Schools art contest a benefit to learners

2015-06-04 06:00
Sonwabo Santi, Thozamile Mdingi, Nodumo Galo, Ntombi Magoda, Clive Classen, store manager at Cashbuild, Nondumiso Ngonzo, Ucy Msuthu and learners during the handover of the vouchers in Gugulethu on Friday.

PHOTO: 
Mbongiseni Maseko

Sonwabo Santi, Thozamile Mdingi, Nodumo Galo, Ntombi Magoda, Clive Classen, store manager at Cashbuild, Nondumiso Ngonzo, Ucy Msuthu and learners during the handover of the vouchers in Gugulethu on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Eight schools in Gugulethu will soon get a new face-lift after receiving vouchers worth thousands of rands from a building retailer.

Cashbuild in Gugulethu Square donated vouchers worth R15000 each to eight schools, winners in a competition called Art-at-Heart.

The schools are Luzuko Primary School, Siyazingisa Primary School, Vukukhanye Primary School, Mseki Primary School, Sonwabo Primary School, Nobantu Junior Primary School, Sokhanyo Primary School and Xolani Primary School.

The money is to be used to improve conditions at the schools in a bid to enhance learning and teaching.

Bathroom renovations, new sinks and swings in the playgrounds are some of the improvements that the schools can make using the vouchers.

The competition requires participating learners to draw houses and other objects related to the business of the retailer.

Twenty of the best art will be uploaded to the screens of the store for the next five years.

Cashbuild has a policy to donates money to schools in the particular area of their operation.

Clive Classen, store manager at Cashbuild Gugulethu Square, said he was happy for the contribution the store has made to improve the schools.

“It is very exciting to see the schools benefiting from the competition. We are ploughing back to the community where we are doing our business,” Classen said.

Nodumo Galo, a teacher at Nobantu Primary School, said the donation will make a big difference to her school.

“I am very happy. We are going to fix a number of things that are broken, like windows, doors, toilets and floors in the classrooms,” Ngonzo said.

Nondumiso Ngonzo, a teacher from Mseki Primary School, said the donation could not have come at the right time.

“We are grateful and very happy. We are going to fix the door handles, windows, floors,” she said.

Mdodana Malinga, 13, Grade 6 learner from Luzuko Primary School, said he was happy that his school benefited from the donation.

Malinga was announced as an outstanding leaner for his good drawing.

Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 13 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 700 schools in Southern Africa with over R20-million worth of building materials

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