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Principal of Amangwane High School in Bergville, Nhlanhla Dube (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Principal of Amangwane High School in Bergville, Nhlanhla Dube (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Principal Nhlanhla Dube has a lesson for the rest of South Africa: how to beat a serial rapist, overcome a tiny government subsidy, a scarcity of textbooks and no laboratory at his rural KwaZulu-Natal school. And in doing this, he has produced a matric class that beat the odds, including one pupil with nine distinctions.

To do this everyone works hard. They also start early, including Dube whose Monday begins at 03:30 when he embarks on a two-and-a-half hour drive from Pinetown to his Amangwane High School in Bergville in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains to get to school before the school bell rings.

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