Description New private school
Location Phokeng, North West Province
Client Royal Bafokeng Administration
Size 700 Learners, 25 000 sqm
Architects Activate in association with Afritects

architecture [Built work +2000m2] Lebone College, Phokeng Kgosi Lerou Molotlegi has a vision: turn a resource, their land and its minerals into wisdom and skills to transform the economic reality of the Bafokeng people for the future. “The resources and land are finite; the people’s potential is infinite”

The story of the Bafokeng people is a poignant one of land ownership, colonial influence, mining, modernity and tradition.

At a time roughly contemporary with Shaka Zulu, Kgosi Mokgatle - then leader of the Bafokeng people - decided to buy back the land on which they had lived from the Boers, using money earned by the young men of the community who were sent to work in the diamond mines of Kimberley.

Under the current leadership of Kgosi Lerou Molotlegi the Bafokeng people now have a new vision: to turn their land and its mineral wealth into wisdom and skills to transform the economic reality of the Bafokeng people for the future.
This new college of excellence is a keystone project of this vision and is situated on the Tsufi Ridge overlooking Phokeng town and the Bafokeng land.

The main concept is to recreate a set of villages, with teaching buildings, community gathering spaces and homes; large public spaces for everyone, and small ones for intimate gatherings, some tree-shaded avenues where people easily mingle; integration between learning and living, an organism based on normal societal values encountered in the family, in the community.

The college is designed with the dramatic landscape to express the idea of transcending from mineral wealth to the wings of knowledge. Environmental issues were carefully considered, most notably the rehabilitation of a quarry into sports fields in order to minimise the impact on the indigenous landscape. The school village has been integrated with existing trees, and the architectural envelope makes use of natural ventilation and sun screening.

Activate wins a Loerie Award for 3 Dimensional Design for Lebone College
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2006 Loerie award winner
Activate wins SAPOA award for Innovation Excellence in Property in the catagories Social Development and New Transformation for Lebone College
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South African Property Owners Associatio

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