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.


Schools celebrate Freedom Day in New Brighton

This Freedom Day, teachers and learners from Jarvis Gqamland School, Tjaart Van Der Walt School, Kama Primary School and five other New Brighton schools really had something to celebrate. On 25 April, each of the schools received a Cashbuild building materials voucher to the value of R12 000 at the opening ceremony for Cashbuild’s New Brighton Store.

We spoke to five schools and found out how they will be using the vouchers to improve their school.

Lamani Primary School’s Principal ZK Dolonga said: “In an area with high unemployment levels, people think of alternative ways to make money. Certain members of the community steal with the intention of selling. Last year our school was broken into and a computer was stolen. Now we would like to secure the school by building palisade fencing to close the open spaces where criminals gain access.”

Principal N Ngqawana from Jarvis Gqamland School said: “We are very blessed to have won this competition. The adults in the community are not working and are dependent on social grants and we are struggling to raise funds to fix the school. Ten classrooms currently do not have electricity – we would like to rectify that. If possible, we would also like to paint the outside of the school and pave the school grounds.”

Stephan Mazungula Primary School’s Principal, NP Mjekula said: “Our learners come to school hungry every day. We have a gardening project at the school that we have to maintain because it provides for the school’s nutrition programme. We would also like to fix the old leaking pipes in the toilet.”

Gertrude Shope Primary School’s Mr. N Mzuzu said: “Recently, our 25 metre fence was stolen. We would like to replace the fence to keep burglars out and prevent goats from damaging the school’s vegetable garden.” 

Tjaart Van Der Walt School’s Head of Department – Mr. Nic Van Der Walt and the other teachers were very happy about their school’s win. He said: “Over last 60 years, the school has created a culture of working together. Instead of hiring labourers, the staff and the community come together to fix the school.  We have a number of things we would like to do. Our classrooms need a coat of paint, the tennis and netball courts need to be resurfaced and repainted, and the rugby field needs to be remarked. But our main concern is the school’s leaking roof – when it rains, water accumulates and it has caused the metal to rust. Before the roof caves in, we would like to build a pitch roof.”

At the official Cashbuild New Brighton store opening ceremony on 25 April, when 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, Kim Jordan from Laerskool Tjaart Van Der Walt 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:

Tjaart Van Der Walt School

R12 000  
  Gold Award - Cherane Stuurman              
  Silver Award - Desire Bezuidenhout  
  Bronze Award - Nadia Meile  

Jarvis Gqamland School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Banele Mnyaka       
  Silver Award - Thandolwethu Mdoda  
  Bronze Award - Asenathi Gobo  

Seyisi Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Asanda Sam  
  Silver Award - Sibabalwe Nkunjana  
  Bronze Award - Noluvo Botha  

Emsengeni Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Pitsholo Siyanthando  
  Silver Award - Andile Level  
  Bronze Award - Alulutho Ngqengqeza  

Gertrude Shope Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Simphiwe Ngwendu  
  Silver Award - Sinazo Tom  
  Bronze Award - Ntombizakhe Twani  

Stephan Mazungula Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Luyolo Xoetyni  
  Silver Award - Ayabonga Sompempe  
  Bronze Award - Lihle January  

Lamani Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Sikhulule Mbuzo  
  Silver Award - Sinazo Pelesane  
  Bronze Award - Bahle Naka  

Kama Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Akon Mali  
  Silver Award - Sibusiso Solomon  
  Bronze Award - Avuyile Toyi  

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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