Weedbuster competition: Mexican sunflower is winner's 'lucky' bloom

2009-10-07 00:00

WISEMAN Sincuba’s love for plants and art earned him first prize in the Weedbuster Week Art Competition.

At the prizegiving ceremony held at the Durban Botanic Gardens, 13-year-old Wiseman was congratulated by the MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development, Lydia Johnson.

Wiseman won first prize in the urban schools category of the competition, sponsored by The Witness.

The competition was open to all pupils in KwaZulu-Natal who had to choose from a list of 10 plant species to draw.

The picture that best represented the chosen plant species won the competition.

Wiseman, a grade 7 pupil at Ashville Primary School in Stanger, chose the Mexican sunflower for his picture, which took him just under an hour to draw.

“I like drawing so it was easy to make that picture. I chose that flower because I thought it was pretty. I think it’s my lucky flower now,” he said.

The softly-spoken Wiseman said that he is ecstatic about winning a digital camera, one of the many prizes he received yesterday.

“I’m waiting to share this good news with my friends at school. I know that they will be very happy for me. I’m also happy that I have made my school proud,” he said.

He said his parents and his two brothers played a big part in motivating him.

“My brother Innocent is also a good artist. I know that he will be very pleased with my winning the competition,” he said.

Wiseman’s teacher, Jenny Naidu, described him as a disciplined pupil who excels in art; she said both pupils and teachers are very proud of him.

“We are very happy for him. We tried to get all the children involved and entered many entries into the competition. We will encourage Wiseman to enter more competitions,” she said.

During her address, Johnson said she is excited about the competition and encouraged more pupils to get involved in caring for the environment.

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