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.


Thembisa North schools get a new look at last

Hungry learners, a shortage of classrooms and unpaved school grounds are just a few of the problems the primary schools in Thembisa North have been battling with but all these problems are about to be fixed. The renovations were made possible following the schools’ entry into the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. Olifantsfontein, Kanana, Bright Start College Primary School and five other lucky Thembisa North primary schools all received a building material voucher worth R12 000 at the Cashbuild Thembisa North store opening ceremony on 19 September 2013.

Principal Lefibana Molepo from Olifantsfontein Primary School was surprised: “We were very surprised when we found out that our school had been chosen as one of the Art-at-Heart competition winners. Our school is 100 years old and is in need of attention. We can now tick another thing off the school’s list of priorities when we pave the school ground.” Kanana Primary School’s Principal SC Malobola said: “There are so many projects that we could start at the school. One of them is tiling – we would like to tile five classrooms this year. When we have completed the tiling, we are planning to do general maintenance such as painting inside and outside of the school, repairing and replacing broken school furniture and buying equipment for the feeding scheme.”

Vice Principal Maggie Coertze from Bright Start College Primary School said: “We are all very excited about the competition and thankful for the help that we received from Cashbuild. We have been customers of Cashbuild for many years and will continue to do so. Bright Start College grew tremendously over the past few years and the existing school has just become too small for all the new learners coming in. We have had to build new classrooms and because of Cashbuild we can now buy much needed materials for our building project.”

At the official Cashbuild Thembisa North store opening ceremony on 19 September, when the building materials 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, Kagiso Molokwane from Kanana 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:

Moriting Primary School    


Karabo Sekwakua – Gold


Tebogo Sibanda – Silver


Steven Majozi – Bronze

Drake Koka Primary School R12,000

Lungile Memela – Gold


Maboe Thabo – Silver


Mavis Chitlangu – Bronze


Bright Start College Primary School

  Tricia Kajokofo – Gold  

Orifha Rakwana – Silver


Gift Khosa – Bronze


Kanana Primary School


Tshegofatso Maloka – Gold


Phelello Shai – Silver


Megan Malakalaka – Bronze


Mikateka Primary School


Phumlani Samela – Gold


Musa Dludlu – Silver


Gilbert Sekhaolelo – Bronze


Sedi-Laka Primary School


Michael Ndlovu – Gold


Karobo Seokologa – Silver


Marry Simuzinga – Bronze


Kaalfontein Primary School 


Mpho Monareng – Gold


Themba Mabaso – Silver


Siyabongo Sambo – Bronze

Olifantsfontein Primary School R12,000

Mduduzi Radebe – Gold


Rowan Christy – Silver


Anthatile Moepya – 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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