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.


Kwa Mashu schools get a facelift

Paint peeling off the walls, no place for admin and leaking roofs are the conditions that the learners at Ekuthuleni, Ethekwini and Dumani Primary Schools have to endure on a daily basis. To make the school more beautiful for their learners, eight primary schools in the Kwa Mashu area entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition to each win R12 000 building material vouchers. Three of the eight winning school principals told us what they plan to do with their winnings.

Ethekwini Junior Primary's principal, Ms G C Zulu can't wait to get started: "We are going to extend the principal's office because we don't have an admin block. Our drive way needs to be paved urgently because the learners get dirtied by mud when they walk to their classrooms." Mr. Johanne Sambulo Khalala, the principal of Ekuthuleni Primary School said: "We have decided to buy paint to renovate our school. And when we have finished the painting, we would like to buy floor tiles for the admin building because the tiles that we currently have are broken."

Mrs. Lindiwe Khethiwe Sibiya, the principal of Dumani Junior Primary said: "We would like to fix the school's roof because nine of our classrooms are leaking and it's almost winter. Then we would also like to buy paint to beautify our school." At the official Cashbuild Kwa Mashu Store Opening Ceremony on 19 April, 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, Thango Njabulo from Phuthumani 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:

Ekuthuleni Primary R12,000  

Gold Award – Siyabonga Sikhakhane


Silver Award – Luyanda Sosibo


Bronze Award – Phumlani Langa

Phuthumani Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Sanele Mchunu


Silver Award – Ntokozo Zulu


Bronze Award – Scelo Zulu

Dukemini Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Pamela Mdluli


Silver Award – Aphelele Mgwaba


Bronze Award – Mdletshe Ntand

Gobhogobho Junior Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Nqobile Mkhwanazi


Silver Award – Wandiswa Jili


Bronze Award – Nhlakanipho Mehlo

Zamokuhle Junior Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Amanda Mbambo


Silver Award – Tsepo Mebele


Bronze Award – Fezeka Dubazane

Ngazana Junior Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Sinikiwe Mkhize


Silver Award – Siyabonga Masuku


Bronze Award – Nondumiso Malongo

Ethekwini Junior Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Thubalakhe Myeza


Silver Award – Mlamuli Shandu


Bronze Award – Khulani Ngcobo

Dumani Junior Primary R12,000

Gold Award – Nosipho Mkhize


Silver Award – Ntobeko Shabangu

  Bronze Award – Nandipha Madiba  

Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched ten years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 200 schools with over R12-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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