Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 1,000 schools with over
R 10 million worth of building materials. 

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Burgersfort gets R 96,000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Several communities in the rural outskirts throughout South Africa and some townships endure the effects of economic hardship due to poverty and inadequate public facilities. Gowe Primary school is one of the many schools that have faced such hardship in recent years. In spite of this, however, the school remains active and continues to participate in various cultural activities like drama, singing and public speaking.

Learners at Gowe primary also participate in a variety of sporting activities including netball and soccer. With a total of 428 learners enrolled at the school, lack of space is a concern at special school events. A school hall was a welcome addition to the premises because it allows learners the freedom to engage in their extracurricular activities without having to worry about weather conditions or space constraints. Cashbuild, the consumer champion, made the school hall a reality for Gowe primary. The project is part of Cashbuild’s Art-at-Heart competition and the school is one of eight lucky winners in the Burgersfort area to have received a R 12,000 Cashbuild building materials voucher as a result of their entry.

Gowe Primary School Principal, Mr Freddy Mathole explains: “There are many classrooms that we could use for these activities but it’s not enough space for the amount of learners we have in our school. The learners who don’t participate in these activities also want to see their schoolmates perform and the temporary structure we want to build with the donation from Cashbuild will be the perfect opportunity for this. Our school choir and drama team are doing really well and with the temporary structure, we can now host events where the community can celebrate with us. No longer will bad weather and lack of space be an issue.”

“We are extremely thankful for this opportunity and I hope that with this temporary structure we can encourage and empower the community to participate in more activities in the school”, added Mr Mathole.

The total donation of R 96,000 worth of building materials was presented to the eight schools by Cashbuild at the Burgersfort store opening ceremony on 21th May 2010. At the opening, the school children showed their appreciation by entertaining everyone with cultural dances, theatrical performances and traditional singing.

Children from each of the schools submitted their best artwork to Cashbuild which was displayed at the Burgersfort store opening ceremony, and which will be displayed in the store for the next five years.

The best artwork from the eight schools was judged and three winners were chosen from each school. Each winner received a Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificate respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was presented to the lucky overall winner of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day and presented to Trevor Komane – Thabane Primary School - whom received a stationery voucher and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event there was a lucky draw for one school to win a solar geyser and installation. This prize ensured that the winning school had hot water regardless of the lack of resources within their community.

The schools that will benefit from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations are:

Thabane Primary School R 12,000  

Khutso Moimane- Gold


Tshepo Mapane-Silver


Oupa Mafane-Bronze

Tshwetlane Primary School R 12,000

Toka Mabelane- Gold


Chris Mabelane- Silver


Tshehlo Mabelane- Bronze

Gowe Primary School R 12,000
  Magokong Thato- Gold  

Dineo Tjia- Silver


Marole Rebone-Bronze

Tswelopele Primary School R 12,000

Noah Mabelane-Gold


Sharlotte Moraba- Silver


Given Komane-Bronze

Manyaka Primary School R 12,000

Alex Kgwedi- Gold


Shane Mabote- Silver


Malayi Thabo- Bronze

Sekabate Primary School R 12,000

Mpho Mashego- Gold


Virginia Mokone- Silver


Tshidi Selekane-Bronze

Moroke Primary School R 12,000

Simon Mashabela- Gold


Nkobi Mokwena- Silver


Excellent Koma-Bronze

Koboti Primary School R 12,000

Given Matlakala-Gold


Photias Shai- Silver


Bantheng Maitji-Bronze


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 750 schools with over R 7.5 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 national Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the country’s most needy schools.

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