Five Shell customers drove away in new BMW cars on Friday after winning a competition run at Shell service stations throughout South Africa. A celebratory handover of these 5 BMWs to the lucky winners was held at the Shell Bryanston Service Station, on William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg.
“For Shell, this was more than just a competition, it was also about making a difference in the lives of people who visit Shell service stations. We are proud to have made an impact that goes beyond the ordinary retail experience in the lives of all the winners” said Shell South Africa’s Cluster Fuels Marketing Manager Frans Maluleke.
The nationwide competition ran from December 7, 2015 until 17 January 2016. Customers were required to sms ‘BMW’ followed by their name to the number provided and follow the instructions to enter the competition. The winners, who came from Johannesburg, Polokwane, Springs and Rustenburg, were notified telephonically of their success.
Nabeel Omar was stunned when he found out that he had won; ironically, his mother had been motivating him for months to get himself a BMW which prompted him to enter the competition at his nearest Shell service station in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. “My mom was the first person I told when I got the call that I had won”, he says. “We’ve never been more excited, more especially because a BMW is just what we wanted”.
After hearing about the competition on radio, lab technician Nosihle Mbolekwa from Rustenburg rushed to the nearest Shell service station to enter. “Winning the competition has made my life a lot simpler. I can now sell my old car to buy a house. My birthday is coming up soon so this also comes to me as an early birthday gift”, she says. “Entering this competition has really changed my life”.
Pieter Hanekom picked up the competition pamphlet at a Shell service station in Mooreesburg in the Cape. He entered with no hope of ever winning and the next thing he knew, he was the proud owner of a BMW. “I would like to thank Shell for making my Christmas even more special” says Pieter.
Having never won anything other than a mere pen his entire life, Mandla Kubheka, who works at a car parts manufacturer in Springs, was more than surprised to hear that he’d won a car this time. “This was a great shock; from a pen to a BMW? I really could not believe it. I’m definitely entering more competitions this year”, he says. He will now be able to do things that he would never have been able to do before, such as travel to places like the Kruger National Park or Durban.
A regular visitor to the Shell Ultra City in Polokwane, Daniel Ramabula entered in response to an advert at the service station. “I thought it was a scam. I did some research and saw it on the Shell South Africa website. When I found it was legit, I went ahead and entered. So when I received the call that I had won I couldn’t believe it because I was very sceptical of entering”, says Daniel. He and his wife plan to use the new car for holidays in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal.