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.


A way forward with Art-at-Heart

Hungry learners, collapsed classrooms and unpaved school grounds are just a few of the problems the primary schools in Namakgale have been battling with but all these problems are about to be fixed. The renovations were made possible following the schools’ entry into the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. Rethusitswe, Mhalamhala, Phalaborwa and five other lucky Namakgale primary schools all received a building material voucher worth R12 000 at the Cashbuild Namakgale store opening ceremony on 23 August 2013. 

Principal TD Makofane from Rethusitswe Primary School was delighted when heard the good news. She said: “We want to pave the school netball court because it is too dangerous for the learners to play freely. We would also like to fix the school’s broken fencing.”

Mhalamhala Primary School’s Principal RA Twala said: “We would like to rebuild the classroom that had recently collapsed. Our school also needs a kitchen to prepare meals for the learners.”

Principal MV Malesa from Phalaborwa Primary School said: “We would like to renovate our school by painting the inside and outside of the school, replace the door locks and fix the ceiling and the school’s roof.”

At the official Cashbuild Namakgale store opening ceremony on 23 August, 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, Benny Mboweni from Namakgale 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:

Namakgale Primary School


Makoko Rebotile Gold


Tebogo Maake Silver


Naledi Mashile Bronze

Gaza Primary School R12,000

Prince Mabunda Gold


Vinny Ntlhamu Silver


Jayanda Mathebula Bronze


Rethusitswe Primary School

  Johannah Mthembie Gold  

Miranda Monyela Silver


Kedibone Kgatla Bronze


Mashishimale Primary School


Raymond Malatji Gold


Diphaso Mokoena Silver


Koketso Monyela Bronze


Refentse Primary School


Cassius Mojela Gold


Kgomotso Ramosaba Silver


Mexwell Sekgobela Bronze

Mhalamhala Primary School           R12,000

Mathimba Nkuna Gold


Mahlatsi Khosa Silver


Thandeka Mashaba Bronze

Phalaborwa Primary School   R12,000

Khutso Lesete Gold


Thato Monareng Silver


Thepo Maotlane Bronze

Makhushane Primary School R12,000

Crispen Chauke Gold


Thapelo Nkoane Silver


Debra Seemela 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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