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.


Huge improvements on the cards for Vosloorus schools

A kitchen with the capacity to feed 2000 learners, electric school gates and an upgraded library are just a few of the improvements that were planned by schools in the Vosloorus area this year. Mampudi, Abinala and Zimele Primary School are three of the eight schools that each received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 19 March 2013 at the Cashbuild Vosloorus Store Opening Ceremony.

Mampudi Primary School’s Principal Thabo Ledina was excited to share the news of his school’s win with the learners. He said: “This is a fantastic school. Our learners have great potential. We regularly encourage learners to make an effort in order to reap the benefits and this is proof that it does.” The school has 2000 learners who depend on the kitchen for daily nutritional meals and without the adequate kitchen space for food preparation the principal was at his wits end. “Just recently we were brainstorming ideas to find a way to extend the kitchen. Our supplies were rotting, there is limited space for volunteers to move around and now Cashbuild have come to our rescue,” said Mr Ledina. Principal Molefi Maloma from Abinala Primary School was very pleased with the school’s win. She said: “R12000 is a big deal. Now we can purchase a lawn mower and an electric gate for our school. “We have a number of broken doors and windows that we would also like to fix.” Zimele Primary School’s Principal Khabonina Malinga said delighted with the news. She said: “We would like to upgrade the school library, tile the classrooms and get new desks for our learners.”

At the official Cashbuild Vosloorus store opening ceremony on 19 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 lucky winner, Lehlohonolo Moloi from Mampudi 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:

Mampudi Primary School R12 000  
  Gold Award- Bongane Mogaila  
  Silver Award- Tumelo Mlimkulu  
  Bronze Award- Noluthando Dlomo  

Bopang Kgotso Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Khanyisile Mthimkhulu  
  Silver Award-Thapelo Masooa  
  Bronze Award- Simphiwe Nhlengethwa  

Zimele Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Zama Mabaso  
  Silver Award- Emily Bila  
  Bronze Award- Nomagugu Sikhosana  

Ndlelenhle Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Mduduzi Dlamini  
  Silver Award- Patrick Mafanya  
  Bronze Award- Sipho Sihlali  

Orhovelani Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Mariam Mokoena  
  Silver Award- Vuyisihle Mashailene  
  Bronze Award- Thwala Siphumelele  

Abinala Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Bradley Nkosi  
  Silver Award- Alex Ngwenya  
  Bronze Award- Ronald Ngobeni  

Mthimkhulu Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Nzima Karabo  
  Silver Award- Nombuso Mnguni  
  Bronze Award- Sibiya Ntando  

Fortune Kunene Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award- Sinethemba Mduli  
  Silver Award- Musa Mafika  
  Bronze Award- Nkululeko Mnguni  
Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched ten years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than a thousand schools with over R10-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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