Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo over the weekend warned winners in the Choppies Annual Big Birthday Bonaza to drive carefully and obey traffic rules.
“As the Minister responsible for road safety, my message will not be complete without emphasizing that you should drive carefully and obey all traffic rules,” said Mabeo.
He added that road safety is one of the priorities of his Ministry and urged all those who had won vehicles to be responsible drivers and take care of lives on the roads.
Mabeo was officiating at a gala event at which retailer Choppies was giving away 25 bakkies to customers as part of its birthday bonanza celebrations. Held for the first time on Valentine’s Day, the Choppies Annual Birthday Bonanza attracted hordes of the retailer’s customers from all over the country, some of whom qualified for the draw by purchasing items as small as Mascom P10 airtime.
In his key note address, Mabeo said the Choppies birthday bonanza, also known as the Biggest Vehicle Giveaway Vehicle Promotion, has been a regular feature in Botswana’s business calendar since 2004. He added that the giveaway ceremony symbolizes an unbreakable partnership between Choppies, its suppliers and its customers from all over the country.
Since 2004, the competition has grown exponentially and the 2014/15 edition boasted of 25 Chevrolet bakkies up for grabs. Batswana from far flung areas like Ghanzi also walked away with brand new bakkies and were furnished with vehicle blue books and car keys by Mabeo. Mogomotsi Zwezwee and Killer Kgosikana each won a Chevrolet bakkie after buying Cremora and Black Cat peanut butter (respectively) from Ghanzi Choppies.
In his remarks, Mabeo urged winners to remember that they won their vehicles courtesy of the patronage and support of Choppies.
“You are leaving this place as owners of brand new vehicles. As you drive around the country bear in mind that these cars are personal thank you’s for your support from Choppies. They are tokens of appreciation.”
Since its inception a decade ago, the Choppies Annual Birthday Bonanza has given away 120 vehicles.