PLG Schools uses existing structures in prime locations. Properties (that have structures) who are for sale are converted and can open within six months. In addition, overheads have been reduced by the inclusion of action sports (rather than catering for swimming, tennis, hockey and so on) These are part of PLG Schools sports-for-life ethos and include action cricket, action netball, action soccer and action hockey. Private schooling, while delivering better results for learners in many instances, remains unaffordable to the majority and provides education to just over 500 000 students out of a total learner population of 12.4 million. According to McLachlan fees are 15-25 % less than those of the nearest competitor and learners follow the IEB or CAPS curriculum. Like its bigger peers, which are already invested in tertiary education, PLG Schools intends expanding into tertiary education with PLG Tech Colleges. This is targeted at alleviating the critical shortage of technically qualified people – less than 20% of the country’s matriculants enter university. “We see enormous potential for this type of post-matric qualification,” McLachlan says. This obviously betters PLG’s shareholder and PLG share price, providing a wider base for share growth.