A GRADE four pupil from Forest Hill Primary walked away with a cheque for R4 000 last Friday after she was announced winner of the Mandela Day drawing/painting competition, hosted by Spice Flame Grilled Chicken in July. The competition was part of celebrating Dr Nelson Mandela’s centenary. Amahle Bhengu won R2 000 for herself and R2 000 for her school for producing the most beautiful painting of Nelson Mandela. In second place was Sbusisiwe Mkhize, from Berg Street Primary School, who won a R700 pice Flame Grilled Chicken voucher while Yandiswa Zondi, from W.A Lewitt Primary School, came in third and received a R500 voucher from the eatery.Amahle’s mother, Thabisile Bhengu, said she is very proud of her daughter, saying: “What makes me even more proud is that she did all the work by herself, no one helped her. “She spent a lot of time on her painting. She did the first painting and, when she realised that it was not good enough, she decided to start again and do a new one, which shows how much she wanted to win this competition. Amahle loves art and spends most of her time at home, drawing,” Bhengu said. Hallot Hyde, Amahle’s class teacher and art teacher, said: “She has made our school very proud and I am proud of her. “Amahle has always been good with art. When the pupils were told about the competition, she did not hesitate — she took the opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. She outdid even Grade 7 pupils, not from our school only but from other schools around Pietermaritzburg as well,” Hyde said. Msunduzi councillor Eunice Majola, who was standing in for Mayor Themba Njilo, said it is fulfilling to have businesses such as Spice Fame Grilled Chicken who give back to the community through competitions.“Competitions such as these develops children and encourages businesses involvement in the community.“We appreciate businesses that give back to the community when they see economic growth on their side. We encourage other businesses to work together with communities in growing the Msunduzi economy.”Owner of Spice Flame Grilled Chicken Riaz Cassimjee said they were very happy with the outcome of the competition. “We received thousands of entries from different pupils and schools. We would like to host another competition next year that will help children showcase their skills,” he said.