SimbaNET pledges more golf competitions

Local telecommunication company SimbaNet Limited has pledged to sponsor more golf competitions at various golf clubs in the country after successfully hosting of its inaugural golf event at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) recently.

Longwe introduces Simbanet staff
Ladies champ gets her trophy from Longwe
Runner up Mwanika gets his trophy
Champion Bailey poses with Longwe and Swart after getting his trophy
Simbanet executive assitant Mable Swart presents a prize to Nyirongo

The Lilongwe based firm sponsored a ball-pool golf tournament at the country’s sole 18-hole golf course, where veteran golfer Lincoln Bailey emerged champion with 21 stable ford points.

Denis Mwanika was second with 20 points on his credit trailed by a fellow Shanker Mike Kalulu on 19 stable ford points.

SimbaNET also sponsored a Seniors’ Category, involving golfers over 60 years of age, which was won by immediate past club chairman Dr Neil Nyirongo on 19 points. Lloyd Katema was the second best Senior golfer after posting 16 points.

Tigist Habte-Michael was champion for the ladies’ category with 90 stable ford points followed by Jochebed Mpanga on second position and Evelyn Bailey on third.

Longest Drive prizes went to Kalulu for men and Komakech for the ladies but nobody from the two sections achieved the Nearest-the-Pin.

Speaking after presenting the prizes, SimbaNET general manager Brian Longwe said was greatly impressed with the response from Lilongwe golfers and pledged more golf competitions not only in Lilongwe but other clubs as well.

“We were just testing the waters but we have been impressed with the turn up of over 50 golfers on a working day like this. We are going to sponsors more competitions not only here in Lilongwe but other golf clubs as well,” pledged Longwe.

Providing a background of his company, Longwe said SimbaNET started operating in 2014 after successfully bidding for a World Bank and Malawi Government tender to connect Malawi to the rest of the world through a Fibre Optic Cable with the objectives of lowering internet and telecommunication rates, improve quality of the same and stimulate the economy and investment.

“We built the network in a record period of one year in 2015, completing 900 kilometres of a fibre optic cable from Lilongwe to the Malawi-Tanzania border at Songwe and from Lilongwe to the Malawi-Zambia border at Mchinji. We are currently carrying a substantial portion of all Malawi voice and data traffic,” said Longwe.

The Simba-NET boss disclosed his company’s plans to rollout metro fibre networks in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu next year to connect businesses and residences through the company’s customers licenced as service providers and operators.

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