Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 13 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 700 schools in Southern Africa with over R20-million worth of building materials.

Putting learner creativity to good use

Sanitary facilities, overcrowded classrooms and dusty school grounds are just a few of the concerns voiced by eight principals in the Ficksburg area. Caledon Park, Meqheleng and Masaleng Primary Schools are just three of the eight schools that will each receive Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 26 July 2012 at the Cashbuild Ficksburg Store Opening Ceremony.

Principal Marietjie Hart from Caledon Park Primary School was delighted with the good news. “Our school was founded in 1938 and, at the time, the toilets were built to accommodate only 100 learners. Over the years, the number of learners has outgrown this space. “We would like to build a larger ablution block for our learners and we want to paint our whole school as a thank you to the learners.”

Meqheleng Primary School’s Deputy Principal, Mrs. MG Mokoena is concerned about the overcrowded classrooms at her school. “We currently have 59 learners in a classroom; we would like to relieve our teachers of the pressure of teaching large groups at a time so we will build more classrooms.”

Principal Khojane Francis Mokoma from Masaleng Primary School said: “We are so happy to have exposed our learners to competitions that would put in practice what they have learnt because now we have won. We have decided to use the voucher to pave all the dusty ground around our mobile classrooms as well as outside of our school gate.”

At the official Cashbuild Ficksburg store opening ceremony on 26 July, 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, Thabo Polisane from Ramafutsana Primary School, 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:

Ficksburg Primary School

R12 000  

Gold - Jelhandri Rautenbach


Silver - Shamoon Anwary


Bronze - Itachia Govender


Ramafutsana Primary School  

R12 000

Gold - Thabo Polisane


Silver - Mmopalame Mphou


Bronze - Lerato Mokatsa


St Joseph Primary School 

R12 000

Gold - Keahn - Tomas Tseheliso


Silver - Bongani Matla


Bronze - Lebohang Maphutsi


Mehoping Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Leheke Tsatsi


Silver - Wendy Chechela


Bronze - Thabang Mohloni


Caledon Park Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Tumelo Sekoli


Silver - Matsediso Sehlabaka


Bronze - Tiebo Rabebe


Meqheleng Primary School 

R12 000

Gold - Katabelo Miya


Silver - Kybeka  Matshepo


Bronze - Kamohele Mothijoe


Masaleng Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Mapule Serobanyane


Silver - Mpho Mokgomo


Bronze - Thabang Matse


Qhowaneng Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Makhalg Tseko


Silver - Modupe Timelo


Bronze - Mokhale Tseko


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.

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