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.


Art-at-Heart helps Lebowakgomo schools


An informal study conducted by Health-e News Service revealed that the state of South African school toilets is dire. The study shows that even though all the schools had sanitation facilities, almost all of the toilets were not only blocked, broken or dirty but also that there are not enough of them. This year though, the learners from Lafata and Phishoana primary school can look forward to brand new toilets. These schools and six others have all won the Cashbuild Art at Heart competition and each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R12 000 when the Cashbuild Lebowakgomo store officially opened on Wednesday 19 June 2013.

Lafata Primary School’s Principal ML Maluleka said: “We have over 600 learners at the school and a shortage of toilets to accommodate all of them. We will now build more toilets.”

Phishoana Primary School’s Principal LK Moloto was very excited about his school’s winnings. He explained: Some of the toilets at the school are dilapidated. The roof covering two toilets was recently blown away by heavy winds. We have to replace the roofs and build new toilets urgently because we have over 900 learners and only a few toilets.”

At the official Cashbuild Lebowakgomo store opening ceremony on 19 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, Zephania Mashele from Sekutupu 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:

Sekutupu Primary School

R12 000  
  Gold Award - Shaun Phalane      
  Silver Award - Boitumelo Kekana    
  Bronze Award - Thato Shima  

Mamaolo Primary School      

R12 000
  Gold Award - Sipho Mabuza     
  Silver Award - Bafana Chuene  
  Bronze Award - Mayma Mothapo                  

Lafata Primary School                  

R12 000
  Gold Award - Lebogang Seerane         
  Silver Award - Mogau Lekgau  
  Bronze Award - Hanny Lesufi  

Hlagatse Primary School   

R12 000
  Gold Award - Tebogo Mathabatha                 
  Silver Award - Mpho Tlailane   
  Bronze Award - Kaugelo Mmuroa  

Eureka Project School       

R12 000
  Gold Award - Mahloko Neo  
  Silver Award - Tebogo Maditsi    
  Bronze Award - Sedibane Mamasie  

Lenting Primary School        

R12 000
  Gold Award - Lehlogonolo Mojapelo           
  Silver Award - Tebogo Makau   
  Bronze Award - Ashley Mphahlele  

Ndlovu Primary School             

R12 000
  Gold Award - Kgomotso Maja   
  Silver Award - Agreement Ledwaba   
  Bronze Award - Molatelo Lebese  

Phishoana Primary School

R12 000
  Gold Award - Gift Chauke            
  Silver Award - Tiisetso Tshwaane  
  Bronze Award - Mashoto Kekana  

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.

Image Gallery


  DIY, home improvement, do it yourself, building supplies, trade, next-day delivery, Saturday delivery