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.  


Manzini gets R96 000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Elwandle Primary School has a total of 487 learners; 135 of whom are orphans. For this reason, the school has identified the need for life skills training – in cooking and farming – so that the children can learn to be self sufficient. The school has a special building that houses the Agriculture and Home Economics departments and, now that Elwandle Primary has entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition, the school can make some seriously needed improvements to their facilities. Elwandle is one of eight lucky local schools to each receive a Cashbuild building materials voucher to the value of R12 000.

Elwandle Primary’s Agricultural department needs proper and secure storage for all their garden tools and the school also plans to buy wheelbarrows and 12 hose-pipes to supply water for the garden. For its Home Economics Department, the school will use their voucher to buy tiles and taps. Mrs Busisiwe Mamba, the Principal of Elwandle Primary, was so grateful to have won the voucher from Cashbuild: “It makes such a difference to us and what we can do at the school.”

Another of the eight schools that benefited from the opening of the Cashbuild Manzini store opening by entering the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition – St Philomina Primary – plans to paint the entire school this year and give it a fresh, new look.

The total donation of building materials to the value of R96 000 was presented by Cashbuild to the eight schools at the Manzini store opening ceremony on 1 October 2010. At the opening, the school children showed their appreciation by entertaining everyone with cultural dances, theatrical performances and traditional singing. Learners from each school submitted their best artwork to Cashbuild. The artwork was displayed at the Manzini opening ceremony, and will remain on display for the next five years.

The best artwork from the eight schools 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 presented to Melvin Dlamini from St. Joseph’s primary school who received a R500 stationery voucher and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event there was a lucky draw and one school walked away with a solar geyser and free installation. This prize will ensure that the winning school has 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:

• Beaufort Nazarene primary school R12,000

Tsidiso Hlophe - gold


Abass Mansoor - silver


Lihle Vilakati - bronze

• St Joseph’s primary school R12,000

Mangaliso Shongwe - gold


Ncamiso Cebekhulu - silver


Mfundo Dludlu - bronze

• Elwandle primary School R12,000

Sicalo Dlamini - gold


Nhlanhla Hatji - silver


Majaha Mkhatjwa - bronze

• Luhlokohla Primary School R12,000

Mncobi Dlamini - gold


Masondo Mdumseni - silver


Nobuhle Madolo - bronze

• St Philomina primary R12,000

Ndabezinhle Thwala - gold


Mzombisi Simelane - silver


Nonduduzo Mchobokazi - bronze

• Sydney WIlliams primary school R12,000

Patrick Kamenga - gold


Danish Craig - silver


Bahle Tsabedze - bronze


• Mphakamela primary school

  Gordon Mnkomo - gold  
  Nonsikelelo Dladla - silver  
  Notsile Maseko - Bronze  
• Ethembeni primary school R12,000
  Sibonginkhosi Dlamini - Gold  
  Ezrome Sihlongonyane - Silver  
  Ayanda Dladla - Bronze  

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.  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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