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.

Schools get creative and win

Broken sports facilities, classroom potholes and new chairs and tables are just a few of the things on the wish list of Emalahleni schools.  Clewer, Laerskool Kragbron and Laerskool Panorama are three of the eight schools that each received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 6 September 2012 at the Cashbuild Emalahleni Store Opening Ceremony.

Laerskool Panorama’s Deputy Principal, PJ Burger was very happy that his school had won: “We would like to improve our sports facilities by upgrading the rugby field and our cricket pitch. We would also like to paint our building and the school’s roof.”

Clewer Primary School’s HOD, Mrs. CM Sibiya said: “Nobody believes us when we tell them that our classroom floors have potholes. This is why we are so happy that we have won, because now we are able to tile the classrooms and paint the inside and outside of our school. But our main concern is to pave the playground for the learners because the dust poses a serious health risk for our children.”

Laerskool Kragbron’s Deputy Principal, Mr PJ Zeelie was very surprised to hear that their school had won: “We would like to improve our school building by providing shade for the chairs and tables for the children to sit at during lunch time.”

At the official Cashbuild Emalahleni store opening ceremony on 6 September, 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, Johan Taylor from Laerskool Kragbron, for 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:

Laerskool Kragbron

R12 000  

Gold - Carmien De Beer


Silver - Nicole Granger


Bronze - Jaco Botha


Laerskool Panorama

R12 000

Gold - Jonathan Gautief


Silver - Cheree Van Der Mescht


Bronze - Nthando Makgamatha


Clewer Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Thandolwethu Khumalo


Silver - Leeroy Dzora


Bronze - Nape Mohlala


Carissa Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Ayanda Mnayakeni


Silver - Palesa Moloi


Bronze - Lethabo Masemola


Witbank Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Sekatane Lesego


Silver - Palesa Khumalo


Bronze - Owethu Lebidike


Vuma Combined School

R12 000

Gold - Koketso Letlapa


Silver - Jabulani Mahlangu


Bronze - Bonginkosi Zulu


Alex Mampana Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Dimphonyana Makhoba


Silver - Cuna Nomhle


Bronze - Khomotso Nkobo


Jeremia Mdaka Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Setisfied Mahlombe


Silver - Irene Shongwe


Bronze - Manqoba Nkosi


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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