CAPE TOWN - Rosie Mashale is flying the South African flag high as she secures a top ten spot in CNN's Hero of the Year search.
She has been running a children's home called Baphumelele (which translates to "we have progressed") in Khayelitsha since 2000 which has so far housed 5,300 children.
Many of those in her care are Aids orphans or previously lived in child-headed homes.
If she wins the R1,3-million top prize, she says she'll pour it back into the home.
Voting has begun and the winner will be announced on 17 December.