Olwethu Zikhali of Phoenix‚ Durban‚ must be the only pupil in the country who started the new school year by arriving at school in a red Ferrari‚ ushered in by a marching band and a troupe of cheerleaders on Tuesday.
The Greenbury Primary School grade 7 learner was the winner of Freedom Stationery’s First Fab Day Back to School competition.
The overwhelmed Zikhali‚ 12‚ waved at the crowds of applauding classmates as he got out of the revving car.
“I’m going to have the best year‚” he said‚ adding that he always dreamed about travelling in a fancy car. “I have seen Ferraris on the road but I didn’t think I would ever go to school in one.”
The prize‚ which included his 2017 academic fees‚ a new school uniform‚ a Marlin stationery hamper and a Marlin bag of goodies for each of his classmates‚ also entailed being chauffeur-driven to school in a Ferrari. Because Zikhali lives only a kilometre away from his school‚ he was driven around his area three times before arriving at the school gates.