Ex-gardener takes over run-down school and turns it into one of nation's best From Diane McCarthy, CNN
- Fannie Sebolela is the principal of a primary school in S. Africa's Soshanguve township
- He has turned the once ailing school into an institution that is now the pride of the region
- He is effective in striking business partnerships to support is initiatives
Sebolela's remarkable work has been recognized with several awards
(CNN) — It's early in the morning on a sunny mid-January day and Khensani primary school is buzzing once again. Cheers and laughter fill the schoolyard as groups of arriving pupils line up in rows under a big red kiosk. After a long summer break, it's back to school time — and rules need repeating.
"The school starts at 10 to eight," principal Fannie Sebolela reminds the students sporting immaculate blue and crimson uniforms.
"You are supposed to be here by half past seven," he continues, "so no late-coming because we have now started."
Khensani primary is a no-fee school at the heart of the Soshanguve township, some 20 minutes north of South Africa's administrative capital city Pretoria. This is a disadvantaged area, ringed by informal settlements where poverty and HIV prevalence is high.
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