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.

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Building greater opportunities for Schoemansdal learners

Cashbuild is making it possible for eight Schoemansdal schools to build some positive changes and create better spaces in which the community’s kids will learn in the future. Sisini Primary School, Bongokuhle Primary and Fakazi Primary are three of the eight schools that entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. As a result, the schools have each won a R12 000 Cashbuild building material voucher that was presented to them when the Cashbuild Schoesmansdal store officially opened on Thursday 6th November.

Sisini Primary’s Principal, J S Mhlanga said: “We are so happy to have this help. We will put fencing around the school - we have problems because we do not have a fence.” Principal of Bongokuhle Primary, N E Sibiya says the school plans to build a library, paint the classrooms and fix the kitchen. “We have a feeding scheme but we do not have a proper kitchen to serve the food from. Thank you Cashbuild – this makes a big difference to our lives.” Fakazi Primary will carry out lots of critical maintenance work, such as fixing the toilets and tiling the floors and is so grateful to have this help as they have no money to do this kind of work at their school. Mpumelelo Primary plans to build a shelter where the kids can sit and eat their lunch – currently, they have to stand. Mhlosheni Primary wants to sort out the school’s sanitation problems and build a water tank as well as build a library for the learners. All round, Cashbuild is helping improve the standards at these schools.

At the official Cashbuild Schoemansdal store opening ceremony on 6th 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 overall winner, Bongmenzi Nkuna from Mhloshweni Primary School. 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:

Sondlovu Primary School


Alfred Chiloane - Gold


Senzo Qwabe - Silver


Akwande Mhlanga - Bronze


Sisini Primary School


Njabulo Mhlanga - Gold


Saneliso Ndlovu - Silver


Siphosethu Manana - Bronze


Mpumelelo Primary School

  Mbongeni Sibiya - Gold  

Nkosingiphile Khoza  - Silver


Mpendulo Lubisi - Bronze


Mhloshweni Primary School


Zweli Mondlane - Gold


Mzwakhe Mgwane - Silver


Thabo Khoza - Bronze


Bongukuhle Primary School


Vuyani Vilakazi - Gold


Victor Makhubela - Silver


Nhlanhla Hlebeya - Bronze


Fakazi Primary School


Cavin Mvubu - Gold


Japhter Nkosi - Silver


Terrence Chuma - Bronze


Ekuphumuleni Primary School


Sizwe Ntuli - Gold


Nkosinathi Sigudla - Silver


Mpendulo Mbazima - Bronze


Mpendulo Mbazima


Sandile Dlamini - Gold


Nkosingiphile Dlamini - Silver

  Bonga Mamba - Bronze  
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. 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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