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.


Revamp For Kwa Thema Schools

Ntokozweni, Fred Habedi, Tsimong Primary and five other schools in Kwa Thema were ecstatic to be selected as lucky winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. The schools each received a Cashbuild building material voucher worth R12 000 at the official store opening on 15 June 2011. The Cashbuild voucher will be used to help improve each school's infrastructure.

Principal of Ntokozweni Primary School, Hazel Mashiyane said: "Our library ceiling has been leaking for a long time resulting in a great amount of damage to the books. Along with replacing the library ceiling, we also want to enlarge the store room, since the current one does not have sufficient space to fit all our school resources in."

"Our school was built in 1962, so it's very old," explained Jerry Padi, Principal of Fred Habedi School. "It therefore needs a great amount of repair work to be done. We would like to replace the gutters as well as remove the corrugated iron part of the school's roof and replace it with stronger building materials. We would also like to fix the classrooms floors and repair other parts of the school. I can't even begin to express my joy when I heard we won this voucher, I'm so thankful to Cashbuild!"

Tsimong Primary School Principal Mr Jeremiah Khorola added: "We plan to pave the entrance of the school. At present, it is very difficult to enter the school grounds, especially during the rainy season, because the entrance is so muddy. We really want to thank Cashbuild for this voucher and hope our relationship grows stronger in the years to come."

At the official Cashbuild store opening on 15 June, 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 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 - Ntombenhle Seabe from Theo Twala Primary School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event, Zamani 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:

Theo Twala Primary School R12 000  
  Gold Award - Bathabile Mabena  
  Silver Award - Siphesihle Mabena  
  Bronze Award - Sihle Nkosi  
Ntokozweni Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Ntokozo Simelane  
  Silver Award - Vusi Ntuli  
  Bronze Award - Neo Ngwenya  
Qedusizi Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Vusumuzi Madonsela  
  Silver Award - Sibusiso Nobela  
  Bronze Award - Felicia Sigange  
Zamani Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Sakhile Dlamini  
  Silver Award - Phethelho Molahleni  
  Bronze Award - Boitheho Mqadi  
Tsimong Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Ramasimango Relabohila  
  Silver Award - Lerato Mayile  
  Bronze Award - Tamolane Lukepa  
Fred Habedi Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Yandiswa Manoingolo  
  Silver Award - Madia Thapelo  
  Bronze Award - Thandi Mandazi  
Khangezile Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Jabu Khubekisa  
  Silver Award - Kemeiloe Mabena  
  Bronze Award - Genius Nyoni  
Masimini Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Bafana Mthimunye  
  Silver Award - Sphiwe Ntuli  
  Bronze Award - Mduduzi Mabuza  
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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