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 better school, a better education

The South African schooling system has recently come under fire when news of the proposed closure of twenty seven schools came to light. Meanwhile, Orange Farm schools struggle to compensate for the lack of many of the basic resources that they need in order to run smoothly. A functional feeding scheme, a fresh coat of paint and a computer lab are just a sample of what schools in the area say they need.

Madume, Zonkizizwe and Laus Deo Primary School are three of the eight schools that each received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 27 September 2012 at the Cashbuild Orange Farm Store Opening Ceremony. 

Principal MF Khakie from Madume Primary School said: “We are absolutely excited. We would like to improve our infrastructure. One of these is our feeding scheme which is made up of a rusty container that doubles up as kitchen. Hopefully, we will be able to extend our computer lab as well.”
Laus Deo Primary School’s Deputy Principal, Elizabeth Letsatsi said that Cashbuild was answering to the school’s need. “We can now replace the classroom’s door handles, tile the classroom floors and paint the classrooms and toilets.”

Principal Nkwe Koboekae from Zonkizizwe Primary School said: “It is great to be a winner; it especially empowers the children in an area like this. We have been using our library as a multipurpose centre and have realized that it is not effective as a computer lab. Cashbuild has now given us an opportunity to create a computer lab, paint the classrooms and replace the old and broken vinyl tiles.”

At the official Cashbuild Orange Farm store opening ceremony on 27 September, 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, Mbali Masondo from Laus Deo 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:

Aha Thuto Secondary School

R12 000  

Gold - Siyabonga Masike


Silver - Mbali Sithole


Bronze - Sabelo Mdakane


Laus Deo Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Mothibi Moalosi


Silver - Mpho Selwa


Bronze - Mojalefa Meletse


Jabulile Secondary School

R12 000

Gold - Hlalefu Moloisane


Silver - Thabang Sediane


Bronze - Vusi Maduna


Leshata Secondary School

R12 000

Gold - Nkateko Ngoveni


Silver - Mongezi Khumalo


Bronze - Shantel Nzima


Madume Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Lindiwe Nkutha


Silver - Keamogetswe Mofokeng


Bronze - Letuba Masimane


Imbali Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Emmanuel Busakhwe


Silver - Sipho Kave


Bronze - Katlego Mothega


Inhlonipho Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Tshepo Moshoadiba


Silver - Tumi Sebastian


Bronze - Johan Khanye


Zonkizizwe Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Neo Motaung


Silver - Tau Nketle


Bronze - Philani Fononda


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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