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By Simon Shabangu - SWAZI OBSERVER-28-Sep-2009

LINDIWE Mthembu of Ndzevane won an over E74 000 worth of Chery QQ vehicle during a car draw held at Matata arena during the draw of the third car this year.

Lindiwe only bought two loaves of bread where she spent les than E15 to qualify for the draw, which eventually earned her the car. Lindiwe, who is in between jobs, makes a living through selling fruits and vegetables in a not-so-busy location in Ndzevane. She said she was still going to discuss with her husband on what to do with the vehicle, which came as a surprise to her given that there were many entries and thousands of people were in line for the car only to find that her entry was drawn as the only winner of the day since there were no consolation prizes.

The 26-year-old says she does not know how to drive as she never thought in her life she would ever own a car. She said: “I think my husband will go for driving lessons so that we can be able to use the car. I am presently still shocked about this fortune and I need to pull my thoughts together and decide exactly what to do but on the side, I think we can use it to expand my business,” she added. She thanked Matata for putting their customers first by introducing such competitions where the customers will benefit despite their background and amount of money they spend at the shop.

She encouraged the shop management to continue giving back to the customers in this special way. Meanwhile, Matata’s Retail Operations Manager Boniface Mdluli congratulated Lindiwe for winning the car. He said they would soon be launching another car, which he said would be in the shop early this week.

“Our target was to release four cars to our customers which we will definitely do as we have already released three cars. The third car will be won in December, which will be a Christmas gift to whosoever will win,” he said. Mdluli added that they would soon be opening their new branch in Big Bend where he said they were still in talks with management to do the same for their customers in appreciation of the support they received from the people.

Saturday’s draw saw a performance by Christ Worshipers, a gospel group made up of visually impaired members, who started the group while schooling at Mzimpofu. The group rendered a number of songs from their two albums much to the appreciation of the hundreds of customers who gathered for the draw.

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