Cashbuild Assists Diepkloof Schools with Kitchen and Classroom Upgrades

Eight schools in Diepkloof, Soweto, will be the winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition and will use their prize to improve school facilities.  The schools will each win a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R15 000 which will be handed out at the opening ceremony of the refurbished Cashbuild Diepkloof store taking place today, 24th of July 2019.

Mangwele Primary School, Bapedi Primary School and Ekuthuleni Combined School are just three of the eight schools that will each receive a Cashbuild building material voucher.

Mangwele Primary School’s principal, Mr Magau says they are very grateful to Cashbuild for the voucher. “We will be using the voucher for two things mainly. Firstly, we would like to upgrade our kitchen, by tiling, painting and just improving the facilities. As part of our nutrition programme, we currently feed 476 children every day, so having the proper facilities will be a great help.” Mr Magau added they would also like to build a wall outside in order to proudly display the school name.

Miss Dhlamini, the principal of Ekuthuleni Combined School said the kitchen needs a serious upgrade. “We serve 534 learners every day, and we currently do not have a proper kitchen. We are so happy to receive this voucher from Cashbuild, as we will now be able to build a proper, beautifully painted kitchen which can house storage boxes, a suitable work space, running water, and a sink.

Bapedi Primary School’s principal, Mr Mogodi, will be using the voucher to upgrade three of their many classrooms. “At the moment, we have three classrooms which are in need of some maintenance. We will be installing proper floors, tiles and also doing some painting. This has been a project in the pipeline for some time now, so we are very happy that Cashbuild is able to help us.”

At the opening ceremony of the refurbished Cashbuild Diepkloof store, taking place today 24th of July 2019, when the building material vouchers totaling R120 000 will be handed out to the eight winning schools, the children will entertain 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 will be judged and three winners from each school will be named. Winners will receive Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award will also be presented to the overall winner of the artwork competition.  This award will be announced on the day and the winning learner will receive a stationery pack and a trophy. The winner is also given the honour of officially opening the refurbished store.

The schools that will benefit from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations are:

1.       MANGWELE PRIMARY SCHOOL
2.       J.S. MPANZA PRIMARY SCHOOL
3.       NANDI PRIMARY SCHOOL
4.       BAPEDI PRIMARY SCHOOL
5.       EKUTHULENI COMBINED SCHOOL
6.       ELITHENI SPECIAL SCHOOL
7.       IPOLOKENG  PRIMARY SCHOOL
8.       IKANENG 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.