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.

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Close the windows on the rain

Broken roofs, shattered windows and unfinished halls are a common theme and the biggest concerns for Brackenham, Maqhama, Esikhawini Primary Schools in Richards Bay.  With the rainy season fast approaching, the winning schools of the Art-at-Heart community competition are planning to use their R12 000 Cashbuild building material vouchers to fix up their schools. Eight schools will each receive their vouchers on 13 June 2012 at the Cashbuild Richards Bay Store Opening Ceremony.

Brackenham Primary School principal, Mr Balaram Govender said: “We would like to purchase concrete bases to erect a new hall for our school. We have started building the hall but Cashbuild has now afforded us the opportunity to complete the project.”

Mr Charles Mngadi from Maqhama Primary School would like to do some maintenance. He said: “We have recently had a break in at the school. The thieves broke into the computer lab through the roof and we would like to fix the roof so that the learners can use the computer lab again.” He also said that the school’s windows and door locks are broken and they would like to fix them.

We are short of an office block and have many broken windows we would like to fix. “In the cold and rainy season, our children could get really sick if they are trying to learn in cold and wet classrooms,” commented Mr Mfana Caswell Nxele from Esikhawini Primary School.

At the official Cashbuild Richards Bay store opening ceremony on 13 June, 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, Ntokozo Mathaba from Gobandlovu 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:

Maqhama Primary School     

R12 000  
 

Gold - Sihle Zulu

 
 

Silver - Zama Khumalo

 
 

Bronze - Zonke Tembe

 
Brackenham Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Tapelo Molefe

 
 

Silver - Aknona Magagula

 
 

Bronze - Claudia James

 
Mzingazi Primaryschool R12 000
 

Gold - Philani Hlophe

 
 

Silver - Sthembiso Mthethwa

 
 

Bronze - Sphamandla Zulu

 
Monzampofu Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Sphelele Mahlakula

 
 

Silver - Nnqobi Nxumalo

 
 

Bronze - Bongani Mahlakula

 
Esikhawini Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Philani Nxele

 
 

Silver - Sibonele Zulu

 
 

Bronze - Luyanda Dlamini

 
Velden Vlei Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Sindiswa Qwabe

 
 

Silver - Khanyisa Xulu

 
 

Bronze - Nandisa Khosa

 
Sinaye Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Siyabonga Mdluli

 
 

Silver - Kwazi Zikhali

 
 

Bronze - Phumlane Zungu

 
Gobandlovu Primary School R12 000
 

Gold - Mxolisi Mkhize

 
 

Silver - Xolani Biyel

 
 

Bronze - Luyanda Mangazi

 
 

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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