Kgosi (King) Lerou Molotlegi had a vision: turn a resource, land, and minerals into wisdom and skills to transform the economic reality of the Bafokeng people for the future. Like the original Bafokeng settlements of the 15th to 19th centuries, the Lebone II College college was built on a hillslope. The site’s dramatic landscape was intentionally fused into the design to convey the Basotho educational principle of “transcending from mineral wealth to the wings of knowledge.”
Ample use of glass maximizes natural light in the buildings, particularly the classrooms. The L-shaped classrooms, each with a sliding door that leads to a courtyard with a tree in the middle, allow for a free flow of fresh, cool air from outside and are vibrant, creative learning spaces. The buildings were designed to not use air-conditioners. Instead, it is envisaged that the trees in the courtyards will continue to grow and, in time, branch out over the top of the roofs, throwing shade over the buildings.
The school also has a gardening club, that has planted a green footprint of spekboom near the sports fields. In time, web users will be able to view the spekboom spot in the shape of a footprint on Google Earth. Students also tend to herb and butterfly gardens to foster healthy relationships with their natural surroundings and create an interest in sustainability.