Lebone II College is unlike any other school in South Africa. Designed by the King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, it not only resembles a traditional village, but is a world-class institution dedicated to preserving African culture.
Situated in the Magaliesberg Mountains and overlooking the Phokeng and the Bafokeng region, the college’s decentralised location made service delivery tricky – particularly when it came to printing. The school’s unusual configuration and size (780 students and 150 staff members) also contributed to their unique printing needs.
Calling in the experts
Leading business solutions provider, Nashua Rustenburg, stepped up to the plate to assist. Business Manager at Lebone College, Jaco Diedericks, immediately realised the partnership was much more than just a simple printing solution.
“When Nashua came on board, we only had one printer to serve more than 100 staff in many separate buildings. Today, we have 14 printers in strategically placed hubs around the college. We save between R120 000 to R200 000 a year this way. That’s a huge saving that can be put to good use,” says Diedericks.
Along with a dedicated Nashua technician that visits the school regularly, Nashua also equipped college employees with the skills to trouble-shoot paper jams, errors and machine set-ups.
Service to the community is a vital part of the school’s duties, and this is showcased through its unique heritage and scholarship system. Students are recruited from across South Africa and the rest of the continent, resulting in a broad and diverse student body
About 45% of students are on scholarships which are awarded based on need, through a family assessment. The assessment helps to identify the students who could best benefit from subsidised fees, with some learners receiving full scholarships.
“Depending on their circumstances, students can pay a fee ranging from full fees to nothing at all. Everyone deserves a good education in order to pursue a fulfilling life. There’s a particular focus on educating the Bafokeng nation and we’ll stop at nothing to make sure this becomes a reality,” says Diedericks, adding that with every rand saved, they can work toward providing more scholarships for needy children.
In addition, the school offers regular training to teachers in the community – no matter what school they’re employed at – to encourage excellence in education across the Bafokeng nation.
“At Lebone II, we welcome curiosity and experimentation. We strive to unite and enlighten our community through education. With Nashua’s expert solutions and reliable service, we can continue to achieve this,” concludes Diedericks.