tame TIMES met Glenanda Primary Grade 1 learner, Azina Mamane who has been chosen as SA’s cutest Grade 1 learner in a competition that was run by Pep in conjunction with YOU, Move!, and Drum.
It doesn’t get any cuter than this. Many kids are a bundle of nerves on their first day of school – but not Azina Mamane. Kitted out in her new dress and shiny new shoes, little pink backpack slung over her shoulders, the five-year-old couldn’t wait to get to class on her first day of Grade 1.
And this can-do attitude is already earning big rewards for the plucky schoolgirl, from Lawley in Johannesburg.
Last month, as little ones across South Africa took their first excited – and sometimes tentative – steps into “big school”, readers were invited to choose the cutest Grade 1s from the crop of delightful photos submitted by proud parents. And much to the delight of Azina’s mom, Unathi (34), it was her daughter who was crowned the grand winner, which means her family will receive R10 000 in prize money while her school, Glenanda Primary, will get a R6 000 windfall.
The principal and staff of Glenanda Primary School said they are very proud of Azina’s and believes that she is a future star.