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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Gift for schools welcomed

A barren, seedless vegetable garden, poor sanitation and unpaved school grounds are just a few of the problems the primary schools in Botlokwa now plan to fix. These renovations were made possible thanks to their entry into the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. Puledi, Tladi, Mosima and five other lucky primary schools will soon be receiving a Cashbuild building material voucher worth R12 000 at the Botlokwa store opening ceremony on 30 May 2012.

The principal of Puledi Primary School, Mr SE Ramaboea said: "Sanitation is of poor quality at our school and we would like to erect a new toilet for our learners and repaint the classrooms."

Tladi Primary School's HOD, Mr Frank Kanyane said: "Our vegetable garden could be a source of good nutrition for our learners; we would like to fix up the garden, grow vegetables and serve soup on cold winter days."

Mrs MC Mokakabye, the principal of Mosima Primary School, rejoiced when she heard the news of her school's win: "It's a lot of money. We have decided to pave the school grounds and fix the broken toilets because they are not in good condition."

At the official Cashbuild Botlokwa store opening ceremony on 30 May, 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 lucky winner, Ramothlale Primary School from Padima Mokiditi, of the artwork competition. 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:

Maswahlene School           

R12 000  
  Gold Award – Phillip Baloyi  

Silver Award – Refiwe Rangongo


Bronze Award – Thoriso Makabanyane

Puledi School R12 000

Gold Award – Dineo Kgoale


Silver Award – Mpelo Selaelo


Bronze Award – Martin Matlhodi

Mautswi Primary School R12 000

Gold Award – Patrick Dlongolo


Silver Award – Mpilo Dlongolo


Bronze Award – Moloko Ratshaka

Lephalala Primary School        R12 000

Gold Award – Chipu Ngwako


Silver Award – Motsusi Tebatso


Bronze Award – Tloubatla Molewane

Ramothlale Primary School R12 000

Gold Award – Lerato Rasekgala


Silver Award – Bella Thobakgale


Bronze Award – Koketso Machekgechekge

Tladi Primary School R12 000

Gold Award – Matjuda Mashao


Silver Award – Manthata Shobane


Bronze Award – Seshibe Chepape

Botlokwa Special School R12 000

Gold Award – Emma Matloga


Silver Award – Chris Monyemorathwe


Bronze Award – Seshibe Chipape

Mosima Primary School R12 000

Gold Award – Thabo Maila


Silver Award – Tshepiso Ramoshaba


Bronze Award - Keketso Hopane


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched twelve years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 500 schools in Southern Africa with over R16-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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