Anybody dedicated to uplifting the community deserves kudos.
This is exactly what Mary Khikhe Mhlanga did nearly 20 years ago when she started a creche under a tree at a rural village in Mpumalanga.
Armed with a Junior Certificate, she was initially the only teacher as the kindergarten evolved into a school.
It was her time and money and a selfless attitude that built a better community.
She has also plucked from the list of those unemployed 86 local women who make bricks to distribute to villagers.
It's a telling blow against South Africa's housing shortage - especially among the poor.
For her lessons on Ubuntu she won the Sowetan 2008 Community Builder of the Year.
Re a leboga Mma Mhlanga.