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.


Let's keep our school safe

Half built security walls and unsafe muddy walkways have motivated two of the eight schools in the Nelspruit Plaza area to try and make a difference with the prize voucher they have won from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition.

Dorcus Maphanga, the principal of Tekwane Primary School said: "The paving at the school needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The learners need to make their way to class through slippery mud. They have to tread carefully because their shoes are muddy or they have to take them off." Each school will receive a voucher to the value of R12 000 from Cashbuild which will go towards buying building materials to improve their school.

Anderson Charles, principal of Nelsville Combined School is very worried about the current state of security at his school. He said: "We would like to enhance security at the school by completing a brick wall. If we have the wall completed we can control access to the school by preventing the sale of illegal substances and also holding out the drunks from the shebeen opposite the school."

At the official Cashbuild Nelspruit Plaza store opening ceremony on 12 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 will be judged and three winners from each school will be named. Winners will receive Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager's Choice award was presented to Zandisiwe Hlope in the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations are:

Valencia Combined School R12,000  

Hope Khoza – Gold


Aisha Halalat – Silver


Mlondi Malaza – Bronze

Laeveld Laer Skool R12,000

Alexander Boswell – Gold


Ryna Meyer – Silver


Ashaan Sebastian – Bronze

Laerskool Nelspruit R12,000

Larisa Combrink – Gold


Lene Jacobs – Silver


Lourese Kempen - Bronze

Nelsville Combined School R12,000

Wandike Sibayoni – Gold


Charity Maoto – Silver


Refilwe Thibela – Bronze

Tekwane Primary School R12,000

Thabang Matloa – Gold


Sandile Nkosi – Silver


Precious Simelane – Bronze

Laerskool Bergland R12,000

Cobus Viljoen – Gold


Adriaan Swart – Silver


Hijke Coetzee – Bronze

Nelspruit Primary School R12,000

Londiwe Hlatshwayo – Gold


Venus Gaambrah – Silver


Nokubonga Sandleni – Bronze

Kamagugu Inclusive Schoo R12,000
  Tshiamo Mkhumbane – Gold  
  Mthobisi Nkosi – Silver  
  Zama Mngomezulu – Bronze  
Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched eleven 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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