A farmworker from Kriel in Mpumalanga and a hospital clerk from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal are the winners of R100,000 each in the first lucky draw for individuals who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. In addition, 20 people received prizes of R10,000 and 164 people across South Africa each received shopping vouchers worth R1000. They will be contacted by call centre agents of the National Covid-19 Hotline.
This lucky draw, supported by donors and managed by the DG Murray Trust, is open to anyone who has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, or who goes for vaccination before the end of the year. A total of R2 million will be won and the final draw will take place on 25 January 2022 to give enough time for all paper records to be included in the records.
“We’re delighted to be able to give the prize-winners extra cheer this festive season,” says Dr David Harrison, CEO of the DG Murray Trust. “This lucky draw is a way of thanking ordinary South Africans who have come forward to protect themselves and their loved ones, and in so doing are contributing to the recovery of our country.”
This lucky draw is one of a number of incentives endorsed by the National Department of Health, which also include Vooma Vouchers for people aged 50 years and older. Globally incentives have been shown to increase vaccination rates, albeit modestly. Given the large number of younger people in South Africa who are unemployed, incentives such as lucky draws and free air time and data may be instrumental in increasing uptake over the next six months.
Old Mutual will provide free financial advice to the winners of R100,000 cash prizes.