Nofikile Matsho has never been anywhere outside her small village of Dutywa in the Eastern Cape Province - just over an hour from East London, despite being 55 years of age.
While her knowledge on current affairs around the country is relatively sketchy because she cannot read or write, the reports of the country's preparations for the FIFA World Cup which she listens to on the radio have led her to become extremely excited about next year's event.
"One of the things I hope the World Cup will do is to uplift our society and help our youth. I think it's going to change this country for the better," she said.
Relatively little is known about the small town of Dutywa although the town, with only two sets of traffic lights, prides itself for being the hometown of former South African president, Thabo Mbeki and his famous father, Govan Mbeki.
‘Mama' Matsho, as she is affectionately known in her community, is one of the hundreds if not thousands of illiterate people who could not further their education due to the apartheid regime. She has never been to a football stadium in her life and chances of watching one of the FIFA World Cup games are very slim. She lives about 400 kilometres from her nearest venue, the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth.
Her son, 17-year old Thabile, who is in Grade 12 at a nearby high school, harbours strong ambitions of playing professional football. He is a converted Kaizer Chiefs supporter after the local club, Bush Bucks was relegated to the lower divisions. For a passer-by, the town of Dutywa might look like a deserted area. Yet, the spirits of the locals show that not even the dilapidated buildings of Dutywa can deter people from this poverty-stricken area from dreaming.
"One of my biggest dreams is to watch Bafana Bafana live. I always watch them on TV, however, I have never seen any of the players in person. I like (Steven) Pienaar but I have had a lot of good stories about Doctor (Khumalo). People say he was a magician, he could make the ball to do crazy stuff," said young Thabile with a grin on his face. By the time Khumalo retired, he was only eight years old.
Who knows which of South Africa's stars will inspire the youngest generations in less than 11 months time? But if FIFA.com's trip to Dutwya is anything to go by - it is a sign that this tournament is touching all of the country's population.