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.


Building Renovations, New Classrooms And More For Daku Schools

Schools in the Daku area are due for an upgrade and the good news is that they will receive one. B.J. Mnyanda Primary School will have a new Grade R classroom and Ebangweni Primary School will at last be able to partition its hall into classrooms. These additions will all be made possible thanks to the schools' entry into the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. Altogether, eight lucky schools received Cashbuild building material vouchers worth R12 000 when the Cashbuild Daku store officially opened its doors on 22 June 2011.

Principal of B.J. Mnyanda Primary School, Patricia Xaluva explained: "We currently have 101 learners in our Grade R classroom; this puts both our learners and teachers under great stress. That's why we plan to build the extra classroom because this will alleviate the problem as well as serve as an additional classroom for the other grades to use. Thank you so much Cashbuild, we are so grateful for this!"

Thandaza Koya, Principal of Ebangweni Primary School said: "We lack classrooms so we decided that partitioning our school hall into two or more classrooms with galvanized roller doors would be an ideal solution. We also plan on purchasing various other building materials in order to improve our school's appearance. This voucher could not have come at a better time, we are really thankful to Cashbuild."

At the official Cashbuild store opening on 22 June, when the vouchers totaling R96 000 were presented to all eight schools, the children showed their appreciation by entertaining 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. The winning children 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 of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day - Bobi Xolani from Charles Duna Primary School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event, Samuel Nongogo Primary School was the winner of the lucky draw and walked away with a solar geyser and free installation. This prize will ensure that they have hot water regardless of the lack of resources within their community.

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations and the children that received the certificates are:

Charles Duna Primary School R12 000  
  Gold Award - Kwanela Kapu  
  Silver Award - Mlamli Ndlondlo  
  Bronze Award - Siphosethu Tanya  
Ilitha Public Primary School  R12 000
  Gold Award - Sibabalwe Magala  
  Silver Award - Nwabisa Makibeni  
  Bronze Award - Lwando Mgazi  
Samuel Nongogo Primary School  R12 000
  Gold Award - Siyamthanda Maxawulana  
  Silver Award - Tumelo Kimbili  
  Bronze Award - Nphelele Tsoko  
Nxanelwimfundo Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Gcobani Ngindo  
  Silver Award - Lindokuhle Lungolo  
  Bronze Award - Avile Ntsitho  
Phakama Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Sipho Nelani  
  Silver Award - Masixole Dyasi  
  Bronze Award - Yolisa Ntsaba  
B.J. Mnyanda Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Siphosethu Dlodlo  
  Silver Award - Dumisani Mbola  
  Bronze Award - Aphiwe Mlomo  
Ebongweni Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Awonke Madikane  
  Silver Award - Ndzondelelo Payi  
  Bronze Award - Lutho Nongqotha  
Sipho Hashe Combined School R12 000
  Gold Award - Singaphi Mandilakhe  
  Silver Award - Zibula Onelisiwe  
  Bronze Award - Themba Mbanyana  
Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched ten years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than a thousand schools with over R10-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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