Kraaifontein man wins 'A year off'

27 February 2013

The reality of winning BP Express’s “Take a year off” will only hit Kraaifontein resident Brando Rhoda when he next visits the ATM and sees his balance boosted by a whopping R500 000.

That’s how much he pocketed after beating several other finalists in a competition that saw them go duke it out on radio to win an opportunity to take a year off from the daily grind. 

Rhoda, 27, who works as a dispatch supervisor for Goldfield Logistics, can’t believe he now has the means to fulfil his dreams of travelling to France and the United States. “I’m still in shock. The only thing I’ve ever won before is a rugby ball when I was a youngster!”

Brando recorded a 45-second motivation about why he deserved a year off and what he would do with his time.

His dream of seeing Paris, meeting his gorgeous French girlfriend and proposing to her at the Yankee Stadium in New York City was enough to bag him R5 000 from BP and a spot among the finalists.

On the day of the finals, the warehouse staff and Rhoda’s bosses all tuned into Metro FM to hear if he would walk away with the grand prize. 

“I was confident but got a bit nervous when the last contestant sang his answer,” he says.

But he needn’t have worried: he was declared the winner, to the elation off his colleagues and his own surprise.

Glenda Zvenyika, BP Southern Africa’s Corporate and External Communications Manager, says Rhoda is a worthy winner.

“We all have a dream of taking time out from our nine-to-five without worrying about our income that affords us our lifestyle and doing what we’ve dreamed of with our time. 

“Brando gets to live this fantasy out for all of us; we congratulate him on his win and wish him well on his travels. To think it all began when he went in for his usual Pie Day Friday lunch at BP Express in Kraaifontein!”

Rhoda will be taking three weeks’ off to go travelling before plotting his next move.