Three of the four MTN airtime vendors who won themselves MTN branded motorbikes posing after receiving them.


MTN Eswatini has given away four motorbikes to outstanding VTU (Virtual Top Up) vendors, commonly known as airtime vendors, who were able to increase both their sales and number of transactions between the months of June and August. Each motorbike is worth close to E20 000, which means the company have spent E80 000 on the four motorbikes.To be eligible to win, vendors were expected to have been selling a minimum of E10 000 airtime per month. They were competing regionally, hence there was one winner from each region. To be a winner, vendors were expected to have increased both their sales and number of transactions. The promotion was launched in June and ran
until November. Yesterday winners were from the June to August cycle. The prize presentation was heldyesterday at the MTN head office in Ezulwini.One of the winners of the motorbikes, Sindi Lukhele (39), a resident of Lukhula in the Lubombo region was ecstatic after her name was announced. She said the motorbike would be a huge relief for her, as she solely depends on public transport to get to-and-from her Mobile Money business, and to run around to organise basic resources for her business. She stays at Lukhula and commutes to-and-from Mpaka every day. “I have been doing this ever since I started my business in 2010. I use buses every day to travel to-and-from my workstation because they are much cheaper, and this has had a negative effect on the efficiency of my business. This is because buses run on set schedules, and sometimes their schedules do not match with my travel demands.
This would sometimes slow down arrival at my business or my return home,” she said. She thanked MTN for the early Christmas prize. She nets between E1 500 and E3 000 airtime sales per day. The other winners who were present to receive their prizes were; Jabulani Maziya from Manzini and Mdumiseni Mahlambi from Shiselweni. Mahlambi said
they were humbled by the recognition from MTN.“ This really means a lot and I strongly believe that this motorbike will go a long way to improve the performance of my business,” he said. The four winners were congratulated by MTN Acting CEO Sibusiso Nhleko and Chief Consumer Officer Sam Shongwe. Shongwe said the company would continue to support vendors even next year, because they make it easier and convenient for customers to access MTN services.
“The prizes are incentives to reward you for serving our customers, and we believe that they will complement
your working tools and further improve your customer service,” he said. In 2019, Shongwe said the company will continue to put together initiatives to support vendors. This was further affirmed by the Acting Chief Executive Officer. He said they valued the support that the company got from its partners. “We will continue to support you
and we wish you well as you cross over to 2019,” he said.

MTN Eswatini also gave out two kiosks to two top performing Mobile Money vendors for the months of October and November, under the Kiosk and Smartphone Agent promotion second prize presentation held yesterday. Under this promotion, all Mobile Money agents were given unique targets by MTN. All agents who were able to meet their
targets received E100 airtime each month. Each month, the company then chooses the top 10 performing agents with the first prize being a kiosk and the runner up prizes are smartphones and other MTN promotional items. Tel Care (Pty) Ltd was the top Mobile Money vendor in October and Shaks was the top Mobile Money vendor in November. The
kiosks would not have come at a better time for Tel Care (Pty) Ltd, after launching their business in August.
Fiona Kyomygisa said they were grateful to be given another chance to grow their business. “We have registered tremendous growth since we launched our Mobile Money business in August. We really thank MTN for giving us a chance to extend our footprint. Fortunately, we have just secured a site where we will set up the kiosk,” she said.
Currently, the company has close to 5 000 Mobile Money vendors nationwide. MTN Chief Consumer Officer Sam Shongwe said in 2018 alone, MTN registered 50 per cent increase of Mobile Money vendors. He said this could not have come at a better time as the country continues to grapple with economic challenges. “As a company, we are really proud for our contribution to job- creation through our partners,” he said. He further assured vendors that the company
would continue to roll out various initiatives even next year to recognize their significant contribution in the MTN business.

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