SA celebs’ kids go back to school

By admin
21 January 2010

Between playing Generations’ popular Queen and running her decorating and wedding planning businesses SOPHIE NDABA is one busy woman - but not too busy to take son LWANDLE NDABA shopping for school supplies. Sophie says although the 10-year-old, who’s in Grade 5 at Orion College in Honeydew, loves school and has recently discovered girls he’s much more interested in soccer. “I’d love him to go to a special sport school once he gets to high school,” she says. “He’s also very good with his hands and is a very creative person - like his mommy.”

- There were no first-day-back blues for Ndotakala Se-Puma, better known as Isidingo’s Neo. The youngster has just started Grade 2 at Sharonlea Primary School in Joburg and loves school, according to his mom, the soapie’s executive producer Pumla Hopa. “He’s an extrovert, very out there. He’s popular at school.” He might be a TV star but Ndotakala (7) is a normal kid at school. “We made sure with his teachers that he gets treated the same as everyone else,” Pumla says. “If he has scenes in Isidingo we do them in the afternoon so he doesn’t miss any school.”

- Radio personality Jen Su might be used to waking up early in the mornings but the same doesn’t apply to sons Sammy (8) and Michael (5). “It’s so hard to get them up in the morning - even loud music doesn’t help,” Jen says. Sammy, who’s in Grade 3 this year, and preschooler Michael attend The American International School of Johannesburg in Bryanston, which doesn’t require uniforms. “The school is pretty easygoing,” Jen explains. “As long as people dress neatly.”

- Now he’s through with Grade R Uyanda Mbuli’s son, Landa, is looking forward to big school. The only child of the businesswoman/designer, he starts Grade 1 at Kyalami Preparatory this year. We caught up with Uyanda getting him ready for the big day as she made his lunchbox. Fortunately for mom, Landa loves school so that means no fussing in the morning; he happily puts on his uniform and has breakfast. “The only things I have to do for him are make his lunch and drop him off at school,” she says proudly.

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