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.


Improvements for Maun schools

A vegetable garden, a shelter and a wall that separates the school from the river are just a few of the plans that Gxhabara, Thamalakane, Makalamabedi Primary Schools have made to improve their school. Entering the Cashbuild Art at Heart competition has paid off because these three schools and five others in the Maun area were selected as winners and received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of P12 000 each on 24 May 2012 at the Cashbuild Maun Store Opening Ceremony.

Tracey Baemisi Mokunki from Gxhabara Primary School was elated: "We were very happy to hear that we are one of the winning schools, we announced it in the assembly and celebrated with the children in song. We are planning to use our voucher to build a shelter which could serve as a place to have our school meetings and also a place where the children can be entertained." Mrs. Gablagha Judith Netswee, the principal of Thamalakane Primary School said: "Our school is very close to the river, which is very dangerous when there are learners close by. "We would like to build a wall around the school to keep our learners safe."

Miss Barati Dipaeng from Makalamabedi Primary School said: "We would like to start a vegetable garden at school that our learners can take care of. The fresh vegetables would then be used at the school for our learners' soup. We would also like to replace our old school gate with a new one."

At the official Cashbuild Gaborone North store opening ceremony on 24 May, when the building material vouchers totaling P96 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, Amos Thihupe from Andrew Wellio 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:

Andrew Wellio Primary School               


Gold Award - Ope Serai


Silver Award - Botlhe Ketshotsweeman


Bronze Award - Raymond Mbayi

Boseja Primary School P12,000

Gold Award - Thabiso Mackenzie


Silver Award - Moabi Gaobodiwe


Bronze Award - Zibisani Samuel

Gxhabara Primary School              P12,000

Gold Award - Edward Thagale


Silver Award - Kgosi Mothame


Bronze Award - Jennifer Polite Mateze

Chanoga Primary School              P12,000

Gold Award - Aleseng Thuo


Silver Award - Julius Semausu


Bronze Award - Mmoloki Kepaletswe

Thamalakane Primary School P12,000

Gold Award - Donald Oagile


Silver Award - Carol Maekopo


Bronze Award - Gideon Gaobonwe

Makalamabedi Primary School P12,000

Gold Award - Gosegomang Masheko


Silver Award - Bokamoso Mabanda


Bronze Award - Benard Phalalo

Matlapana Primary School P12,000

Gold Award - Mothusi Palalo


Silver Award - Amantle Matlhare


Bronze Award - Herold Ditsheko

Sekgoma Primary School P12,000

Gold Award - Mphologang Ntongwane


Silver Award - Bothwell Thapelo


Bronze Award - Tumelo Ditladi


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched twelve years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 500 schools in Southern Africa with over R16-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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