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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Art-at-Heart makes Youth Day special for learners


This Youth Day, the learners from Plangeni, Ntola, Mzamba Combined High School and five other Bizana schools will look back through recent history and the struggle thousands of students went through to obtain a better education. These eight schools will have a new found appreciation because they have won the Cashbuild Art at Heart competition and each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R12 000 when the Cashbuild Bizana store officially opened on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Principal MN Dlamini from Plangeni Junior Secondary School said: “We are thrilled to have won this voucher from Cashbuild and we plan to pave the entrance at the school gate after it was damaged by floods during the rainfall.”

Principal ND Mhlelembana at Ntola Junior Secondary School said: “We will use the Cashbuild voucher either to provide wiring for at least four classrooms or to build a new classroom at the school.”

Mzamba Combined High School’s Principal Y.H Magidela was overjoyed with the news. She said: “The prize has come at the right time. Our school is in dire need of a fresh coat of paint. We are talking about painting the whole school and perhaps, the inside as well.”

At the official Cashbuild Bizana store opening ceremony on 13 June, 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, Faku Bulelani from Zamabuhle Junior Secondary 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:

Plangeni Junior Secondary School

R12 000  
  Gold Award - Nelly Khandayo      
  Silver Award - Asanda Khandayo    
  Bronze Award - Zolani Diya  

Ntola Junior Secondary School      

R12 000
  Gold Award - Sibongile Zile     
  Silver Award - Mhlangabezi Mditshane  
  Bronze Award - Fezeka Sophoza                  

Mzamba Combined High School                  

R12 000
  Gold Award - Amanda Gwabalaza          
  Silver Award - Fefelakhe Tshezi  
  Bronze Award - Simvile Zimeme  

Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School   

R12 000
  Gold Award - Sphamandla Valiphatwa                 
  Silver Award - Athenkosi Zinkana   
  Bronze Award - Nangomso Ngxangaza  

Embobeni Junior Secondary School       

R12 000
  Gold Award - Smonwabele Tshazi  
  Silver Award - Ndonwabile Tshazi    
  Bronze Award - Sandisa Mbanjwa  

Bizana Village Junior Secondary School        

R12 000
  Gold Award - Xabiso Chagi           
  Silver Award - Esethu Mlobothi   
  Bronze Award - Asandile Madikizela  

Fre -Methodist Primary School             

R12 000
  Gold Award - Mbusisi Nyembezi   
  Silver Award - Minazana Mfoqwana   
  Bronze Award - Andile Gumbi  

Luna Junior Secondary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Bukho Cwele            
  Silver Award - Vumile Vika  
  Bronze Award - Sanele Molulo  

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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