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.

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Kwa Guqa schools beat the burglars and weather the storm

Schools in the Kwa Guqa area have big plans for how they will use their winnings from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. From new ceilings to newly installed security gates, Itireleng, Phakama Combined School and six other Kwa Guqa schools will soon realise their dreams of improving their schools. On 27 March 2014, each of the schools received a Cashbuild building materials voucher to the value of R12 000 when the Cashbuild Kwa Guqa Store officially opened.

Itireleng Primary School’s Principal P.V Setabi said: “Our school was affected by floods and it caused a large tree to fall onto the school's roof which resulted in a lot of damage. We now need to repair the school’s roof and ceiling, gutters as well as the admin block's roof before the ceiling caves in. We are also planning on buying wood for new desks as the learners are currently seated on crates and buckets. When these projects are completed, we would also like to replace the school’s main gate, small walk-through gate as well as the carport.”

Principal T.M Mahlangu from Phakama Combined School said: “The school has had many burglaries recently. The burglars stole copper wires and caused the electricity to be cut off. We would like use our Cashbuild voucher to buy materials to rectify this problem.”

At the official Cashbuild Kwa Guqa store opening ceremony on 27 March, 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 overall winner, Kgwedi Baenetse from Itireleng 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:

Itireleng Primary School R12,000

Nomthandazo Mamarara – Gold


Ronald Malepe – Silver


Mpho Mokwena – Bronze

Mogalitwa Primary School R12,000

Sam Motau – Gold


Dineo Nkosi – Silver


Sipho Malaza – Bronze

Maloma Primary School R12,000
  Nomfundo Mthembu – Gold  

Ntokozo Mathebula – Silver


Kevin Fana – Bronze


Mmagobana Combined School


Tsepang Kgwte – Gold


Kghtso Seloga – Silver


Lessen Sekgobela – Bronze


Siphendule Primary School


Sindy Mokwana – Gold


Mabaso Nhlanhla – Silver


Nelisiwe Dube – Bronze


Nkonjane Combined School


Tebogo Senong – Gold


Thobile Mashego – Silver


Sonnyboy Mahlangu – Bronze


Phakama Combined School


Siyabonga Mdluli – Gold


Dimakatso Makua – Silver


Michelle Shiloane– Bronze


Laerskool Duvhapark


Siphesihle Bohlali – Gold


Mthandeni Masina   – Silver


Samkelo Mathebula – Bronze


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 870 schools with over R9-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 national Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the country’s most needy schools.

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