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.


Groblersdal schools get new kitchens, bathrooms and much more

Principal of Mamorake Primary, Thapelo Makgota is a very happy school principal. His school, Mamorake Primary, is a winner of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. “We had been waiting for a long time for the extra funds needed to complete our school kitchen and now, thanks to Cashbuild, we are able to do it!”

The whole of Groblersdal was buzzing with excitement this week because Mamorake Primary and seven other schools in the Groblersdal area were selected as winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. The schools received a Cashbuild building materials voucher worth R12 000 when the Cashbuild Groblersdal store officially opened its doors on 29 July 2011.

“Not only are we planning to complete our kitchen, but we would also like to extend our office administrative block, because it is just too small for the amount of staff we have,” added Thapelo Makgota.

Gerhard Swart, Principal of Gromar Landbou Akademie said: “Often people have to walk far distances in the middle of the night after a meeting at our lapa, which we use for many meetings, events and socials. This is not very safe, that’s why we want to build bathrooms next to the lapa, making the facility more accessible to people.” He later added: “We really are thankful for this voucher, because we don’t often get funding, it’s a real blessing!” At the official Cashbuild store opening ceremony on 29 July, when the building material 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 Globlersdal 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 – Amanda Mahlangu from Kenneth Masekela Primary School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening ceremony, Kenneth Masekela 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:

Gromar Landbou Akademie R12 000  
  Gold Award - Diaan De Jager  
  Silver Award - CJ Oberholzer  
  Bronze Award - Nelia Viljoen  
Groblersdal Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Thabo Manyelo  
  Silver Award - Kgothatso Nkosi  
  Bronze Award - Tshegofatso Mabena  
Kenneth Masekela Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Rosina Kabini  
  Silver Award - Dickson Mosehla  
  Bronze Award - Stanley Motshana  
Mamorake Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Lerato Ntobeng  
  Silver Award - Theledi Karabo  
  Bronze Award - Karabo Mashaba  
Mmatholo Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Derick Lerobane  
  Silver Award - Mahlogonolo Madihlaba  
  Bronze Award - Mpubane Temoso  
Makeke Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Lehungwane Kgomotso  
  Silver Award - Motubatse Tshegofatso  
  Bronze Award - Masuku Delisiwe  
Ikakeng Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Pontsho Mokolo  
  Silver Award - Ingrid Mogowe  
  Bronze Award - Kgalema Naledi  
Dynamique Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Rachael Tshehlo  
  Silver Award - Thabo Segwana  
  Bronze Award - Samuel Mohlala  
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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