Elukwatini Schools Get a Boost Thanks to Cashbuild

Eight schools in Elukwatini, Mpumalanga, were the lucky winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition and their prize now allows them to improve school facilities.  The schools each won a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R15 000 which was handed out at the opening ceremony of the refurbished Cashbuild Elukwatini store on the 18th of July 2019.

D & C Primary School, Tsatsimfundo Primary School and Mkhomazane Primary School were just three of the eight schools that each received a Cashbuild building material voucher.

D & C Primary School’s principal, Mr Mashinini will be using the voucher to improve various areas around the school. “To increase the safety of the entire school body, we will be carrying out much needed maintenance on the school ground’s fencing. This needs to be fixed quite quickly. Also, we need to upgrade the pre-schoolers’ classrooms, their toilet facilities and the playground area.”

Mr Madizela, the principal of Tsatsimfundo Primary School said they are grateful for this voucher as it will assist them in completing the construction of a new Grade R classroom. “This Cashbuild voucher is appreciated as it means we can now erect the structure, paint, add roof sheeting and more.”

Mkhomazane Primary School’s principal, Mr Tshabalala said they will be doing plenty of painting. “At the moment, we would like to improve the state of the existing three pre-school classrooms, and some of the other classrooms, all of which are in dire need of painting.  We will also fix the windows and doors.” He thanks Cashbuild for the voucher.

At the opening ceremony of the refurbished Cashbuild Elukwatini store which took place on the 18th of July 2019, when the building material vouchers totaling R120 000 were handed out to the eight winning schools, the children entertained everyone with singing, cultural dancing and theatrical performances.

The Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition entails learners from each school to submit their best artwork to Cashbuild. This artwork is displayed at the ceremony, and remains on display in the Cashbuild store for the next six 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 was awarded to a learner from Letsakuthula Primary School who was the overall winner of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day and the winning learner received a stationery pack and a trophy. The winner was also given the honour of officially opening the refurbished store.

The schools that benefitted from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:

1.       KHULANGELWATI PRIMARY SCHOOL
2.       LAMAGADLELA PRIMARY SCHOOL
3.       MKHOMAZANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
4.       ELUKWATINI PRIMARY SCOOL
5.       TSATSIMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
6.       LETSAKUTHULA PRIMARY SCHOOL
7.       D & C PRIMARY SCHOOL
8.       SIYETA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 18 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 3 200 schools in Southern Africa with over R40-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.