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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Sterkspruit schools get lucky with Art-at-Heart competition

There are many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn and one of them is the environment in which they are taught. For learners at eight Sterkspruit schools, their environment will soon be improved. On 13 March 2014, each of these schools received a R12 000 Cashbuild building materials voucher at the Cashbuild Sterkspruit Store Opening Ceremony. Tienbank Senior Primary School’s Principal L.T Simelane was excited to hear that their learners’ artwork had paid off. She said: “We would like to build new toilets at the school because we do not have enough toilets to accommodate all our learners. We would also like to use our voucher to paint the classrooms, tile the classroom floors and repair the school’s windows and doors.”

Principal R.N Gwabini from Ekuzoleni Senior Primary School said: “When it rains, the learners struggle to walk on the muddy paths to get to their classes. The school would like to use our R12 000 to pave the school ground before winter arrives.”

Nomzamo Junior Secondary School’s Principal T.F Snater said: “We are planning to repair the school’s broken toilets, paint the outside of the school, repair the school’s roof and tile the newly built classrooms.”

At the official Cashbuild Sterkspruit store opening ceremony on 13 March, 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, Lekhula Karabelo from Sterkspruit Community 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:

Sterkspruit Community School


Lekhula Karabelo – Gold


Anelitha Maqolo – Silver


Asavela Menaniso – Bronze


Ekuzoleni Senior Primary School


Ishmael Rabebe – Gold


Vuyani Rabebe – Silver


Sonwabile Maswabi – Bronze


Nomzamo Junior Secondary School

  Simthembile Matomela – Gold  

Lindelani Mhaka – Silver


Luyolo Ngongodo – Bronze


Mokhesi Junior Secondary School


Andile Maqhosha – Gold


Ayanda Sabisa – Silver


Rebokile Ramakhala – Bronze


Makhetha Senior Primary School


Siphesihle Mbobo   – Gold


Zuko Scwebi – Silver


Thato Khehle – Bronze


Thabalesoba Junior Secondary School


Zimkhitha Mchabasa – Gold


Sandisizwe Myeti – Silver


Motshoeneng Kutloano– Bronze


Tapoleng Junior Secondary


Sihle Hali – Gold


Babalwa Singiselo – Silver


Xakeka Bonke – Bronze

Tienbank Senior Primary School R12,000

Sitha Matsepe – Gold


Sinethemba Tsepang – Silver


Khwezi Taitai  – 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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