"One of the great failures of the new South Africa has been the education of children from historically disadvantaged areas so that they can compete for places in higher education and at work with individuals who have had the benefit of private education. Pass rates are dismally low and drop out rates tragically high in the state system, though there are some rare exceptions. As Steuart Pennington explains for South Africa – The Good News, a true story of inspiration comes from the Amangwane High School where the principal, Bongi Oscar Nhlanhla Dube, who is affectionately known as BO, has implemented a tough regime of teaching and learning. The early mornings and long hours for teachers and pupils are paying off, with Matric results that are helping to secure a brighter future for the youngsters who try hard enough to earn a place at the rural secondary school near Ladysmith. BO deserves a national award. – Jackie Cameron"