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.


Piet Retief gets R96 000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Very soon, around 1 250 learners at Imizamoyethu Primary School will be eating food that has been stored, prepared and served in a proper kitchen. This is because Imizamoyethu entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition and is  one of the eight lucky schools that will each receive a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R12 000. Imizamoyethu will build a new kitchen with the donation.

“As part of our feeding scheme project, the school has been feeding 1 250 learners a day since the project started in 2001 but the meals have been prepared in unsuitable and unhygienic premises,” said Mr Adner Shabalala, Imizamoyethu’s Principal.

“We have been improvising up till now to ensure that the learners get a healthy meal every day to help them focus in class. Some of these learners come from poverty stricken homes where there is barely anything to eat,” stressed Mr Shabalala, “so it’s very important that we give them food that has been prepared in a decent and clean kitchen.”

The donation of building materials to the value of R96 000 were presented by Cashbuild to the eight schools at the Piet Retief store opening ceremony on 24 June 2009. At the opening, the school children showed their appreciation by entertaining everyone with cultural dances, theatrical performances and traditional singing.

Learners from each school submitted their best artwork to Cashbuild. The artwork was displayed at the Piet Retief opening ceremony, and will remain on display for the next five years.

Artwork was judged and three winners from each school were named. The winning children received a Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificate for first, second and third place respectively. The manager’s choice award was also presented to the lucky overall winner of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day – Thabiso Myeni from Imizamoyethu Primary School received a stationery voucher and a glass trophy.

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations and the children that received the certificates are:

. Piet Retief Combined School R12,000

Nompumelelo Mlotshwa - Gold


Simpiwe Mtshali - Silver


Nomthandazo Malinga - Bronze

. Mlilo Combined School R12,000

Nkosinathi Hadebe - Gold


Siphamandla Mkhonza -Silver


Petros Simelane - Bronze

. Harmony Park Combined School R12,000

Muzikayise Mthungwa - Gold


Njabulo Shongwe - Silver


Sphephelo Kubeka- Bronze

. Imizamoyethu Primary School R12,000

Wonderboy Hlatswayo - Gold


Tsepo Nkosi - Silver


Mbulelo Malinga - Bronze

. Nqobile Primary School R12,000

Morren Hadebe - Gold


Thembinkosi Maphanga - Silver


Sfiso Malinga - Bronze

. Qhubekani Primary School R12,000

Sebenele Nkosi - Gold


Sinethemba Sibeko - Silver


Musawenkosi   Mtshali - Bronze

. Sibahle Primary School R12,000

Dumisani Dladla - Gold


Welcome Msibi - Silver


Bongi Nkosi - Bronze

. Weeber Primary School R12,000

Zweli Mlangeni - Gold


Sifiso Sangweni - Silver


Mbali Hlatshwayo - Bronze


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 870 schools with over R9-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 national Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the country’s most needy schools.

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