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 new look for an old school

Broken toilets, unsecured feeding schemes and dirty classroom walls will all soon be things of the past for some schools in the Highgate area.  Altogether, eight schools in the Highgate area have received Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 each on 22 June 2012 at the Cashbuild Highgate Store Opening Ceremony.

“As a new principal to the school, I am very proud that our school is flourishing and has been chosen as one of the winners.  The learners’ toilets are in a bad state. We would like to use our prize to renovate the toilets and also paint the outside of the school,” said Mrs. Trudy Khala from G.R. Harris Primary School.

The Principal of Newclare Primary, DB Eastwood was thrilled that his school has won: “We are planning to use the bulk of the voucher to fix the stoops on the premises, cement eroded, and classrooms need to be painted because we ran out of paint. If there was any money left, we would fix the toilets and the broken windows.”

Mr. M Elephant from Riverly Primary said: “Any donation is a huge deal for our school, we are very happy that Cashbuild chose the work of our learners. At current, our soup kitchen is running smoothly but we would like to enclose it with four walls and a fence.”

At the official Cashbuild Highgate store opening ceremony on 22 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, Kaamila Sissing from Dowling 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:

Bernard Isaacs Primary School

R12 000  

Gold - Tyreke Alexsander


Silver - Morgan Adams


Bronze - Tashreeg Salee


T.C. Esterhuysen Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Paballo Mavundla


Silver - Keletso Rapunanel


Bronze - Nhlanhla Sithole

Dowling Primary School R12 000

Gold - Keahn-Kyle Kelly


Silver - Kaylem Welsla


Bronze - Neo Makhavhu


Wilhelmina Hoskins Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Bronwyn De Bruin


Silver - Geano Chetty


Bronze - Gologero Lee


Newclare Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Tyrell Seeport


Silver - Jaden Swanlou


Bronze - Keyde Sampson


G.R. Harris Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Nhlanhla Msweti


Silver - Sipho Mciwa


Bronze - Michael Dithejani


Riverlea Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Donique Davis


Silver - Shandre Jonkers


Bronze - Gift Sliuma


Tembalihle Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Sipho Maseko


Silver - Njabulo Mphobole


Bronze - Simangele Sibiya


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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