A newly built kitchen, garden equipment as well as roofing equipment were some of the upgrades that eMkhondo Schools principals plan to make as a result of having won the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition.
Altogether, eight Piet Retief schools each received a Cashbuild building materials voucher worth R15 000 which was presented at the Cashbuild Piet Retief Store opening ceremony held on the 9th of March 2016. The Principal of Vulandhlela Primary School, S. Hlathwayo said they appreciate the gesture very much. They would like to build a mini kitchen as they currently cook outside using three legged pots. Some principals said that they are sincerely pleased by the news. Their learners have kept the school in a good condition. The one thing they need is some gardening equipment because they enjoy being able to grow their own food.
The Principal of Mahamba Primary School, M. Matome said they are currently at the finishing stage of building two classrooms so the Cashbuild voucher will help them with some roofing equipment, windows, doors and doorlocks. At the official Cashbuild Piet Re-tief store opening ceremony held on the 9th of March 2016, when the building material vouchers totalling R120 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 overall winner, Ngobile Makowa from Piet Retief Primary School. This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy. The schools and children that benefitted from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:
Piet Retief Primary School Gold – Samke Nkosi. Silver – Dylan Gertenbach. Bronze – Bonga Mbamali. Umkhunyane Primary School Gold – Thubelihle Mndluli. Silver – Sinethemba Phakathi. Bronze – Mthobisi Phakathi. Vulandhlela Primary School Gold – Gcinile Ndlangamandla. Silver – Sakhile Mathebula. Bronze – Bongani Mabuza. Mahamba Primary School Gold – Siyabonga Thwala. Silver – Thamsanqa Mazibuko. Bronze – Senamile Mabuza. Khula Combined School Gold – Mandla Ngcobo. Silver – Sifuno Xaba. Bronze – Andile Hlathswayo Kwa Matshamhlophe Primary School Gold – Mandla Khumalo. Silver – Sinethemba Nkosi. Bronze – Hlengiwe Mabuza. Libhabha Primary School Gold – Nothando Mkhabela. Silver – Nokwanda Nkosi. Bronze – Thembelani Ntshakala. Alpha and Omega Combined School Gold – Ayanda Mndebele. Silver – Lebo Zwane. Bronze – Lizo Mathenjwa. Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 14 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 2 200 schools in Southern Africa with over R26-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.