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.


Empangeni gets R96 000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Learners and staff at Bingoma Primary School can’t wait for their new kitchen to be built. Thanks to the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition, Bingoma Primary, along with seven other schools in the area, has won a Cashbuild building materials voucher for R12 000, which was presented at the Cashbuild Empangeni store opening ceremony on 24 March 2011.

Bingoma Primary School entered the competition in the hope of renovating the classroom in which they have been cooking the nutrition programme food. “The classroom where we cook all the food is slowly deteriorating and the environment is becoming unhygienic. That’s why we plan on renovating it into a proper kitchen. We have 477 learners, so the new kitchen will make a huge difference in speeding up the time we prepare our food in. Thank you so much Cashbuild,” said Rejoice Mkhwanazi.

Mrs Jabulile Sikakane, principal of Luhlanga Primary School also can’t wait to build an office for their security guard using the Cashbuild voucher. Sikakane said: “We are in a rural area, where lots of vandalism and crime takes place and that is why for the past three years we have had a security guard on our school premises to help prevent crime. The security guard works long hours and has no shelter to rest, especially during the rainy season. Building an office for him would make all the difference. We are so grateful to Cashbuild for the voucher.”

At the official Cashbuild store opening on 24 March, 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 Empangeni 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 - Sarah J. Moodley from Empangeni Preparatory School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event, Zululand Remedial Centre 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:

• Siyakhanyisa primary School R12 000  
  Gold Award- Fanele Manyathi  
  Silver Award- Sandile Biyela  
  Bronze Award- Siyanda Cele  
• Bingoma Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award- Michael Mayenga  
  Silver Award- Thubalakhe Shange  
  Bronze Award- Siyabonga Ncube  
• Sigisi Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award- Sphamandla Nxumalo  
  Silver Award- Nokwanda Ndlovu  
  Bronze Award- Nxele Makhosi  
• Ingweni Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award- Siboniso Khumalo  
  Silver Award- Halalikani Yimba  
  Bronze Award- Manqoba Dind  
• Luhlanga Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award- Nomfundo Mnqayi  
  Silver Award- Nonhlakanipho Mdletshe  
  Bronze Award- Vukani Mthethwa  
• Qhubandaba Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award- Boysie Mkhwanazi  
  Silver Award- Sanele Dume  
  Bronze Award- Ayanda Magwaza  
• Empangeni Preparatory School R12 000
  Gold Award- Sarah J. Moodley  
  Silver Award- Snqobile Ehrens  
  Bronze Award- Nomcebo Ndaba  
• Zululand Remedial Centre R12 000
  Gold Award- Cebo Mbambo  
  Silver Award- Zaunder Knoetze  
  Bronze Award- Mvelo Zwane  
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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