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.

Artwork breathes new life into old schools

Grace and Hope LSEN School, Piet Hugo Primary School and Pietersburg Comprehensive School are three of the oldest schools in the Polokwane area that received much needed facelifts.  Each of these schools, along with five others received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 each on 19 July 2012 at the Cashbuild Polokwane Store Opening Ceremony.

Ms Mabore Ngoatje from Grace and Hope LSEN School was excited about winning. “This is the first time our school has won anything.” When asked how the school plans to use its Cashbuild voucher, Ms Ngoatje explained: “We would like to start a gardening programme at our school. The learners will be responsible for the maintenance of the plants, flowers and vegetable garden. They will be very excited about it.”

Piet Hugo Primary School’s principal, Pieter Van Eerden said it was no surprise that his school had won. “Our art teacher does an excellent job of inspiring the learners. And as a reward to our children, we would like to improve and beautify their classrooms for them.”

Mr H R Fick, the deputy principal of Pietersburg Comprehensive School said: “I am very proud of our learners; this proves to them that they can achieve anything. We would like to upgrade our technology classrooms by purchasing tools and equipment such as hammers and nails for our workshop.”

At the official Cashbuild Polokwane store opening ceremony on 19 July, 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, Keenan Van Heerden from Pietersburg Laerskool, 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:

Pietersburg Laerskool 

R12 000  

Gold - Bianca Coetzer


Silver - Kiara Britz


Bronze - Johan Swart


Laerskool Ivypark

R12 000

Gold - Rifa Hlekane


Silver - Tumisho Tema


Bronze - Sarona Motuku

Grace and Hope LSEN School R12 000

Gold - Keahn - Malakalaka Frans


Silver - Mashao Thabang


Bronze - Mabe Augustin

Piet Hugo Primary School R12 000

Gold - Mantez Shaanyah


Silver - Calvin Cloete


Bronze - AJ Beeslaar

Kaputla Nkoana Primary School R12 000

Gold - Sello Mokoele


Silver - Nyaka Kgabo


Bronze - Katlego Morudu

Pietersburg Comprehensive School R12 000

Gold - Fiona Maja


Silver - Debogang Mabitsela


Bronze - Tanisha Mehjabeen

Utjane Primary School R12 000

Gold - Willliam Matsaung


Silver - Ledwaba Dans


Bronze - Matsaung Daniel


Luthuli Park Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Senosha  Thabiso Kwena


Silver - Karabo Mashilwane


Bronze - Mumsu Moremi


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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