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Birthday girl Karen slips out for oil, comes home with new car

OH HAPPY DAY, OH LUCKY GIRL! From left are Winston Khumalo (Castrol SA marketing). Nonhlanhla Metsing (Castrol head of sales), prize-winner Karen Swanepoel, and her mother. Far right is Shane Solomon (head of marketing, Castrol SA).

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Winning a brand-new Ford Focus was not only a dream come true for Karen Swanepoel but also an amazing birthday present.

It came from oil company Castrol and its Magnatec engine lube brand.

THE WINNER’S CAR: The brand-new Ford Focus won by Karen Swanepoel in a Castrol Magnatec win-a-car competition. Image: Supplied

Karen explained: “On April 3, which was my birthday, I took the day off, went shopping, spent time with my family, and ran a few errands – one of which was to buy spares for my car.

”I drove to AutoZone, Boksburg, and bought a five-litre container of Magnatec.”


The sale came with a free entry into a ”win a car” promotion. She thought no more about it until a month or two later when she took a phone call to tell her she’d won a brand-new Ford Focus.

”I thought it was a joke at first but then I started to cry – I just couldn’t believe it.”

Shane Solomon, Castrol Africa’s head of marketing, commented: ”It’s always wonderful to run a promotion and experience such sheer joy when sharing the winning news.

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“Our partnership with Ford is significant… we use Castrol for the first fill of every Ford vehicle. It not only has a significant effect on a car’s performance but also helps to prevent costly damage.”

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