Smart new wheels for Shoprite shopper

Shoprite Checkers announce latest car winner

19 August 2021 | Transport

Reinhold Christo Apollus, Shoprite Win-a-Car recipient: “I appreciate this gift and thank God for his blessing upon my life”.

Yochanaan Coetzee

Shoprite Namibia continues to change lives, with the latest winner of its Win-a-Car competition describing his new Ford Figo as an incredible blessing.

“My father would always take part in any competition and thankfully that spirit allowed me to enter this competition, and thanks to God Almighty, I’ve been blessed with a new car and a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” an elated Reinhold Christo Apollus related to My.Na Cars recently.

Over the last few weeks, Shoprite customers who purchased local products to the value of N$200 have been put the running to drive off in a brand new vehicle. This initiative is aimed at rewarding customers and promoting local produced goods to spur economic development.

“I got to the till at Grove Mall Checkers and a cashier informed me about the competition.

“I was immediately intrigued and she explained to me I have to send a picture of my till slip and the Namibian food stuffs I bought to a specific number.

“I got home and got my phone out and took pictures as required and then somewhat forgot about it,” Apollus said with a chuckle.

Car-ma came calling

With so much happening in the world, we are often hesitant to believe it when good news comes through. Thankfully with the Shoprite Win-a-Car Competition, your good karma can even attract something as amazing a brand new car.

“In a world where we resort to our own innate nature to be individuals, knowing God is half the work,” Apollus said when asked about the moment we got the call informing him that he had won.

“At first, it felt like a prank call since I had forgotten of entering the competition.

“However, as soon as the lady on the other side of the line asked ‘you are Reinhold Christo Apollus, right?’, it was clear at that moment that it was indeed real,” he said.

Wheel-based blessing

“At first, I was under the notion that Novel Ford would bring the car to my office and we would take pictures, but that wasn't the case. I even dressed up every day waiting for the car as the dealer-principal of Novel Ford called me himself to congratulate me and he informed me that there are some issues getting the cars across the border due to Covid 19 regulations,” Apollus, who is a seasoned graphic designer, explained.

After a two-week wait, which saw Novel Ford calling him regularly to update him, last Friday he finally got the second-best call he’s received this month: “Sir, you may now come fetch your car”.

Love at first start

Arriving at Novel Ford in the capital, Apollus found his brand new Figo waiting for him. Surrounded by family members and excited staff, the reality of his latest windfall only dawned on him as he drove out of the dealership.

“I was elated and overwhelmed by the thought that it was my second brand new car I am driving off the showroom floor.”

His new 1.5 Ford Figo Trend features an extensive list of standard features, enhanced versatility and a sporty and adventurous cross-over character.

The eye-catching exterior styling is matched to an upmarket interior with sophisticated two-tone treatment and an outstanding array of Ford technologies that are designed to make the driving experience safe and enjoyable.

Ford’s eager 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ti-VCT engine boasts impressive outputs for its class, with 91kW of power and 150Nm of torque delivering power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

“I took the car for a ride out of Windhoek to Okahandja the first weekend I had it and it’s impressive that a presumably small car could be this powerful and full of modern-day trinkets and gadgets.

“I am impressed by its level of development and has the kind of entry-level greatness that will definitely give other car brands a run for their money,” he said.

“There’s also a nice mean engine note when you get on the throttle, so I really enjoy the driving experience,” he added.

Shopping in style

When asked whether he will be taking his new ride to shop somewhere else, Apollus replied with a conclusive “never!”

“I love to shop at Shoprite and Checkers. They have a wide range of Namibian products and I especially love their affordable prices and the ease of the whole shopping experience,” he said.

“I personally really appreciate the fact that Shoprite had this competition in the first place to give people an equal chance at winning a special prize like a vehicle. I also want to thank Novel Ford for their professional manner in which the car was delivered and shown off to me.

“I appreciate this gift and thank God for his blessing upon my life,” he said.

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