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.


Artistic learners give Powerville schools a new start

Delayed Powerville school projects will now be completed thanks to the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. Laerskool Handhawer and Laerskool Sonlandpark are two of the eight schools that each won Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 13 November 2013 at the Cashbuild Powerville Store Opening Ceremony. Laerskool Handhawer’s Principal W Marais was very excited about the school’s plans for using the building voucher. He said: “We would like to thank Cashbuild for their generous donation to our school. We are extremely proud of our learners and their achievements. Our school is one of the oldest in the area and, at 90 years old, it is in desperate need of the maintenance we have had to put off due to the lack of funding. We can now give the school the coat of paint it so desperately needs and we can finally give back to the school’s workers by installing water pipes, a geyser and by painting their rooms to say thank you.”

Principal CJ van der Merwe from Laerskool Sonlandpark expressed his gratitude to Cashbuild on behalf of himself and the rest of the school. He said: “This school was established in 1977, which makes it 36 years old. Over the years, we have completed a few small projects to improve the school and have had to overlook many problems that needed fixing. The competition has afforded us the opportunity to cross a few more projects off our list. We would like to replace the broken doors, fit new locks, build a carport, paint the school’s roof, garages, the inside of the staff quarters and upgrade its toilets.” At the official Cashbuild Powerville store opening ceremony on 13 November, 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, Alfa Nyathela from Dr Nhlapo 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:

Dr Nhlapo Primary School


Siyabonga Sibiya – Gold


Peter Ayabonga – Silver


Musa Khosa – Bronze


Laerskool Handhawer  


Sarel Combrink – Gold


David Mphuti – Silver


Janelle Olivier – Bronze


Laerskool Sonlandpark

  Neo Letsela – Gold  

Tumelo Mokoena – Silver


Teboho Motitsoe – Bronze


Assumpta Primary School


Gomolemo Nkwe – Gold


Jama Makhafola – Silver


Nomathemba Radebe – Bronze


Laerskool Unitaspark


Kamogelo Nakedi – Gold


Shane van Biljon – Silver


Melissa Pita   – Bronze


Makapane Primary School   


Mpho Mokele – Gold


Lucky Mojola – Silver


Thobeli Tanki – Bronze


Matsie - Steyn Primary School


Seipati Mphuthing   – Gold


Keitumetse Moseula – Silver


Thabo Nku – Bronze


Selboure Primary School

  Martha Mosia – Gold  
  Rendani Munyai – Silver  
  Thabo Katleho – 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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