Repairs and Renovations for Sterkspruit Schools

Eight schools in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape were the lucky winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. The schools each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R15 000 which means the schools will be able to improve and repair their premises.  The vouchers were handed out to all the schools at the Art-at-Heart ceremony at the refurbished Cashbuild Sterkspruit store on the 22nd of November 2019.

Jozana’s Nek Junior Secondary School and Sitoromo Junior Secondary School were just two of the eight schools that each received a Cashbuild building material voucher.

Mr Sikhumbuzo Liwela, the principal of Jozana’s Nek Junior Secondary School says they desperately need to repair the state of the ceilings in some of the classrooms. “At the moment we have about three classrooms that urgently need the ceilings replaced as they are in a bad condition due to overall weather wear and tear. We would also like to do some painting on the inside and outside walls of the school as well as replace some windows and door handles.”

Sitoromo Junior Secondary School’s principal, Mr Thabang Letsoso said: “We are so grateful to Cashbuild for this voucher as we can now go about fixing the many cracks in the floors and walls throughout the school grounds. These cracks would need to be filled and painted.” He also added that they would like to paint the inside walls of a number of classrooms.

At the Art-at-Heart ceremony at the refurbished Cashbuild Sterkspruit store which took place on the 22nd of November 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 Mahedi Junior Secondary 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 benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:

1.       MAHEDI JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
2.       KWABO JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
3.       WITTERBERGEN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
4.       LUNGISANI SENIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
5.       NGQUBA JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
6.       JOZANA’S NEK JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
7.       WALAZA JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
8.       SITOROMO JUNIOR SECONDARY 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.