and pig­gery farm at my in-laws’ place in Rothe. We also bought a much cheaper ve­hi­cle to help us with the daily oper­a­tions of our busi­ness and for per­sonal pur­poses.”

Ms Mosae added: “Vo­da­com has re­ally changed our lives for the bet­ter, and we are so grate­ful. I urge Ba­sotho to en­ter this year’s com­pe­ti­tion since every­one stands an equal chance of win­ning be­cause it is fair and free from nepo­tism.”

2015 VCL Mega Mil­lions car win­ner ‘Maliau Mosae cel­e­brates dur­ing last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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