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 Nongoma

This Freedom Day, teachers and learners from Nkosiyethu, Mandlezulu, Nongoma Intermediate School and five other Nongoma schools will really have 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 Nongoma Store. We spoke to three schools and found out how they will be using the vouchers to improve their school.
Principal DA Mtshali from Nkosiyethu Primary School said: “Our school ground is very dusty and with winter approaching we would like to build a concrete road leading up to the school gate to prevent muddiness.”

Principal Patience Mpanza from Mandlezulu Primary School said: “We would like to build a soup kitchen at the school because we are currently cooking outside.”

Principal Christie Coetzer from Nongoma Intermediate School said: “Our school is very sandy, when learners have lunch their food gets sandy. It is quite unpleasant. For this reason we have decided to build steps.” At the official Cashbuild Nongoma store opening ceremony on 25 April, when building material vouchers totaling R96 000 will be presented to all eight schools, the children will entertain 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, Smilo Thabethe from Nkosiyethu 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:

Nkosiyethu Primary School

R12 000  
  Gold Award - Smilo Thabethe                
  Silver Award - Nhlanzeko Mncwango  
  Bronze Award -  Vuyani Ntshangase  

Mandlezulu Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Nkosikhona Mthembu        
  Silver Award - Mondli Sibiya  
  Bronze Award - Mbongiseni Shabangu  

Ngethule Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Buhle Bemvelo Mncwango  
  Silver Award - Kwanele Mbatha  
  Bronze Award - Nkosenhle Ntanzi  

Martha Beyers Academy

R12 000
  Gold Award - Smangaliso Mathenjwa  
  Silver Award - Sthandiwe Shabalala  
  Bronze Award - Halala Mkhize  

Nongoma Intermediate School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Lusanda Phakathi  
  Silver Award - Nzuzo Mncwango  
  Bronze Award - Mengezi Luthuli  

Manqwashu Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Kwanele Masango  
  Silver Award - Thandanani Mtshali  
  Bronze Award - Luyanda Mnqele  

Kwanongcoyi CP School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Morris Lottering  
  Silver Award - Sabelo Ndwandwe  
  Bronze Award - Asande Nyandeni  

Holinyoka CP School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Bhekithemba Mthethwa  
  Silver Award - Nolwazi Ngcobo
  Bronze Award - Nomfundo Buthelezi        

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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