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.


A fresh start on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, the hearts of all the learners from Mjejane, Phiva, Kwalodakada and five other Tonga schools were pumping with pride after winning the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. On this day each of the schools received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R12 000 at the Cashbuild Tonga Store Opening Ceremony.

Mjejane Primary School’s Principal Joseph Nyoni said that the school could finally afford to build a kitchen to feed the hard working learners of Mjejane. “Our school is one of the poorest in the area and this prize has lifted the spirits of the educators and especially the learners.”

Phiva Primary School’s Principal Nomsa Nkuna said: “We would like to pave the shelter and build another grade R classroom for our learners.”

Principal Lizzie Hutchinson from Kwalodakada Primary School was pleased to inform the learners of their schools’ winnings. “We can now replace the old and broken ceiling, paint our staff room and add more bookshelves into our school library.” At the official Cashbuild Tonga store opening ceremony on 14 February, 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, Nkosi Machawe from Mzinti 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:

Mzinti Primary School

R12 000  
  Gold Award- Ripinga Muzi  
  Silver Award- Shongwe Temangweni  
  Bronze Award- Lemmy Mzimba  

Khomannani Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Lindelani Khoza  
  Silver Award- Nkosinathi Mkhatshwa  
  Bronze Award- Bafana Shiba  

Nandi Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Precias Lubisi  
  Silver Award- Daniel Shungube  
  Bronze Award- Hopewell Mhlanga  

Qhobosheane Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Salila Excellent  
  Silver Award- Tebukgo Mahlangu  
  Bronze Award- Fezile Ngwenya  

Thabisile Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Ngcebo Sambo  
  Silver Award- Simelane Sandile  
  Bronze Award- Sithole Given  

Elitheni Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Nkuna Ernest  
  Silver Award-Bongani Makhubela  
  Bronze Award- Dlamini Scelo  

Leresche Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Shabangu Sabelo  
  Silver Award- Ndlovu Themba  
  Bronze Award- Matsebula Albert  

Ipolokeng Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Surprise Fakude  
  Silver Award- Mabuza Gladwell  
  Bronze Award- Makhubela Thabo  

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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