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.

Learners look forward to being at school

We’ve seen the challenges that school teachers face, how the textbook saga sent shockwaves through the country and how teacher strikes have impacted on our learners’ abilities to not only pass but to pass well. Teachers have become frustrated and demotivated by the state of South Africa’s education system but on the 9 October 2012, a bright light shone on eight schools in Nqutu when they each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R12 000 at the Cashbuild Nqutu Store Opening Ceremony.
Mgombane Primary School’s Head of Department, Mrs ND Mbongwa said that the school was in need of a building voucher. “We would like to build cupboards, chairs and tables for our Grade R learners, and also paint the inside of our school hall.”

Principal ET Bhengu from Luvisi Primary School said that the learners were very happy that they had won. “Our school was built in 1972, so it is really old. We would like to buy desks and chairs for our learners and also materials like paint and cement to repair the damaged floors at the school.”

At the official Cashbuild Nqutu store opening ceremony on 9 October, 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, Thabiso Ngcobo from Esibanini 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:

Isisburusabasha Primary School

R12 000  

Gold - Nhlakanipho Ximba


Silver - Andile Nyandeni


Bronze - Zamukhule Selepe


Esibanini Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Cebelenkosi Manqele


Silver - Ndumiso Thango


Bronze - Mcebisi Sibisi


Mgombane Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Sphamandla Mazibuko


Silver - Siyabonga Mbatha


Bronze - Andiswa Ximba


Batshe Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Simphiwe Mbatha


Silver - Nhlakanipho Sangweni


Bronze - Senamile Ngcobo


Luvisi Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Zimele Mavundla


Silver - Nkanyiso Ngcongo


Bronze - Malibongwe Madida


Patsoana Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Zobaphi Phewa


Silver - Nonkanyiso Moloi


Bronze - Simphiwe Myeni


Fahlaza Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Siya Kubheka


Silver - Ndumiso Sithole


Bronze - Philile Khoza


Ntatshana Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Sthembiso Ndlazi


Silver -Nosipho Themba


Bronze - Andile Mlwango


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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