South Africa had perhaps a better shout midway through the first half when Jermaine Seoposenwe was felled in the Mali box, but again referee Jonesia Kabakama from Tanzania saw nothing wrong.
Banyana took the lead just past the half-hour mark and while it was scrappy to say the least, it could be the most important goal of Kgatlana’s career.
Jane’s cross was not cleared by the Mali defence and when the ball fell to Kgatlana, she scuffed her shot, but so much so that it squirmed out of the reach of goalkeeper Adoudou Konate.
Jane had a chance to add to the lead shortly afterwards as the Mali defence suddenly looked panicked, but she shot wide from the edge of the box.
Banyana keeper Kaylin Swart made a hash of trying to clear a free-kick late in the first half but she got away with in the end and Banyana led 1-0 at the break.