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.

Improving the conditions for Siyabuswa schools

A brand new ramp, a bigger computer lab, and a proper school library are just a few of the things that schools in the Siyabuswa area plan to build. Thembeka, Kabenziwa  and Siyabuswa Primary School are three of the eight schools that each received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 25 September 2012 at the Cashbuild Siyabuswa Store Opening Ceremony.

Siyabuswa Primary School’s Arts and Culture Teacher, Sophy Lekgeu was very excited to share the news of her school’s win to everyone. She expressed how welcome the prize voucher was as her school seriously needed a ramp for the disabled learners. “Our learners are having trouble getting around and we would like to make life easier for them.” The art teacher would also like to reward her learners by purchasing new art materials and paint.

Thembeka Primary School’s Principal Marcus Nyalunga says: “We really needed to repair our toilets at the school, repair damages, and replace the doors and windows; now we can.”
Deputy Principal Kuzie Ella Khanye at Kabenziwa Primary School says: “It feels great to be a winner. Now we can extend our computer lab to accommodate more students. And if our voucher affords us the chance, we would also like to build a real school library instead of the classroom the learners have been using.”
At the official Cashbuild Siyabuswa store opening ceremony on 25 September, 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, Patrick Mashinini from Mareleng 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:

Mareleng Primary School

R12 000  

Gold - Bongi Ditshego


Silver - Thulani Jele


Bronze - Mahlatse Moeng


Hosea Aphane Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Ramphisa Khumo


Silver - Petrus Mateye


Bronze - Tebogo Malaka


Kabenziwa Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Thandolwethu Mabena


Silver - Thobile Mahlangu


Bronze - Nicholas Sibiya


Vulindlela Junior Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Kosabo Mtsweni


Silver - Prince Sindane


Bronze - Vincent Mtsweni


Velangezwi Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Lindiwe Benzene


Silver - George Mvulo


Bronze - Letta Ngonzo


Thembeka Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Simphiwe Khanye


Silver - Mbongeni Sibiya


Bronze - Surprise Skhosana


Phakgamang Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Karabo Rambao


Silver - Andreke Masemene


Bronze - Enos Kgaphola


Siyabuswa Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Mthokozisi Masombuka


Silver - Siyabonga Vilakazi


Bronze - Malcom Sibanyoni


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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