A 28-year-old security inspector now has a car thanks to the Sowetan, Global Nissan competition. He drove off in the spanking new Nissan Tiida worth R170000.
A loyal Sowetan reader, Ezmon Ngcobo, 28, travelled by bus through the night from Cleland in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and arrived in Johannesburg at 3am to collect his valued prize.
"I am so happy. Sowetan has made my dreams possible. With the salary I earn it was going to be impossible to buy a car in my lifetime," he said.
"I couldn't sleep after hearing I was the winner. I didn't believe it. I just sms-ed. I did not even count how many times."
Looking at the shiny car Ngcobo said that as a born-again Christian he believes God provided him with the car because God knew he could not afford it.
Ngcobo said loyal readers of Sowetan should not lose faith and losing the competition shouldn't make them less loyal. "They should continue to read the newspaper and enter its competitions," he said.
Global Nissan marketing manager Catherine Bester said the partnership with a "prestigious newspaper like Sowetan" had been positive in marketing Nissan products and readers were now aware of their Nissan vehicles.
Bester said Nissan gave away the 2008 Nissan Tiida 1.6 Accenta with a three-year or 90000 km service plan.
This was worth more than the Nissan Tiida Hatch 1.6 Visia that was advertised at the beginning of the competition. The Accenta costs R12000 more than the Visia.