Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 16 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 2200 schools in Southern Africa with over R26-million worth of building materials.

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Stimulating learner creativity for a better school

A vegetable garden upgrade, a soup kitchen and more classrooms are just a few of the things on the wish list of schools in the Lydenburg area. Marambane, Lesodi and Lydenburg Primary Schools are three of eight chosen schools which each received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 8th August 2014 at the official Cashbuild Lydenburg store opening ceremony.

Coromandel Primary School’s Principal L.J. Najwa said: “We are very grateful and excited about this as there are many things which need to be done. At the moment the principal does not have an office, so a portion of the voucher will be used to create a small space for him. We would also like to redo our window panes and paint the school.”

Marambane Primary School’s Principal S.D. Madonsela said: “We're over the moon and very excited. We are going to carry out some minor renovations in the classrooms, have window repairs done and improve our lighting. We also have a vegetable garden and would like to erect fencing around it.”

At the official Cashbuild Lydenburg store opening ceremony on 8 August 2014, when the building material vouchers totaling R96 000 were presented to all eight schools, the children entertained everyone with singing, cultural dances and theatrical performances.

The Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition entails learners from each school submitting their best artwork to Cashbuild. This artwork is displayed at the ceremony, and then remains on display in the Cashbuild store for the next five years.

Artwork was judged and three winners from each school were named. Winners received Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was also presented to the overall winner, Priscilla Mametje from Marifaan Primary School. This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy. The schools and children that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:

Laerskool Aliwal Noord R12,000  

Sakkie Kotsè – Gold


William James Orrock – Silver


Hanlè van der Merwe – Bronze


Maletswai Primary School


Aphiwe Sokhutha – Gold


Tsepi Pekane – Silver


Khayalethu Mochechane – Bronze


Pelomosa Primary School

  Mpolokeng Moteoli – Gold  

Relekane Potlaki – Silver


Paballo Sengange – Bronze


Ntchafatso Primary School


Tshediso Stuurman  – Gold


Khahliso Ellen Moeletsi   – Silver


Mpho Mosola – Bronze


Vulamazibuko Primary School


Liyema Ngantweni  – Gold


Thabo Jali   – Silver


Diamond Buyisile – Bronze

Rouxville Primary School R12,000

Anele Tshangatshanga  – Gold


Okuhle Jonas  – Silver


Nomthandazo – Bronze

Albert van der Merwe Laerskool R12,000

Felicity Pietersen  – Gold


Jo-ann Smith   – Silver


Chelsea Mbali – Bronze

Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 16 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 2200 schools in Southern Africa with over R26-million worth of building materials. Cashbuild is BEE compliant and every time a store is opened, relocated or refurbished, Cashbuild not only makes donations to local schools, but also creates jobs for community members.

The Art-at-Heart competition is a southern African Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the region’s most needy schools.

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