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.


Taung gets R96 000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Several communities in the rural outskirts throughout South Africa and some townships endure excruciating circumstances due to lack of large-scale public systems, services and facilities that are necessary for economic success. Problems often include inadequate power and water supplies, lack of public transport and access to telecommunications, badly maintained roads and substandard schooling facilities.

Seile Primary School in Taung is one of the schools that have felt the effects of these obstacles in recent years. The school’s premises houses just eight flushing toilet systems for over 560 learners and the facility is generally run down. Thanks to a generous donation by consumer champion, Cashbuild, however, the school will now be able to build four long drop toilet facilities. Seile Primary entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition and is one of eight lucky schools in the Taung area that each received a R12 000 Cashbuild building materials voucher courtesy of Cashbuild as a result of their entry.

Seile Primary School Principal, Mrs Segakolodi Kunene explained: “Although we have eight toilets, this is simply not enough for 560 learners so long drops are necessary to alleviate pressure on the current system. In cases where the school runs out of water, which is quite normal at our school, the installation of the long drops will help us avoid situations where we have to resort to asking home owners within our community if the learners may use their toilet, as you can imagine, this has been hugely embarrassing.”

“We are very grateful to Cashbuild for the donation, as we will now be able to create a hygienic learner friendly environment” added Mrs Kunene

The donation of building material to the value of R96 000 were presented by Cashbuild to the eight schools at the Taung store opening ceremony on 13th May 2010. At the opening, the school children showed their appreciation by entertaining everyone with cultural dances, theatrical performances and traditional singing.

Learners from each school submitted their best artwork to Cashbuild. The artwork was displayed at the Taung opening ceremony, and will remain on display for the next five years.

The best artwork from the eight schools was judged and three winners from each school were named. The winning children received a Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificate for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was also presented to the lucky overall winner of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day – Mpheng Boineelo - Seile Primary School received a stationery voucher and a glass trophy

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations and the children that received the certificates are:

Marope Primary School R12,000  

Gold – Boikanyo Itumeleng


Silver – Itumeleng Leeto


Bronze – Tshiamo Moepeng

Maranatha Primary School R12,000

Gold – Mokgothu Tuelo


Silver – Moreki Katlego


Bronze – Galorakwe Kelebogile

Lesang Kasienyane Primary School R12,000
  Gold – Thato Ndinisa  

Silver – Tiisetso Motlale


Bronze – Penyo Kgosiemang

Baisitse Primary School R12,000

Gold – Sithibang Ophemetse


Silver – Kabelo Holong


Bronze – Keitantsemang Bampitile

Tshipo Mangwegape Primary School R12,000

Gold – Rentse Keboeletse


Silver – Rebaone Kuduntwane


Bronze – Keitumetse Luanga

Seile Primary School R12,000

Gold – Neo Mbonyana


Silver – Maphango Matong


Bronze – Mohalalelo Thabang

Rabodigelo Primary School R12,000

Gold – Kagiso Tlotlego Donald


Silver – Mpho Lepholletsa


Bronze – Poloko Rapakwana

St Paul`s Primary School R12,000

Gold – Mokalake Tshepang


Silver – Gaboratioanwe Thameng


Bronze – Molefe Kabo


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 1000 schools with over R10.5-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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